5 things to do in Somerset this weekend
PUBLISHED: 16:03 03 December 2019
William D Fergus McNeill
The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in Somerset
Whether you're a cheddar fan, a mozzarella lover or a parmesan fanatic, this brie-lliant festival is a must for all foodies young and old. As the UK's first and only touring cheese festival, it will arrive at the Royal Bath and West Showground on Saturday with live music, cooking demonstrations, street food stalls and of course all the cheese that your heart desires. There will even be the chance to meet the legends that are Wallace and Gromit, as well as life-size Wallace and Gromit vehicles on display; you can also put your creative skills to the test by taking part in model making sessions with Aardman Animations.
This marks the first weekend of festive celebrations at The Bishop's Palace in Wells, which will see this historic site transformed into a winter wonderland - from Sunday through to 22 December, the rooms of the medieval palace will be adorned with decorations, following themes that range from Victorian to Nordic. A roaring fire will greet visitors in the entrance hall, and seasonal greenery sourced from the Palace Gardens will be used to create stunning adornments. Little ones will even have the chance to meet Mother and Father Christmas on Sunday where they'll receive their very own gift, although tickets must be purchased beforehand. Now that's one way to celebrate the start of the festive period like royalty…
Ferne Animal Sanctuary are pleased to bring back this much-loved event for another year, with a great variety of stalls selling all kinds of festive goodies throughout this weekend. Santa Claus will even be taking a break from his very busy pre-Christmas schedule to stop off at Ferne, so it's a must for little ones - your four-legged friends don't have to miss out either, because Santa wants to meet them all too! There is a reduced admission to the sanctuary for £2, and the fair is free to enter. Santa's Grotto costs £5 per child or dog, and it will run between 12pm and 3pm.
The remarkably preserved village of Dunster is magical to visit all year round, but this weekend it really will be extra special since it will be turning its back on the present and lighting its streets with just lanterns and candles. Proceedings will begin with a lantern lighting procession on Friday evening at 6pm, followed by a parade of 17th century soldiers marching through the village on Saturday. There will be a whole host of fantastic entertainment, including a performance by the fire-juggling, rope-walking and fiddle-playing Kwabana Lindsay. The event will take place between 5 and 9pm on Friday, and between 4 and 9pm on Saturday.
Complete with dazzling illusions, dancers and special effects, this is set to be an evening to remember - master illusionist Alexander will capture imaginations with show-stopping performance, and with previous credits including working with Bradley Walsh and ITV's Keep it in the Family, audiences are in for a treat. The performance will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 7 December, and tickets cost £16.50 or £14 for under 16s and students.
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