Midge Ure, Glen Matlock, John Hurt and MP Norman Lamb at the 2014 Voewood Festival

PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 July 2014

Voewood, High Kelling.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Voewood, High Kelling.; PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


A movie star, Westminster politician and music legends will all be at an intimate arts festival on the site of an iconic arts and crafts house.

Peter Hook who will be playing at Voewood Festival this year. Peter Hook who will be playing at Voewood Festival this year.

The third Voewood Festival at the early 20th century High Kelling home will be happening from Friday August 15 to Sunday August 17.

Rare book dealer Simon Finch, owner of Voewood house, and the man behind the boutique event said this year’s line-up was astonishing.

He said: “It is an extraordinary festival because of its location, the people that perform and its intimacy. People who come say there is nowhere like it.”

Voewood will include book readings, in conversation events, music and even childrens’ activities.

Voewood owner and festival chairman Simon Finch. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Voewood owner and festival chairman Simon Finch. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Attractions this year include a one-hour debate between North Norfolk Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb and Holt businessman Michael Baker, UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for the North Norfolk, at 10am on Sunday.

“It is not Nigel Farage against Nick Clegg but it is the Norfolk equivalent,” Mr Finch added.

Peter Hook will be revisiting an impressive back catalogue of his former bands including new Order and Joy Division on Saturday night with his band Peter Hook and The Light.

The music line-up also includes an acoustic set from former Ultravox and Band Aid star Midge Ure, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young and a final night session by Sex Pistol Glen Matlock.

Up and coming performers will also be playing including 15-year-old Sasha Luffman, who will be singing on Friday evening.

Popular Norfolk potter Emma Bridgewater and Norwich author Eimear McBride, creator of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, will be giving talks on Sunday.

Top film and Doctor Who actor John Hurt, who lives near Cromer, will be doing a reading on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Finch said: “Voewood is not exclusive and we are open to anyone wanting to explore their own creativity. You have the opportunity to see people close up - it is old-fashioned in that sense. We think of it as a local event but with international and national stars.”

Mr Finch, owner of Voewood Art and Books in Holt, said the festival brought attention to north Norfolk.

The arts event launched in 2011 and attracted about 1,200 people when it was last held in 2012.

Tickets range from £15-£165 and can be bought for individual evenings, days or the whole weekend. It is free for children under five.

To book call 01603 598636 or visit

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