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So far the summer has been a success with hundreds of events being staged across the South West and people enjoying a few good weeks of sun. Now all schools have broken up and the annual problem of what to do with the kids is yet again frustrating parents. Now is the time to check out the many South West summer events of which here is a sample.
A well-hidden treasure is to be found at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in Devon. This is a World Heritage site on the River Tamar, which features an historic port, a village and a copper mine.
However, Morwellham is better known for its narrow-gauge Mine Railway, which transports visitors along the banks of the Tamar and into the George and Charlotte copper mine. Here, the past is brought to life with real insights into the working conditions of Victorian miners. From 12 – 13 August, the venue is holding a Summer Festival of Steam Punk, celebrating the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s visit featuring music, dancing and lots of other events.
Glastonbury Abbey is hosting a King Arthur Workshop throughout the month of August which is guaranteed to keep the younger and older members of the family interested. Members of the Living History Team will be offering King Arthur-themed interactive family drama workshops, travelling back in time to the days of the Round Table and Excalibur. The event promises to be great fun for the whole family who can discover the past in unique style and see the myths and legends of Arthurian times from a new angle. The event runs on various dates from 1 – 29 August.
The ‘Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day is taking place on 5 August at The Bishops Palace in Wells Somerset. The South Lawn will be given over to the annual day with games for all ages, a bouncy castle, dressing up, face painting, crafts and activities and whether you bring a picnic or enjoy the food from The Bishop’s Table, the event is expected to draw large crowds.
Dip into the Arts
If however, you want some quality adult time for yourself, then take yourself down to the Iford Arts Festival, an internationally renowned event taking place in the Peto Garden of Iford Manor, near Bath in the South West of England.
According to the website, “captivating and intimate opera performances are staged in-the-round for an audience of 90 in the miniature Italianate cloister and are all sung in English.” Informal promenades are on offer together with seated cloister concerts are part of the festival programme and the award winning gardens present the perfect backdrop.
Finally, make a note in your diaries (4 November) for the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, the UK’s largest winter carnival. It has its roots back in the 1600s, when the people of Somerset took effigies of Guy Fawkes to be burnt after the foiled Gunpowder plot. Nowadays, the procession comprises over 100 bright floats, music and dancing and is visited by crowds of up to 150,000, who all stay around until the procession ends to watch ‘squibbing’, described as “an explosive tradition where hundreds of fireworks on sticks are held out along the road, giving the effect of light raining down.”
There are so many South West summer events, why not take advantage of the events on offer and take a day out to visit the region to see for yourself.
In 2015, hordes of Gromits were spotted in Bristol as part of the Bristol Children’s Hospital’s Grand Appeal. They raised money for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit).
Now it’s the turn of the people of the Cotswolds to expect something unusual in their towns and villages. This time, there are hares; lots of hares. The Cotswold Hare Trial is a trail of public art sculptures of over 80 five-foot high hares, decorated by professional, amateur and community group artists.
Aimed at raising public awareness for creativity in the everyday world, the sculptures are strategically placed across 28 towns and villages throughout the Cotswolds for six months.
The Cotswold Hare initiative has been warmly embraced by local businesses and community organisations. It has created an accessible open-air art gallery in the region. The Cotswolds covers almost 800 square miles and runs through the counties of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
Not only is the art visually accessible, but the hares can be touched and people are encouraged to handle and engage with the art. According to the organisers of the March Hare Trail, “the hares are designed to promote an emotional response with people expressing a wide range of positive reactions. Their engagement is often felt moving many to tears and enabling people to connect to the pieces through their feelings.”
Children in particular are enjoying the hares. Some of the hares have been designed and decorated by school children from nursery age to the students in higher education. At the end of the festival, an auction of the sculptures will be held, with art auctions houses and art galleries across the UK and abroad following its progress.
“This enables us to put back money into the community which has supported us. This year National Star and local museums being the beneficiaries of our net profits. The Festival retains its not-for-profit status returning any monies raised back into the project,” comment the organisers.
For inns, pubs and restaurants around the area, the festival is a welcome tourist attraction, enticing visitors from far and wide. It offers the opportunity for many establishments whom AC Services supports such as the Inn at Fossebridge and the Crown of Crucis in Cirencester as well as the Egypt Mill in Nailsworth to open their doors to those on the trail of hares.
Both Royal Oak, Tetbury and Old Bell, Malmesbury are sponsoring hares. We hope they have as much fun as we did when we sponsored our Gromit. Without the sponsors there would be no trail and a lot less fun to be had by all.
