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We are a registered charity and we aim to promote art, music and drama in and around the picturesque town of Market Bosworth, Leicestershire.

We involve the local community by bringing the arts into the town.

We organise many events including:

  • Music, drama, film, comedy, lectures and entertainment of all kinds
  • Art and craft exhibitions
  • Workshops and competitions in schools, and entertainment for children
  • We offer young performers the opportunity to be seen and heard.

Details of our Summer 2019 programme are now on this site.


As a loyal supporter of Market Bosworth Festival, we would like to invite you to become a patron of the 2019 Summer Festival.

2018 was a very successful year for us, during which we won the 2018 Leicestershire Tourism and Hospitality Award for the best free festival - a great recognition that the Festival is going from strength to strength. Last year 1500 people came to our Big Weekend, 450 enjoyed the outdoor theatre and more than 700 attended our outdoor pop concert.

The Festival has been running for over 17 years now and continues to offer free or
affordable cultural events to local people, becoming an important part of the calendar. From promoting young musical talent at Pop in the Park, to art exhibitions and interactive history talks to outdoor performances as varied as Shakespeare and David Walliams, a large part of our summer program is completely free.

Pop in the Park, the Art Exhibition & Art Trail, the Photography Exhibition and the Big Weekend are free to attend and we really want to keep it that way. Free events and
exhibitions make our festival truly accessible, giving everyone a chance to experience art, new music or just to enjoy a pleasant family afternoon without any barriers.

We want to continue to develop and invest in the Festival, for example buying and
maintaining professional audiovisual equipment would not only improve the quality of our events but would allow smaller companies which may not have their own equipment to take part in the festival, encouraging even more diversity.

In the current economic climate, fundraising for the Festival becomes more of a challenge each year. We struggle to obtain sponsorship from national companies who have their own designated charities, financial support from the Borough has been significantly re-duced, and over recent years many local businesses have struggled to match their previ-ous support of the Festival. All this, along with rising costs makes it increasingly difficult to balance the books.

We rely on the generosity of businesses with a local presence to keep the programme fresh by arranging new performers and venues and this has been a massive help, but it is not enough and this is where you can help.

We are looking to introduce the role of Patron of Market Bosworth Festival as a way to enable local people to contribute in a practical way towards building and safeguarding the future of the Festival. As a patron you would be supporting your local community and would be an integral
part of the development and further improvement of your Festival . Patrons' names, if they wish, will be credited in the programme and on our website {} and all patrons will be invited to a special Patrons' gala evening each year to celebrate their involvement in supporting the Festival.

Patronage starts at £250 per person or £500 for a couple per year. £250 would allow us to increase our advertising and make even more local people aware of our fantastic events. £500 would pay fees and travel expenses for a special performance by a touring theatre company. 

I do hope that you will be able to support your local Festival by becoming one of our very first patrons. Please contact myself or any member of the committee if you would like more information or details of how to make your contribution to the festival, or email

Yours sincerely,

Liz Alun-Jones (Chair ).


A sponsorship package with the Festival provides local businesses with a unique opportunity to reach the population of around 180,000 in widespread rural area centred on Market Bosworth. Increasingly we are drawing audiences from a wider regional base (the population living within a 40 minute drive is about 1.8 million) and attracting sponsorship from regional businesses as a result. We are already sponsored by the vast majority of local businesses so why not join them? As a small Arts organisation we are very dependent upon such financial contributions to enable us to carry on our good work, so you will also have the satisfaction of knowing your sponsorship is put to good use.

We are always willing to discuss how a sponsorship package can be tailored to your individual requirements but some initial ideas are listed below to form a basis for further discussion. 

Lead sponsor

As our principal sponsor for the year your logo/business name will appear prominently on all our literature (20,000 printed programmes, publicity posters etc.). You may erect an information stand and display banners at appropriate events and we will try to ensure good media coverage through our excellent local contacts. You will be entitled to a number of free tickets for events of your choice. Amount of investment by negotiation.

Event sponsors

We offer sponsorship of a number of different events aimed at different audience profiles: entertainment in the square, a classical music concert, open-air drama, art exhibitions & workshops and children's competitions. Your logo/business name will feature prominently on literature publicising your event, including our 20,000 programmes, and in some instances you will be able to erect an information stand and display banners. You will also be entitled to a number of free tickets to your event (or a choice of other events for those where entry is free). The amount of investment varies with the audience potential of the event.

General sponsors

Your logo/business name featured in 20,000 programmes and acknowledged elsewhere with prominence dependent on the amount of your investment (minimum £50).

Make a Sponsorship Enquiry

Please fill in the form below if you'd like to enquire about sponsorship


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Get involved:

Summer Festival

Now in its eighteenth year, the Festival incorporates a host of great events  and is growing every year – which is why we need your help!

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the Festival, both in the planning stages with event planning, marketing, fundraising, administration, web design, graphic design, or on event days themselves including all aspects of putting the events together, from helping to set up stages and art exhibitions, to selling tickets and stewarding.

Whatever you would like to get involved in and whatever skills you have or hope to learn, we want to hear from you. The Festival is a great way to get to know more people and support an event that brings together the local community. Whether you are retired and would like something fun to get your teeth into, or you’re still at university and need some experience to improve your CV, you will be welcome and the benefits of being part of the team are numerous – not to mention fun!

Volunteering Opportunities

Please contact us using the form below if you are interested in getting involved. 

Sponsors 2019

Thank  you to the following patrons who have generously supported the 2019 Festival.

Sue and Pete Bowman

Kevin and Carol Brennan
Derek and Margaret Jerram
Les and Denise Jordan
Rashmi Shukla and Vinod Patel
Simon and Jill Warner

We thank also the following organisations for their support, and apologise for any omissions: