Local arts and produce festival
PEOPLE are being urged to discover the delights of North Somerset.
The Made in North Somerset Festival, now in its second year, celebrates the talents of local producers, artists and artisans across the district and runs from September 15 to October 7.
It launches at Sidcot Arts Centre on September 15 with an arts exhibition showcase organised by North Somerset Arts. There will be workshops, including glass jewellery making and oil painting for beginners, and a performance of The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
Three weeks of events follow, hosted by food, drink and craft producers on their own premises.
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There will be ice cream tasting at Chew Moos, brewery tours and tastings at Butcombe Brewery and a tour around Court Farm, Banwell, to meet its herd of pedigree cattle and sheep. Cookery demonstrations will be held at Weston's Oak and Glass restaurant and there will be fly fishing taster lessons at Jacklands Fishing Lakes, Tickenham.
There will be local-produce markets taking place throughout the three weeks at Nailsea, Long Ashton and Claverham. Workshops will be held at Clevedon Craft Centre and there will be tile making sessions at Banwell Pottery and a host of creative workshops at The Blue Room in Nailsea. A Made in North Somerset food and craft showcase takes place in the courtyard at the National Trust Tyntesfield Estate, Wraxall, on September 30, bringing together 40 different producers. The Theatre Orchard drama group will be joining in this year to perform sneak previews of its In cider Stories production that will be touring rural pubs in spring next year. To find out more and to download a copy of the full festival programme visit www.innorthsomerset.co.uk/ madein or call North Somerset Council's rural economic development officer, Mandie Berry, on 01934 426341.