What's On

and What's Not On and What Was On

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School half term bounce

UK's largest travelling theme park will be open at Gatcombe Farm, Weston Road, Long Ashton, this month.

The park which opened for two May weekends continues from Saturday to Sunday, May 29-June 6 and again the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13 - see poster.

Open 10am to 5pm daily is costs £8 for all day unlimited use with wristbands which excludes bungees, zorbs, cars and wipeout.

Age restrictions are two to 14-years.

Free entry for accompanying adults.

Hot food and drink on site.

This event will be operating in line with government guidelines and has full Covid secure measures in place to keep everyone safe.


Glastonbury went virtual but not successfully and nearer to home there are some casualties of the Covid-19 rules.

Nailsea beer and cider festival or Frythival aren't going-ahead and sadly we have confirmation that the carnival is cancelled too.

However, optimism is filtering through and Nailsea People has a these dates for your 2021 diary: 


  • Monday to Friday, May 31-June 5 school holiday for half term

  • Saturday, June 19, 9am-1pm is the next Nailsea farmers' and craft markets which usually are on the third Saturday of the month from March till December. All dates are on our Marketplace page HERE

  • Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is planning its 10th anniversary charity walks (and runs) for Sunday, June 13, 2021
  • HSBC Colliers Walk branch closes 2pm on Friday, June 25

  • North Somerset Agricultural Society is from Saturday, June 26 at North Somerset Showground. More information HERE

  • TBC in July skatepark festival

  • Barclays Nailsea closes on Friday, July 16.

  • Bristol Airport public inquiry opens on Tuesday, July 20 and is scheduled to sit for 16 days

  • Thursday to Sunday, August 12-15 Bristol International Balloon Festival

  • Trendlewood Community Festival is making plans for Saturday, August 28 with a request for volunteers.

  • Nailsea International Bike Show 11th annual weekend at Ring O'Bells public house Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, 2021

  • Sunday, September 19 Bristol 10K

  • Eat:Nailsea the fab food festival is on Saturday, October 9 - watch this space

  • Eat:Nailsea Christmas winter festival is on Saturday, December 4 - watch this space


Quiz 'live' tour

Quizmaster Glen Schmidt and his accomplice James Steel are taking their successful quiz nights set up initially on Facebook Live during the lockdowns on tour.

The pair said: "We are extremely excited to announce that the Friday Night Quiz is going on a live tour!

"Our local pubs were absolutely amazing throughout lockdown providing free hot meal services in partnership with our community group, school holiday lunch support, quiz prizes, charity events and so many other community centred projects.

"They put their community first even though they were facing the largest threat to their businesses in recent history.

"With that in mind we want all of those that enjoyed the quiz (and those that just want to heckle) to come along to the live quizzes to show our gratitude and support to these amazing people and businesses.

"We will be visiting five pubs we personally worked closely with during lockdown with each quiz starting at 7.30pm.

"Aside from an evening full of entertainment, shenanigans and merriment there will be prizes each night and a league table for those who can make at least three live events which will ultimately prove who the real Nailsea quiz kings and queens are.

"So come along, drink, laugh and be merry in aid of thanking and supporting our local establishments."

They added this will not be a family friendly quiz!

Nearly 150 people took part in the 'live' pub quiz at the Ring O'Bells.

It raised £633.50 for the Teenage Cancer Trust from the entrance fee, deckchair auction and raffle.

For full story go to this page HERE which has details of all the fundraising for the charity in memory of Arron King the teenager who died in February.

Putting best foot forward for charity

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Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is planning its 10th anniversary charity walks (and runs) for Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The ninth annual Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs for June 2020 and rearranged for October was staged using a different formula due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Rotarian Graham Hunt said: "Yes it really is 10 years since they started.
"Hopefully the Covid-19 problems will have reduced by then but, as in 2020, we will give people who can’t make that day, or who feel more comfortable taking part on a different day, the chance to walk or run one of the routes at any time between Sunday and Saturday, June 13-July 31.
"In the past few years more than £20,000 has been raised each year – even in 2020 with all of the changes forced on us by the epidemic.
"Even the 2020 event was a great success: 280 people took part, despite the difficult circumstances and – as always – it was great fun!
"This year we are challenging the community to put out a record number of people and raise a record amount of money.
"The effects of coronavirus hit charity incomes in 2020 – so local charities are short of funds and need our help probably more than ever before.
"Why not register now, commit and raise some money for them?
"We are committed to ensuring that people can once again walk or run safely in 2021, and have contingency plans, including a virtual event which proved so popular and effective in 2020.

