The Bardic Picnic Festival

Welcome to the website of the Bardic Picnic, Northampton’s free community festival of the spoken word. Based around the annual contest to determine which local spoken word artist will claim the title of the Bard of Northampton, the Bardic Picnic offers a celebration of poetry, storytelling, music, songwriting and all forms of creativity and performance. Join us, as we follow the traditions of the Bard by welcoming local and travelling performers, delighting and inspiring their audiences by sharing their talent and skills with the wider community.

Alongside the contest and spoken word acts, this one day summer festival also features live bands and singer/songwriters over several stages. To further the merriment, there is a smorgasbord of food and drink, plus lots to do for families, with workshops and a play area. With a variety of stalls, crafts and walkabout entertainers, the Bardic Picnic proves to be one of the best days out in Northampton. For local artists wanting to perform, open mic slots will be available and we welcome entrants to the Bard Contest. Younger artists may like to enter our contests for Young and Junior Bards.