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  • Thu

    The Ropeys, Bridport


    The Ropemakers, 36 West St, Bridport DT6 3QP

    Free admission

    Eh? A Skimmity gig in the Ropey's on a Thursday night? has the world gone mad?  Fear not, gentle cider-head, Thursday is not the new Friday, we're just having a little leaving party in one of our favourite pubs before we pop over to France for a cider festival.  Come on down and see if you have the willpower to avoid a Friday hangover...

  • Fri

    Festival OUTCIDER

    Argol, Finistere, Brittany, France

    Last year, we were contacted by a bloke called Kevin who runs a festival called Outcider.  Now that isn't particularly unusual except that this particular Kevin is a cool French dude from Brittany who runs a cider festival called Festival OUCIDER which is in France.  Anyway, French Kevin hitchhiked his way to Somerset to come to our Outcider festival that he invited us to his OUTCIDER festival this year. So we're off to that France, innum.

    Here's what the organisers have to say, via the magic of Google translate:

    The festival cider alive, of the nature, organic, of the English, of the experimental, of the amateur, etc.... Cider as we have ever seen..... especially in large surface...
    Two days of delusions products, with a large market cider / cheese
    Concerts, debates, animations, of the local cuisine and family of the brothel....
    Saturday it is 14 pm-2 PM
    Sunday 11 pm-20 pm

    The group phare du out-Cider (English) come give us a good lesson of cider-folk.... the skimmity hitchers do that by scrumpy or by barrel if you ask a question.... Musical as in a pub where we Serves there cider to all goes....

    Sounds tres amazing, non? Especially the 'family of the brothel' bit - that's proper west country....

  • Sat

    Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Tolpuddle, Dorset

    5pm (in the Unite tent)

    Tolpuddle, Dorset.

    Tickets £various prices - see the festival website for details.

    You just can't keep us away from this festival. Not surprisin' really as it's a great mix of family friendly, top quality music and union-centric shenanigans with excellent food, beer and cider.

    We'll be staging our usual sit-in (occupying the Unite tent from 5pm on the  Saturday afternoon) and we'll stay there until the following demands are met.

    1) There must be drinking of cider by all.
    2) There must be dancing by all.
    3) There must be kicking of Tories in the crotch. By all.

    If you've never been to this event then now is the time to start.


  • Sat

    Broadcider Music & Cider Festival

    11am - 12am

    Pound Road, Broadway, Somerset. TA19 9JX

    Tickets £15, from Fuelled By Cider

    A brand new, proper job West Country cider festival in the heart of Somerset.

    Bringing you a fine selection of ciders, live music and food all day.

    Headliners The Skimmity Hitchers will be joined by other great acts including Palooka 5, The Surfin' Birds and more.

    Full event and ticket info coming soon at www.fuelledbycider.com

  • Sat

    Scrumpy'n'Western Extravaganza


    Fernhill Farm, Cheddar Road, BS40 6LD

    Tickets: £39 weekend ticket, available from Fuelled By Cider

    Weekend and day tickets on sale NOW with a limited amount of half price tickets for under 14s.

    A two day extravaganza of cider, music and camping headlined by the Godfathers of Scrumpy & Western The Wurzels.

    12 brilliant, cider-fuelled live acts on a covered barn stage set on a working eco-farm in the beautiful Mendip hills.

    Acts confirmed so far include The Skimmity Hitchers, Surfin Turnips, Corky,The Inbredz, The Scrumpy Swillers, Bill Smarme and The Bizness, Dorset Phil, The Shinkickers and the one and only Rock N Roll Town Crier as your compere and DJ.

    Over 30 local ciders and ales available at the bar and farm sourced food at the Fernhill cafe.

    Tent camping is included in the ticket price. Live-in vehicles are welcome for an extra charge.

    Please note that Fernhill is a working farm and therefore no dogs or glass are allowed on site.

    For full terms and conditions please visit www.fuelledbycider.com

  • Sat

    The Lowland Games: The Wurzels, Skimmity Hitchers & Imprints


    The Lowland Games Field, Muchelney Langport Somerset TA10 0DW

    Tickets  £16.50 from wegottickets.com

    Muddy Gurt Fun.....innum! 

    Held in Thorney Somerset, The Lowland Games was started in 1984 by the England family and friends. The Lowland Games is still going strong all these years later. This year’s events will be as much fun for the audience as they are for the participants and will guarantee enjoyment for everyone.

    This year’s fun includes the highlight of the day, the River Raft Race with competitors in the most fancy of fancy dress. How often will you get the chance to see the Pink Ladies competing against Batman and local firemen to be the first down the river?

    Then there's Mud Wrestling, It’s a Knock Out, Children’s Games, Family Dog Shows and Tug of War. Delicious food from a host of local suppliers as well as plenty of tea and homemade refreshments….not to mention the best beer tent in the area, serving local ales and Somerset cider from locally grown apples.


    Oh, and the amazing Imprints, Us and the legends that are The Wurzels. Go to thelowlandgames.co.uk  to find out more - you knows you needs to be there.
  • Fri

    OutCider Festival, Compton Martin, Somerset


    Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, Somerset. BS40 6LD

    Tickets from £59 available from Fuelled By Cider.

    Fighting their way out of England’s cold, conformist, consumerist majority come The OutCiders. A ragged community of free-thinkers, drinkers and music lovers, they live by a simple code of honesty, friendliness and good humour.

    This is their festival.

    No tribute bands. No X-Factor. No Carling lager. No hipsters. No tossers.

    Just eclectic music and local cider, ale and food. A minimum of fuss and cost, a maximum good time – You knows it!!

    Skimmities be on the main stage on Sunday night but you know we'll be there all weekend from Friday so we can catch the likes of  Matilda's Scoundrels, Black Water County, Captain Hotknives, Gaz Brookfield, The Surfin' Turnips and the rollicking cider barrel full of folk-punk that is the Dreadnoughts.

    So, get yerself a weekend ticket and join us at the bar on the Friday night  - it's going to be mighty.

  • Fri

    Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis


    Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QB

    Tickets £15 (£14 concessions) from 'ere.

    Despite our love for the place, we don't get many opportunities to actually play in Lyme Regis, so when the Marine Theatre asked us if we were up for a gig in the best venue in town at the height of the grockle season, they didn't have to ask twice.  It's not just for tourists mind - all you regular hitchers should come along and show 'em how we party in the West Country.  Don't forget yer knobs and clotted cream.

  • Sat

    Dorchester Cider Festival


    The Borough Gardens, Dorchester, DT1 1RE

    Admission: FREE!

    The Dorchester Round Table proudly bring you the third annual Dorchester Cider festival. Expect to see all the usual cider makers* (75 of 'em) and and the usual cider drinkin' idiots, all cosy together in the beautiful Borough gardens. If thst' not enough to wet yer whistle, then how's this - the whole thing if for charity, so the more you drink, the more you raise! Win - win all round!

    The gates open at three and kicking -out time is at 10 and we'll be on somewheres in between. Doesn't really matter when as you'll be there all day, raising money for charity, innum? 


    * non-cider based beverages also available.