"This hopefully is unlikely this year but sensible to make contingency plans.

"Our hope – dare we say expectation - is that the vaccination programme will have enabled us to return towards a new normality by June.”

Every year from the beginning in excess of £20,000 annually has been raised with nearly £150,000 in total raised since its conception in 2012.
Nearly 30 charities and community organisations have taken part.
There are three local routes of various length:

  • The Nailsea 5K Stroll. At five kilometres (approximately three miles) this may appeal to families and is intended to be a fairly easy fun walk - stroller/pushchair, disability vehicle and wheelchair friendly;

  • The Nailsea 10K.  At 10 kilometres (approximately six miles) this is intended for people who would prefer a route that is longer and slightly more challenging; and

  • The 20K Nailsea Challenge. At 20 kilometres (approximately 12 miles) this is for the more experienced who are fit and who would like more of a challenge.

Armed with a map and instruction everyone who completes a walk or run will receive a medal and a certificate of achievement.
The registration fee of £8 per adult is to cover costs with any surplus going to Rotary charitable activities.  

There is no charge for juniors aged 17 or under on June 13, 2021.

For full details click HERE which takes you to the walks section of Rotary Nailsea & Backwell website.


UPDATE: Registration numbers looking good! With just over three weeks before the main day for this year's event we are delighted that registrations currently stand at 171, the highest level ever this far out from the event. We would love to see a record number of participants this year, so hoping for another 150 or so to sign on between now and then. So sign up and help raise money for your favourite charity and remember, there are bike routes in the mix this year too. The picture shows three thirsty Rotarians after completing a 56 mile cycling challenge last weekend Link to registration is HERE.

Toy train timetable

Trainmaster pulls into Christ Church vestry hall, Nailsea, on Wednesday morning, June 9.

To book go to www.somersetnorth.trainmaster.co.uk.

The cost is first child is £7 and one free adult .

Extra children are £6.

The train themed events and private parties are run nationwide.

A company spokesman said: "North Somerset is a brand new area for us with Sophie just starting.

" The tickets have all sold out for the first event but we are looking into adding an extra session and further dates. 

"We usually run every four weeks at each location and hope to do the same. 

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LIVE GIG: Mizzymead Recreation Centre is celebrating re-opening after lockdown 3 by inviting all to come and listed to marvellous singer Nick Taylor entertain. He will be performing a 80s Rewind night on Friday, June 25, with proceeds going to the club, which is a registered charity. Tickets at £4 will be on sale at Mizzymead and the gig is open to members and non-members. Manager Stephen Rees said: "Mizzymead has had to remain closed during the Covid pandemic, but is now accepting new members for tennis, bowls, snooker and bridge. Or just come along for a drink in our bar."

For book borrowers

If you want to beat the queues for the latest blockbuster fiction titles, North Somerset Libraries’ new Fastback service brings you the latest bestsellers without the wait.

Fastbacks are extra copies of new entries to the hardback bestseller charts, and include titles from top authors like Victoria Hislop, Richard Osman, and James Patterson.

They have a loan period of one week and aren’t used to satisfy reservations so remain available to browse.

We want as many people as possible to enjoy them so they aren’t renewable, but you can return them to any LibrariesWest library.

Fastback titles are available at Nailsea as well as Clevedon, Portishead, Weston, and Yatton libraries now and new entries to the top ten fiction charts are added each week; just look for the round Fastback logo.

Do you know we have so many authors with connections to Nailsea we could launch our own literary event to rival the Hay Festival.

