1st & 2nd June 2019, Lymington Road, Highcliffe
VRA Entertainment is delighted to be designing, sourcing & coordinating the entertainment & children’s entertainment for the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival 2019. We have a great line up for you and hope that you enjoy the entertainment on offer.
Based in Christchurch, VRA Entertainment is a production and events company offering top quality entertainment, a friendly service and value for money.
We specialize in creating and sourcing innovative and exciting entertainment for a range of venues and budgets. Whether it's a special occasion, event, live theatre show or a local venue, we can create a bespoke entertainment package that delivers great experiences and unforgettable memories.
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Meet the Artists & Performers
Barton Court Studios' Performance Academy, is one of the hardest working under 21s production teams you'll find on the south coast. Their shows have been praised by the community and local press, comparing them to West End levels of professionalism. This year's show is 'A Spoonful Of Sugar', an adaptation of popular musical Mary Poppins, which will be taking the stage on 12th & 13th July at The New Milton Memorial Hall. Tickets available from www.bartoncourtstudios.co.uk/tickets.
Recreation Ground Stage: Sat 1.00pm
Carley Varley is an acoustic musician originally from Hampshire. Performing songs from the 60's to present day chart hits, she plays at festivals, weddings, parties, church events, pubs, bars and restaurants across the South. In 2018 Carley won the Dorset Musical Talent Award from the Venus Awards and was also an Open Mic UK Finalist 2018, she has also performed in some very famous venues including The 02 London, The Ritz and The Waldorf Hotel in London.
Recreation Ground Stage: Sun 11.45am
High Street Stage: Sun 1.45pm
Part of our children's entertainment, the Chefs on Stilts will be providing amusement and fun during the festival on Saturday.
Appearing: Sat 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm
The Coda Music Centre from Christchurch will be providing various forms of musical entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Recreation Ground Stage: The Coda Jazz Ensemble - Sat 3.15pm
Recreation Ground Stage: The Coda Vocal Collective - Sun 11.00am
Described by the Daily Echo as ‘one of the most talented, versatile and hard-working groups in the area’, the award-winning Highcliffe Charity Players stage a renowned annual pantomime, revues and musicals, raising money for local causes. They will be performing a medley from their next production – ‘Soho Cinders’ – a hilarious, satirical contemporary twist on the classic Cinderella story that can be seen at St Mark’s Hall, Highcliffe between 17th – 20th July.
Tickets available from
Recreation Ground Stage: Sat 12.30pm & 2.45pm
The Hoburne Hosts are carefully selected to help create memories to treasure at Hoburne Holiday Parks. With Hoburne Naish, Hoburne Bashley and Hoburne Park in the local area, the Hosts regularly perform full team shows as well as individual spotlight shows, which you will see a highlight of at the festival. We look forward to seeing you all there!
High Street Stage: Sat 3.15pm
From the Sunny South UK, Jess Robyn is making waves with her new music. Her debut single, ‘Ignite’ rocked the local charts and her latest release 'You & Me' was debuted onThe Early Late Show, on BBC Radio Solent. Jess has performed at BBC Introducing Live and has also played in Rome. Her new single Sweet Lies will be coming late 2019.
High Street Stage: Sat 2.30pm
With a large repertoire of songs ranging from the legends of the golden era of Jazz & Blues to the classic Wartime Sweethearts like Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton & Gracie Fields, with 20+ years of theatrical experience, Miss Annie is sure to take you on a sentimental journey down memory lane! She is a regular in Normandy, France and visits every June to sing to our wonderful Veterans and their families and performs solo on a regular basis at local restaurants, hotels and festivals. Miss Annie also performs with the 11 piece swing band, The Regular Joes, and as the lead vocalist and band leader of the 6 piece 1950s Roots Rhythm & Blues Band, Miss Annie & The Midnight Shift.
High Street Stage: Sun 10.00am & 3.15pm
Songs from the newly formed, not-for-profit a cappella group who rehearse at Iford United Reformed Church on a Thursday evening. Suitable from beginner to advanced with member voted songs.
Recreation Ground Stage: Sun 3.15pm
Phil has been described many times as having ‘the voice of an angel’ and loves nothing more than using it to perform his own interpretations of well loved popular music from the past 6 decades. Phil regularly provides his music for events, functions, weddings and remembrance services. ‘Simple, beautiful music’.
High Street Stage: Sat 10.00am & 4.15pm, Sun 1.00pm
With incredible power and emotion in her voice, Susie Kimber is a soulful female vocalist who moves her audiences like no other. An avid interpreter of classic, romantic and elegant songs, Susie specialises in smooth and swing Jazz, Soul, Lounge and Motown. Her smooth soft voice has the rare ability to transport the listener back in time.
"A singer of pure elegance" Humans of Bournemouth
"A fabulous live entertainer she commands the stage" Bournemouth Rocks
High Street Stage: Sat 11.00am & 1.30pm
Ten#59 are made up of Sara Harris and Simon Newton, a very experienced vocal and guitar duo performing some of the best classic Jazz, Swing, Latin, Soul, Motown and Rhythm and Blues covers. Ten#59 are now also available as a 4/5 piece Soul and Motown band.
High Street Stage: Sat 12.30pm
Recreation Ground Stage: Sat 4.15pm
Back by popular demand, The Fifinellas are a Postmodern & Classic Jazz Vocal Trio based on the South Coast of England. With their tight vocal harmonies, the girls can transport you back to the 1940s singing the classics of The Andrew Sisters, Vera Lynn, Anne Shelton and the likes, or get you dancing along singing songs of today in an old fashioned way, by putting their unique vintage twist on classic pop songs as sung by the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Madonna, George Michael, and more!!! Available to book at a trio with backing tracks or as part of a 10 piece band including piano, guitar, double bass, tenor sax/clarinet, baritone sax, trumpet and drums.
High Street Stage: Sun 11.45am
Recreation Ground Stage: Sun 1.30pm
Tom Franck of Top Cat Productions brings you the children's theatre show 'The Mad Hatter's Tea Party' which will be performed several times over the festival weekend.
Recreation Ground Stage: Sat 10.15am & 2.00pm, Sun 10.15am & 12.30pm
Zumba Gold are an enthusiastic dance fitness group led by Alison. They love to perform and entertain using different dance styles and popular songs. You can find their classes in Highcliffe (St Mark's Church Hall), Christchurch, Southbourne and Bournemouth.
All welcome! For more information contact Alison on 07570 446291.
Recreation Ground Stage: Sat 11.00am, Sun 2.30pm
‘We have received notification this week that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Glitter Me Beautiful stall advertised to be on the recreation ground, is no longer able to participate in this event. Festival glitter will be available from Jo’s Face Painting stall on the high street. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’
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With thanks to Helen Dow and the children at Chewton Common Playgroup for their art display for the children’s activity tent and to Highcliffe in Bloom for all their help and support with running the children’s Grow Your Own activity.
Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival is supported by the PPL PRS Charity.
Music amplifies everything it touches. It can turn a field into a festival, a bar into a dancefloor and a job into a passion. So it’s important that we stand up for music by protecting those that make it. This event has been supported by the PPL PRS charity and community discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play the music they want. TheMusicLicence ensures that music creators are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this. For more information about PPL PRS, visit pplprs.co.uk or call 0800 0720 808.