Finding a route
One of our team has already started to work out a route to tick off a number of our customers and hares. He starts at the Sixteen Restaurant & Café, Witney, then to the Angel Inn, Burford before heading north to Stow on the Wold (No 4 @ Stow) and Broadway’s Dormy House Hotel and Russells.
Then a little west to Winchcombe (the Lion Inn) before the spa splendour of Cheltenham’s Daffodil and Wild Beer Co. South to Stroud (Bisley House Café) before arriving in the Capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester. Its 20 hares would account for a day themselves. His route ends in Tetbury’s Priory Inn!
Thankfully our engineers don’t usually cover so many clients in one trip. And it would be silly not to spend some time with each hare on the way and visit their sponsors.
“Events such as the Cotswold Hare are welcomed by our Cotswold customers as visitors can see for themselves the beauty and hospitality of the Cotswold communities from hamlets to cities,” comments Helen Hagger of AC Services (Southern). The festival runs until September with the auction taking place in October.
They may not draw the same crowds as the winter sports, but there now seems to be an explosion of cricket with the Champions Trophy. But more importantly it’s the start of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup taking place between 24 June and 23 July and which is attracting great excitement.
Hosted by both England and Wales, the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup is an international women’s cricket tournament which has been going for 11 years. It is the third time it has been held in England (after the 1973 and 1993 tournaments), both of which England won. No pressure there then…
Eight teams have qualified to participate in the tournament: Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Lord’s will host the final, and other matches will be played at the home grounds of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Good news for cricket fans: the ICC announced that 10 games will be shown live on television, while the remaining 21 matches will be streamed live via the ICC website.
For those who are unfamiliar with women’s cricket, it may surprise you to learn that the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international women’s cricket tournament in the world.
It was first held in 1973 two years before the inaugural men’s tournament. Since 2005, it has held a regular four-year slot. However, the international scene originally stretches back to 1934, when a party from England toured Australia and New Zealand and won.
To date, ten World Cups have been played in five different countries with Australia winning six titles and England three .
Where and When
The timetable for the qualifying matches is as follows:
- 24 June: England v India, County Ground, Derby
- 24 June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 25 June: Pakistan v South Africa, Grace Road, Leicester
- 26 June: Australia v West Indies, County Ground, Taunton
- 27 June: England v Pakistan, Grace Road, Leicester
- 28 June: South Africa v New Zealand, County Ground, Derby
- 29 June: Sri Lanka v Australia, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 29 June: West Indies v India, County Ground, Taunton
- 2 July: Australia v New Zealand, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 2 July: India v Pakistan, County Ground, Derby
- 2 July: South Africa v West Indies, Grace Road, Leicester
- 2 July: England v Sri Lanka, County Ground, Taunton
- 5 July: England v South Africa, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 5 July: Sri Lanka v India, County Ground, Derby
- 5 July: Pakistan v Australia, Grace Road, Leicester
- 6 July: New Zealand v West Indies, County Ground, Taunton
- 8 July: South Africa v India, Grace Road, Leicester
- 8 July: New Zealand v Pakistan, County Ground, Taunton
- 9 July: England v Australia, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 9 July: West Indies v Sri Lanka, County Ground, Derby
- 11 July: West Indies v Pakistan, Grace Road, Leicester
- 12 July: Australia v India, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 12 July: England v New Zealand, County Ground, Derby
- 12 July: Sri Lanka v South Africa, County Ground, Taunton
- 15 July: England v West Indies, Bristol County Ground, Bristol
- 15 July: India v New Zealand, County Ground, Derby
- 15 July: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Grace Road, Leicester
- 15 July: South Africa v Australia, County Ground, Taunton
The final will be held at Lord’s on 23 July.
The Women’s Cricket World Cup provides an opportunity for most catering businesses to run slightly different events than those for other sporting tournaments as it spotlights women’s sport. Given women’s sport is growing faster than men and the South West England focus of these matches it would be silly to miss out.
According to a 2016 report, the UK events industry sector is worth a minimum of £42.3B to the UK economy. Conferences and meetings are the most lucrative, followed by exhibitions and trade events with sporting events a close third.
With over 25,000 businesses in the sector, it is a market that is continuing to grow and for caterers, this presents an ideal opportunity.
2016 saw a notable rise in demand for conferences and meetings. This has been put down to the growing need for companies to communicate with staff and contacts face-to-face.
