Cookham Festival 2017


Welcome to the 2017 Cookham Festival website

We have a feast of the Arts planned for the up-coming Cookham Festival which will run from the 10th to the 21st May this year. The Festival will be more inclusive than ever with something for all ages and this year we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first Cookham Festival, held in May 1967, so expect some very special events.

The complete Festival Programme and booking form will be available on-line in February and this year we will be accepting on-line bookings for the major events, subject to a small administration fee. Tickets will also be available from Stationery Depot – so getting your tickets could not be easier.

The 2017 Festival Programme

Look out for the 2017 Festival Programme which will be issued in late February. We look forward to welcoming your participation in our golden celebration.

We need YOUR HELP – “Peeps into Panto” – Do you have any Cookham Pantomime photos or memorabilia?

In preparation for the Cookham Festival Exhibition “Peeps into Panto” Fifty years of Pantomime in Cookham, Jean Hedger and the team are looking for memorabilia which you may might have.

You may have appeared in front of the footlights or worked backstage. You may have been part of the scenery and props, costume or music making teams. Perhaps you or one of your family wrote or produced a Cookham pantomime.

Please search your attic to see if you have something you could lend for the exhibition. It could be as small as a ticket or as big as Cinderella’s coach!

CONTACT Jean Hedger 01628 603204

The Cookham Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition 2017

The poems selected for publication in the Poetry Anthology.

To mark our Golden Anniversary the Cookham Festival teamed up with the Stanley Spencer Gallery, The University of Reading and Two Rivers Press to organise an international poetry competition on the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs. The competition was launched on May 13th 2016 at the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham by the Rt Hon Theresa May and attracted more than 200 entries. Please follow this link to find out more – Poetry Competition.

What was on in the 1967 Cookham Festival?

For those interested in what was on offer 50 years ago please read the 1967 Festival Programme. There will be several people involved in our Festival in 2017 who were featured in that very first Festival.