Whats on in Glastonbury and Somerset

Monthly Calendar

March 2017

Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th March

West of England Game Fair  at the Bath and West Showground is an ideal day out for those who are enjoy field sports.  There are plenty of displays including gun dogs, shooting, fishing and there will also be a Game Cookery Theatre.  Local food, craft and gift stalls make for great West Country shopping.

Sunday 19th March

Rare Plant Fair at the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens

Monday 20th March

Spring Equinox at the Chalice Well Gardens

Sunday March 26th

Toy & Train Collectors Fair at the Bath and West Showground The Toy Fair has grown from 40 Stalls to over 300 and is now one of the biggest events of its type in the UK. Catering for all collectors, you can walk around in the wide aisles looking for those elusive models that you have always wanted, the list is endless.

Sunday 26th March

Mother’s Day Dream Car Drive at Haynes Motor Museum Mums love cars too – its official!Do you want something different to buy your mum for Mothers Day?  How about an exclusive chance to drive an iconic car? Choose from a selection of cars, including super cars and luxury marques.

April 2017

Every Day All of April

Rock Climbing Experience at Cheddar Gorge Try out rock climbing in Britain’s largest gorge.  All equipment is provided and qualified instructors teach you the ropes.  1 1/2 Hour courses run from April to October providing it isn’t raining. Booking essential.

Sunday 2nd April

Frome Independent Market. Discover an amazing array of contemporary craft and vintage experts offering nostalgic finds and retro bargains.

Sunday 2nd April

Taster Day to Learn How to Drive a Horse and Cart at HorseHaven, Glastonbury.

Saturday 8th April

Pizza Night at Middlewick. For details of this and other Foodie events see our webpage. Pop-Up Food Events at Middlewick

Wednesday 12th April

Pizza Night at Middlewick. For details of this and other Foodie events see our webpage. Pop-Up Food Events at Middlewick

Friday 28th April

Wells Film Festival– 10th Anniversary Screening of Hot Fuzz is set on the Grounds of the Bishops Palace, which was featured in the film.  Outdoor screening with BBQ.

May 2017

Saturday 6th May
Thursday 11th May

Somerset Day  A day to celebrate all things great about Somerset.

Friday to Monday 27th to 29th May

Tour of Wessex Cycle Race The largest multi stage cyclosportive in the UK this is a challenging 3 day ride through the stunning countryside of the South West. One day Cheddar Gorge, one day Exmoor and one day Jurassic Coast.  Choose from 322 miles, 224 miles or ride an individual stage which each have a choice of two route distances.

Wednesday to Sunday 31st-3rd June May/June

Royal Bath and West Show The Royal Bath & West Show is England’s Biggest Celebration of Rural Life and England’s only 4 day Royal Show. Runs from 31st May 2017 to 3rd June 2017

June 2017

Sunday 11th June

Giant Flea Market at the Bath & West  Over 250 inside and outside stalls, selling a plethora of items from retro-furniture, vintage clothing, garden statuary, crafts, art, jewellery, books, toys, sweets, clothes, CD’s, music, gifts, lifestyle products, stationary, fabrics and more.

Saturday and Sunday 17th & 18th June

Father’s Day Dream Drives at Haynes Motor Museum Treat Dad to a once in a life-time chance to drive some iconic cars. Choose from a selection of cars, from super cars to luxury marques.

Wednesday 21st June

Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts. See official Glastonbury Festival website for more details

July 2017

Saturday 8th July

RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day features over 5 hours of incredible flying displays.  Alongside the flying there will also be attractions, trade stalls and arena displays.  For thrill seekers there will be simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights to enjoy.

Saturday 15th July

Godney Gathering The Godney Gathering is one of the best single day micro festivals in the country.  With Seven stages featuring over 50 individual stage performances..

Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th July

Yeovil Show   Celebrating Somerset Life with beautiful animals, gorgeous local food and drink, music, displays and more.

