Anticipation is building once more for the famous Bruton Packhorse Fair, eagerly awaited by locals and visitors alike. Bruton Festival of Arts is delighted to announce an exciting and varied programme for this free entry event on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May from 10.30am till 6pm, in Lower Backway. An unmissable event for all the family.
As always there will be live music all day. Abi Baker will be kicking off the show, to be followed by a wide variety of bands including Back Before Breakfast, The Johnsons, Loyd Grossman and the New Forbidden, The Keston Cobblers Club, CoCo and the Butterfields, Hobo Jones and The Junkyard Dogs and finally Kingdom of Kush. The fun continues in the evening, with this year the added attraction of the Bruton Dub Club after-Fair party in the Community Hall from 6 to 10pm, £5 entry. And of course the local pubs and restaurants will be open for business, with free entertainment during the evening at the Castle and the Sun.
There will be numerous stalls selling craft, jewellery, vintage and plants as well as a wonderful array of local produce in an even bigger Farmers’ Market. And to keep you going throughout the day there will be plenty of food stalls and three bars – selling everything from hog, turkey and beef roast to vegetarian curries and from Bull Beggar Cider to cocktails. Even more variety than last year is promised!
This is very much a family event, with activities to suit all children, including vintage fair rides, circus skills, a bouncy castle, and face-painting.
The Bruton Dog Show kicks off at midday (with the arena open at 11am for entering your dog on the day); full details available from the Bruton Veterinary Practice (brutonvets.co.uk). Following this, local acoustic acts will perform on the second stage in the Dog Show area. And of course not to be missed is the now legendary Bruton Drag Race, in which our lovely ‘ladies’ will be raising funds for the Bruton Community Partnership.
Advance warning for budding writers – two days before the Fair, the Writing Sweatshop Competition for adults will be run on Saturday 23 May, from 10am to 4pm. (The schools version of this event has already taken place.) Adults are invited to write a short story of up to 2,000 words in the space of six hours, sitting in a public place – a shop, a pub, a restaurant – in or around Bruton High Street. All entrants must use the same opening sentence, given to them on the day. From the beginning this competition has been judged by local writers of high calibre and this year is no exception: our judge is novelist and local resident Kylie Fitzpatrick. To enter (fee of £6), please register with Elisabeth Balfour on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 01749 812 232, by 16 May. Space is limited, so register early!