The great outdoors will be taking centre stage this weekend in Somerset as the county welcomes a number of fetes and fayres.
Whereas there are a number of events going on across the county that will make the perfect day out, there are few that are free to enjoy and won’t cost a penny.
Here are six of the best free events in Somerset this weekend and let us know which one you choose by tweeting a pic to @Somerset__Live .
Nunney Street Market and Fayre
This Saturday (August 5) the village of Nunney will see it’s high street taken over by the annual street market and fayre. From 10am to 5pm,
The high street will be closed as the fayre takes over as the medieval castle looks down on proceedings. There will be 140 stalls, live music and plenty of food and drink, so it sounds like a jovial atmosphere is guaranteed.
Picnic Café at Middlewick
Middlewick Holiday Cottages are set by the ancient oak trees Gog and Maggog and boasts unrivalled views of Glastonbury Tor and across the Somerset Levels to Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills.
So, it is good news that they are opening their Picnic Café and opening up their grounds for families to enjoy a little open air lunching. There are 16 acres of gardens and fields and the café will have plenty of locally produced goods to tuck into.
You could, of course, bring a blanket and tuck into your own picnic, while the sun shines.
Fete at St Mary’s, Huish Episcopi
You know it’s summer when the village church fetes become a staple of the calendar. This weekend it is the turn of St Mary’s in Huish Episcopi to be the hosts of some good family fun as it opens the gates to the Rectory Garden.
The highlight of the afternoon will be the Kingsbury Episcopi Band, who will have to play it loud if they are to drown out the noise of the crockery smashing stall.
A bouncy castle and ‘Mediaeval fruit machine’ will be there to keep kids occupied, while cream teas and a Pimms bar will no doubt bring a smile to adults.
The fun begins at 2pm on Saturday (August 5).
Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve
If you fancy a day of adventure then head out to Ebbor Gorge on the Mendip Hills. This designated national nature reserve is a mix of woodland, rocks and caves and great for those that want to get to grips with all that Mother Nature has provided.
There are three trails of varying difficulty, with one being suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, though it can get a little muddy at times. It’s a great place to spot wildlife or have a splash about in a stream and when you’ve had your fill of Ebbor Gorge, the caves at Wookey Hole are a few minutes away.
The Shoe Museum, Street
There are two things that dominate Street. One is the retail outlet centre Clarks Village and the other is Clarks, the shoe manufacturer. They both have something obvious in common as since the 1830s, Street has been synonymous with shoes and its rich heritage with footwear can be viewed in Clarks museum.
Free to enter, there is a collection of footwear over time that will delight and confound in equal measures and it will certainly be a welcome distraction before hitting the shops in the retail outlet village next door.
Porlock Country Fair
The village of Porlock will see an influx of thousands of people as their popular country fair returns, with a wide range of activities for all the family to enjoy.
There will be a main arena for the centrepiece events, which will include the fun dog show, which will put your pooch in the limelight. There will be a number of country demonstrations from wood turning to bee keeping plus plentiful craft stalls will fill the marquees.
Of course, there will be a bouncy castle for the kids and the young at heart as well as a collection of vintage working agricultural engines, for those that would like to steep themselves in farming history.
The country fair takes place on Sunday (August 6), starting at 11.30am.