Snuggled up in our favourite blankets with cups of hot chocolate to keep warm, the farm at Dimpsey has been transforming through the Autumn, preparing for winter to soon fall upon us. Umbrellas are out, wellies are on and coats are at the ready as we explore through South Somerset this November. 


Hatch Charity Fireworks – 5th November 2018

There is nothing quite like enjoying the autumnal weather than spending it wrapped up outside with traditional bonfires, jacket potatoes and a fireworks display to celebrate bonfire night! 

Orchard Portman

Taunton

Somerset

TA3 7BL

http://hatchfireworks.co.uk 


Curators Floor Talk – Motoring Icons – 11th to 14th November 2018

Interested in history, or in interested in cars? This is the event for you. Join Matt Piper at the Haynes International Motor Museum to discover the history of the Beetle. 

Haynes International Motor Museum

Sparkford

YEOVIL

Somerset

BA22 7LH 

https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com 


Christmas Market at Hestercombe Gardens – 16th to 18th November 2018

December is creeping ever closer, which means that is it time to start collecting all your Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Where better to start than the Christmas Market at Hestercombe Gardens? 

Hestercombe

Cheddon Fitzpaine

Taunton

Somerset

TA2 8LG 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-market-at-hestercombe-gardens-p2553303 


Christmas Craft Fair at the Monks Yard – 24th November 2018

A firm favourite in South Somerset, the Christmas Craft Fair at Monks Yard is a “festive treasure trove” of everything handmade from pottery to jams. Friendly and warm, it is a perfect day out for the family.

The Monks Yard

Horton Cross

Ilminster

Somerset

TA19 9PT 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-craft-fair-at-the-monks-yard-p2583833 

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The transformation has begun. Scattered across the floor are crisp leaves creating a haven of bright oranges, reds and browns for wellies, both big and small. The evening chill starts to creep in and where would we be without the occasional shower of rain. Together, we have a partially complete checklist for Autumn, all we need now is the perfect autumnal bucket list to enjoy this time of year to its fullest. Here is our guide to what is on in Somerset this October.


Ilminster Carnival – 6th October 

Colour, lights and plenty of carnival vibe will be at Ilminster this weekend with their over 100 feet long float chain. A great way to spend the evening! 

http://www.ilminstercarnival.co.uk


Over the Wall Picking Apples – 13th October

Coming to The Brewhouse in Taunton this October is Over the Wall Picking Apples, ideal for all theatre lovers out there. A one man show dedicated to mental health. 

https://www.wassailtheatre.co.uk/over-the-wall-picking-apples 

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre

Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1JL 


Chard Rotary’s Salute to Trad Jazz – 19th October

Enjoy the jazz music? Then this is the event for you. Combine traditional jazz with a light supper, tea or coffee and you have a wonderful evening ahead of you. 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/chard-rotarys-salute-to-trad-jazz-p2538763 

St. Mary’s Church

Holyrood Street

Chard

Somerset

TA20 2EA


Strange and Spooky at The Museum of Somerset – 29th October to 3rd November 

Halloween is coming ever closer to us now, which suggests that thrills, spooks and possibly even ghosts are creeping towards us. Dress up, take part in the mystery trail or even attend the Strange Tales on the 16th November for an evening tour of the museum.

Taunton Castle

Castle Green

Taunton

Somerset

TA1 4AA

https://swheritage.org.uk/museum-of-somerset/ 

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Scorching hot sunshine and bright blue skies are beginning to drift away. Autumn is slowly approaching us and, here at Dimpsey, we are beginning to look forward to being surrounded by crisp, red and brown leaves and preparing for the chill in the air. In the meantime, we have put together our list of things to do in South Somerset this September. 


Annual Fun Dog Show – 1st September 2018

In our very local Blackdown Hills, the Ferne Animal Sanctuary will be holding their annual fun dog show with craft stalls, agility courses and of course, food!

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Wambrook

Chard

Somerset

TA20 3DH

https://www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org/events/ferne-dog-show/


End of Summer Show – 8th September 2018

If you enjoyed the Annual Fun Dog show, then you will love the End of Summer show. A horse, pony and dog show, this event is perfect for animal lovers. Supporting St Margaret’s Hospice and Alzheimer’s Research UK, this is truly a wonderful day out. 

