Posts Tagged West Country events

Frome Cheese and Agricultural show

If you are down in the South West this weekend and fancy a day out, there is the Cheese and Agricultural Show in Frome on Saturday.

Cheese makers have been visiting the Show for 151 years, coming far and wide from across the globe. This year there will be around 1,200 award-winning cheeses to set your tastebuds going. Not only that, but there will be entertainment from a motorbike display team, dog agility, lurcher racing plus many other countryside pursuits and rural crafts. It’s a family-friendly event with 20,000 visitors last year and even more expected this year as its popularity grows.

Why not rest your head at this lovely family house in Compton Bishop, Somerset (sleeps 12). The Mendips rise directly behind Compton House with good walks up to Crook Peak. The property has a south-facing terrace running along the length of the house with plants, table/chairs, fire pit and BBQ.  There is also an enclosed lawn, croquet lawn (mallets provided), children’s adventure playground, trampoline, outdoor heated swimming pool (available 24 May to 13 September) and all-weather hard tennis court. Games room (pool table, darts, table football, Wii, iPod dock, TV/DVD). Table tennis in garage. Fun coarse fishing available on the river Yeo, up to 15 March and after 15 June (licence required).

Inside the property consists of a big open plan kitchen/dining room, utility room, loo, large living room and sitting room with open fire. Upstairs there are four bedrooms (three doubles and a twin with en suites). At the rear of the house is a smart annexe: hall and two double bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom (suite) and the other with en suite shower-room (wet-room suite).

View from outside

View from outside

Stunning kitchen and dining room

Stunning kitchen and dining room

 

 

 

 

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Devon Open Studios

Discover art and craft at its Devonshire source from now until 22nd September with the Devon Open Studios. 

With many artists residing in studios across Devon, open studios are a great opportunity to understand artists’ processes more clearly and buy directly from the artist or maker. Many work in interesting locations you might not normally get to explore while on holiday, so could make for an interesting excursion.

Visit the Devon Artists’ Network to find out more and find an artist to visit.

Why not take a week to explore from this beautiful base in Tawton (sleeps 12). It also has a special offer for the week commencing 14th September, with a 20% reduction in price from £1035 to £828.

View from outside

View from outside

A mile from South Tawton in heavily wooded lanes, this stunning house, converted from stone barns has the ‘wow factor’. Inside it is stylishly decorated with mostly porcelain flooring downstairs. Massive living/dining room with open fire, TV/DVD; big fitted kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, two ovens/5-ring ceramic hob, TV) with granite worktops and big double doors to patio/back garden. Utility room with Sheila Maid and loo with butler sink and washing machine. Off living room, a children’s den with TV/DVD, wood floor/rugs. Upstairs there are  five bedrooms (four double, one twin), two are en suite and there is a large separate bathroom also.

 

Opposite is an open-fronted barn with table tennis, darts, storage for bicycles/surfboards. Shooting can be arranged.

Stunning interior

Stunning interior

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August bank holiday in the West Country

Newlyn Fish Festival picture by Flickr user pandrcutts

Newlyn Fish Festival picture by Flickr user pandrcutts

The August bank holiday is nearly upon us, and if you are visiting the South West for a holiday then here is a selection of just some of the fun things happening this weekend and beyond.

The Watchet Festival (23rd-25th August) is a family friendly music festival with amazing views of the stunning West Somerset coastline and beyond. If you’re looking for a last minute break for the family, then day tickets are available at the festival and this stunning newly converted barn (sleeps 8) is a short drive away in the village of Winsford.

The Newlyn Fish Festival (26th August) is held at one of Cornwall’s most distinctive fishing ports. What better place to see live cooking demonstrations and a seafood auction than at the place the fish was caught! The festival hosts a variety of entertainment and fun for all the family.

A little after the bank holiday from the 27th-30th August is the Bude Jazz Festival. A mix of free parade sessions across the pretty little town and ticketed events available to purchase on the day at various venues, it’s a good chance to get your jazz stomp on! Search for holiday cottages in Bude.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair (28th August – 1st September) boasts over 200,000 visitors to this extravaganza of an event, dubbed “THE” National Heritage Show of the year. Entertainment is spread across 600 acres of the enormous show ground at Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum. Many interests are catered for, from steam engines to heavy horses, ancient farm crafts to stunt displays, the list goes on! Stay at this beautiful Helpful Holidays semi-detached Grade II listed cottage in Okeford Fitzpane (sleeps 4) or search for more Dorset cottages on our main site.

If you can’t make it to the Newlyn Fish Festival, or if you had a taste and want more, then on 1st September travel to Clovelly, North Devon, for the Lobster and Crab Feast in the iconic harbour. Not only that, but you can enjoy folk music, arts and crafts and some street theatre to keep you entertained. Still with availability is this single-storey house (sleeps 7) with views of the sea to Welcombe Mouth.

 

 

 

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Hurling the silver ball!

A Cornish tradition dating back over three thousand years, hurling the silver ball at the St Ives Feast rolls around this year on 4th February. 

It may be chilly, but taking part in this rough and tumble tradition will certainly get you warmed up! The day starts with a mayor’s civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach. A silver ball is then thrown into the crowd and chased by participants for possession; the person who is able to keep hold of it and deliver the ball back to the mayor by midday is then rewarded with a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are scattered to the children at the Guildhall forecourt.

Taking part quite so physically might not be your cup of tea, but you can join in the cheer with the many spectators expected at the event.

Go back and get warmed up in this ideally situated modern house from Helpful Holidays. With views over Porthmeor Beach, and around 400 yards from a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants, you aren’t far from the fun. It sleeps up to six and has a clean, comfortable and uncluttered look. It has an open-plan living/dining/fitted kitchen, sofa bed and ‘living flame’ gas fire. 2 bedrooms on the first floor, one double, one twin, and a smart bathroom with bath-shower and tiled floor.

Living Room

Living room

Gorgeous sea views

Gorgeous sea views

Beautiful St Ives

Beautiful St Ives

 

 

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