TICKETS for this year’s Devizes Arts Festival go on sale on Monday (23) and chairman Margaret Bryant promise of something to suit everyone is likely to be kept.

The festival which runs from May 31 to June 17 is a unique mix of the sublime to the ridiculous with plenty in between.

The show will be opened by former MP Ann Widdecombe, who thanks to her appearances on Strictly and Celebrity Big Brother could be seen to be the later but she has plenty of gravitas as well.

She said: “I always get plenty of questions about Strictly, my books and an awful lot of questions about Europe too, but that is part of the fun of it.”

She will be on stage in the Corn Exchange from 8pm on May 31.

Three days later on the first Saturday of the festival there will be an organ recital by Davie Good in St John’s Church at 11.30am, followed by the sound of Cuba with Son Yambu in the Corn Exchange at 8pm.

June 3 exemplifies the wide mix of activities on offer as the day starts with the chance to explore the World War One practice trenches on Salisbury Plain followed by fun from the fringe with Laura Greaves in the Black Swan, singer/musician Jemima Foxtrot at Devizes Books and comedian Andrew Watts in the Black Swan.

Headliner on the first Sunday of the festival will be solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie who will be in the Corn Exchange at 8pm.

The following couple of weeks will keep up the variety but many will be looking forward to welcoming Toyah to the Corn Exchange on the final Saturday (June 16) when the former punk princess will perform in the Corn Exchange from 8pm. In keeping with her punk roots this will be a standing only performance so people can sing and dance along to hits such as Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains and It’s A Mystery.

Tickets can be booked at or at Devizes Books.