Here are a few we noticed recently - many available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon although WH Smith in Nailsea stocks a good selection and you make be able to order from Nailsea library which has reopened - read more HERE 


BEAUTIFUL BALLOONS: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta could be back this summer at Ashton Court. Plans for the event to run from Thursday to Sunday, August 12-15 are taking shape and you can find out more by going to bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/fiesta news

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READY, STEADY, PLANT: Nailsea Community Group and the Nailsea Virtual Flower Show are delighted to announce the launch of their Sunflower Growing Competition to see who can grow the tallest Sunflower in Nailsea. The competition is open to all ages and will be judged in September. Seeds and growing instructions will be available from No26 Somerset Square in Crown Glass Shopping Centre from Tuesday, May 4 onwards

SUN SALUTATION: Park Yoga is at Millennium Park, Nailsea this summer. Offering FREE weekly yoga sessions every Sunday morning until the end of August 9.30-10.30am. Everyone is invited and all abilities welcome. If you are looking to experience yoga for the first time, try a new class or just want to enjoy the natural surrounds then we would love to see you there. Just bring your mat if you have one, some water and become part of something great. To pre-register for Park Yoga Nailsea go to www.parkyoga.co/nailsea.

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Nailsea farmers' market returns in June

Despite the weather forecast is was mostly sunny with just a short early morning shower for the May market - see photo slideshow top.

The next market is on Saturday, June 19.

The neighbourhood police mobile unit was parked on the edge of Crown Glass Shopping Centre and from 10am-noon at 65 High Street many residents took the opportunity to meet Mike Bird, the newly elected and youngest at aged 60 Nailsea Town Council chairman.

He was with former chairman Clare Hunt to discuss many issues with people popping in with overhung vegetation being one.

For May there was a huge range of fresh and organic produce, award-winning cheeses, locally produced welfare-friendly meats, award-winning cheese producers, baked goods and locally produced ciders, beers, apple juices and gin stalls at market.

Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club who act as stewards were busy giving out information on the charity walks and runs starting in June.

Food, Drinks & Foraging in May

  • Bath Soft Cheese - award-winning range including Bath Blue and Wyfe of Bath

  • Barleywood Organic Vegetables - a bountiful range from the Walled Garden at Wrington

  • Chew Valley Gin - best new distillery of 2021!

  • Fussels Fine Foods - culinary rape seed oils

  • Go Wild Preserves - exciting range of preserves with amazing flavour combinations

  • Hall & Lench - free range eggs & veg plants

  • Incredible Brewing Company - Bristol based micro brewery

  • Janes Flower Pots - seasonal pots and plants and hanging baskets

  • Leafy Greens Micro Farm - highly nutricious micro salads, vegetables & herbs

  • Nut Tree Farm - Goat farm selling milk & meat handmade soaps, quiches & lamb meat

  • Nutts Scotch Eggs & Pies - award winning savoury range

  • Nailsea Cider - cider makers creating traditional craft cider with fruit from local apple orchards

  • Nailsea Country Markets - locally produced baked goods and preserves

  • Oven to You - exquisite sweet tarts in a huge range of flavours

  • Real Pork - outdoor reared pigs producing flavoursome pork, bacon, sausages and hams

  • Rooms the Confectioner - handmade fudges, cinder toffee, marshmallow and more

  • Robert Hawker Venison - best venison around from carefully managed local estates

  • Somerset Cheese Company - Anita makes the award winning cheeses from buffalo, sheep, goat and cows milk

  • Somerset Charcuterie - full range of locally produced charcuterie

  • Seafoods - one of the best fishmongers around!

  • The Sausage Shed - hugely popular sausages made from local pork raised to high welfare standards

  • Timmys Chillies - jellies and marmalades with a chilli kick!

  • The Great Cake Company - delicious & gluten free, cakes & tray bakes plus dairy free options

  • Times Past Cheese Dairy - a huge range of flavoured Cheddars

  • Wesley Cottage Bees - master beekeeper Lyn Ingram with her honey & honey related items
  • White Gate Apple Juice - plus pear juice & cider

  • Winnies Bakery - traditional local bakery with a huge ranged of baked goods including their own sourdough


Arts & Crafts in May

  • Bristol Woodturning

  • Clevedon Bag Company

  • Dragonfly Jewellery

  • Handmade ceramics

  • Granny Bear Crafts

  • Grandma Knitting

  • Jennys Crafts

  • Yeti Cards & Gifts

For more information visit www.somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk.

