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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 visit for full listings


Spring 2019 Programme:

Saturday, 2nd February 2019, 7:30 PM
The Royal British Legion Club, Radcliffe-on-Trent

Midnight in Paris presented by Oh la la!
Performing live, this very charming and sophisticated acoustic quartet delight with their eclectic set of gorgeous Parisian nightlife music; authentic musette, playful chanson réaliste, 60s French pop and classic jazz.
Box Office: 07718 159520 - View Details View Map (17 Main Road, NG12 2BB)

Sunday, 3rd February 2019, 7:30 PM
All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman presented by Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
One of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are 'songwriters par excellence' (fRoots Magazine), their music tuneful, intelligent and soulful.
Box Office: 0115 9821710 - View Details View Map (Pierrepont Road, NG2 5BP)

Saturday, 9th February 2019, 7:30 PM
East Bridgford Village Hall

The Listening Project presented by Kel Elliott & Her Three Man Orchestra
Championed by jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum, sassy double-bass playing singer-songwriter Kel Elliott is justly acclaimed for her rich and powerful voice and uplifting, genre-leaping story-songs, here based on stories and personal recollections gathered from historic and reminiscence projects.
Box Office: 01949 211580 - View Details View Map (Main Street, NG13 8NH)

Friday, 15th February 2019, 7:30 PM
Colston Bassett Village Hall

Sam Lewis in Concert presented by Sam Lewis
Phenomenal tumbleweed Americana from rising Nashville singer-songwriter Sam Lewis.
With a storyteller's eye, rich soulful vocals, stirring guitar solos and compelling, well-crafted songs - distilling the simplicity of Willie Nelson, the poetry of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Ray Charles - this is swampy Southern country roots with an emotional, political punch. A laid-back sound that evokes dark bourbon rippling over ice.
Box Office: 0194981720 - View Details View Map (School Lane, NG12 3FD)

Friday, 15th March 2019, 7:30 PM
All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford

The Importance of Digging Holes - The Great War and More presented by Harp and A Monkey
Fronted by a fantastic raconteur and BBC 'Who Do You Think You Are?' historian, this Lancashire folk-storytelling trio matches an excellent WW1 folk set with humorous and melodic northern life story-songs. Lively, inventive folk delivered in a down-to-earth manner.
Box Office: 0115 9821710 - View Details View Map (Pierrepont Road, NG2 5BP)

Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 7:30 PM
St Augustine Church, Flintham

Son Yambu in Concert presented by Son Yambu
All spicy rhythms, tight horns and vivacious stage presence, this intoxicating acoustic sextet of new generation Cuban musicians feed the Latin soul with their red hot fusion of Spanish and African rhythms.
Box Office: 01636 526162 - View Details View Map (Main Road/Inholms Way, NG23 5LE)

Saturday, 30th March 2019, 7:30 PM
Thrumpton Village Hall

It Is Now presented by Anonymous Is A Woman
A charming, funny, fully and gently immersive show detailing the chaos that ensues at a wedding taking place on the day of the 1966 World Cup.
Box Office: 0115 9830373 - View Details View Map (Church Lane, NG11 0AX)

Sunday, 14th April 2019, 7:30 PM
The Grange Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent

The Rude Mechanicals Band present presented by Wes Finch Music
In this delightful gem of a concert, Wes Finch combines achingly lovely songs - drawing on the words of Shakespeare, Yeats, Blake, Larkin, Masefield and more - subtle folk-classical music, enchanting poetry recitation, joyous skits, and maybe some loose middle ages jigs, into a live show of infectious goodwill and sense of occasion.
Box Office: 07718 159520 - View Details View Map (NG12 2FB)

Sunday, 28th April 2019, 8:00 PM
The Old School, Cropwell Bishop

Ninebarrow in Concert presented by Ninebarrow
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award nominees 2017, this multi-award-winning Dorsetshire folk duo combines pitch-perfect vocal harmonies, captivating musicality, charismatic stage patter and genuine charm. The Everly Brothers of British folk.
Box Office: 0115 9894656 - View Details View Map (Fern Road, NG12 3BU)

Saturday, 4th May 2019, 7:30 PM
All Hallows Halls Lady Bay, West Bridgford

O'Hooley & Tidow presented by O'Hooley & Tidow
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees 2015, 2017 and 2018.
A formidable fixture in British folk, the wonderful songwriting duo of Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow match stirring solo voices and exquisite harmony vocals against warm, thoughtful piano work.
Sterling Yorkshire women both, feisty, forthright and fun, their political, poetical chamber folk songs are powerful, deeply moving, and soulful. A riveting experience infused with an honesty and empathy that disarms the hardest of hearts.
Box Office: 0115 9821710 - View Details View Map (Pierrepont Road, NG2 5BP)

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 or online listings.

Interested in hosting a show in your town or village?

To enquire about becoming a Village Ventures promoter by contacting Live&Local. Live&Local can give you lots of advice on being a promoter such as organising your team, licensing and insurance, access to venues, selecting and promoting shows, providing hospitality and costing for your event. They can provide a comprehensive welcome pack on request. Visit for details