News: Al Murray Headlines Curious Festival

Al Murray has been confirmed as the headline comedy act at the forthcoming Curious Arts Festival.

The intimate festival takes place at Pylewell Park, New Forest, from 20th to 23rd July. 

Curious is cementing a reputation for attracting the cream of UK’s comedy talent with today’s announcement that Al Murray will be joining Radio 4 regular Simon Evans, lightening-quick sketch group The Noise Next Door and gifted character acts Jo Neary and Milo McCabe in the New Forest this July.

Celebrating its fifth birthday this summer, this small boutique festival with just 5000 capacity punches above its weight when it comes to comedy, having previously featured David Baddiel, Ed Byrne, Richard Herring, Zoe Lyons, Lucy Porter and Paul Tonkinson in its short history.

Comedy lovers at Curious 2018 can also catch Adam Kay, kids favourite James Campbell, Australian podcaster Alice Fraser (Tea with Alice), Ben Pope and Laura Lexx.

As well as bringing his new children’s show to Curious, James Campbell will be co-hosting a daily kids news round up with Alice Fraser across the weekend.

As well as comedy, Curious offers a glittering array of the cultural, creative and curious all in the stunning Solent-side setting of the grounds of privately-owned Pylewell Park. These include;

  • An inspired literary line up of author event from this year’s prize winners and best sellers including celebrated adult and children’s author Matt Haig, journalist, historian and McMafia creator Misha Glenny, Kate Mosse and People’s Poet Lemn Sissay.
  • Music from some of the UK’s most exciting singer songwriter talent – John Newman headlines this year – with Outlya, Flyte and electronic rock duo Milky Chance
  • A uniquely engaging children’s programme include insect walks, pop up theatre and printmaking and puppet theatre workshops

Curious will take place from 20th to 22nd July 2018.  Full price weekend tickets are £128, with children over 5 and over at just £23. Children under 5 are free. Early-bird weekend tickets (£103 adult, £225 family) are now on sale at

Dogs on leads are welcome. Camping is free and glamping options can be booked from March.


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