7th Wellingborough Diggers’ Festival and Fringe – March 2017

Friday 10th March (Fringe) Prof Martyn Bennett (Nottingham Trent University) will present a talk entitled: ‘“A wall of brass around us”: England’s Turbulent Years 1648-1651.’                                                                                        
In 1649 the republic of England, Ireland and Wales was in a perilous position: assailed by external and internal enemies – Irish rebels, Scots Covenanters royalists, army mutineers, Levellers and perhaps the Diggers. Oliver Cromwell was confident that God would protect the young republic with a Faustian wall of brass whilst the various challenges were dealt with. This presentation will provide a context to the Digger movement and the birth of the world’s first modern republic, looking at how each challenge was confronted, defeated and/or absorbed.

Venue: Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, NN8 1XB Time: 7:30pm Entry Fee: £4

Saturday 11th March (Fringe) Performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm  
“The Crocodile Escapes from Wellingborough Zoo!”
Venue: Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, NN8 1XB.  Entry Fee: Free Suitable for 3-8 year olds. 
Also a chance to make your own Punch or Judy! 


SONG-WRITING WORKSHOP                                                                                                                                     Saturday 11th March (Fringe) Song-writing with Phil Hare ‘regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists working on the current UK acoustic folk music circuit.’                                                                             Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS. Time: 4pm - 5pm Entry Fee: Free

Saturday 11th March (Fringe)
Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS. Time: 4pm - 6pm Entry Fee: Free but £1 donation for each friendship band and / or dream-catcher made

Saturday 11th March
7:30pm - Jessica Afia – local folk artist
8:30pm Phil Hare - New York magazine Dirty Linen: ‘The songs are British, maybe even Northern English, but this guy is a world class player’
9:30pm The Iain Duncan Smiths - primarily performer Jonny Abrams but also features various collaborators as it takes on its various other guises. Voted No.1 in NME magazines “The 10 Funniest Tribute Bands.” Music with a satirical outlook and some audience participation expected!
Venue: The Horseshoe Inn, Sheep Street, Wellingborough, NN8 1BS. Time: 7pm - late Entry Fee: £10 

Thursday 2nd March – Wednesday 15th March
Display about the Diggers 
Venue: Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, NN8 1XB.  Open 10am - 4:30pm  Entry Fee:  Free


Please note the history talk is £4 and the main festival event is £10 or purchase both together for £12.
Box Office: Wellingborough Museum or email via this website for further information on tickets.
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We would like to encourage audience members to bring with them a collection of non-perishable items for the Wellingborough food bank.

We would like to thank our official partners The Horseshoe Inn and Wellingborough Museum 
(This programme may be subject to alteration)