Up and coming local events

Local Forthcoming Events in 2016

Sherborne Castle Country Fair – Bank Holiday Monday, 30th May 2016

This fair offers a rich and fun programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment.  It hosts one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country and is in one of the finest settings in the South West – a day out for all ages.

The Bath & West Show  1st – 4th June 2016

A great treat for half term, this large agricultural show has something for all the family, cattle, sheep, pigs, hens, bees etc, along with a floral marquee, food hall and plenty more shopping too

Chalke Valley History Festival, 27th June – 3 July 2016

This is a wonderful week long event of excellent lectures and re-enactments, with plenty of booksellers and other stallholders.  Pick and choose which lectures you would like to hear.

Larmer Tree Festival 13 – 17 July 2016

Set in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens and lively family festival with a good line-up

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show  17th August 2016

An old fashioned argicultural show with cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, rabbits. bees, horses, dogs, food, shopping and events – a must for those who love the countryside

Great Dorset Steam Fair  24-29 August

The biggest event of its kind in the world and attracts visitors globally too.  Come for the whole five days or just a night or two!

Here are a few bits and pieces that are happening locally in 2015 – lots to look forward to!

Saturday 28th March

Yapp Brothers bin end sale here in Mere for one day only

Saturday 16th May – Triathlon at Stourhead

Race is a Saturday afternoon/evening. The swim is a single 900m lap of the Lake at Stourhead. The bike a single lap taking in a visit to Wiltshire and Somerset, and the final run is based largely in the grounds of the Stourhead Estate. It will take your breath away in more ways than one.

27th-30th May

The Royal Bath and West Show.  Held outside Shepton Mallet this fantastic and enormous four day show has something for everyone


14th – 17th August, Wilderness Gathering at Bison Centre, West Knoyle www.wildernessgathering.co.uk

16th – 20th July – Lamer Tree Festival larmertreefestival.co.uk/

11th – 13th July, Native American Pow Wow at West Knoyle http://www.bisonfarm.co.uk/

23rd – 29th June 2014 The Chalke Valley History Festival www.cvhf.org.uk/

28th – 31st May 2014, Bath and West Show http://www.bathandwest.com/home/1/

23rd May – 7th June, The Salisbury Festivalhttps://www.salisburyfestival.co.uk/

2nd – 5th May, Deverills Festival http://www.deverillsfestival.com/

Saturday 29th March 2014  Yapp Brothers Bin End Wine Sale http://www.yapp.co.uk/

28th February – 8th March, The Bath Literary Festival – http://bathfestivals.org.uk/literature/




14th – 20th October, Mere Literary Festival http://www.merelitfest.co.uk/

Late September to end October, wonderful autumn colours at Stourhead Gardens http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead/

28th September – Yapp Brothers Wine sale http://www.yapp.co.uk/

Saturday 14th September – Frome Cheese Show http://www.fromecheeseshow.co.uk/

14th September, Mere Carnival http://www.merecarnival.co.uk/ 

30 August – 1 September – Bath & West Gardening Show http://www.bathandwest.com/shows/29/

Wednesday 28th August – Sunday 1 September http://www.gdsf.co.uk/

Wednesday 21st August – Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show http://www.gillshaftshow.co.uk/

15th – 16th August Wilderness Skills Gathering at The Bison Farm, West Knoyle

17th to 21st July, The Lamer Tree Festival with Van Morrison in the line up

Larmer Tree Festival

13th and 14th July, The annual Native American Pow Wow at The Bisson Farm, West Knoyle

24th to 30th June The Chalke Valley History Festival the largest history festival in the UK which also combines a literary section.

chalke valley history festival

Saturday 15th June – The Wiltshire Jazz Festival, Dinton

The Wiltshire Jazz Festival 2012 provided a feast of memories topped by the appearance of the brilliant Brazilian singer-songwriter Eliane Elias and her husband and bass player Marc Johnson.

30th May to 2nd June, Sunrise Festival, between Westbury and Frome

29th May – 1st June, The 150th Royal Bath & West Show, a great four day show with a huge variety of stalls, animals and a fun fair too.

Bath & West

25th May – 2 June Wylye Valley Art Trail

A unique opportunity to see the wide range of art being carried out in this area. Visit open studios, exhibitions and galleries. Meet and talk to artists and craftspeople.

24th May – 8th June, Salisbury International Arts Festival

Since 2009 the Festival has delivered more free events than ever. More than half of all Festival attendances in 2012 were to free events – 48,000 free attendances of a total 80,000 created a palpable sense of celebration in the region.

12th May, Guided bluebell walk in the woods around Stourhead, starts at 10.30

Saturday 27 April 2013

Yapp Brothers our wonderful local wine merchants have their Spring bin end sale

1st – 10th March 2013

Bath Literary Festival, a ten day festival with over 150 events which features a host of illustrious authors and thought-provoking events, including J.K. RowlingHilary MantelP.D. JamesKate MossePat BarkerHarriet WalterDarcey BussellSandi ToksvigRobert FiskGavin EslerA.N. WilsonAllan Little,Ben Goldacre and many more.

December 2012

Salisbury Cathedral has Services and Concerts galore in December.  They are also offering an evening Tower Tour so you can see the Christmas Lights from the roof of the Cathedral http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/dyn/files/christmas2012atsalisburycathedral.pdf

November 2012

From Thursday 22nd November Bath has a wonderful Christmas Market http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/

Longleat hosts a Halloween Spoktacular from the 20th October http://www.longleat.co.uk/events

Longleat celebrates Christmas with lots of seasonal themed things to do including Ice Scating in front of the house. From the 16th November (weekends only) and then everyday for the 10 or so days before Christmas http://www.longleat.co.uk/christmas

23rd and 24th November.  Our terrific local wine merchant Yapp Bros have some great sales with brilliant tasting too http://www.yapp.co.uk/pages/events.aspx

October 2012

27th and 28th The Wimborne Food Festival