Show Site Clapton

Crewkerne

DT8 3RF

http://www.crewkerneshow.co.uk 


Wellbeing & Superfood Festival – 16th September 2018

From healthy treats to complimentary therapies, the Wellbeing & Superfood Festival is full of delicious food to try, workshops and even entertainment!

Woodlands Castle

TAUNTON

Somerset

TA3 5LU 

https://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/wellbeing-and-superfood-festival-2018-p2469903 


Best of Bristol Sunday Lunch at The Castle Hotel – 30th September 2018

The Best of Bristol is coming to Taunton, with Bristol’s top chef’s preparing and cooking a delightful lunch at The Castle Green. Don’t miss out! 

Castle Green

Taunton

Somerset

TA1 1NF 

https://thecastlehotel.yapsody.com/event/index/276191/the-best-of-bristol-sunday-lunch 

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Watching the stars under the night sky, days out in the sun, sipping on your favourite scrumpy… Recently, the weather has given us many opportunities to enjoy the simple things, so here is our guide to What’s on in South Somerset this August so you can love being out in the sun whilst it lasts.


Historical House Drawn Tours of Langport – Every Weekend in August 

Perfect for history lovers, the horse drawn tours of Langport makes a wonderful and interesting day out where you can learn about the history of Langport. 

Langport Main Car Park
TA10 9PG


Concerts in the West – 2nd to 4th August 

If you prefer a more relaxed evening, why not watch the PELLÉAS ENSEMBLE & FRIENDS at Yeovil, Bridport, Ilminster or Taunton this summer – an excellent way to appreciate music from the well-loved Beethoven and Mozart. 


Cider & Cheese Festival – August 17th to 18th August

It wouldn’t be Summer without celebrating Somerset’s finest Cider and Cheese. With over 6o different types of cider and cheese to try, including live entertainment, it is an ideal weekend for relishing in good food and company. 

Westlands Entertainment Venue
Westbourne Close
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 2DD


Yesterdays Farming – 18th to 19th August

From dog shows to tractors, heavy working horses to working steam engines, step back in time with Yesterday’s Farming and don’t forget to take part in their haymaking displays and rural crafts! 

Dillington Park Estate
Dillington
Ilminster
Somerset
TA19 9DQ

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The sun has been beaming over Dimpsey recently and we have certainly been enjoying the heatwave. From long summer days sitting in our hot tub to country shows, there is plenty to do in Somerset this month and here are our favourites!


Somerton Summer Arts Festival – 6th – 15th July 2018

A whole week of entertainment, the Somerton Summer Arts Festival has been designed to encourage many genres or music, and bring the community together with art, drama and even morris dancing! 

Somerton Town Centre


Guide Dogs Family Fun Day – 14th July 2018

Fundraising for the Taunton Guide Dogs, not only does this ultimately fun dog show help the local community, but also makes a wonderful day out for all ages. 

Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AD


Yeovil Show – 14-15th July

Competitions, food and drink, animals, retail therapy – The Yeovil Show has everything you can possibly want out of a day  out. The perfect way to celebrate South Somerset and everything it has to offer!

Yeovil Showground
Barwick
Yeovil
BA22 9TA


Somerset Steam & Country Show – 20th-22nd July 2018

If you enjoy country shows, don’t forget to attend the Somerset Steam and Country Show in Langport. With entertainment and funfair, as well as tractor pulling – it makes a great day out for all country and vehicle lovers!

Netherham Farm
Low Ham
Langport
TA10 9DR

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It is that time of year again where, here at Dimpsey, we are enjoying the weather starting to warm up and the Sun beaming out through the clouds. With Summer just around the corner, here is our list of what is on in Somerset this June.


Ilchester 100 – 8th June & 23rd June 2018

This year, St Mary’s Church in Ilchester will be holding a commemoration for 100 years since the end of the First World War. However, it isn’t just the commemoration of the Armistice that they will be holding on the 8th – a Traditional Street Fayre will also be held on the 23rd June for everyone to take part in and enjoy.

