Rooftop Film Festival starts tonight…

….but if you haven’t got a ticket yet, you’re too late as it’s SOLD OUT! Don’t worry though there are still places for Thursday and Friday nights! Organised by our friends at Collectively Camberley. #LoveCamberley

Tickets are available here.



Comedy Tonight!

Tonight at Camberley Theatre, we have the hilarious ‘Graeme of Thrones’

Here’s a special trailor they made us! Tickets are available on the door, the show starts at 7:30pm.


Catching up on the weekend just gone!

As we dusted ourselves down yesterday from a wonderful weekend of music, street performances, drama, literature and BIG FUN we started collating photos, videos and memories, it ended up taking all day to get things ready to write about….so, here goes!

Friday night and the Central Bar, we had four young and up for it bands – headlined by BlackWaters (who went off to play the Download Festival as soon as they finished and who will be supporting The Libertines in August), Annabel Allum who was at SXSW in Texas earlier this year, Sophie and the Giants who have just signed an exciting management deal and first on, King Knit who are a new band from Bracknell, and went down brilliantly.

With huge thanks to Alan Meeks for the photos….

King Knit

 Sophie and the Giants

Annabel Allum





So farewell to a noisy, sweaty Friday night….

…and hello to a lovely, sunny afternoon on Park Street. Saturday saw street performances from Moody Will and the Roll, Western Sky and of course, The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band.


Moody Will and the Roll

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Inside The Bear pub we had literature, featuring, among others, ex Loaded and NME journalist James Brown talking about his new book on 5-Aside football. Here he is talking to fellow author Daniel Rachel, who was there to talk about his prize winning book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’..

James and Daniel

There was drama over at the Central Bar,  (quite a change from the previous evening!) Brightlight Theatre presented Jamie Kakritz’s play ‘The Start of Something’.

Drama Sat June 10

Meanwhile, Glo Salon hosted an awesome Glo Unplugged live stream for the wonderful Katy Hurt.


The Bear had an open mic session followed by math rock from Steve Strong

Steve Strong

And there were loads of amazing musical talents over at The Carpenter’s Arms, all day from noon until 10pm!

Here’s Joe Waller…

Joe Waller

….and the fabulous headliners, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees who got the whole pub up and dancing!

Martin Stephenson

Here’s a clip recorded from the start of their set – things got pretty crazy from here on in!

And so we walked our tired, happy feet home….slept and woke up, excited that the 5 times BBC Folk Award winners, the mighty Oysterband were playing Camberley Theatre that night!

And here’s a clip of them, they were magnificent!

If raucous folk music wasn’t your bag, we also had the thought provoking ‘Psychoacoustic’ dance piece, performed by Jack Philps dance company in the function room….thanks to Andy Edmeads for the photo.


And that, ladies and gentle men, completes our crazy, wonderful weekend!

Oysterband and ‘Psychoacoustic’ tonight.

Oh my did we have a great day and night yesterday across Camberley yesterday! We’ll do a review complete with pictures and videos tomorrow.

Tonight we have the multi award winning Oysterband at Camberley Theatre.

You can still get tickets at the box office, doors are 7:30pm.

See you there!

Plus we have a thought provoking contemporary dance piece, performed by  Jack Philp Dance ‘Psychoacoustic’  in the large studio, again you can get tickets on the door. 7:30pm start.






Saturday 10 June

We have been looking forward to this day for a long time – and now it’s here – just look at the weather! It’s perfect! We are very excited…

Park Street will have street performers from 1pm, there will be live music at the top end, just near The Bear pub with Moody Will and the Roll plus Western Sky playing.

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will march up and down Park Street several times during the afternoon – first performance will be at 2pm. They will be in wonderful colourful costumes and will be joined by stilt walkers and dancers!

The Bear pub will be hosting some brilliant literature and Q&A sessions from authors and writers including, Joe England on his football fanzines, Daniel Rachel and his account of Rock Against Racism and his award winning book ‘Walls Come Tumbling Down’, Ex NME / Loaded journalist, James Brown and his book about 5 a side football, finishing with Travis Elborough who will also have a slide show presentation along with his talk about ‘A Walk In The Park‘. (Unfortunately Dave Randall can no longer make his 4pm slot, so we have an acoustic set from Portsmouth based Free From Gravity instead).


After the literature at The Bear, Ben Hinzman presents an Open Mic session from6 – 8pm.

The night is finished off  by math-rock from Bristol with Chiyoda Ku and Steve Strong to finish things off there from 8:30 – 11pm.

Over at The Carpenter’s Arms there will be live music acoustic / singer song-writer music from noon featuring at 3:30pm Welsh song writer The Gentle Good, Gareth (for it is he) sings in both English and Welsh and recently played a wonderful session on the BBC 2 Folk Show. Here’s a taste…

At 4:45pm Joe Waller and his band – these guys played a blinder for us earlier in the year at one of our #CIFLive evenings at Camberley Theatre.

