The countdown begins to Somerset Day 2020, which takes place on 11th May!
This year Somerset Day coincides with the special VE Day Bank Holiday weekend, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to take part in celebratory events and activities over the long weekend of 8th – 10th May.
There’s a website dedicated to Somerset Day, so if you’re organising a community event please do register your event at www.somsersetday.com. Or if you’re simply wanting to find out what events are taking place throughout the county, the website will give you all the information you need to know!
Building on the success of previous years, there’s already some exciting activities planned for the Somerset Day weekend across the county.
Some communities are planning to combine Somerset Day and VE Day celebrations by reflecting on what took place in their village or town 75 years ago. The Showering Pavilion at the Royal Bath & West Showground will host a 1940’s style Tea Dance with big band (Glen Miller style) and trio of forces singing sweethearts on 9th May. There will be a static military vintage vehicle display and the venue will be draped and dressed in 1940’s style.
The fantastic eat:Taunton (which attracted over 24,000 people in 2019) will again be held in the centre of Taunton on Saturday 9th May.
Plans are also being put in place to encourage all 569 parish churches in the Bath and Wells Diocese to celebrate over the weekend by holding ‘open days’ and ringing the church bells over the Somerset Day/VE Day weekend.
The Pride Of Somerset Youth Awards, now in their twelfth year, will be held on Wednesday 6th May at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Organised by Taunton Rotary and hosted by BBC Somerset, the awards will again celebrate inspirational young people in Somerset.
And around 120,000 students in schools across Somerset will be encouraged to join in a Somerset-themed non-uniform day, raising money for the Somerset Crisis Fund, on Somerset Day itself Monday 11th May.
An event filled week and weekend will round-off with a special Somerset Day Choral Evensong service in Wells Cathedral, open to all.
Somerset Day events will continue into the following weekend with the popular Town Criers Competition on Saturday 16th May held in Ilminster as part of the town’s celebrations.
Founder of Somerset Day, Nigel Muers-Raby said “We want this year to be a bumper year for celebrating all that is great about our county. It will be a wonderful opportunity for communities, villages, towns and organisations to have some fun whilst raising funds for much needed projects and charities either in their community or throughout Somerset”.
Between now and 11th May, the Somerset Day website will be continually updated with events taking place. www.somersetday.com
Image attached – Town Criers in Ilminster on Somerset Day 2019