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Wassail on the road again

AFTER a gap of two years, Somerset’s own resident Wassail Theatre is back on the road with a new show, Birthday Day, and it will be performed at farms and outdoor locations all around the county from 18th May to 1st September. Birthday Day is inspired by the short story A Notable Oak Tree, written…

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World Cheese Awards head for Portugal

THE World Cheese Awards, now in the 36th year, will take place in Portugal for the first time. The 2024 awards will be held in Viseu, from 14th to 17th November. The awards open for entries on Thursday 13th June, and close on Monday 16th September. John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine…

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Celebrate Somerset with the Big Picnic

CELEBRATE Somerset this year on Somerset Day, Saturday 11th May – and join in the community-based Big Somerset Picnic, with events across the weekend on 11th and Sunday 12th. As well as the opportunity to enjoy great food and drink, the aim of this year’s Big Picnic is to bring people together and improve opportunities…

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Top award for White Lake’s Tor

PEOPLE who love goat’s milk cheese will need no introduction to Tor, one of the many fine cheeses made by Roger Longman of White Lake Cheese, based at Bagborough close to the Royal Bath & West showground near Shepton Mallet. Already a three-star Great Taste Award-winner, the ash-covered, pyramid-shaped Tor has just won the Best…

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Savour the flavours of Ukraine

THE recent second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a sombre reminder of the trauma and horror that Urkainians have endured – and the continuing need to support the refugees who are living in this area. If most of us didn’t know much about Ukraine’s distinctive culture and history before the Russian onslaught,…

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A taste of contemporary dance

LUCA Silvestrini’s Protein dance company comes to Somerset and Dorset in March with the acclaimed contemporary dance theatre piece, May Contain Food, May Contain You. The local dates continue with Artsreach at West Lulworth village hall on Wednesday 13th and the Exchange at Sturminster Newton on Thursday 14th. Have you ever been swayed by the…

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Taking tea with William Barnes

A CELEBRATION of the Dorset dialect poet, linguist and polymath William Barnes has become an annual fixture in the calendar of Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach and the Ridgeway Singers and Band. This year the event, Tea with William Barnes, will be at The Exchange at Sturminster Newton on Sunday 25th February at 3pm,…

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Wild meat on the school menu

NURSERIES in Gillingham, Wimborne, Wareham, Christchurch and Yeovil are among a group of 32 early education centres taking part in a new food project, introducing sustainable, nutritious and delicious wild meat to the menu at educational establishments nationally. . The wild meat introduced to the Tops Nurseries group includes venison and feathered game which has…

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