Alison McCrea

ST13 Sept-Oct 2019

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Leek Blues and Americana Festival

Now in its 6th year, the historic market town of Leek plays host to an array of local, national and international talent – showcasing the very best in Blues & Americana music. The Festival is set against a backdrop of independent shops, high street favourites and thriving specialist markets with host venues comprising a mix of real ale pubs, craft beer bars and the community arts centre.

5 Days:  Starting Wednesday 2nd October – Sunday 6th October 2019

20+ Venues : Pubs, bars, cafés and arts centres all hosting

60+ Acts: Over 60 Blues & Americana acts throughout the town centre of Leek

Headline acts here at the Foxlowe are:

Martin Harley, Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers and Little Victor and his Combo.

Qigong Classes – Autumn 2019 Dates

Twice-monthly classes in the Rainbow Room on a Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.30am on the following dates:

Tuesday 24 September
Tuesday 8 October
Tuesday 22 October
Tuesday 5 November
Tuesday 19 November
Tuesday 3 December
Tuesday 17 December

Qigong is an ancient and powerful system of energy medicine from China:  it means ‘vital energy (Qi) cultivation (Gong).  It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate Qi.   Working with Qigong exercise will relieve stress, balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system, as well as slow ageing and help accelerate healing.

£10.00 per class payable on the day, but please book in advance with Lindsay.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Trevarthen, Three Treasures Qigong on 07989-986672, email or visit

Wine Bottle Request for Apple Fest

This year Apple Fest at the Foxlowe will be on Saturday, 12th October, and with luck we’ll be able to hold it in the garden.  As usual, we expect to fill a few hundred 75cl wine bottles with the juice pressed from all the apples brought by our lovely visitors.   That means a lot of wine needs to be drunk between now and then, so we’re asking for willing volunteers.

Please start saving all your screw-top 75cl wine bottles to bring with their tops to the Gardeners’ small shed in the Foxlowe garden.  We’ll be ready to start collecting them at the end of August and will leave a crate out then for that purpose.  Alternatively you can bring them ready washed on the day if you’re planning to bring apples for pressing.


Autumn Film Programme


The Film Group have been beavering away to complete the new autumn programme and it’s looking to be as good as ever.  Highlights include Rocketman, an extravagant musical about the dramatic career of Elton John; Judi Dench playing Red Joan, a retired physicist revealed in later life to have been a Soviet agent working for the KGB, and The White Crow, a biopic from Ralph Fiennes about Rudolf Nureyev, whose defection to the West from the USSR in the early sixties stunned the world.  This film also comes with a Meal Deal.

Judi Dench appears again, playing Anne Hathaway opposite Kenneth Branagh as Will Shakespeare in All is True and there are many other excellent films, some by well-known actors and directors and some less so, but all contributing to the exciting and eclectic mix for which Foxlowe Films has acquired a well-deserved reputation.

For a change this season, the Children’s Matinee will be a well-loved classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Although such classics may be widely available on electronic media, our aim is to introduce small children to the magical experience of seeing outstanding films on a big screen in the company of other children.

The Documentary programme will be launched by The Sequel: What will Follow our Troubled Civilisation?, a film that explores new ways of thinking about how to live well, despite and perhaps because of the widely-accepted Climate Emergency, along with initiatives already developing apace around the world that look to reduce our carbon footprint while also improving quality of life. As the film is only an hour long, we hope to arrange a Q&A session afterwards with members of the Staffs Moorlands Climate Action Community, who were recently instrumental in persuading the District Council to unanimously declare a Climate Emergency and commit to working for change.

Printed programmes and tickets will be available in mid-August.  Alternatively you can download an electronic version of the programme.

Foxlowe’s Collection Point for Food Bank

Leek’s Food Bank needs lots of donations right now, as stocks are low, so our collection point just inside the back door may come in handy if you’re not near Morrison’s or Sainsbury’s.

All donations gratefully received!

ST13 July-August 2019

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ST13 May-June 2019

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Foxlowe Film Summer Programme

Your local cinema is back soon with fantastic improvements to the Rainbow Room (new curtains, sub-woofer and stair carpet)  made possible by a Staffordshire County Council Community grant from Councillor Charlotte Atkins’ allocation.  The room looks cosier with the curtains and this and the new sub-woofer should improve the overall sound which is great news.

Thanks for all who came along in the spring season, we had a rise in audience numbers with a number of sell outs which is heartening and good to have so much positive feedback about our programming choices.  We’re back with a varied Tuesday night programme, with something for everyone.

We kick off on Tuesday 7th May with Leave No Trace – a wonderful film about a father and his teenage daughter living off-grid in Oregon.  Mark Kermode declared this his favourite film of 2018 “a film which just doesn’t put a single foot wrong” and Peter Bradshaw in the Guardian awarded it *****.

On 14th May we have A Private War staring Rosamund Pike as Marie Colvin, one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time.  The film charts this fearless and rebellious reporter, as her mission to show the true cost of war leads her to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

We’re delighted to bring you the outrageous period satire The Favourite, screening on 21st May.  Olivia Colman won the best actress Academy Award and BAFTA for her performance as Queen Anne, ably supported by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone.  “A bawdy, brilliant triumph”.

On 28th May we screen Beautiful Boy, starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell in a powerful, soulful and intensely moving drama about addiction, its tragic consequences and reverberations through a family.

Colette, screening on  4th June premiered at Sundance 2018 to rave reviews.  It stars a radiant Keira Knightley giving a career-best performance in what is an exhilarating and timely film about the life of ground-breaking French novelist Colette.

Later in the season we screen:

Vice – Tuesday 11th June

Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Tuesday 18th June

Stan and Ollie – Tuesday 25th June

If Beale Street Could Talk – Tuesday 2nd July

Green Book – Tuesday 9th July

Wild Rose – Tuesday 16th July

Full details are now available in the What’s On calendar  and a copy of the full programme can be downloaded here.

Tickets and programmes will be available by this weekend (27th April)

Leek Arts Festival


Headlining the 2019 programme will be folk superstar Cara Dillon. Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. She has a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings, winning the All Ireland singing trophy in 1989 – aged only 14. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigious concert halls and at festivals the world over.

Another newcomer to Leek Arts Festival in 2019 will be American singer-songwriter Dean Friedman who gave us silky hits like Lucky Stars and Ariel in the 1970s and is championed today by our very own Gaby Roslin and Jonathan Ross. Dean’s never really gone away – he’s just been busy over the years  producing a string of albums of precision-crafted songs in his own inimitable style.

Adding a touch of humour to the 2019 festival will be three lads who claim to be the illegitimate sons of a hugely popular and much-missed Irish entertainer. The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser whose hilarious parodies of popular songs by some of the world’s biggest artists – including The Police, Abba, the Bee Gees and Chris de Burgh – ensure sell performances wherever they play.

Festival favourites Fairport Convention, together with the fabulous Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and the Peak District Big Band will also feature in the 2019 festival programme, along with many other events, both at the Foxlowe and other venues in town.

Full details of events at Foxlowe Arts Centre can be found on the What’s On calendar.  For details of the full programme, go to Leek Arts Festival 2019.

Tickets are available at the Foxlowe Box Office, or on-line (see details on individual event posts).