Check out the variety of entertainment and acts taking place across the weekend



Jax will be performing some traditional Jazz and Vintage music intertwined with a unique Jazz/Vintage twist on modern day favourites creating a laid back atmosphere with summer festival vibes on Sunday 22nd July!

Jax has also featured on music for Sky One, ITV, The Royal Variety Show and The XFactor.




The MakeShift Ensemble will be attending Taste of the South with ‘The Children in the Moon’ a wonderfully visual and original take on centuries old children’s verse, packed with puppetry and live music . The play tells the story of Zack and Lil using beautifully hand crafted puppets and their wonderful teapot of tales, a larger than life travelling tea machine which brews fabulous stories in celebration of discovery, courage and diversity.



Vintage Style Vocalist

Steve Conway is a Quality Vintage style vocalist who has sung at many weddings,Corporate events , business award nights etc. In 2015 Steve sang for a premiership footballers wedding in Belgium. Steve works as a Solo Singer and also with his fantastic Quintet/ Quartet.

He currently sings regularly for Tottenham Hotspurs Match days at Club Wembley.




Wendy has played for many years both on the semi and professional circuit. She also directs her own 9 piece function band Night Creatures and currently performs regularly with various bands along with her own jazz fusion band Spiral and the duos Saxuality and Mojito.

She has previously worked with the famous 70s group Odyssey and the band, Apart From Rod, featuring 3 of Rod Stewart’s original band members – Jim Cregan, Robin LeMesurier and Gary Grainger and recently had a successful overseas tour were she shared the stage with some of the UK’s top cabaret artists including Andy Abrahams of X Factor fame.

A consummate professional, she is regarded as one of the finest female saxophonist’s in the UK and is available as a soloist (sax with backing tracks) for bars, restaurants, weddings and corporate events, overseas as well as in the UK.

Her versatility enables her to play in many different musical styles including jazz, blues, pop, soul, Ibiza chillout and contemporary smooth jazz and groove, making her popular and in demand.




Emma Hardy is a 16 year old singer songwriter from Hordle near Lymington she sings, plays guitar and piano performing live regularly on the local circuit either Solo or as half of a duo with Paul Denson or with her full band. Her set consists of mostly upbeat covers sprinkled with a few original songs. She has just finished her GCSE exams and is now enjoying a break before the rigours of 6th form in September. Emma also loves musical theatre with recent appearances in Oklahoma and My Fair Lady at the Regents Centre in Christchurch and upcoming shows at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown (Tale of Two Cities the Musical version.) and another in Highcliffe. (Isn’t it Romantic) for the Milton Musical Society.



Dorset based Funky Little Choir, are based in Christchurch and Bournemouth we are a contemporary amateur choir with a professional sound. Several TV appearances include Gareth Malone’s Best in Britian 2016, Don’t stop believing and CBBC Glee.


Outdoor Yoga Classes

Yoga Lounge Bournemouth, owned by Amber Fidler, is the largest hot yoga studio in the South, and regularly plays host to prominent yoga experts from around the world. They will be hosting outdoor yoga classes for all to enjoy across the weekend of Taste of the South. Bring a yoga mat and take part in a FREE class!



Children's entertainer

Mervyn Cole will be performing his special brand of magic, plus jokes, and puppets on Saturday and Sunday!


Fitness and Health Bloggers

Emily and Hannah AKA Twice the Health met at university, bonding over a mutual love for running and really good food, they began TTH following securing a very last minute spot in the London Marathon. Since then they’ve worked to build a running community that brings the enjoyment back into the sport that fills us with so much joy. So many people associate running with injury or weight loss, but there is so much more to the simple strides than this. The community is incredible, the social side is ever growing and opportunity to be outdoors is one we’ll never get bored of. Now they want to share that with YOU.

TTH say “We’ll be at Taste of the South this year in the Zen Den to talk about all things running, food and how the once dreaded ‘cardio’ could actually become something you really quite like. Running should be about bringing groups together to get outside, get active and get social. If it’s not fulfilling one, or all of these things something’s not right. We’re here to change that!”



Madeleine Grantham is a performance storyteller, with over 20 years experience. She’ll be bringing enthralling and energetic retellings of traditional tales and myths to the festival.

Come along and hear about: the man who wished for a sausage, the role of strawberries in reconciling Adam and Eve, how a tramp involved a village in a frugal recipe for soup, and the youth giving properties of Viking apples.

With these and a wealth of other stories about food and farming to choose from you’ll be salivating at this smorgasbord of sweet and savoury stories.


Dark and Pedley Duo

Vocalist & Guitarist

Easy listening music with Singer Natasha Dark and Jazz guitarist Ben Pedley.


Fitness Classes

WOW Ladies Fitness, based in Wimborne, is THE gym for ladies. They are committed to helping woman of all ages and abilities to achieve their own very best health and fitness, without any fear of judgement. They will be bringing their hula hoops and kettle bells to Taste of the South, giving a taster of what they have to offer in the South!



Electro-Acoustic entertainment bringing you songs from many genres.


Acoustic Duo

Velvet Rose are a two-piece acoustic rock duo featuring two member from the classic/glam rock band 27 Days. Performing upbeat and energetic songs from the likes of Guns n’ Roses, Poison, Def Leopard, etc. With the ability to entertain any crowd and a very professional but friendly performance, you are guaranteed to get a good show!


Encore Theatre Productions

With a string of successful productions over the last 3 years covering Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Drama, Encore are proud to present Jill Santoriello’s Musical Masterpiece, A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Taken from the Charles Dickens Novel, this Musical follows the lives of French and English people, all caught up in the French revolution.

Two men in love with the same woman. Two cities swept up in revolution. One last chance for a man to redeem his wasted life and change the world. This musical focusses on the love triangle between young beauty Lucie Manette, French aristocrat Charles Darnay and drunken English lawyer, Sydney Carton.

From its opening on Broadway in September 2008, to our 10th anniversary production, marking a premiere on the south coast of England, this musical has inspired audiences all around the world, with its dramatic storyline and soaring music; something you won’t forget.