Curious is a festival like no other. Taking place each July in the breathtaking grounds of Pylewell Park, it is dreamy, eccentric, fun and ultimately, irresistible.

It’s very English on the one hand – expect fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, poet laureates, dogs on leads, gin and tonics, and sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent although you are just as likely to find yourself on a secret midnight bat-walk, betting your life-savings on the snail-racing, reciting a sonnet on top of an elegantly restored old routemaster or listening to some of the UK’s most exciting musicians.

Curious is an experience not just a few tents in a field and is lovingly curated by a small team headed up by Clare Conville, Patrick Keogh and Rory Steel.

Curious 2017: supporting charity

We are thrilled to be supporting the Coda Music Trust this summer – a unique, award-winning and innovative local charity, which uses music as a tool for personal and social change.

Believing in the power of music to transform lives, Coda offers help and support through participation, learning and therapy.

Coda devises and delivers music projects with schools and communities across Dorset and Hampshire. This outreach programme is created in response to local need and uses music to tackle issues of social deprivation or crime, isolation, ill-health or disability.

Over two decades, Coda has developed a range of programmes, reaching some of the most vulnerable people across Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest in a range of environments – from its music centre on a former dairy farm, to care settings, residential homes, hospitals, mainstream and special schools and youth and community centres.

Coda reaches approximately 800 people each week both at the music centre and through outreach programmes, music therapy and work in the community, eliciting positive change and improving wellbeing across a variety of settings.

Donate to CODA here.