The night st The Carpenter’s is headlined by Martin Stephenson and The Daintees.

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Keep an eye and ear open for the Glo Unplugged session from Katy Hurt!


If you fancy something a little different, head on over to the Central Bar for some drama by Brightlight Theatre.

The Start of Something - CIF

There is also story telling in The Mall plus our ‘pop up festival’ opposite The Body Shop.


And don’t forget – this is all FREE!!! We hope you manage to get along to something today and we really hope you have a great time! X

BlackWaters / Annabel Allum plus support TONIGHT!

At last, a gig we have been writing excitedly about for months is upon us!

Tonight’s the night – The Central Bar (AKA The Working Men’s Club). FREE Entry as this is the PARTY to kick-start our weekend of awesome entertainment! #CIF17 Just turn up and have yourself a wonderful evening!

BlackWaters are playing the Download Festival tomorrow and supporting The Libertines in August!




‘Z Cars’ Party – photos and review.

What a lovely way to start #CIF17.

On Wednesday June 7 guests gathered at the Camberley Theatre for the opening night of this year’s Camberley International Festival.  They were treated to a wonderful selection of songs from Dean Dyson in the bar (whist drinking the complimentary drinks obviously!).

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Guests then moved on through to the main auditorium where venue manager Andy Edmeads welcomed them and introduced Ian Cullen (below).

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Ian, who starred in the iconic BBC series from 1969-1975 as DC Joe Skinner, co-hosted this party and gave a introduction speech detailing the history of ‘Z Cars’. Once he had finished, everyone settled down to enjoy ‘Pieces’, and episode from 1973.

After the screening, various cast and crew were invited to the stage and the audience were treated to some wonderful memories and anecdotes about working on such classic BBC series as ‘Dr Who’ and of course, ‘Z Cars’.

Here are Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71), Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ ) and Tim Combe, (director on Z Cars from 1968 to 1973).

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Ian Cullen and Bernard Holley, old friends, reunited!



Welcome to #CIF17!

Tonight is the night, the glasses are being polished, the Prosecco is cooling and the cinema screen is being unfurled!

We start the 2017 Camberley International Festival this evening at the Camberley Theatre, with our very special ‘Z Cars’ party.

Everyone will be greeted with a welcome glass of Prosecco or soft drink.

Then, the wonderful Dean Dyson will be singing in the bar – here’s a clip of him singing – it’s had over a million views!

We will then go through to the main auditorium  and watch an episode of the iconic BBC series ‘Pieces’ from 1973.

When the episode has finished, there will be a Q&A hosted by Ian Cullen, who played DC Skinner from 1969 – 75. We are very privileged to welcome these actors and crew from ‘Z Cars’:

Bernard Holley (PC Newcombe 1967–71),

Bernard first rose to prominence in the long-running UK police drama series Z-Cars as PC Newcombe, a character he would play for four years from 1967 to 1971. . He is also well known for his appearances in Doctor Who, in The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967), as the Axon Man in The Claws of Axos (1971), Other regular television roles include The Gentle Touch (1982–84), and the follow-up series C.A.T.S. Eyes in 1985. He later played Richard in two seasons of Birds of a Feather, and featured in the popular drama series Frost. His recent television appearances include Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Doctors and Holby City.

Bernard also has many film roles, including Travels with My Aunt and the cult film The Deadly Females). He has also voiced hundreds of commercials. On stage he has graced theatre all over the UK

Holley has also worked consistently on the stage in theatres all over the UK, including. His most recent stage role was in Allan Monkhouse’s Mary Broome at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in 2011.

Margot Hayhoe (production assistant on ‘Z Cars’ )

Joined the BBC in 1964 as secretary in BBC Enterprises – she then progressed to the Drama Serials Department where she worked up the ladder from Assistant Floor Manager to Associate Producer. She worked in Doctor Who, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Man in the Iron Mask, War and Peace and many other BBC productions. She left the staff in 1994 and worked as a freelancer until 2005 when she retired for production work – she occasionally works as a background artist.

Tim Combe, worked as a director on Z Cars from 1968 to 1973.

He also directed, among things, episodes of

Doctor Who  from 1970 including the celebrated

Doctor Who and the Mind of Evil (BBC, 1971)

The Doctors (BBC, 1970/71)

Ballet Shoes (BBC, 1975)

The Brothers (BBC, 1976)

Angels (BBC, 1976)

Z-Cars (BBC, 1968-1973)

There are still a few places left – if you would like to attend, please email before 4pm today (June 7).

This time next week!

Only one week until this magnificent gig takes place at The Central Bar (Working Men’s Club) in Camberley. Friday 9 7pm! Cheap booze and big fun! FREE ENTRY! Blackwaters will be playing the Download Festival the next day and supporting The Libertines in August. They are so busy gigging at the minute – see them in a small venue while you still can!