AFTER a decade organising the Beaminster Festival Tanya Bruce-Lockhart has decided to move on.

Tanya said: “I am so pleased that Beaminster is now at the forefront of the West Country’s music and arts festivals.”

She says all the successful favourites will be at this year’s fesitval from June 28 to July 6. There is dancing in the Square, Andy Baker and members of the Mini Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and recorder workshops at Beaminster School, Mountjoy and the pupils of the six local primary schools.

Main attraction this year is cellist Laura van der Heijden – winner of the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year.

The Illyria Open Air Theatre Company return with a production of Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine and the menu of music is as eclectic as ever as are the Literary Talks.

Andy Hancock, the music man, has all kinds of musical treats on offer for the free dancing in the Square event that heralds the start of the festival.

The music is diverse from the Onyx Brass Quintet at lunchtime on Monday June 30 and, in the evening, the New Rope String Band with sounds of celtic, bluegrass, cajun and dixieland.