Concerts, demonstrations and talks during The Brinks Festival which has started in Wisbech

Octavia Hill's Birthplace House is the setting for many of the events.

Octavia Hill's Birthplace House is the setting for many of the events. - Credit: Archant

A two-week exhibition celebrating the essence and heritage of the Fens has opened in Wisbech.

The Brinks Festival, which opened on Tuesday, is the new name for Wisbech Arts Festival. It offers a diverse schedule of events and exhibitions until May 24.

Festivities continue today with a talk about artist LS Lowry by Michael Simpson, The Lowry’s director of visual arts, at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House from 2pm. Tickets cost £3.

The birthplace house also hosts a session titled Twilight Teachers Training – Lowry for Schools, from 4pm. It will entertain children while teaching them some of Lowry’s techniques. Tickets cost £3.

An evening of entertainment based on an Old Time Music Hall theme is held at St Peter’s Church Hall from 6.45pm. Tickets cost £5 and includes light refreshments.

Other events taking place include:

? Reflections on the Ouse Washes: A pictorial history by Mike Petty – Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, today at 7.30pm. Tickets £3.

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? Drama Queenz and Kingz with Linda Ekins – Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Saturday at 10am. Tickets £3.

? Wisbech Arles Twinning Town Walk – meet at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Saturday at 10am. Free. To join walk, e-mail

? Country & Western themed Love Your Local Market day – Wisbech Market Place. Includes country performers Merv and Maria Futter. Other attractions include a rodeo bull and shooting gallery.

? Uncle Mick’s Magical Punch & Judy Show – Centenary Green, Saturday at 11.30am.

? Save Our Piano Concert: Octavia Hill Practice Group – Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Saturday at 7pm. Tickets £3.

? Antiques 4 All: A masterclass by Rakesh Ganger of Riverside Interiors – Mendi’s, Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets £3.

? Faure’s Requiem Concert by the Clarkson Singers – St Peter’s Church, Sunday at 3pm. Free, but donations welcome.

? 10,000 years of Wisbech History in a day by James Mayle, Graffiti Artist – Centenary Green, Monday at 10am.

? Screening of Deux Jours, Une Nuit – Luxe Cinema, Monday at 2.30pm. Tickets £4-£6. In association with the Luxe and Arles twinning visit.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit