Welcome to the Curious Arts

Curious Arts Festival, which takes place in the magical grounds of Pylewell Park from 18-20 July 2014, is a uniquely immersive international festival on a local scale, where you can come to be amused, intrigued, entertained and enlightened by a glittering array of writers, artists and musicians.

For the Bookish, expect a series of dazzling tented events with some of Britain’s most remarkable contemporary writers including star turns by Lady Antonia Fraser, DBC Pierre, Craig Brown, Dan Snow, Rachel Joyce, Nathan Filer, and Fay Weldon – to name but a few.

For Music Lovers, there will be live evening performances from a range of devastatingly talented acts including Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Joan As Police Woman, Nick Mulvey, Ed Harcourt, Bear’s Den, Rae Morris, Luke Sital-Singh and Eaves as well as DJ sets from HMS Sweet Charity.

For Garden Lovers, enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the beautiful, hidden gardens of Pylewell Park. You might decide to take a stroll round the ornamental lake or head to the water’s edge and enjoy the extraordinarily beautiful views overlooking the Solent. If you want an expert guide, sign up for a garden walk with Michael Roper-Curzon, Gardener and Plantsman at Pylewell or Wade Graham, LA Gardener and Garden Historian.

For Families, be intrigued by a superb range of Family Friendly activities encompassing Insect walks, A Jabberwocky Hunt, Magic, Donkey Rides, Film Screenings, Fair Ground games as well as the opportunity to meet and hear from an array of wonderful writers for children including Piers Torday, Damian Dibben and Rob Lloyd-Jones.

For Film-Buffs, check out the Curtis Brown Film Tent where we’ll be screening a selection of fantastic contemporary and classic movies from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett as well as some very special events introduced by the likes of Hossein Amini and James Bobin.

Curious yet?

Pylewell Park is home to the Hon David and Melanie Roper-Curzon and for three days in July will provide the breathtaking setting for the Curious Arts Festival. Positioned on the south coast in the New Forest with a large agricultural and sporting estate, the house sits surrounded by traditionally laid out parkland with unrivalled panoramic views over the Solent along the South coast. More


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Evening Music – line-up

We are delighted to announce the full line-up of Musical Acts appearing at this year's Curious Arts Festival; a bill curated by Maz Tappuni from Communion, the label founded by Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear's Den) and acclaimed producer Ian Grimble.

Kicking off the Friday night will be Eaves and Bear's Den, followed by headline act Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit.

Saturday will start with brilliant sets by Luke Sital-Singh and Mercury nominee Ed Harcourt with Joan As Police Woman bringing the evening to a close with a characteristically wonderful headline performance.

If that wasn't enough, the curtain to the final night of Curious Arts will come down post performances by the sensationally gifted Rae Morris , who'll take the stage ahead of our final headlining act, the inimitable Nick Mulvey.

We are expecting sell-out crowds, so advance booking is vital. Read more