Walled Garden at Mells village - open gardens today
Walled Garden at Mells village - open gardens today
Bath HOMES & GARDENS Mells Mendip Hills NEWS Wells Wrington

Fancy a street party or picnic this weekend? Find one in the Mendips and brave those showers!

Are you picnicking or involved in a street party event for the Patron’s Lunch?  On June 12 the Mall will be full of representatives from all the 600 charities, all celebrating her 90th birthday.  This year the Queen’s birthday seems to have gone on forever, but if one gets to 90 why shouldn’t one party?

Even if you aren’t an ardent monarchist a street party is a great way for neighbourhood and streets to get to know one another and to meet people you never see on the morning commute.  Be brave, talk to new people and become part of the community! There are plenty of events around the Mendips this weekend, almost one in each village.  Take a look at Live Mendips’s What’s On page for one near you or email news@livemendips.co.uk if you’d like details of your village’s event uploaded or to send a photo of yours afterwards.

The Bishop’s Palace, Wells hosts a garden festival over the Queen’s birthday weekend full of activities in the stunning gardens and top gardening experts.  It culminates in a picnic to celebrate the Queen’s birthday on Sunday 12 June.

Blagdon is holding an event in the Blagdon club (safe from the showers!). Head to Blagdon Club, Blagdon village at 7.30pm for a pig roast to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.

Mells Open Gardens has been going since 2009, with between 10 and 15 gardens expected to open this year, in this beautifully preserved estate village. Among them will be the garden at Mells Manor, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Norah Lindsay. Homemade lunches and teas will served in the Tithe Barn, as well as at the community-run Mells Village Café, a beautiful walled garden with an inside space.

Bring a cagoule and a plate of finger food to share to the Congresbury street party on Saturday 11 in the afternoon – for more details click here.

Whilst not necessarily for the Queen’s birthday there’s a summer jazz tea party at East Woodlands Village Hall near Frome.  In aid of Mama Upendo Children’s Home.  Tea and cakes. Flowers and dancing. Book stall and bric-a-bric. African baskets and cloths. Music from Jum white and his jazz friends.

Fitting very nicely into the theme of celebration for the Queen’s birthday, a vintage festival of the forties complete with live music, vintage stalls, children’s entertainment, non-rationed food, wartime vehicles and artillery.  This brand new festival will be held at the North Somerset Showground.

On Sunday 12th June a picnic will take place in Bath’s Parade Gardens. This event will be a ticketed event with live music and food on sale throughout the day. All ticket sale proceeds after expenses will go to local charities. All music and food sales will be provided by local artists and vendors.  Children’s entertainment will also be available throughout the day.  The day itself will run from 10.30 to 17.00 and tickets will cost £10 but be free for under 12s.

Wrington Rec invites you to party in the park from 12noon until 8pm on 12 June.  £2.50 for adults, children free.  There’ll be afternoon teas, live music, cocktails and BBQ.

See the What’s on page for more around the Mendips.