Spring Yeopen Day at Blagdon & Ubley - photo courtesy of Yeo Valley
Spring Yeopen Day at Blagdon & Ubley - photo courtesy of Yeo Valley
Bristol Mendip Hills PLACES Wells WHAT'S ON

Fun things to do around the westcountry

This weekend food and drink tastings abound around the Mendips, as well family fun.

Yeo Valley Family Farm is opening its Canteen at Blagdon and gardens at Holt Farm on Sunday 24th April.   £1 will get you in to both venues and you’ll get a rare chance to enjoy the Canteen at the weekend where there will be the opportunity to watch cookery demos, and buy Yeo Valley dairy goodies.   Other Yeo Valley and Mendip producers such as Aldwick Court Farm and Somerset Charcuterie will be there to give you samples of their local products.  At Holt Farm just down the road you can tour the stunning gardens and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the potager by the cafe.

Get in the spirit this weekend and try an artisinal G&T to prepare for Bordeaux Quay’s gin tasting series.  Gin tasting is becoming increasingly fashionable and Bordeaux Quay are offering this popular event on Saturday 23rd April – which is sadly just sold out, so book now for dates in June and throughout 2016.  Experts will help you distinguish your jonge, genever from your London dry gin.  Tasted with tonic and a plate of cucumber sandwiches, it promises to be a relaxed afternoon out.

If you can’t wait for June, Bristol’s only distillery is offering tours on 13th and 14th May.  Bramley and Gage make delicious sounding gins in Thornbury.  Apparently, they have a unique “double bubble” still and you experience all the steps of the gin making process from botanicals to bottling.  They will explain how they craft their artisan whole-fruit liqueurs – the whole process is covered field to bottle. Discover the secrets to their robust sloe gin and how the damson gin is so clear. Your evening will include a tutored tasting and your own glassful of “Ginspiration.”

It’s Foraging Fortnight at Prior Park and if you’ve always wanted to cook with wild garlic but never dared to, you can learn all about it at a cookery demo.  Foraging walks are also available to help people identify their ramsons from their bluebells.

Shakespeare and the Queen are sharing a birthday weekend.  Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society are celebrating the Queen’s 90th with Great British Classics including Elgar Nimrod (from Enigma Variations), Jerusalem and Parry Blest be Sirens.  Libraries in North Somerset are wishing Shakespeare many happy returns with children’s activities at selected libraries.

For family fun don’t forget the model railway at Ashton Court, and the Birds of Prey Centre at Congresbury; both open on Sunday 24th April.

There are still a few places available at the pinhole photography taster at Clifton Bridge Visitor centre throughout the day on Sunday so join leading Pinhole Camera expert Justin Quinell for a free workshop and discover the joy of making a pinhole camera and producing a negative to take home!  All material provided, this workshop is free. Donations are welcomed.

Take a look at our what’s on page for more upcoming events around the west country.  If you have an event or festival do get in touch.




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