About Bruton Festival of Arts

The Bruton Festival of Arts is a month long festival culminating with the Packhorse Fair, which aims to showcase talent from Bruton and the surrounding areas and promote the arts as a benefit to all. It is a non-commercial enterprise and all profits are put back into the festival and other year round arts events for the benefit of the town.


The first Packhorse Fair was held in 1999, borne of an idea to form The Bruton Festival of Arts in 1998 at a meeting in the then Royal Oak public house. It originated as a mediaeval fair with all stallholders and visitors encouraged to dress in costume. 

Over the years it has expanded to focus on all that Bruton has to offer over a month of fun, community activities culminating with the Packhorse Fair. The Festival provides opportunities for charities, voluntary organisations and local businesses, as well as promotes our huge array of local musicians, artists and artisans.