Ilchester
Somerset
BA22 8LH


A Doggy Day Out at Forde Abbey – 10th June 2018

If you are a lover of canines, or perhaps even have one yourself, then the Doggy Day Out held in Forde Abbey is the event for you. From pet products stalls to agility and obstacle courses, there is plenty for you to do, as well as exploring Forde Abbey itself!

Forde Abbey and Gardens
Chard
Somerset
TA20 4LU
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SomerFest Taunton – 16th June 2018

From the circus to a whole host of musical genres, the SomerFest in Taunton is a fun-filled day out for everybody. Featuring local and national talent and entertainers, it is an event surely not to be missed. 

Castle Green
Taunton
TA1 1NF


Yeovil Street Party – 23rd June 2018 

For all local celebrations, why not take part in the Yeovil Street Party! With a range of food available to purchase and eat, as well as music and other entertainment, it makes a wonderful day out. 

Yeovil Town Centre
St John’s Church Green
Quedam and Bandstand in Middle Street

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Happy Somerset Day! Today marks the 4th annual celebration of Somerset Day, which started back in 2015 to share why Somerset is an amazing place to live, work and visit. With an abundance of events happening over the weekend to celebrate, we have decided to look into the history of Somerset Day – why is Somerset Day held on the 11th May?

blackdownhills - The history behind Somerset Day

It is thought that King Alfred the Great – also known as the King of Wessex – set out on a mission to gather all the locals of Somerset to create an army to march and fight against the Vikings on this day in 878AD. Although the date of his victory is unknown, it is commonly estimated to be around this time and was chosen to be the date where locals nowadays will remember the victory of King Alfred the Great and the locals of that time.

 

Somerset Day has come far from just honouring a victory of a King many years ago. Many use this opportunity to share the greatness of Somerset and how it is a diverse area to live, with many businesses flourishing, not to mention the areas of outstanding natural beauty that surround the county. It remembers all aspects of Somerset history, including farming traditions which are still in place today and of course, enjoying well-loved food and drink which is Somerset based, such as good old scrumpy.

 

Every year, many events take place, including festivals, fairs and street parties and afternoon tea days! To find a full list of events that are taking place today and over the weekend, why not check out our What’s On in May 2018 blog post or visit the official Somerset Day website.

 

Whatever you get up to this Somerset Day, don’t forget to share your love for this wonderful county!

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Where did April go? May has swept in swiftly and we have already been enjoying the May Day festivities. However, May brings a lot more than just May Day… Somerset Day will be celebrated again this year on 11th May! Here is what is on in South Somerset in May 2018.


Abbey Hill Steam Rally at Yeovil Showground – 4th to 7th May 2018

Over the weekend, Yeovil Showground will be holding a 3-day event full of entertainment, events and even a fairground for the May Day Bank Holiday. Definitely worth a day out!

Yeovil Showground, off A37 towards Dorchester
Yeovil
BA20 2QQ


Kingsbury May Festival – 7th May 2018 

This bank holiday why not join in on the May day fun with the Kingsbury May Festival! A celebration to welcome in Spring, this is a true community event!

Kingsbury Episcopi Village
TA12 6AT


Cothelstone Hill Heritage Walk – 11th May 2018 

It is Somerset Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking part in a heritage walk to explore the natural beauty and history of our wonderful county Somerset, starting in Taunton.

Brunel Way
Norton Fitzwarren
TAUNTON
Somerset
TA2 6SF


Town Tree Trail 10k Race – 16th May 2018 

If you prefer a much more active day, the Town Tree Trail 10K race will definitely take your breath away and if racing isn’t for you, then you can always take part in the Fun Run which starts half an hour earlier. So, grab your costumes and get running!

Kingsbury Episcopi Community Centre & Recreation Ground
Martock
TA12 6BG


Levels Best Farmers Market – 19th May 

The Levels Best Farmers Market at Montacute House is back! One of our favourite farmers markets, the Levels Best is a great opportunity to find locally produced products!

