Whats on in Glastonbury and Somerset

Monthly Calendar

December 2017

All Month December

Longleat Festival of Light

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

Saturday 2nd December

Christmas at the Glastonbury Abbey

Meet Santa and his reindeer in the Abbot’s Kitchen.  Stalls with festive treats children’s activities, Carol singers and a reindeer trail.

Saturday 2nd December

Christmas Starlings day at the Avalon Marshes

An afternoon of making starling themed crafts and Christmas decorations, followed by a guided walk to see the incredible murmurations, as the starlings come into roost on the reserve at sunset.

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’.

Saturday 9th December

Willows and Wetlands Christmas Craft and Food Market

Full of eclectic local crafters selling hand made crafts. Alongside it will run The Levels Best Farmers Market.

 

Saturday 9th December
Glastonbury Zombie Walk
Glastonbury High Street is closed off for a charity Zombie walk. For more information visit http://www.childrensworldcharity.org/
Thursday 14th December

Shepton Mallet Ghost Tours

Shepton Mallet Prison has 400 years of horrific history including suicides, hangings and murders… Discover some of the stories of those who still roam within the walls and find out where the shadows have been seen and footsteps heard… will you hear or see anything…?
Bring your wits and a torch!

Wednesday 20th December

Middlewick Farm Shop Late Night Shopping Event

20% Off from 5pm-8pm

Friday 22nd December

Christmas At The Palace  

This December, The Bishop’s Palace in Wells will be getting into the Christmas spirit offering seasonal food and drink, Father Christmas, Christmas Crafts and lots more. 
Saturday 23rd December

Frozen Sing Along

Join us at the Redbrick Building this Christmas, in our winter wonderland to watch some classic Christmas movies.

Friday 29th December

Winter Steam Festival 

The Winter Steam Festival is a great way to get out and about in the week between Christmas and the New Year.There are seven trains in each direction and four steam engines in action.
Sunday 31st December

NYE Mardi Gras Party

Bocabar and the Red Brick Building are excited to present our New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras Party. Featuring live music from Bristol-based Baila La Cumbia and many other DJ’s.

January 2018

Saturday 13th January

Glastonbury Body Art Event
A day of watching living artworks being created throughout the day and in the evening enjoy the catwalk of human art.

Saturday-Sunday 13th-14th 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 13th 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.  2pm- 6pm.

Wednesday 17th 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.

Saturday 20th 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 20th 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.

Thursday 25th January

Starling Walks at RSPB Ham Wall 

Join a guided walk to go in search of some of the fantastic wildlife that makes Ham Wall their home during the winter months.
Booking Essential:
Email: ham.wall@rspb.org.uk

Friday 26th January

Bristol Gin Festival

 Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by over 100 different gins from around the world!

Saturday-Sunday 27th-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.

Every Day All of January

Crane Tours  

The morning and afternoon Crane tours offer an opportunity to take in a Somerset sunrise/set, a great chance to take some pictures. Topped with a chance to see these truly amazing birds, with there 2 meter wingspan, some standing 1.4 meter tall and their loud honking call make for a haunting sound across the moor.

February 2018

All Month

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

Saturday All of February until 24th 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 3rd and 4th 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.

Saturday 10th February

West Somerset Railway Excursion to Snowdrop Valley 

One of the finest annual sights of Exmoor is the wonderful display of spring flowers in Snowdrop Valley near Wheddon Cross.
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!

Wednesday 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

Saturday 17th February
Saturday 17th February

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

For more details visit our FB page:  Pizza Night

Saturday 24th 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!

TBA TBA 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.

TBA TBA February

Wildlife Academy at Secret World Rescue Centre

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

TBC TBC 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

TBC TBC 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.

Every Day All Of February

Crane Tours

The morning and afternoon Crane tours offer an opportunity to take in a Somerset sunrise/set, a great chance to take some pictures. Topped with a chance to see these truly amazing birds, with there 2 meter wingspan, some standing 1.4 meter tall and their loud honking call make for a haunting sound across the moor.

May 2018

Friday to Monday 26th to 28th 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 30th - 2nd 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 30th May 2018 to 2nd June 2018

Monday All of May to August

June 2018

Saturday TBA June

Green Scythe Fair  A one day environmental fair on the Somerset Levels. Live music and over 70 stalls displaying traditional skills, crafts and organic local food. A variety of the best ales and cider and a large kids area.

Friday to Sunday 15th-17th June

Nunney International Horse Trials.  3 Day British Eventing. The event is staged in the spectacular grounds of the grade II listed Southfield House where visitors are welcome to come along and watch top riders in action in beautiful unspoilt farmland.

Not this year!

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

July 2018

All Month

Swim at Greenbank outdoor pool in Street A great outdoor heated pool the kids will love, just 5 minutes drive from Middlewick.

TBA

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 21st 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 TBA July

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

TBA

Pizza Night at Middlewick. All you can Make and Eat pizza, savoury and sweet plus salads for £12.50 per adult, £6.25 for U12s. Cash bar. Open to guests and non-guests of Middlewick.   Our pizza nights do get busy so we offer 2 seatings – 5.30pm and 7.00pm  Phone us to book in on 01458 832 351 or email hello@themiddlewick.co.uk. Bring the whole family and friends to this fun night..

August 2018

All Month

Swim at Greenbank outdoor pool in Street A great outdoor heated pool the kids will love, just 5 minutes drive from Middlewick.

TBA

Pizza Night at Middlewick. All you can Make and Eat pizza, savoury and sweet plus salads for £12.50 per adult, £6.25 for U12s. Cash bar. Open to guests and non-guests of Middlewick.   Our pizza nights do get busy so we offer 2 seatings – 5.30pm and 7.00pm  Phone us to book in on 01458 832 351 or email hello@themiddlewick.co.uk. Bring the whole family and friends to this fun night.

Saturday & Sunday 3rd and 4th 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.

TBA

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 TBA 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.

TBA August
Sunday 12th August

Bristol Balloon Fiesta Night Glow

The famous nightglow is a stunning sight with 30 ballooning teams lighting up their balloon as night falls at 9.00pm on Thursday and Saturday to a backdrop of spectacular fireworks.

November 2018

Saturday 4th November

The Tree Conference in Glastonbury

A series of talks highlighting the role of trees in mitigating the effects of climate change.

 

Saturday 4th November

Glastonbury Dragons Wild Hunt, Samhain

An Afternoon of theatre, ritual music and dancing.

Saturday 4th November

Guy Fawkes Bridgwater Carnival.   

For more information visit our blog post. Bridgwater Carnival

Sunday 5th November

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’.

Monday 6th November

Burnham-on-Sea Carnival 

Part of the Guy Fawkes Carnival Series.  This one stands out for its dazzling fireworks on the beach after the parade.

Friday to Sunday 10th to 12th November
Start your Christmas shopping off in style with our fabulous array of artisan stalls. Wander through the medieval rooms of the Palace filled with ideas, inspiration and unique gifts from local artisans with skills ranging from decoupage to woodwork and fine jewellery to furniture! Special discounted price of £6, including entry to the Palace & Gardens.
Saturday 11th November

North Petherton Carnival

Part of the Somerset Carnival series.  One of the best towns to watch the event as it has great parking and easy access.

Wednesday 15th November

Shepton Mallet Carnival

Part of the Guy Fawkes Somerset Carnival Series.  Read about the origins on our blog post. Guy Fawkes Carnival

Thursday 16th November

Shepton Mallet Ghost Tours

Shepton Mallet Prison has 400 years of horrific history including suicides, hangings and murders… Discover some of the stories of those who still roam within the walls and find out where the shadows have been seen and footsteps heard… will you hear or see anything…?
Bring your wits and a torch!

Friday 17th November

Wells City Carnival

Part of the Somerset Series of Carnivals.

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

Wednesday 22nd November

Victorian Shopping Evening Glastonbury Abbey

A Victorian style Christmas shopping experience at the Glastonbury Abbey.

Thursday 23rd November

Starling Spectacular Walks at RSPB Ham Wall 

The Avalon Marshes are amazing in the winter months. RSPB Ham Wall run a series of guided walks in search of some of the fantastic wildlife that spend their winters here on the Somerset Levels. Booking is essential.
Thursday 23rd- 30th November

Bath Christmas Market

Over 200 chalets spread out across the streets of Bath each year selling handmade and local Christmas gifts.  Runs until the 5th of December.

Saturday 25th November

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.

Thursday 30th November

Bookbarn’s Wonderful Christmas Fayre

A truly unique Christmas Fayre based in the biggest second hand book shop in the country.  Local craft and art stalls and delicious food served throughout the day.

Thursday 30th November

Shepton Mallet Ghost Tours

Shepton Mallet Prison has 400 years of horrific history including suicides, hangings and murders… Discover some of the stories of those who still roam within the walls and find out where the shadows have been seen and footsteps heard… will you hear or see anything…?
Bring your wits and a torch!

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