In addition, certain industries, such as pharmaceutical and finance, have seen changes to laws and regulations. This has led to a rise in meetings, as companies rush to update staff. Add Brexit to the mix as companies meet with clients to discuss the proposed changes and the result is clear: corporate is coming back.
The rise of the unusual venue
There are more than 7,000 major outdoor events held each year from festivals, agricultural shows, sporting and charity events through to smaller local craft events. This shows the capacity of the UK events industry to effectively host such events.
One area that has been increasing in popularity is the unique and unusual venue market. These venues range from wineries, sporting stadia, guildhalls, zoos, ships, theatres, castles, racecourses, visitor attractions, museums and distilleries. In fact anywhere that can accommodate people.
Unusual venues have always been very popular for corporate events. The government and public sector are particularly fond of unusual venues, which are used for 30% of their business.
However, choosing an unusual venue is not a random act. Corporate organisers choose a venue that has to motivate, inspire and encourage their clients. Although the classic purpose-built conference centre or hotel group still take most market share, unusual and unique venues are rapidly catching up.
How unique are you?
Unique is described as “something arresting, with individualism and personality, something outside of convention, defined by its difference”. Unusual venues offer rarity, and are pleasantly surprising, and rewarding and often capitalise on the UK’s culture, history and heritage. Castles and museums may be tourist attractions but for the events organisers, they’re also ideal venues.
Regardless of the venue, attendees have to be fed, and for the catering industry the UK events market is massively lucrative. If you are involved in catering, keep your eyes open for venues that could be suitable for corporate meetings and suggest them to events organisers. Or maybe suggest your own venue. Meetings and conferences are making a comeback, so make sure you jump on the bandwagon!
In sport, Barcelona have shown that they have the power to overcome with a stunning unexpected 6-1 win over Paris St Germain to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League. While England move onto the edge of back to back Grand Slams with a visit to Ireland to seal it.
March and April are busy months for sport. Austria is hosting the Special Olympics World Winter Games from 14 to 24 March. With 4.4 million athletes from 170 countries, the Special Olympics organisation is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with any intellectual disability.
For golfing fans, April 3 signifies the start of the Masters Tournament in Augusta, USA. The Tournament was first played in 1934 and has been an eagerly viewed sporting favourite ever since.
For those who like facts and figures, Jack Nicklaus has the most Master victories, chalking up six wins between 1963 and 1986. The youngest winner of the Masters was Tiger Woods, who was 21 years, 104 days old when he won in 1997 and the youngest entrant was Guan Tianlang at the tender age of 14 years and 5 months.
April 8 is a massive day in the horse racing calendar when punters try their luck on the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse. This National Hunt race is a handicap steeplechase over four miles 3½ furlongs, with 30 fences over two circuits. First run in 1839, it stirs the nation like no other horse racing event, with millions spent on betting for the race.
If you fancy something a little more interactive and local, try the Dawlish Walking Festival 21 April to 1 May. The festival is organised by Destination Dawlish, a partnership project aiming to encourage more walking and cycling in and around Dawlish. The walking schedule includes long rambles as well as short explorations.
Or how does a spooky walk through Cheltenham sound? Cheltenham Ghost Tour takes place on Friday 14 April. It is one of the events that the town has put on for locals and visitors. The darker side of Regency Cheltenham will be revealed, with tales of “unexplained supernatural events such as spooky maids at one of the town’s major hotels, murderous butlers, Cheltenham’s very own Jack the Ripper suspect, and tales of witchcraft from further afield in the Cotswolds!”
If, however, you prefer something a little less daunting, then there’s always Dinosaur Quest, taking place at Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, Torquay. From 1 to 23 April, there will be cave tours all day every day with lots of Easter activities.
With Easter coming up, there are plenty of events to choose from. These include Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway which will be opened up for a Cadbury Egg Hunt from 1 April. Clues will be given to point you in the right direction to gain chocolate treats.
Spring is in the air and caterers, pubs, restaurants and event hosts are gearing up to welcome the public. If you are a caterer, then make sure that your kitchen appliances are in full working order. Book a service with AC Services and have peace of mind that your equipment is in the best working order to satisfy demand. And then why not promote your own spring events.
Although 2017 is not an Olympic or World Cup year, there are still plenty of events happening throughout the year from athletics to boxing and horse racing. Here is a 2017 world sporting events calendar listing the major sporting events for the year with other key holidays.
Aside from the domestic events, there are also many sporting treats around the world, including the World Baseball Classic, the Winter Military Games and the Invictus Games.
