What’s on in Somerset 2016

Somerset's Cheddar gorgeNow 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!

Published Date: 23rd August 2016
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