12 July, 2024




FREE (booking required)


TAKE FIVE - Weston Arts + Health Festival Hub
Adjacent to Revo Kitchen.
BS23 1BE

Two women on a beach in a blue canoe. One is sitting with a typewriter, smiling at the other who is standing with a paddle in her hands. The canoe sits on the sand, a lake and a crescent of houses behind. It is a sunny day

TAKE FIVE – Friday Night Sounds on the Sand

Part of TAKE FIVE – Weston Arts + Health Festival

Poetry and music under the stars with UHBW NHS Foundation Trust’s artists in residence

The Festival Hub is a beautiful canvas stretch tent, with accessible seating, that will keep you sheltered come rain or shine.  Please do dress appropriately for the outdoors

A brilliant mixed bill kicks off the festival’s live action in unforgettable style, with poetry and music from some of the hospital’s artists in residence, moonlighting on the beach. 

House of Figs is a collaboration between Beth Calverley (The Poetry Machine, UHBW Poet in Residence) and Beth Roberts (Hands of the Heron / Hedera / Tryani Collective, UHBW Musician in Residence). From hospitals to festivals, their work is infused with warmth and wit and always lingers long in the mind, illuminating the value of care for ourselves and others. House of Figs have performed at Lyra Poetry Festival, Komedia Bath, Shambala, HowTheLightGetsIn, Green Man, WOMAD, Bristol Harbour Festival and more. 

Roland Harrad is a Bristol based singer/songwriter, performer and trainee music therapist, whose versatile style encompasses folk, jazz, opera, soul, hip-hop and classical, and whose performances have delighted audiences from Catalonia to Kuwait. 

Man looking into camera with a guitar on his shoulder

Apple of My Eye are the uproarious troubadours of the modern folk scene. Their music blends traditional English folk with modern songwriting, using vocal harmonies and traditional instruments. Warm up your vocals and limber up, you’ll be singing and dancing through their whole set.

A band of 5 playing instruments in a dark room

“Hypnotic… radiates tenderness and awe” – Sabotage Reviews on House of Figs

“… a masterclass of storytelling through music” – Songwriting Magazine on Apple of my Eye

There will also be an non-alcoholic bar if you’d like to buy a drink

Lead image by Paul Blakemore, with thanks

2024 is the fifth year for Weston Arts + Health Festival, a partnership between UHBW NHS Foundation Trust and Super Culture that shines a light on the creative provision that exists in Weston year-round to bring people together in positive, shared activity that can support both physical and mental health.