Oh no they stopped 2021 carnival

1st Nailsea Scouts have taken the decision to cancel the carnival again this year.

Spokeman Bridget Wyatt said: "While we are sad that we had to make this decision, but we feel it is the right one, given all the uncertainty and anxiety around the pandemic restrictions easing."

Nailsea Carnival has been organised by 1st Nailsea Scouts for more than 50 years and is its main fundraising taking place on the first Saturday in July.

Spring Draw

To replenish their coffers Bridget organised a Spring Draw which raised more than £400.

A great big thank you goes all its sponsors who generously donated prizes including:

  • Waitrose

  • John Browns

  • Nailsea Cycles

  • The Gadget Lounge

  • The Original Factory Shop

  • Simply Green

  • Hidden & Haunted

  • Co-Op

  • Nailsea Fish Bar

  • Dominoes

  • Maynews

Ps: Nailsea People was thrilled to win a prize, a curry cook book donated by Waitrose, thank you.

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PHOTOS: Top Nailsea & Backwell Camera Club community photoshoot from 2019 others Nailsea People

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Community festival 2021

Trendlewood Community Festival is back for 2021.

The past three events in 2013, 2015 and 2017 were wonderful free festivals at Golden Valley playing fields.

Now under the new leadership of Courtney Davis a team is making plans for a Community Festival on Saturday, August 28.

Vicar Steve Tilley said earlier this year: "We are exercising caution, but the end of the summer and arrival of Covid-19 vaccine does give us some cause for optimism.

"What is certain is that no Festival could possibly take place if we didn't begin some planning now.

"With that in mind we are looking for volunteers to join the team: Market-stall area co-ordinator; Bar organiser; Food venue co-ordinator; Fundraising lead; Electrician; Logistics and Marketing plus any number of helping hands on or around the day.

"If your spirit of volunteerism has been stirred by the last few months could you join us to help celebrate together?"

For more deails go online at trendlewoodcommunityfestival.org.uk,

email contact@trendlewoodcommunityfestival.org.uk or follow on Twitter or Facebook.

The group has got a grant from Nailsea Town Council and if you look in the gallery for August 2017 you will see lots of photos.

Click HERE to view slideshow.

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Nailsea International Bike Show

11th annual weekend at Ring O'Bells public house
Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, 2021

Nailsea bikers are gearing up for their 11th annual show.

Covid-19 cancelled the 2020 event at the Ring O'Bells but the 10th anniversary 2019 show was a fantastic two-day fundraiser for the Children's Hospice South West.

A spokesman said: "We are back! COVID dependant of course and we will be following Government guidance, but we are hopeful that we will be able to put on the bike show in September.

"Obviously, a lot can change between now and September, and we are hoping things change for the better so that we can put on a safe show.

"If for any reason we can't we will cancel, but we wanted to get the date in the diary and start making preparations so that we can have a show if the situation has improved sufficiently."

The 11th Nailsea International Bike Show, featuring a wide selection of motorcycles, classics, custom, sports, tourer, cafe racer, trade stands and more is booked for Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12.
A great weekend for all the family, free entry and money raised goes to CHSW.

For more information please see the Facebook page or visit the website at http://www.nailseabikers.org.uk/
The full programme of events will be published closer to the date. 

Photos from the 2019 show - more HERE.

What was on 2021

Post-Covid café society

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With nearly all the pubs, cafes and restaurants re-opened in May 2021.

There is an Open Indoors slideshow on the Gallery 2021 page of some of the openings.

One of the last to open was Waitrose cafe with restricted hours and menu - not sure about Costa at Tesco, will check.

Paradiso opened to a fanfare as it was closed for so long, Coates and Backwell House have been visited too and meals enjoyed.

The next are the Blue Flame and Moorend Spout, the latteer is offering bookable outdoor pods for those still nervous about mixing (with people not drinks!).

