It’s a bank holiday weekend – we hope we have included some great ideas to help you ‘bank’ (sorry) some more family time! Including: markets, music, fossils, monkeys, tanks, cars, dragons, mad science, horse racing, knob throwing and spring walks there is something for everyone! Read on for our recommendations for Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire and Wiltshire!
Friday 29th April
Today is Salisbury’s Vintage Market, an eclectic mix of vintage, antique and bric-a-brac stalls from across the South showcasing some wonderful items from bygone eras taking place in Salisbury’s Guildhall Square!
Sherborne Abbey Music Festival is this weekend and Sherborne School will be kicking things off at 1.30pm with The Sherborne School Chamber Concert in Sherborne Abbey. At 4.45 The Sherborne School Swing Band present Be-Bop and Swing at the Powell Theatre Abbey Rd. They will be playing a selection of Be-Bop and Frank Sinatra numbers by Quincy Jones and Nelson Riddle. Arrive early: this one fills up quickly and is immensely popular. For the rest of the programme see their Website.
Saturday 30th April
Lyme regis Fossil Festival is this weekend. An annual event for the whole family which seeks to enthuse young people about science, earth sciences in particular. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages. The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery from 50p up. Entry to all exhibition venues is free, and there is a small charge for talks. There will be lots of street performance, as well as music at The Marine Theatre on the Friday night.
If you fancy popping to Monkey World this Bank Holiday make sure you take a bunch of Bananas! Every child that visits Monkey World and brings a banana will receive a free Monkey World badge!
Today is Tiger Day at the Tank Museum. Only making two appearances this year, the Tank Museum’s most famous tank has a whole day of action dedicated to it! The day’s programme includes talks, tank tours and arena demonstrations. See their website for more details on Tiger Day.
If you fancy some fresh air try a Spring Walk in Hinton Ampner, National Trust and see the bluebells from 1pm-3pm.
It’s Mad Science Weekend in Finkley Down Farm! Science Rocks comes to Finkley with its inspirational, interactive and terrific fun: Packed with lots of wow factor experiments: tornadoes, volcanoes and rising (safe) explosions, including the famous coco-cola rocket explosion along with disappearing fireballs and magic balloons, not forgetting their fascinating colour changing snow and their wild and wacky elephants toothpaste. During the show they’ll invite one or two children to assist at different stages, so they’re completely engaged and involved in the fun. Science Rocks Shows at 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Additionally there will be pony rides (extra charge), sheep racing, animal handling and birds of prey.
Sunday 1st May
It’s Family Race Day at Salisbury Races today. Did you know that children under 16 get in FREE at family race days? As well as races that start at 1.35pm, there are also rides, bouncy castles and an inflatable galleon assault course! There will also be face painting and a regular Punch and Judy show. It is usually one of Salisbury’s best attended race days of the year so allow a little extra journey time!
Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival is also on today in Cattistock. The Festival will run from 10am until 4.00pm. Under 12s are FREE and £4 per adult. Beside Knob Throwing there will be additional fun knob attractions including Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race, Guess the weight of the Big Knob, Knob Darts and a Knob Pyramid. and other more traditional entertainment will be laid on to make this a really enjoyable day out with a difference. Use DT2 oAQ on a Sat Nav for directions or see their website for more details.
Monday 2nd May
Tisbury Brocante is being held today in Tisbury from 9am to 3pm(ish). Stalls range from professional to locals selling from their front garden, around the entire village ranging from top end antiques to locals clearing a garage – so something for every pocket and interest. If you came last year you will know what to expect. Entry is free, parking is free – come and join the fun.
Hayne International Motor Museum bring their motors to life today with their Museum in Motion day. A selection of vehicles come alive as they are driven throughout the day on the museum test circuit by museum volunteers. When not on the test circuit, they will be on display to enable you to get even closer and talk to the drivers about them. For the timetable of what cars will be driven when see their website.
Fisherton Street Festival takes place in Salisbury today. 10am -6.30pm with free entry to all. Including 100s of different features and stalls, the Yi Quin Chinese Dragon, live music, drama and story telling, interactive dance, children’s entertainment, craft and artisan stalls, regional wines and champagne and food from over 30 different countries! If you want you can even turn up in fancy dress using the themes ‘National Dress’ and ‘Film and TV’.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope yo have a fantastic bank holiday weekend.
The Country Child Team x