Date(s) Sport Event Location
Jan 14-Feb 5 Football African Cup of Nations Gabon
Jan 16-29 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne, Australia
Jan 26-29 Extreme Sports Winter X Games 21 Aspen, Colorado
Jan 28 Boxing Carl Frampton v Santa Cruz Las Vegas
Feb 4 Rugby Six Nations Scotland v Ireland, England v France
Feb 6-19 Skiing World Alpine Ski Championships St. Moritz, Switzerland
Feb 11 Rugby Six Nations Wales v England,
Feb 12 Rugby Six Nations France v Scotland
Feb 25 Rugby Six Nations Ireland v France, Scotland v Wales
Feb 26 Rugby Six Nations England v Italy
Feb 22-28 Multi-sports Winter Military World Games Sochi
Mar 9-22 Baseball World Baseball Classic USA
Mar 10 Rugby Six Nations Wales v Ireland
Mar 11 Rugby Six Nations England v Scotland
Mar 14-24 Multi-sports Special Olympics World Winter Games Austria
Mar 14-17 Horse racing Cheltenham festival Cheltenham
Mar 18 Rugby Six Nations France v Wales, Scotland v Italy Ireland v England
Mar 26 Mothering Sunday
Apr 3-9 Golf Masters Augusta, USA
Apr 8 Horse Racing Grand National Aintree Racecourse
Apr 12-14 Cycling World Track Championships Hong Kong
Apr 16 Easter Sunday
Apr 29 Boxing Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko Wembley Stadium
Apr 21-30 Multi-sports World Masters Games (Summer) Auckland, New Zealand
May 3-7 Equestrian Badminton Horse Trials Badminton
May 5-21 Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship Germany, France
May 6 Horse Racing Kentucky Derby Louisville, Kentucky,
May 7 Cricket England v Ireland Lords
May 12-22 Multi-sports Islamic Solidarity Games Baku, Azerbaijan
May 27 Football FA Cup final Wembley Stadium,
May 28-Jun 11 Tennis French Open Paris, France
May 29 Spring Bank Holiday
Jun 2 Horse racing Epsom Derby Festival Epsom
Jun 3 Football UEFA Champions League final Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Jun Basketball NBA Finals USA/Canada
Jun 26-Jul 23 Cricket ODI World Cup for Women England
Jun 13-16 Extreme Sports Summer X Games Minneapolis,
Jun 15-18 Golf US Open Erin Hills, Wisconsin
Jun 17-27 Sailing America’s Cup Bermuda
Jun 17-Jul 2 Football Confederations Cup Russia
Jun 20-24 Horse racing Royal Ascot Ascot
Jun 30-Jul 5 Horse racing Goodwood Festival Goodwood
Jul 1–23 Cycling 2017 Tour de France Germany / France
Jul 3-16 Tennis Wimbledon London, England
Jul 16 Motor racing F1 Grand Prix Silverstone
Jul 14-30 Swimming World Aquatics Champs Budapest, Hungary
Jul 18-30 Multi-sports Deaflympics Samsun, Turkey.
Jul 18-31 Multi-sports Maccabiah Games Israel
Jul 20-23 Golf British Open Royal Birkdale Golf Club Southport
Jul 20-30 Multi-sports The World Games Wroclaw, Poland
Jul 21-30 Multi-sports Francophone Games Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Aug 4-13 Athletics IAAF World Championships Olympic Stadium
Aug 5-18 Multi-sports World Police and Fire Games USA
Aug 7-13 Golf US PGA Quail Hollow Club Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug 9-26 Rugby Women’s World Cup Ireland
Aug 21–27 Badminton BWF World Championships Glasgow, Scotland
Aug 28-Sep 10 Tennis US Open New York, USA
Aug 28 Summer Bank Holiday
Sep 17-24 Cycling UCI Road World Championships Bergen, Norway
Sep 23-30 Multi-sports Invictus Games Toronto, Canada
Sep 23-Oct 1 Rowing World Rowing Championships Sarasota U.S.A.
Sep 27-Oct 9 Gymnastics World Championships (Artistic) Montreal Canada
Sep 28-Oct 1 Golf Presidents Cup Liberty National Golf Club New Jersey
Sep 30 AFL Grand Final Melbourne, Australia
Nov 7 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria, Australia
The show itself travels the length and breadth of the country, with venues at Glasgow SECC, London Olympia, Hampton Court Palace and Birmingham. The NEC hosts the show twice a year in the winter and in the summer.
