Deal Festival of Music and Arts 2019

Phoebe Shipton  ·  19th June 2019

Wonderful programme for Deal’s annual Music and Arts Festival

Deal Music and Arts will be hosting yet another magnificent celebration of all the arts in its annual Festival fortnight, which runs from Friday June 28th until Sunday July 14th 2019. The Deal Festival has been a cultural highlight in the South East of England for over 30 years. This year’s programme promises to richly entertain and educate the people of Deal and its many visitors with something for everyone.

Famous artists and programmes in Deal

Deal is a Kent town steeped in a cultural history. There is a plaque outside one of the houses in the high street where composer John Ireland lived in the 1930’s. Charles Hawtrey, famous for his roles in the Carry On films, is remembered for living in the conservation area around Middle Street,  where Keepers Cottages have a wide range of ideal holiday cottages and self catering accommodation for enjoying all that the Festival has to offer. Fans of ITV series ‘Liar’ that was filmed in Deal, might like to stay in one of our luxury holiday cottages on the seafront where much of the filming took place, and many of which are walking distance to the range of concerts and events on offer at the Festival.

International superstar returns to Deal festival.

This year’s Deal Festival opens on Friday June 28th with one of the finest cellists in the world, and a founding patron of the Festival, Steven Isserlis, who is not only performing with young musicians from the Purcell School of Music, but is also giving a masterclass to a selection of those musicians the following day. On the opening Sunday and for the first time Deal Music & Arts is hosting a fabulous day of music and culture at nearby Betteshanger Park. Join them for a day of creative activities for all the family. ‘Make instruments out of recycled materials and join in with the fantastic Junk Orchestra. Cook up a storm with renowned local forager Lucia Stewart or relax beneath the trees with Sound Bath Meditation. Step back into East Kent’s mining roots with the Snowdown Colliery Male Voice Choir and listen to live jazz as you explore the 250-acre Park. We invite you to celebrate the great outdoors with us and enjoy a day of culture in an exceptional natural setting’. And the weekend doesn’t finish there – relax at one of Deal’s most precious assets, its community theatre, The Astor, for an evening of outstanding Jazz with Tim Garland and the Weather Walker Trio.

This is a not to be missed opening weekend of world class classical music and entertainment. Why not treat yourself, your family, or a group of friends to a weekend away at one of our luxury holiday houses that specifically caters for large groups on short breaks. 

Chamber music, Jazz, Shakespeare and more….

The Festival continues into July with everything from intimate chamber music, with the likes of the Castalian Quartet; a wonderful programme of Chopin, Rachmaninov and the fabulous Kapustin concert studies in a Jazz idiom from the mesmerising and compelling international pianist Freddie Kempf, who went to school at nearby Northbourne Park; and big band Jazz from world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra.  And that’s just the second weekend – there are events everyday during the week in between, with something for everyone. We can’t imagine a better romantic getaway than the intimate seaside Kent town of Deal and a wealth of incredible music, art, historic and coastal walks, Shakespeare plays, fabulous dance, and the grand finale, Deal’s renowned annual Bandstand concert with the Royal Marines Band, who were such an integral part of life in Deal for so many years.

For more details about Deal Festival, and how to book tickets, please visit

About Phoebe Shipton

Having studied Marketing at University of Manchester, Phoebe joined the family business in 2020 as Head of Marketing and Operations. Phoebe is focused on making Keepers Cottages stand out, as well as ensuring the bookings flood in!

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