Make a day or weekend of it in Montgomery

As well as the main programme, there will be so much to see and do in Montgomery over the Festival weekend
that you’re sure to want to make the most of it when you’re in town.

All community events are free and open to all – and we hope you’ll enjoy the array of tasty treats on offer.

It’s All In A Poem art exhibition
Saturday 10th June, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 11th June, 10.00am – 2.00pm
The Montgomery Institute, Arthur Street
Following the success of last year’s book-themed art exhibition, Jo Gresty will once again be curating an arts and crafts exhibition over the Festival weekend, this time featuring works based on poems. Over 25 artists will be represented. 

Children’s storytime
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June, 11.00am – 1.00pm, rolling programme for different age groups
Montgomery Library, Arthur Street
Local storyteller, Caryl Davies, will be entertaining younger Festival goers with a programme of stories and songs for young children of all ages. Full programme details here.

Janos Arany’s The Bards of Wales
Saturday 10th June, 12.30pm
Montgomery Community Garden, Arthur Street (The Montgomery Institute if wet)
Juliet Humphreys will perform a dramatised recitation of Janos Arany’s The Bards of Wales, the allegorical poem of the Hungarian National Poet at the time of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The poem is set in Montgomery Castle and is still learnt by every school child in Hungary to this very day.

Pop-ups across the weekend
Arthur Street 
Hear from members of Monty Folk; Cor Trefaldwyn; the harpist, Stacey Blythe  and the Presteigne Choir.

Eat, drink and be merry
As well as Montgomery’s usual eateries – more below –  visitors to the Festival will also be able to sample some extra food and drink delights.

Festival coffee and cake
Saturday 10th June, morning and afternoon; Sunday 11th June, morning
Montgomery Town Hall, Broad Street
Back by popular demand, coffee, tea and home-made cake at the main Festival venue courtesy of three Montgomery community groups raising funds for the Montgomery Show, Street Fair and Churchyard Maintenance.

Book Bistro from SHED38
Saturday 10th June, 1200pm – 7.30pm
Sunday 11th June, 12.00pm – 4.3-pm
Montgomery Community Garden, Arthur Street
SHED38 will be offering a pop-up bistro with food influenced by literature and its characters – everyone from Willy Wonka to Mr Darcy. Light meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and homemade savoury snacks.

Castle Kitchen tapas bar
Friday 9th June, from 6.30pm
Castle Kitchen, 8 Broad Street
Alice, Sarah and the team will be hosting the Castle Kitchen Tapas Bar on the Friday evening, with the bar also open to all for drinks. Enjoy delicious food all freshly prepared and baked on the premises in the gorgeous courtyard garden or indoors. Space is limited so book now on 01686 668795 (or at the café itself).
Café also open as usual, Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm. 

The Prized Pig
Saturday 10th June, 1200pm – 7.00pm
Sunday 11th June, 12.00pm – 6.30pm
Matt and his team will be serving freshly cooked pies, rolls and burgers made from ingredients sourced from the best producers local to Abermule, Montgomery and the surrounding areas, including their own free-range pigs.

And don’t forget the usual Montgomery favourites: 

The Checkers

Lunch: Thursday – Saturday 12.00 – 1.30pm 
Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday 7.00 – 8.30pm; Broad Street
5-star restaurant with rooms:

The Crown
Open 6.00pm – 11.00pm; Castle Street 
The Dragon Hotel
Lunch: 12.00pm -2.00pm; evening meals 6.00pm – 8.30pm, Market Square
Bar meals and bistro; to book call 01686 668359.
Ivy House Cafe
Open on Saturday until 6.00pm and Sunday until 2.00pm; Church Bank  
Montgomery Fish Bar
Open 12.00pm – 11.00pm every day; 
Broad Street