Curious Arts Festival

Our marquees and tents have hosted many strange and remarkable parties and events over the years but few can quite compare with the Curious Arts Festival to be held in the magical grounds of Pylewell Park in the New Forest over the weekend of July 18th - 20th.

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"We've gathered together some of the most eclectic and glamorous writers, artists and musicians in the country to create a unique experience in one of the most beautiful gardens in the country," says co-curator, Clare Conville.

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"There are more than 70 performances and events to enjoy, everything from fascinating talks by contemporary writers like Lady Antonia Fraser, Fay Weldon, DBC Pierre and Dan Snow to musicians including Ed Harcourt and Nick Mulvey, performance artist Ed Strange, sculptor Gavin Turk, to name but a few. Then there are pop-up events throughout the week-end as well as physiotherapy, life drawing and a Jabberwocky Hunt for children."

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Other family-friendly events include insect walks, magic shows, donkey rides, film screenings, fair ground games as well as the opportunity to meet and hear from an array of writers for children including Piers Torday, Damian Dibben and Rob Lloyd-Jones. "Just about the only things we won't be having are face-painting and bouncy castles!" adds Clare.

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One of the other big draws is the location itself. "Pylewell Park is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen," continues Clare. "It's a private house owned by the Hon David and Melanie Roper-Curzon and has the most incredible views over the Solent with a hundred acres of pleasure gardens and a fifteen-acre lake."

If you want an expert guide, sign up for a garden walk with Michael Roper-Curzon, gardener and plantsman at Pylewell or Wade Graham, LA gardener and garden historian. For film buffs, the Curtis Brown Film Tent will be screening a selection of contemporary and classic movies from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett as well as some very special events introduced by the likes of Hossein Amini and James Bobin.

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Curious Arts is expected to attract around 1500 people for the three days of the festival and camping is included in the ticket price. There are also glamping options or you can bring your own camper van. The sheer range of music, books, films, children's entertainment, theatrical performances and eclectic happenings on offer means that the festival will certainly be one of the most unusual and imaginative events of the summer and one which The Arabian Tent Company is proud to be a part.

To enter our competition to win a pair of day tickets to the festival visit our Facebook page!

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Events Director and Founder

Katherine is the founder of Arabian Tents and her day is a whirlwind of meeting clients, writing emails (lots of them!), brainstorming décor ideas and snatching moments to feel very lucky she loves what she does.

When throwing a party it’s always colourful, inviting, warm and relaxing – she loves the Purple Palace interior as it apparently looks good against everyone and she makes sure there is always a ‘surprise’ for guests, whether it be a secret room to discover, an alternative performance or after-dinner liqueur treats. She believes that people parties are important and moments at them are remembered for the rest of people’s lives, so it’s important to break the ice as fast as possible and get on with having fun! The next project she’s working on is a new structure design that should be manufactured and ready to be unveiled to the world next year!

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