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Village Ventures

‌Village Ventures is part of a network of over 40 rural touring schemes across the UK, providing access to high quality arts events for people in rural areas.

The Village Ventures scheme is run by Live&Local and shows within the district are part-funded by the district council and Arts Council England.

The programme has brought professional touring theatre, dance and music to rural and community venues in Nottinghamshire for over 20 years, supported by local volunteers and promoters who select and host performances, sell tickets and publicise the shows.

Venues for the programme range from village halls to schools and community centres, each providing a warm welcome to both audiences and visiting performers. 

The programme runs from September each year, through to the following May and has an accompanying Village Ventures brochure listing all events.

The brochure is available from local libraries and other community outlets across the county or to view online here or visit 


Spring 2018 dates


Sunday, 21st January 2018, 7:30 PM
The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn and Sean have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships, taking Best Duo honours at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2013 and 2016 for their tuneful, intelligent and soulful music. Here, Kathryn's powerful voice is matched against Sean's driving guitar on a set of impressive modern folk songs and heartfelt traditional numbers. Entertaining and original.
Box Office: 07718 159 520 - View Details View Map (NG12 2FB)


Friday, 2nd March 2018, 8:00 PM
The Old School, Cropwell Bishop
Truth and Truffles presented by Cat Weatherill & Naomi Paul
A fabulous two-header delivered by wonderfully gifted performers, the compelling and masterful storyteller Cat Weatherill and the satirical and hilarious deadpan comic Naomi Paul. Irresistibly blending humour and heart, this is a captivating and beautifully crafted show for adults, of stories, comedy songs and musings about being a grown up, and the little indulgencies that make life worth living (chocolate).
Box Office: 0115 9894 656 - View Details View Map (Fern Road, NG12 3BU)


Friday, 9th March 2018, 7:30 PM
Thrumpton Village Hall
Mumbo Jumbo Troubadours and Raconteurs presented by Mumbo-Jumbo
Elegant country blues and vibrant good-time roots music from these British Blues Award nominees. With powerful songs and punchy vocals, this is one phenomenal live band.
Box Office: 0115 9830 373 - View Details View Map (Church Lane, NG11 0AX)


Friday, 16th March 2018, 7:30 PM
Colston Bassett Village Hall
The Little Love Cabaret presented by Spiltmilk Dance
Stories of love collected from people aged 2-92. from your favourite toy, to awkward crushes and full-on chocolate addiction. A sketch cabaret show that'll have you smiling from the get-go!
Box Office: 0194 981 720 - View Details View Map (School Lane, NG12 3FD)


Sunday, 22nd April 2018, 7:30 PM
The Old School, Cropwell Bishop
Oh la la! An Evening of French Fancies presented by Oh la la!
A charming and sophisticated acoustic trio performing authentic Parisian music. A fun-filled evening with beautiful music that will transport you to that little cafe in Paris just by the Seine.
Box Office: 01159 894 656 - View Details View Map (Fern Road, NG12 3BU)


Friday, 27th April 2018, 7:30 PM
Upper Broughton Village Hall
Wicky Wacky Woo presented by The Busquitos
This brilliant Dutch streetband showcases its energetic, highly eccentric, and very catchy trad-influenced comedic-jazz, jumping into the crowd at every opportunity, kidnapping audience members, staging mock weddings. Dazzlingly funny, they bring a smile to everyone's face.
Box Office: 01664 823 165 - View Details View Map (Main Road, LE14 3BA)


Friday, 27th April 2018, 7:30 PM
Thrumpton Village Hall
The Oxford Concert Party in Concert presented by The Oxford Concert Party
Six lively, entertaining and mould-breaking musicians take 300 years of music from around the world (and from Baroque to tango) and infuse it with offbeat humour, passion and pathos. With its rich and vibrant sounds this is an unforgettable show.
Box Office: 01159 830 373 - View Details View Map (Church Lane, NG11 0AX)

Saturday, 28th April 2018, 7:30 PM
Rempstone Village Hall
Ensonglopedia of Science presented by John Hinton
A critically acclaimed one-man musical-comedy-science family show from the top-drawer storyteller John Hinton. 26 silly songs about science from A to Z. An hour of fun facts and mesmerising melodies to delight the inquisitive mind.
Box Office: 07758 464 515 - View Details View Map (Main Street, LE12 6RH)


Saturday, 5th May 2018, 7:30 PM
The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent
Truth and Tall Tales presented by Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra
Uplifting, genre-leaping songs from a rousing quartet led by a sassy double-bass playing singer-songwriter with a rich and powerful voice. Quality live music by rising stars championed by Grammy award-winning jazz-pop artist Jamie Cullum. Everyone goes home happy.
Box Office: 07718 159 520 - View Details View Map (NG12 2FB)


Thursday, 17th May 2018, 7:30 PM
St Augustine Church, Flintham
Whisky Fireside (and other Songs from the Road) presented by The Mile Roses
This fantastic three piece band perform contemporary original British folk songs with a nod to Nashville. An upbeat musical evening of songs of the road well-travelled, songs of heartache, and songs of single malts.
Box Office: 01636 525 454 - View Details View Map (Main Road/Inholms Way, NG23 5LE)

Friday, 18th May 2018, 7:30 PM
Hickling Village Hall
Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in Concert presented by Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Three brilliant fiddle players bring the rich and distinctive folk traditions of their native Norway, Sweden and Shetland alive in a unique and invigorating collaboration. Endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful - and interspersing outstanding musicianship with some first class craic - this is a shimmering display of haunting other-worldliness and emotive highs. Pure fiddle doesn't get much better than this.
Box Office: 01664 822 834 - View Details View Map (Main Street, LE14 3AQ)


Tickets for shows are sold locally and range from between £5 and £15. For more information, prices and to book call the local volunteer promoter directly via the contact details in the scheme brochure.