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  • Sat

    Dorchester Cider Festival


    The Borough Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset

    FREE ENTRY!! OOH ARR!! Get in, you!


    The fourth annual Dorchester Cider Festival returns to Borough Gardens on Saturday 18th August at 15:00. This was a rollocking, cider swiggin' packed out evening last year, so it should be even bigger and better this year, what with all the sun and general good vibes we've been having.

    Dorch Cider Fest is a FREE family friendly celebration with 80 (yes - 80!) of the regions finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day and all profits from this event are distributed to local good causes by the Dorchester Round Table.

    There's no tickest, no booking, just turn up, tune in and have  a good time!

    We'll be hitting the bandstand around 9pm, by which time you should all be half rat-arsed and grinning like morons....

  • Sun

    Bridport Torchlight Procession


    West Bay. On the beach. Next to the bloody massive fire

    Look! Here they come.....a train of locals in single file, holding aloft flaming torches, slowly making their way to the edge of the sea and the great pyre of sticks perched on the cliff edge. One by one, they touch their torches to the pyre until a great, purifying conflagration lights up the evening sky and appeases the gods of the apple trees.

    No, it's not the 'Wicker Man', it's the Bridport Carnival torchlight procession to West Bay, ending up in a gurt massive party around a ginormous bonfire. Fireworks, cider and good times all included. 

    We'll be onstage about 9pm, with a short break at some point so that our faces don't melt in the heat from the fire - like that Nazi bloke in 'Raiders of the lost Ark'

  • Thu

    The Great Dorset Steam Fair

    Loads, innum

    Tarrant Hinton, Dorset DT11 8HX

    Tickets: Various prices from here.

    The Great Dorset steam fair? Two things must ye know about the Great Dorset steam fair! First, it is in Dorset and second, it is Great!

    Here we go again! Stoke up yer boiler, pull the whistle and get ready for another long weekend of all things old and steamy (and we're not just talking about Rat Black here...) except that as it's the 50th anniversary, it's going to be even bigger!! That means more of everything - more steam calliopes, more unrecognisable rusty things in the auto jumble, more cider and a world-record breaking 500 steam engines.

    We'll be hanging out at all the usual music venues over the weekend (or up by the shepherd huts when we has a break..) alongside our top mates, Black Water County. We don't all expect to survive the weekend....

    Our show times for the weekend are:

    Thursday 22nd August: Michael Oliver Stage, 4:15 and 9:15pm

    Friday 23rd August: 'Old Rosie' Outdoor stage, 7:30pm

    Saturday 24th August: The Black Bull, 7pm & 9:30pm

    Sunday 25th August; Real Ale Stage, 9:45pm

    Full information on the GDSF music festival is available on the GDSF website.

  • Sat

    Ross Cider Festival

    Ross-on -Wye Cider & Perry Co. Peterstow, Ross-On -Wye.  HR9 6QG

    Tickets from £21 plus camping, available from the Ross-on-Wye cider shop.

    For generations, cider drinkers have argued over whether Hereford or Somerset is best - on this weekend, the answer is most definitely Hereford.  If you like cider but haven't visited the Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry company before, then you have made some very poor life decisions as they produce a mind boggingly massive range of single variety ciders and the best perry on the planet. No word of a lie.

    Their annual Cider & Perry festival invites you to three days of music, local food and cider and perry drinking in the surrounds of one of the most beautiful orchards you'll ever see (you can camp in the orchards - how amazing is that?).

    The Skimmity boys will be on stage sometime on Saturday evening, but you can guarantee that we'll be lurking among the barrels way before then...

    This truly is a beautiful event that celebrates the very best cider & perry that Hereford has to offer - you'll kick yourself if you miss it....    

  • Sat

    Mapperton House & Gardens


    The Coach House, Maooertin House & Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset. DT8 3NR

    Tickets: £12 or £22 including a pre-show ploughman's lunch. Contact  Laura: sawmill@mapperton.com or 01308 863348

    Well, this is a bit flash, innum? Flouncing round the big house and dancing on the lawns like you owns the place... Normally the home of classical music or a nice bit of Shakespeare, Mapperton House &Gardens (for reasons known only to themselves) have let us in the back door and allowed us to actually plug in and play some scrumpy'n'western music.

    The show kicks off at 2 in the Coach House, but for an extra £10 you can enjoy a proper job ploughman's lunch before hand to help soak up the scrump. Just make sure you're long gone belore the ploughman works out you've nicked his grub!

  • Sat

    Last of the Summer Cider

    3pm to late

    Myncen Farm, 83, Minchington, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11, 8DH

    Tickets: Various prices from £20, from the Fuelled By Cider Cyber Cider Shoppe

    They say that the customer is always right.... can't say that we agree otherwise why is Magners cider so bleddy popular?  But, when the punters at last year's Last of the Summer Cider demanded that Bagder and Bill of Cranborne Chase Cider fame, stop being a pair of lazy buggers and stop all this 'every other year' bollocks, they the realised that in this particular case, the customer was indeed correct and so, hot on the heels of LOTSC 2017 comes LOTSC 2018!

    In addition to the plentiful,  excellent and award winning Cranbourne Chase cider, and locally sourced food, this years festival adds on the Friday night featuring the freakishly talented and bezzie drinking buddies Black Water County ,plus SN Dubstation, just in case you need a bit of a run-up to the weekend.

    We'll be slamming down the ciders on Saturday night with our long-time festival buddies Quinns Quinney Skiffle, The Jimmy Hillbillies and The Boot Hill All Stars, plus more bands TBC.

    The usual rules apply for a party in a field in Dorset: No dogs, no glass, bring plenty of hard cash* and take all your rubbish home with you.  This is the last festy of the season, so let's make sure we all have a proper knees up!


    *and we mean LOADS of cash - the bar is cash only and the nearest cashpoint is 10 miles away!

  • Sat

    Rock, Stock and Barrel festival

    The Chimneys, Wellington, Derbyshire DE65 6PP

    Tickets: various prices from here. 

    Derbyshire....that's well north of Sherborne!  But that doesn't matter see, cos this is the Rock, Stock and Barrel festival which is a 'festival fusion of music, cider and cheeze' and that, my west country friends, sounds good enough for us!

    We're on stage on the Saturday, but you lot want to head up north for the whole weekend so you can catch the amazing Skinny Lister, which will go perfect with yer cider and cheese..

    Full festy details be here.

  • Thu

    Wurzels Support (Komedia, Bath)


    Komedia, 22-23 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EP

    Tickets: £16:50 from Eventbrite

    We know, we know.... it's way too early to be talking about where you're gonna go for the office Christmas party. But you know how it'll go - you'll just keep on putting it off until suddenly it's December 1st and you can't even get a table near the bogs in the local Wetherspoons.  Look, do yourself a favour, plan ahead and get a bunch of tickets for us and the Wurzies at Komedia in Bath. It's  a great little venue and cos you're in Bath, it'll be like a proper fancy night out where you won't have to step over the daytime drinkers, smoking on the steps outside 'Spoons.