 

August 2017

Saturday & Sunday 4th and 5th August

Taunton Flower Show The flower show has been held regularly since 1831.  There are over 250 different class competitions at the show which is held at Vivary Park in the centre of Taunton.  There are marching bands, dog displays, motor bike events and more that take place over the weekend event.  The show also has a children’s zone where our younger visitors can be entertained.

Saturday 5th August

Glastonbury Extravaganza. An amazing evening of music in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey. Perfect with friends or family. See the oficial Extravaganza website for details

Sunday 20th August

The Mid Somerset Show is the largest ‘Free’ Admission Agricultural show in the UK.  It is a great day out for all the family. Visit the show website for more information.

1st - 6th August

September 2017

Saturday 23rd September

Big Band Night Under Concorde at the Fleet Air Museum A night of Glam & Glitz. Big Band Night under Concorde! with Bertie’s Big Band & The Kate Kingsley String Orchestra. Get in the mood and come in Black Tie & Cocktail Dresses with a prize for the best dressed lady.Champagne Reception and Canapes, accompanied by the brilliant RN HMS Heron Volunteer Band. Doors Open at 7.00pm, Concert commences 8.00pm.

October 2017

November 2017

Saturday 18th November

Glastonbury Illuminated Carnival The Somerset Carnivals are widely regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the UK and Europe, and here they, are right on our doorstep! And guess what? The carnivals are free! However, please do give generously to the collection floats, which benefit many local charities. – See more

To be Announced

Glastonbury Frost Fayre. A seasonal event on the High St in Glastonbury. Food, Music, and many stalls selling everything wonderful from Glastonbury and Somerset. Always fun.

December 2017

Sunday 3rd December

Frome Independent Market A wonderful market in Frome. Food, clothing, furniture, art and much more. 10am – 3pm.

‘We stand for the best. We stand for talent. We stand for independents. We work with independent local, seasonal and regional food and drink producers. We showcase fledgling and established contemporary designers & makers. We nurture traders of sustainable products, contemporary design products and vintage fashion, collectibles and furniture. We support Frome’s independent retailers and thinkers’.

All Month December

Longleat Festival of Light

Featuring the characters of Beatrix Potter. Selected Dates from the 11th November.

January 2018

Wednesday 11th January

Traditional Wassail A traditional Wassail ceremony, takes place in North Wootton mid-January, and is used to ensure a good cider apple harvest for the following year. By blessing the cider apple trees and warding off unwanted spirits it is hoped a good harvest will follow. Instruments and noise are used to scare away the unwanted spirits. A Wassail Queen is chosen from the assembled crowd and a bonfire lit to ward off the evil spirits.  All the traditional ceremonies are FREE.

Friday-Sunday 13th-15th January

Antiques and Collectors Fair at the Bath & West Showground Unique finds, retro collectables and a vast variety of vintage items make this the West Country’s premier antiques event.

For one of a kind finds, look no further than the Shepton Mallet Antiques and Collector’s Fair. As the West Country’s premier antiques event, IACF is proud of its reputation as one of the key UK antique fairs to source quality goods. It features up to 600 stands with everything from paintings and antique furniture to vintage teddies, restoration products and luxury leather luggage.

Friday 12noon – 5.00pm £10 pp (Friday ticket allows entry on Saturday & Sunday), Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm £5 pp, Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm £5 pp.

Saturday 14th January

Dawn Explosion of the Starlings The starling murmurations at the Avalon Marshes are a wonder of the natural world with over half a million birds roosting in the reed beds. But have you ever wondered what this number of birds looks like when they wake up? Come along for an early morning stroll to the roost site and watch as the whole flock takes to the air – a truly unmissable sight!

£6 for non-members (£4 for RSPB members), £3 per child (£2 for child members), Booking essential. Email: ham.wall@rspb.org.uk . Phone: 01458 860494. Ham Wall Reserve, Ashcott Rd, Glastonbury, BA6 9S.

Saturday 14th January

Waissail at the Avalon Orchard The Ranger team are having a festive celebration in the orchard at Glastonbury Tor. Wassailing is an ancient custom that involves drinking cider, singing to the trees in the hope of a good harvest and scaring away any evil spirits that might be lurking. There will be a choir, children’s activities, singing around the trees, storytelling by the fire and a pop-up, cash bar to sample the fruit of last year’s crop: pints of cider and glasses of apple juice.  3pm- 6pm.

Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th January
Saturday 21st January

Wells Cathedral ‘s annual Children’s Festival Every year the Cathedral opens its doors to 4-11 year olds and their church groups, leaders and families for a fun-filled day of workshops and worship.

The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Camels and Candles’. We’ll be celebrating Epiphany and Candlemas and our day will include: •Worship •Circus skills •Crafts •Music •Activities and fun! Collective worship at the opening and closing of the day involves action songs, prayer and a few surprises! We suggest a donation of £1.50 per person.

Saturday 21st January

Family Starling Workshop Find out all about the famous starling roost at Ham Wall/Shapwick Heath through games and art activities at the Avalon Marshes Centre, and end the day with a visit to see the starling murmuration. 2pm- 5pm. Booking Essential.

Saturday 21st January

Wassail at the Red Lion Pub, West Pennard Join our local pub along with the Druids of Glastonbury for a Traditional Wassail. We meet at 7pm prompt in front of the pub to select a king & Queen. Then process down to the orchard behind the pub to ensure another bountiful crop of cider apples.

Saturday 28th January

Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show at Bath & West Showground. An essential event for enthusiasts of vintage and classic tractors. A huge selection of tractors will be on display; ranging from 1920s models right up to the modern machines used by farmers today. 1000’s of tractor spares, books, models, toys and more will be available from the numerous trade stands.

Once again Wiltshire College Lackham and Bicton College, Devon will be competing in the tractor rebuild challenge to see which team can rebuild a Ferguson tractor the quickest!

Every Day All of January

Adventure Caving at Cheddar Gorge Open all year round at Cheddar Gorge this is a perfect introduction to caving for someone who has never tried it before.  A 1 1/2 Hour trip through the caverns led by a qualified instructor.  Booking essential. Minimum age 11.

February 2018

All Month

Starling murmurations. Visit the local nature reserves to see the amazing Starling murmurations. See nature reserve website for details.

Thursday 2nd February

World Wetland Day Walk at Avalon Marshes Join us on World Wetlands Day to discover why Ham Wall and the Avalon Marshes are such an important area for wildlife and encounter some of the amazing birds and animals that live here.

Saturday 4th February

Big Wetland Duck Watch In the winter tens of thousands of ducks and waders visit the fields at West Sedgemoor.  Along with the chance to see hunting marsh harriers and peregrine falcons and perhaps catch a glimpse of the Somerset cranes, this all makes for an unmissable experience. Join local RSPB guides for a rare opportunity to witness this wildlife spectacle.

Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th February

Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Show at the Bath and West Classic Bike Shows’ annual trip to the West Country is well known for the extravagant exhibitions put on by the local motorcycle clubs who go all out to impress.

Sunday 5th February

Winter Bird Walk around Ham Wall Nature Reserve Don Hurrell will lead a walk around the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall to view Winter birds. This walk will be suitable for inexperienced birdwatchers. Cost £1.00.

Saturday 11th & 12th February

West Somerset Railway Excursion to Snowdrop Valley Snowdrop Valley is a hidden valley close to Wheddon Cross, open to the public while the beautiful carpet of snowdrops are in bloom. The train services leave Bishops Lydeard at 10.30 and arrive in Williton at roughly 11.00. The return service is at 14.00.

Saturday 11th February

Dawn Explosion of the Starlings The starling murmurations at the Avalon Marshes are a wonder of the natural world with over half a million birds roosting in the reed beds. But have you ever wondered what this number of birds looks like when they wake up? Come along for an early morning stroll to the roost site and watch as the whole flock takes to the air – a truly unmissable sight!

