Theatre at the Oak Room

We often have theatre productions – why not join our mailing list and be the first to hear?

The Oak Room makes a great performance space and is for hire by theatre companies.

If you are interested in using the space for a theatre production please email

See Previous Events  to see some productions that have happened here.


Tiverton Literary Festival 2018 – Poetry Night – 15th June

Liz Shakespeare & Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests

15th June  2018

Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start

Tickets £7 

Available from Tiverton Library, Liznojan Bookshop, and Reapers or online – Click here.

Liz Shakespeare talks about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton, whose admirers included Charles Dickens. Followed by the return of the popular Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests – all taking place in the stunning surroundings of the Oak Room Arts Centre!

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open.

Programme for the evening:

6.30pm                        Doors open – coffee shop and licensed bar open.

7pm – 8pm                  Liz Shakespeare

8pm – 8.30pm             Interval

8.30pm – 9.30pm        Poetry café with Paul Mortimer and Guests

9.30pm – 10pm           Wind down/book sales/doors closed


7pm – 8pm Liz Shakespeare

Liz talks about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton, whose admirers included Charles Dickens.

About Liz Shakespeare

Liz Shakespeare has been writing for nearly thirty years and has published six books inspired by the landscapes, people and history of Devon. The family stories she has grown up with and the sense of being deeply rooted in the area have been a powerful influence on her writing. She is interested in social history and particularly in the lives of the less advantaged.

Liz Shakespeare will be talking about Edward Capern, the famous postman poet born in Tiverton. Her novel The Postman Poet draws on historical research and Capern’s own writing to tell the story of Bideford’s Postman Poet from obscurity to national renown, capturing the opportunities and inequalities of the Victorian age.

8.30pm – 9.30pm Poetry Cafe with Paul Mortimer and Guests

  • Elaine Jarvest Miller
  • Annie Fisher
  • Alasdair Paterson
  • Paul Tobin

About the poets

Our host Paul Mortimer: Born in North Wales now living in Tiverton, Paul Mortimer’s debut collection, Fault Line, was published by Lapwing in 2015 with two prints runs completely sold out. The book was the focus of a 44-piece art exhibition that toured throughout 2016. He has appeared at several literary and poetry festivals. This year two of his poems featured in the international anthology Chiaroscuro which selected work of poets from America, Africa and Australia as well as Europe.  His second poetry collection is due to be published soon.

Elaine Jarvest Miller lives in Dawlish and performs regularly on the South West poetry scene. Her first collection was The Angel in my Underwear (Acumen, 2013). She lives in Dawlish and is involved with several Devon poetry groups.

Annie Fisher is a member of the Taunton-based Fire River Poets and her work has appeared in a number of poetry magazines. Her poetry pamphlet, Infinite in All Perfection, was published by Happenstance, 2016.

Paul Tobin lives in Taunton and has appeared at numerous literary and folk festivals, taking his poetry to a wide audience. He has two collections,Blessed by Magpies (Lapwing, 2011) and Flash Words (Lapwing, 2014). A third is due later year.

Alasdair Paterson Having won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1975 and published collections in the mid-1980’s, Alasdair Paterson returned to writing after a 20 year gap with on the governing of empires, published by Shearsman in 2010 and has since produced another four books or pamphlets.  He lives in Exeter, where he presents the Uncut Poets readings and chairs the Exeter Poetry Festival.

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open from 6.30pm.

It promises to be a great night!

Festival Box Offices:

Tiverton Library, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6SA Tel 01884 244644

Liznojan Books, 25 Gold St, Tiverton EX16 6QB

Reapers Whole Foods, 18 Bampton St, Tiverton EX16 6AA

Or online at

Tiverton Literary Festival 2018 – Nature Writers – 14th June


Miriam Darlington & Stephen Moss

Thursday 14th June


Oak Room Tiverton

An evening to delight nature and bird lovers. Dr. Miriam Darlington is joined by writer and broadcaster Stephen Moss. Miriam’s latest book was Radio 4 Book of the Week, and Stephen is a regular contributor to the Guardian Birdwatch column.

Darlington, Miriam_credit Richard AustinOwl Sense

Moss, StephenMrs Moreau's Warbler

Tickets £10 – Click here

Miriam Darlington was born in Lewes, Sussex. A prize- winning poet, she taught French and English for twelve years, before becoming a full-time writer in 2007. For most of her life, Miriam Darlington has obsessively tracked and studied wildlife. Qualified in modern languages, nature writing and field ecology, she is a Nature Notebook columnist at The Times. Her poetry collection Windfall was published in 2008 and her first book Otter Country was published in 2012. Her most recent book Owl Sense is out now by GuardianFaber was recently Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Devon with two children, one dog, two cats, four chickens and one husband.

Stephen Moss is a naturalist, writer and broadcaster, who also lectures in nature and travel writing at Bath Spa University. He is the original producer of BAFTA award-winning TV series Springwatch whose other TV credits include Big Cat Diary, Birds Britannia and Birding with Bill Oddie. He has published a number of of best-selling books on birds and British wildlife and writes a monthly Birdwatch column for the Guardian. His latest book is Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names.

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open.

Doors open at 6.30pm. See you there!

Festival Box Offices:

Tiverton Library, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6SA Tel 01884 244644

Liznojan Books, 25 Gold St, Tiverton EX16 6QB

Reapers Whole Foods, 18 Bampton St, Tiverton EX16 6AA

Or online at


Yoga at the Oak Room

Antonia Ryan is now running a range of Yoga classes at the Oak Room. There is something for everyone:

New Yoga Classes at The Oak Rooms May 2018

The Tuesday session is not on at the moment.

Putting the Art into Arts Centre

When you think of the Arts people generally think of music, theatre and films but of course there are also the creative arts of painting, sculpture, print-making, ceramics and crafts.

Art has a special place at the Oak Room with opportunities for people to exhibit their work in exhibitions or art and craft fairs held regularly. Helping artists and crafters to sell their work is one objective of the Oak Room, especially as there is a lack of exhibition space in the town and local area.

Meanwhile, in the downstairs Studio (also known as the Secret Garden Room) a whole array of Art Classes happen on a very regular basis. This is the place in Tiverton to dabble with watercolours, get messy with oil paints, persist with pastels, draw the human form, make a print or join in with a craft class. More and more artists are holding classes here. It is gradually becoming an Art School!

Recently the studio room has been upgraded for art workshops and there are plenty of tables, a washing up area, plenty of natural light from the large picture windows, daylight bulb spotlights for those dull winter days and a wonderful cosy feel. The added attraction is the garden terrace overlooking the River Exe which is a great art space in the summer months.

Life Class

Life drawing class

The studio attracts artists running workshops such as Belinda Reynell who teaches oil painting and Lizzie Mee teaching print-making, Ken Maharajah teaching life drawing, as well as regular workshops and classes run by the owner Sue Searle, an accomplished artist who specialises in watercolours and crafts. Art is well and truly an integral part of the activities at the Oak Room.

“I love the relaxed and supportive atmosphere of the art classes at the Oak Room” JM

Oil Painting Class

Oil Painting class with Belinda Reynell

The Oak Room Arts Centre, right in the heart of Tiverton, is also a place for people to come and enjoy a wide range of live music, eclectic and intimate theatre, and our speciality – Silent Movies – with the pipe organ being played live! The next one is in March. These more high profile events are usually well supported and popular and are the signature of the goings-on at the Oak Room.

The Oak Room is also proving popular as a party venue and we have hosted anything from a Baby Shower, works Christmas do’s and a gathering of belly dancers, to a 6 year old’s party, several wild 30th birthdays and a 70th and 80th too. The eclectic surroundings, great acoustics and the facilities of the bar, café and kitchen prep areas as well as the garden terrace make it an attractive and unique venue. Wedding bookings are also starting to trickle in. To walk up the aisle to the pipe organ playing the Wedding March, and the grand feel of the historic building, makes it feel like a real occasion!

See our website for more details of upcoming classes.

Shamanic Drumming Group

Starting on the 1st March 2018 we will be holding a Shamanic Drumming Group, hosted by Keri Manning-Dedman every first Thursday (not August and December).

This will be a nurturing and relaxing evening. Drums available to use. 7.30pm – 9.30 pm. Only £6 per session.

Come along and try!

Please let us know you are coming by emailing

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Live Jazz Music at the Oak Room in Tiverton!

Live professional bands playing superb JAZZ every first Friday.

Doors open at 8pm for 8.30pm start.

Licensed bar and coffee shop will be open.

Tickets £10 available on the door and at Liznojan Bookshop in Gold Street, Tiverton. Email to reserve tickets.

Head over to EVENTS to find out which band is on next and dates.

See you there!