Even the bitter cold spell didn’t discourage visitors. They flocked in their thousands to mingle with TV celebrity chefs and take away inspiration from the demonstrations and vast amounts of delicious food on display.
As usual, the stars were out in force. TV favourites Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood kept the crowds entertained as did the Hairy Bikers, Raymond Blanc and the winner of the 2015 Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain. Other celebrity chefs included Tom Kerridge, James Martin, Michel Roux Jr, Barney Desmazery and Marcus Bean. Also spotted in the lineout was Eddie the Eagle Edwards!
For all food lovers, there was plenty of action at the show. Wherever you looked, something food-related was happening. The ever-popular Supertheatre was standing room only for most of the event, with celebrity chefs showing their culinary skills over the three days. There were cookery demonstrations ranging from baking to roasting to the more exotic. Both hosts and guests enjoyed the freedom of the dedicated area to create traditional and innovative food.
Another popular event was the BBC Good Food Stage where live interviews and demonstrations with the nation’s favourite chefs and experts took place. Similarly, the BBC Good Food Kitchen enabled visitors to dine on dishes inspired by recipes by bbcgoodfood.com
For those just wanting to browse and experience different foods, there were shopping opportunities at every turn, from local producer markets to international food pavilions where food from all continents was available for purchase. With November being ‘World Vegan Month’, the BBC Good Food Show revealed tasty treats and food for all vegan palettes, with some exciting new flavours and brands.
New products included additive free handmade breads and patisseries from Hedonist Bakery like the Farmers Country Grain loaf which was packed with grains and nuts. Munchy Seeds provided various flavours including honey, chilli and even sweet varieties like choccy apricot enriched with omega 3.
The BBC Good Food Shows are all about live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping and tasting in combination with award-winning UK’s chefs and experts cooking live. The NEC will be hosting next year’s summer spectacular, but there are shows taking place everywhere around the country. So go along and be inspired.
Armistice Day has hit the headlines, at least on the back pages of the tabloids, thanks to the Prime Minister’s intervention in the debate over whether international footballers should wear the poppy emblem on the field on 11 November.
Calling the ban decision “utterly outrageous”, Theresa May has backed the FA and SFA’s rejection of the ban on England and Scotland’s footballers wearing black armbands bearing poppies in their 11 November World Cup qualifying match.
Although FIFA insists that the football laws prohibit political or religious messages from players’ kit, many, including the FA believe that displaying poppies represents respect for the fallen. In a statement, the FA said: “The FA intend to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the England team wear black armbands bearing poppies in our fixture on Armistice Day.”
The strength of feeling echoes the sentiment around the country about remembering the Great War. Events are taking place this weekend across the nation, with many centred in the South West and Wales. On Saturday 12 November 2016, the University of Worcester’s annual Women’s History Conference is taking place with debates about the significance of the First World War as an agent of social change for women. This conference will focus on women’s voluntary involvement in charities, organisations and local politics.
Tanks and Poppies
Moving further south, the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset is continuing its exhibition of the story of the tank, from its invention in 1915 through the 20th century and into the future. On 13 November, a commemorative service will take place, attended by serving soldiers, veterans and their families and members of the public. The service will take place in the Cold War Hall with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Royal Armoured Corps Memorial, followed by a unique display of poppies dropped from planes. The service is free to attend on a first-come, first-served basis.
In Wales, Caernarfon Castle is the first location in Wales to host the ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’, a display by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. The concept is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, originally seen at the Tower of London as part of the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. Caernarfon Castle is hosting a number of WWI commemoration events, as part of the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 national centenary programme of remembrance.
The Devon Remembers Heritage Project is giving local people a chance to explore the county’s experience in the First World War, led by the South West Heritage Trust. There will be a programme of high profile events, talks and activities around Devon as well as First World War learning events.
At the core of the project is the establishment of the Devon Remembers Collection within the Devon Archives and Local Studies Collection, a collection of archive material related to Devon’s contribution to the Great War, which will permanently available to all those interested.
Whatever the event, here at AC Services (Southern) we will be on hand to help with caterers, restaurants and pubs who may be staging commemorative events. If you need any advice or have any problems with your Rational ovens, contact us and we will be more than happy to help you.
England is renowned for its quaint traditions, especially Gloucestershire, where strange and ancient events take place annually. Where else can you see cheeses rolling down a hill, football matches in rivers or burning tar barrels carried on the backs of local townsfolk?
