The Festival on the Close

The Festival on the Close
24 - 27 June 2019

The Festival on the Close is a public arts festival built around a programme of educational enrichment workshops supporting Cancer Research UK. We are proud to host one of the most ambitious and exciting educational arts festivals in the country. A festival that showcases our wonderful local town and Rugby School; bringing all together for a week of enriching experiences for people of all ages. The festival is founded on a programme of hands-on workshops during the day for local school children, inspiring them to learn about and embrace the arts and creativity in a range of forms. From learning to stomp with the cast of Stomp to live sports commentary with BBC sports correspondents; from street theatre to Chinese dragon dancing, we believe we have something to inspire young people whatever their interests. And all of this is provided free of charge to local schools across the region. During lunchtime and in the evening there is  a diverse range of performances, talks and other events from visiting professional artists and celebrities, as well as local student talent for all to enjoy. Performances take place in the Macready Theatre, the Temple Speech Room and on our main outdoor festival stage, The Cemex Performance Arena. Many of our artists are here throughout the Festival, working with young people during the day before performing alongside them in our public shows.

24 June - National Youth Jazz Orchestra

25 June - Jason Manford - The Cancer Research UK Comedy Night

26 June - Showstopper! The Improvised Musical 

27 June - Hometwon Glory - with Natalie Black as Adele

For further details and to book tickets please visit

Click below to read a packed 2019 programme: