Marquees are mushrooming around the West Country this weekend in readiness for the Bank Holiday festivities. It’s the start of the season of agricultural shows, and there will be Morris Men than you can shake a stick at – you just can’t escape them.
The Ring O’Bells at Compton Martin is putting on a Somerset Cheese and Cider Fayre on Sunday 1st May. From 12.30pm until dusk, there will be entertainment such as tug-o-war, ferrets, archery and air rifle range. And of course, cheese and cider tasting. The £3 entry to the fayre includes live music – and bagpipes. Later, you can buy tickets for tribute acts and you can party on into the night.
It’s May Bank Holiday therefore it is the North Somerset Agricultural Show. Last year Live Mendips’s favourite tent was the guinea pig marquee – never knew people could be so judgemental about guinea pigs. Anyway, there’s also fairground rides, livestock shows, a dog obstacle course and much much more. It is a fantastic day out and not to be missed.
If you do intend to give the North Somerset Show a miss, Bath Racecourse is looking appealing. There are seven horse races, a petting zoo, Gromit making workshops, bouncy castles, and Wallace & Gromit will make occasional appearances throughout the afternoon. The fixture on Monday 2nd May supports Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, with free entry for children.
Bristol Food Connections is a festival focusing on the region’s food and drink. Many events over the ten days aim to bring together people and good food in marquees, markets, restaurants and community centres across the city. Rising stars such as Elly Curshen and Jack Adair Bevan will make an appearance over the weekend along with many events including live music and markets. Radio 4’s The Food Programme and their celebrated Food and Farming Awards will be broadcast from the festival.
If tents really aren’t your thing Montacute House is hosting the 5k Park Run over the summer – come and participate in this regular fun event. Be early – starts at 9am sharp.