Here at AC Services (Southern) we relish the unusual and the quirky and the town of Painswick in Gloucestershire is up there amongst the best. Every year, on the Sunday after the Feast of the Nativity of St. Mary (in everyone’s calendar, surely), there is the Painswick Clypping Ceremony.
This year taking place Sunday 25 September, the event is still going strong since it was revived in Victorian times. The Clypping ceremony involves the parishioners of St. Mary’s at Painswick joining hands around the church exterior and dancing around it singing their Clypping Hymn as part of a patronal festival.
Puppy Dog Pie is an integral part of the festival. Although myth has it that a local innkeeper served up his pet pooch when he ran out of meat, today the only meat that the Puppy Dog Pie contains is chunks of beef! However, in keeping with the old tradition, china dogs (neither too small to be swallowed nor too big to detract from the flavour) are symbolically baked in the pies.
Ducks and Giant Otters
If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, make your way to the Slimbridge Wetland Centre where there is the launch of a new Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail this year to celebrate its 70th anniversary. The trail features six-foot-tall Dusty along with 14 giant models designed by celebrities. The event is on until 1 September but if you miss out, there is always the Giant LEGO® Trail at the same venue from 17 September to 6 November. The LEGO® brick models include a giant otter and a huge twelve-times life-sized dragonfly!
If you can’t think of anything else to do on 11 September, try the Speech House Vintage Show, a steam and vintage machinery family day out in the Forest of Dean. Children’s amusements, trade stalls, live music, falconry displays and duck herding are just some of the events taking place in Coleford.
Also at Speech House on 2 October is the Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival with a wide selection of over 100 local food stalls ranging from handmade scotch eggs, artisan breads, local beers, preserves, farmhouse ciders, cheeses, homemade cakes and pastries. Not to be missed is the turnip tossing competition.
And don’t miss the Newent Onion Fayre on 10 September 2016. Hazarding a wild guess, this show is presumably focused on onions: apparently there’s a traditional onion eating contest, best onion and other competitions and even the opportunity to enjoy some onion soup! There’s also live music, a dog show and a funfair for those who really don’t like onions.
It’s never dull in Gloucestershire so take advantage of the events at the end of the summer. Do something out of the ordinary and eat whatever takes your fancy!
Now that the summer holidays are drawing to an end and the summer sporting extravaganzas have come to a close, people may be wondering what to do. If you are in or near Somerset, worry not: there are still plenty of events to tickle the taste buds.
Geographically Somerset is the county bordering Gloucestershire and Bristol, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset and Devon to the South. It is best known for cheese, cider and the Cheddar Gorge. Rurally it comprises the Blackdown Hills, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park. Perhaps its most famous city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath famed for its Georgian architecture and, obviously, its baths!
Boats and Bishops
The region plays host to many events annually. The Bank Holiday sees the Wells Moat Boat Race on 29 August 2016 traditionally held every August Bank Holiday Monday starting at 11.00 am.
Visitors are urged to come and see the flotilla of homemade rafts racing on the moat of the Bishop’s Palace while those who enjoy a musical interlude can sit in the adjacent park for the brass band performing throughout the day. Dependent on the weather, there will also be hot air balloons and a vintage aircraft flypast.
Food, Glorious Food
Also in Wells is the Food Festival taking place a little later this year on Sunday 9 October 2016. This is an eagerly anticipated event, celebrating the best of Somerset’s wonderful local produce from 150 of the area’s best artisan producers. There are three ticketed events in the Town Hall: cider tasting, wine tasting and a curing demonstration from Somerset Charcuterie.
The event will feature the first ‘Food for Thought’ marquee on the recreation ground. It’s “stuffed full of delicious bite-sized pieces of information, which will benefit your body, mind, family, wallet, the local food-producing economy and the planet” claim the organisers.
Music and Trains
Last but not least, there is a treat for music lovers of all genres at Vivary Park, Taunton where Somerset Rocks! Icons such as Status Quo, Steve Harley and the Cockney Rebel, Will Young and Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be performing for a few days from Friday 26 August. Check the ticket office for returns.
When you’re in Taunton then only a short stop away is the West Somerset Railway . This is the longest heritage railway in England. It goes from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with trains and events running most days through to the end of October. Best to check the timetable to see what’s on.
We have been promised yet another Indian summer. So it makes sense to make the most of the events taking place in Somerset and South West of England. If you are a caterer, make sure that your Rational appliances are still functioning as well as they were at the beginning of the summer. If not, call us here at AC Services Southern on 01454 322 222 and we will dispatch a solution!