Cafe 119 is working hard to open its extension into what was PS Travel and among the good news is the latest addition to Nailsea's culinary collective is The Ivy Kitchen opens at 8am on Tuesday, June 1, bringing a touch of food heaven to the High Street.

Thanks go to owner Samantha Johnson - good luck with the new venue, and lucky us spoilt for choice as we now have a superb number of cafes, restaurants and pub places catering for all tastes and pockets in our town.

​Everything is still subject to Government guidance and advice.

To amend or add details to this list email nailseapeople@gmail.com, thanks.

See Gallery 2021 page for more pics.

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Backwell Camera Club programme


Backwell Camera Club is still meeting despite the COVID restrictions.

The meetings are on Zoom every Thursday at 7.30 pm.

New members are welcome and should contact the club through the website at www.backwellcameraclub.club.

Here is the next event:

  • Thursday, May 27, Grete Howard presents Safari Photography the planning, when and where to go and what you would expect to see.

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On Wednesday, May 5, from 10am-1pm the Lodge Lane nursing home is hosting its annual fundraiser in the car park for Dementia UK.
There will be a cake stall and guess-the-weight of the cake competition.
Help even more families receive the life-changing emotional and practical support of dementia specialist Admiral Nurses

May bank holiday fun fair is allowed

2nd Nailsea Scouts annual May Fair has been cancelled for a second year running - due to the coronavirus pandemic - BUT the fun fair will be going ahead in the park.
The May fair - a popular event in the town’s calendar attended by thousands of people - is organised by the 2nd Nailsea Scouts and is its main fundraiser of the year.
The event includes a fun fair at Millennium Park which runs for several days including the bank holiday and this isn't cancelled - see slideshow of the attraction arriving.
The Rogers Family Fun Fair will be open from Thursday to Monday, April 29-May 3; on weekdays 5-9pm, weekends 1-9pm and on the bank holiday 11am-6pm.
Krystal Rogers is confident this will be a Covid-19 safe fair.
Nailsea Town Council spokesman Mike Bird said: "With the new lifting of restrictions on the 12th of April, there's nothing can be done legally to stop it. 
"I'm told self policing rules have been agreed and the police say given sufficient mapower they will be walking through now and again.
"Neighbourhood sergeant Mark Raby says the last time the fun fair was in town it was empty but I hope parents advise their teenagers to be sensible."
Thousands attend the May fair and car boot sale on the early Bank Holiday Monday with community organisations setting up stalls, music and a huge refreshment marquee.
Scout chiefs  have now announced in light of the current lockdown and likely ongoing restrictions a decision had been taken to cancel the event.
2nd Nailsea Scouts chairman Richard Simmons said: “It is with great regret that 2nd Nailsea Scouts, as the organisers of May Fair and car boot sale, have decided to cancel this year’s event.
“We realise that many people look forward to this as the first local community event each spring, so this decision was not taken lightly.
“However, given the uncertainty of where we will be with the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at the time and the possible risk to the community, we feel it is the only responsible course of action.”
The event was also cancelled last year due to the first Government lockdown.
This Christmas also saw the suspension of the annual scouts festive post service, a major fundraiser for scouting groups in the area.
Mr Simmons said he hoped the event will return in 2022

He added: “We hope that 2022 will bring a brighter outlook and May Fair will be a real cause for celebration."

2nd Nailsea Scouts HQ is in Hannah More Road and the troop caters for hundreds of girls and boys.


Fun fair at Nailsea Millennium Park

This is a fantastic family attraction. We have thrill, family and kids rides in addition to games and food. This outdoor socially distanced attraction is compliant with all government guidelines.

Location = Nailsea Millennium Park

from Thursday to Monday, April 29-May3.

On Thursday and Friday, May 29-30 all rides are a £1 if you buy a £2 wristband

Please note:

  • Fun fair cannot accept groups of more than 6 people.

  • Track & Trace in place for all customers

  • Hand santiser stations throughout the fair

  • Social distancing measures in place

  • Limited numbers on the fun fair

  • FREE parking

  • Hot and cold refreshments

  • Onsite toilets

  • Family friendly environment

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