Half Term 13th-17th February

Kids Discovery Week at Haynes Motor Museum Aimed at families, this is a fantastic chance to explore the Museum and our education centre, as well as getting hands on with some artefacts from our motoring past and present.

Monday- Friday 13th - 17th February

Wildlife Academy at Secret World Rescue Centre

Kids Club running all through the Half Term for ages 7 – 11.

Tuesday 14th February

Middlewick Pop Up Supper Club. A Valentine themed evening. To book contact hello@themiddlewick.co.uk or call us on 01458 832 351.

For Menu details visit our FB page : Valentine’s Feast

Wednesday 15th February

Half Term Breadmaking Course at Middlewick.  Lynda of Lynda’s Loaf will be running a breadmaking course in our Function Room.  It runs from 10am-2pm and is £65 for the course which includes refreshments and a light lunch.  She will provide all the ingredients to make bread and delicious focaccia.  Places are limited to 12 people.  To book contact jill@themiddlewick.co.uk or call us on 01458 832 351

Wednesday 15th February

A popular family Caligraphy workshop with Free Entry at Wells Cathdral where you can learn all about medieval writing techniques. See examples of cathedral manuscripts and illuminated lettering, then have a go at creating your own manuscript, even try using a quill!

Tuesday-Friday 14th-17th February

Forge Your Own Sword at the Forge of Avalon . This is a four day workshop for anyone who has ever wanted to own their own Knightly Sword in the style of the Late Middle Ages.  The course is run by a master swordsmith at the Forge of Avalon, just 1 mile from us here at Middlewick. Over the 4 days you will learn how to work with fire and steel to forge your very own hand crafted sword.  Places are limited but do look out as  there are dates throughout the year.

Tuesday to Thursday 14th to 16th February
West Somerset Railway Excursion to Snowdrop Valley Snowdrop Valley is a hidden valley close to Wheddon Cross, open to the public while the beautiful carpet of snowdrops are in bloom. The train services leave Bishops Lydeard at 10.30 and arrive in Williton at roughly 11.00. The return service is at 14.00.
Friday 17th February

Explore Nature at Bishop’s Palace, Wells It’s Half Term, so join the team in the Stable Yard Room to get involved with a range of craft activities based on our Natural World. Taking inspiration from the Gardens and Wildlife, little ones can create Nature Mobiles, Wheel and Shapes to take home with them. Don’t forget to try out the trail around the Palace & Gardens and visit The Dragon’s Lair too! Included in admission – just collect a session ticket from the Shop

Saturday 18th February
Saturday 18th February

Pizza Night.  All you Can Make and Eat Pizza is back again.

For more details visit our FB page:  Pizza Night

Sunday 19th February

Middlewick Breakfast Club.  9am – 1pm

For more details visit our FB page : Breakfast Club

Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th February
West Somerset Railway Excursion to Snowdrop Valley Snowdrop Valley is a hidden valley close to Wheddon Cross, open to the public while the beautiful carpet of snowdrops are in bloom. The train services leave Bishops Lydeard at 10.30 and arrive in Williton at roughly 11.00. The return service is at 14.00.
Saturday 25th February

Dawn Explosion of the Starlings The starling murmurations at the Avalon Marshes are a wonder of the natural world with over half a million birds roosting in the reed beds. But have you ever wondered what this number of birds looks like when they wake up? Come along for an early morning stroll to the roost site and watch as the whole flock takes to the air – a truly unmissable sight!

Saturday 25th February

Wells Gin Festival Join the Becak Bar for an evening of the best local gins in and around Somerset, including Wicked Wolf Gin, Williams Chase Gin, Cotswald Gin, Salcombe Gin, Eccentric Gin, Tarquins Gin, Conker Gin, 6 o’clock Gin Old Bakery Gin & Fever Tree Tonics. Your ticket includes a gin glass and complementary drink as well as all the gin you wish to taste.