You couldn’t pop into a pub or café in the Mill Road area of Cambridge at the weekend without stumbling across an art exhibition, play or musical performance.
The first Romsey Art Festival launched on Saturday and local charity Lifecraft took over the popular Black Cat Cafe to stage their play Blue Moon Cafe. Over the road Hope Street Yard hosted an arts and crafts market with stalls, live music and painting, and workshops offered the chance to make a lantern and a chicken in a basket.
On Gwydir Street Nicholas Juett’s larger than life paintings provided a bright visual accompaniment to the coffee at Hot Numbers and there was a creative writing workshop at the Bath House with participants recording the sights and sounds of Romsey in poetry and prose.
Even wheelie bins got a makeover from artist Jill Eastland and in Harry Gray and Suzie Olzack’s studio weird gargoyles stared down at us from the walls and vivid colours from florescent light strips reflected and warped in a twisted sheet of metal.
In the evening poetry lovers packed into CB1 Cafe for performances by Romsey poets Ian Patterson and Rychard Carrington and a variety of musical and spoken word acts on the open mic. That was just the first day of the two-week festival in an area bursting with creativity, so if you missed the opening weekend there's plenty more to look forward to.