Strawberry Line WHAT’S ON
Sat 27 July. Blagdon. Coffee Morning at the village club. 10am-noon. An informal coffee morning, pop in or linger, all welcome. There is no admission charge. It is not a fundraiser, simply a social occasion.
Sat 27 July. Axbridge. Cycle Ride. Meet 9am in the Square. 2-2 ½ hour ride whatever the weather. One hour or so out, a coffee stop, and one hour or so back. www.th
Sat 27 July. Bridgwater. Stories for children. Bridgwater Arts Centre, Castle Street. Talking Eggs. 4:30pm. A beautiful theatrical telling, for children, of a folktale from the American South, with live music, imagination and… wooden buckets. Feel free to bring a packed tea, family discounts available! http:// bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/
Saturday 27 July. Wells. Somerset Chamber Choir: Mozart Requiem at Wells Cathedral. Mozart’s Requiem & Ave verum corpus alongside works by James MacMillan - Seven Last Words from the Cross & the Strathclyde motet In splendoribus sanctorum. With professional orchestra Southern Sinfonia and four professional vocal soloists - Ruby Hughes (soprano), Helen Sherman (mezzo- soprano), Andrew Tortise (tenor) & Callum Thorpe (bass) - conductor Graham Caldbeck. 7pm. Tickets 01823 336344 or o www. somersetchamberchoir.org.uk
Sat-Sun 27-28 July. Cranmore. Steam Gala. East Somerset Railway. Cranmore, Shepton, Mallet, Somerset BA4 4QP. Tel: 01749 880417. http://www.eastsomersetrailway.com/
Ride in the brake van, watch the flypasts, sit in the vintage carriages see the miniature railway operating alongside the main line.
Mon 29 July - Fri 2 Aug. Cheddar. Tennis for children. Cheddar Tennis Club is running its tennis courses for children ages 4-18. Mini tennis 10am-12noon each day in two groups, 4-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds, and then full court tennis from 1-4pm each day for 11-14 year olds and 15+. The courses are being run by the club’s LTA qualified coaches. As well as learning tennis skills and techniques there will be lots of fun games and exercises, including activities from other sports like football and basketball. Children of all abilities are welcome, from complete beginners to accomplished players, non club members as well as members. Course fees: mini tennis £45 club members, £50 non members; full court tennis £65 members, £70 non members. The courses will be held on the club’s courts at Sharpham Rd Playing Fields, Cheddar. Call Lynne Cornish 01934 750402.
Mon 29 July. Banwell. Storytime. Storytime Summer Party for preschool children St Andrews Church. 9-11am.
Mon 29 July. (Ongoing 29 July-3 August) Bristol. Bristol Proms. At the Old Vic Theatre, St Mary Redcliffe and the Watershed. Tel: 0117 987 7877; www.bristololdvic.org.uk
Thu 1 Aug. Axbridge. Mendip Morris at the 24
The Strawberry Line cycle and footpath is neatly sign posted along its ten mile route from Yatton to Cheddar
Murray-mania: tennis for juniors in Cheddar. See listings.
Lamb Inn. 8pm. http://www.me
ndipmorrismen. org/ • Possibly the perfect place to watch this ancient dance.
Fri 2 Aug. Yatton. Book Club. Yatton Library. 2pm. For details email yatton.li
or ask at the library at 48 High Street, Yatton.
Sat 3 Aug. Axbridge. Farmers’ Market. 9am- 1pm. The Square. Picture perfect setting - with usually a coffee morning in the town hall. Cafe at the Almshouse Tea Shop plus stalls and food available.