Montacute House
Montacute
Yeovil
TA15 6XP


Sunday Band Concerts in Vivary Park – Every Sunday in May 2018 

Every Sunday, a different local band performs at the Vivary Park bandstand. Whenever you are in Taunton, make sure you pop down to the bandstand to enjoy a free afternoon of music.

Vivary Park
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 3QE


Bank Holiday BBQ at Hestercombe Gardens – 29th May 

What better way to end May than a BBQ! Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton will be serving some delicious hot food, straight from the BBQ on the courtyard – perfect!

Hestercombe Gardens
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
Somerset
TA2 8LG

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With Somerset being an area full of stunning landscapes and the home to famous screenwriters, actors and directors, there is no doubt as to why there are so many films which have a link to Somerset. Here is a list of 5 films which you have probably heard of or watched yourself based in Somerset – can you recognize where they were based? 

Hot Fuzz

Despite the storyline being based in a fictional village within Gloucestershire, the well-known film Hot Fuzz was filmed in Somerset’s city of Wells.

wells street - Big hit movies starring Somerset
Photo Credit: SJ Price

Jack the Giant Slayer

This modern adaption of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk featured the famous Cheddar Gorge as the setting for the giant’s home.

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Photo Credit: Iankelsall1

Les Misérables

The musical phenomenon Les Misérables was adapted into a musical film starring Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. Pulteney Bridge (based in Bath, Somerset), was deemed the perfect match for Inspector Javert’s (played by Russell Crowe) suicide.

pulteneybridge - Big hit movies starring Somerset
Photo Credit: Falco

The Huntsman: Winter’s War 

The prequel and sequel to the film Snow White and the Huntsman, this fantasy film was filmed at Wells Cathedral for its dramatic, gothic architecture – ideal for the movie plot.

wells 2146055 960 720 - Big hit movies starring Somerset
Photo Credit: Klue07

And our real claim to fame here at Dimpsey…

This adaption of the novel, Far from a Madding Crowd was released in 2015, however you will notice that in during the film you will see a shepherd’s hut. We are delighted to have the original shepherd’s hut featured in the film here at Dimpsey Glamping.

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How many of these film locations did you know of?

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F.east at Ilminster has been one of my regular lunch haunts for some time, and was previously based in a converted cottage just off the centre of town.  However, recently the owner Claire and her team upped sticks and moved to a converted mill building on the edge of Ilminster and what a great move that has proved to be.  The extra space has really allowed F.east to spread its wings and the eclectic look and industrial styling suits it down to the ground.  Even though the space is bigger, I was pleased to see that there is now a comfy sofa corner – perfect for coffee and cake!

feast6 - F.east in Ilminster, Somerset.

F.east is a vegetarian restaurant, also catering for gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan requirements and regardless of your preferences, always top-notch nosh.  There is usually a choice of 6-7 main course dishes, and on this visit I went for the fried cauliflower and broccoli with lentils, halloumi and salad.  Always beautifully presented and packed with a cornucopia of delicious flavours, I was pleased to find that the new kitchen didn’t detract from this at all.  I’m not a vegetarian, but I do enjoy meat-free days and when they’re as delicious as the dishes Claire dreams up – it’s an absolute treat.Feastmains - F.east in Ilminster, Somerset.

I was meeting and eating with two other people and our food arrived promptly and caused a brief lull in our meeting chat while we fell to, and demolished, our lunches.  The two people with me hadn’t been to F.east before and both pronounced it absolutely delicious – and that was before we had chosen our cakes from the laden shelf of treats at the counter.  I had a gluten-free marmalade cake which was a perfect sponge, with the orange bitter cutting through the sweetness of the icing and leaving me wondering if I should buy a piece to take home.

Feastdesserts - F.east in Ilminster, Somerset.

For me, great food places can sometimes be let down by the quality of the coffee they bring to you at the end of the meal – but my cappuccino was absolutely spot on and provided a perfect end to a very delicious and enjoyable meal.

You can find F.east on Tripadvisor https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1077115-d1603818-Reviews-F_east-Ilminster_Somerset_England.html

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