The Pen and Parchment

Our Talking Tent!

Let’s hear it for the return of our spectacular Spoken Word stage!

Back for its fourth year, we’ve listened to your feedback and have designed a dreamy line-up that promises to entertain, interest, entice and excite our audience. Over on this stage we’re all about promoting thought, debate and having a good laugh. Because our philosophy in life is that if we can’t kick back at a festival with our loved ones and laugh our socks off, then we’re doing life all wrong!

We’re the stage that consistently offers something for everyone: open mic sessions, stories, poetry, interviews, comedy and even a junior talent show. It’s Lakefest at its finest: More Than Music.


Open Mic Sessions
Vintage Vinyl


Stories of Kirtan – Laurence Aldridge
Kimwei McCarthy – Become A Bard
Jack Harris
Angie Belcher’s Astonishing Comedy Hour


Herb’s off-grid life
Jack Harris Lyric Writing for Beginners
Bug Tales Stories from the Small World
Kimwei McCarthy – Grand Bard of Exeter
Richard III (A One Woman Show)
Skinner and Twitch
Angie Belcher’s Astonishing Comedy Hour


Open Mic Sessions
Kids Talent Show

Don’t Miss:

The Lakefest 2021 Junior Talent Show

Back by popular demand for 2021 – The Lakefest Junior Talent Contest will be staged within the cosy Pen & Parchment Marquee. If your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or grand-daughter has a little performing wizardry in their back pocket, then this is absolutely the place for them to be on the afternoon of Sunday 15th.

We’ve built a stage, installed a sound system and all that’s now missing is the next generation of Lakefest headline performers strutting their stuff.
If you or someone you know would like to enter please follow the link and fill in the application. Places are limited, so don’t delay!
Our judges this year include Matt Owens from Noah & the Whale and
Rhiannon Milsom, who put together our Emerging Talent contest and so discovered the fabulous Lucy May Walker www.lucymaywalkerofficial.com 
Our prize this year will be a space on one of the Lakefest stages next year.
You have to be in it to win it, and it starts here, so go for it.
If not now, when?