Sat 3 Aug. Cheddar. Stone Age Feast. Cheddar Caves event. Stone Age families celebrate a successful hunt with a huge feast. Join them as they cook their meal over open fires and prepare it using handmade tools. For more: www.cheddargorge.co.uk/
Sat 3-Sun 4 Aug. Puxton Park. Children’s event. Clover the Cow is bringing all of her farmyard friends to the animal park for a summer party. Clover will be joined by the Owlbert Einstein, Ruxton Rabbit and mice friends. Other events will include petting time, sheep racing, falconry, tractor rides and lots more. At 3pm on both days Clover and her friends will be having an afternoon tea party and all children will be invited to join in with free squash and cake. Ffi: 01934 523500, visit www.puxton.co.uk
Sun 4 Aug. Yatton. Cycle Ride for Charity. Continued
Places to go
Animal Farm Adventure Park. Red Rd, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2RW. Open daily. £7/£6.50/£26 family. Tel: 01278 751628, www. animal-farm.co.uk
• Animals, playbarn, adventure playground.
Atkinson Gallery. Millfield School, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD. Atkinsongallery@millfieldschool.com
; 01458 444322; www.atkinsongallery.co.uk/
Opening: Monday - Saturday 9.30am-5pm. Closed Sunday • 24th Summer Show. 8 July – 10 August. A mix of traditional and contemporary works from local artists as well as those from further afield.
Brean Down and the Somerset Coastal walk. Brean Down is the last lump of the Mendips pushing out into the Bristol Channel - accessed via Lympsham and Wick Road or along the seafront from Burnham- on-Sea. There’s a cafe at the far end - and lots of historic interest from Celtic fields to a Victorian fort. You can walk from Uphill on the other side of the River Axe all the way to Portishead via the odd diversion - along this partly forgotten section of our coast. And it’s free.
Cheddar Caves and Gorge. Two cave complexes, an exhibition on the original inhabitants, the happy valley of shops and cafes plus of course it’s free to explore the Gorge stetching two miles up into the Mendips with its countless woods, paths and rocky paths. More at www.cheddargorge.co.uk/
Clevedon Court. Tickenham Rd, Clevedon, N Somerset, BS21 6QU. £7.60/£3.70. Open various dates check www.nationaltrust.org.uk/clevedon
• National Trust run manor house and former home of the Elton family.
Clevedon Pier and Heritage Centre. The Toll House, The Beach, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7QU. Tel: 01275 878846; enquiries@clevedonpier. com; www.clevedonpier.com/&bull
; Small entry charge to the pier.
East Somerset Railway. Cranmore Station, near Shepton MalletBA4 4QP. £9/£7/£28 family. 01749 880417; www.eastsomersetrailway.com
• Steam trains, loco shed, cafe, museum, shop and special events.
Glastonbury Abbey. Glastonbury, Somerset. Open daily £7/£4/£18 family. 01458 832267, www. glastonburyabbey.com
• Large scale ruins of the once mighty monastery and abbey destroyed by Henry VIII. Includes museum, shop and cafe.
King John’s Hunting Lodge and Axbridge Museum. The Square. Axbridge, BS26 2AP. £2.50. Open daily but for opening times visit http://www. nationaltrust.org.uk/king-johns-hunting-lodge/
• Medieval wool merchant’s home and shop. Amazing sloping floors and wonky stairs. Roman skeletons and new quarry exhibition.
Mendips. So many places for walks and picnics in the ancient landscape - Cheddar Gorge, Velvet Bottom, Dolebury Warren, Crook Peak and the Gruffy Ground. www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk
for places to walk. Free.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Failand Rd, Wraxall, Nailsea, BS48 1PG. Open Mon-Sat closed Sun. £13/£9.50/£39 family. Tel: 01275 852606, www. noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
• Wild animals include rhinos, camels and lions.
North Somerset Butterfly House. Smallway, Congresbury BS49 5AA. 07531 607007; pete@ bigbugbag.com
Open 7 days a week. £4:95/£3:95/£13:45 family. The attraction only accepts cash - not cards • A secret paradise where you can surround yourself with beautiful butterflies and exotic plants.
Puxton Park. Cowslip Lane, Hewish, Near Copngresbury BS24 6AH. Tel: 01934 523500. www. puxton.co.uk/
• Farm shop, playbarn and lots of animals.
Sandford Railway Station Railway Heritage Centre. Open at weekends. Free • The pride and joy of the Strawberry Line, it’s a must visit place. Station Strawberry Line Times
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