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Going for Platinum

The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II will be marked in 2022 in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on February 6, 1952. 

In the UK, an extra bank holiday will be created and the traditional Spring bank holiday will be moved from the end of May to the start of June, to create a special four day Jubilee bank holiday weekday weekend .

This will run from Thursday to Sunday, June 2 -5.

The government has promised a 'once-in-a-generation show' that will "mix the best of British ceremonial splendour and pageantry with cutting edge artistic and technological displays'. 

It will be the first time that any British monarch has celebrated a platinum jjubilee.

We wait with baited breadth to learn what is planned for Nailsea.



 Nailsea People diary dates for 2022. To add an item or amend send an email to


Please note: No farmers' markets in

January and February 2022

Friday, January 21

  • 9am-noon North Somerset Council mobile LFT van in Station Road car park, Nailsea

  • 3-11pm Grove Sports Club and Social Centre is offering free pool on Fridays throughout January

  • midday thanksgiving service for RTC victim Paul Fowler at Holy Trinity church

  • 3pm Nailsea MicroPub reopens after fortnight break

  • 7.30pm Nailsea Musicals panto Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates at Scotch Horn Centre - see poster for more details

Saturday, January 22

  • 1pm and 5.30pm Nailsea Musicals panto Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates at Scotch Horn Centre - see poster for more details

Sunday, January 23

  • First bus introduce new flat rate single fare for local journeys around Nailsea

Monday, January 24

  • Nailsea Kebab Kitchen buy-one-get-one-free Mondays only offer

  • 6-8pm Cadbury House wedding open evening – to register call 01934 834343 Option 1

Tuesday, January 25

  • Deadline day for submissions of artwork to Sevenside Community Rail Partnership for Nailsea & Backwell railway station - see January front page HERE for details

Wednesday, January 26

  • 7-9pm Brush Party at Ring O'Bells

Thursday, January 27

  • Joseph Haughton, of Nailsea, is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court charged with driving while unfit due to alcohol following collision​

  • As part of the National Holocaust Memorial Day, Nailsea Town Council will be holding a short commemorative service with Nailsea School students at Lion’s Green, Nailsea, at 10.30 am on Thursday, January 27.

Wednesday, February 2

  • 7pm Nailsea Road Cycling at Ring O'Bells followed by quiz night TBC

Thursday, February 3

  • 6pm FaceBook Live with North Somerset councillors

Friday, February 4

  • 6pm onwards Pinkerton's Brewery takeover of Nailsea MicroPub

Friday to Sunday, February 4-20,

  • For four hours the event organised by Ignite Trails wanders through the National Trust woods. Must be pre-booked

Saturday, February 5

  • 2-3pm and 3-15-4.15pm Trainmaster North Somerset back in Nailsea see details below

Wednesday, February 9

  • 7pm quiz night at Nailsea MicroPub

​Friday, February 18

  • Nailsea man Roland Long, aged 67, being sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting rape committed in August 1980

Saturday, February 26​

7.30pm Nailsea Lions Sea Shanty charity concert at Nailsea School 

May 2022

  • Sunday mornings Park Yoga is set to return to Millennium Park, Nailsea

Sunday, May 8

  • 10am-5pm between the Ring O'Bells pub and Grove Sports Centre a fun family day to raise money to build an outdoor gym in memory of much-loved Toby Riley

Sunday, June 19, 2022

  • Rotary Nailsea and Backwell 11th Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs

Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26, 2022

  • return of Weston Air Festival which will also include Armed Forces Day celebrations

Thursday to Sunday, August 11-14

  • Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is back at Ashton Court

Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11

  • 12th Nailsea International Bike Show at the Ring O'Bells

Saturday, October 8, 2022​

  • 10am-4pm Eat:Nailsea food and drink street festival

Saturday, October 15,

  • Nailsea Apple Day at Ring O'Bells.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

  • 10am-4pm Eat:Nailsea food and drink festive street festival 

Saturday, January 22

A Basil Brush painting experience in pub


Join Brush Party, the UK’s ‘Paint and Sip’ experts, at the Ring O Bells in Nailsea, 7-9pm on Wednesday, January 26, to paint its fabulous theme Into the Woods.

This is the latest in a series of successful painting dates at the pub.

Get creative and experience a great night out that you’ll be talking about for weeks!

Tickets £32 per person.

  • It’s all about fun!

  • Get yourself a drink from the bar, settle down to your canvas and unleash your inner Van Gogh!

  • No painting experience required!

To book go to


As part of the National Holocaust Memorial Day,

Nailsea Town Council will be holding a short commemorative service at Lion’s Green, Nailsea, at 10.30am on Thursday, January 27.

The 27th of January is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz- Birkenau concentration camp in 1945 by Allied Troops.

We remember the six million Jewish souls and other victims, murdered by the Nazis.

We also remember the victims of the other terrible genocides that have been witnessed in more recent times, including in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.

Nailsea School students will be taking part in the service, and the Kaddish, the solemn Jewish prayer for the dead, will be recited.

The service is by the oak tree the town council planted last year, in memory of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

We welcome all to attend this short open air service.


Nailsea Folk Club bookings

The first bookings of the new year by Nailsea Folk Club have been cancelled.

The club were so pleased to be reintroducing live music at the Tithe Barn and Royal Oak after the Christmas events were a sell-out and they thought 2022 gigs were all sorted.

However, the Friday, January 14, Drystones booking and Moments of Pleasure on Saturday, January 22 are not going ahead.

And to add insult to injured Sharon Shannon on Sunday, February 13, is already sold out.

The next booking with tickets available is Harbottle & Jonas is a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon.

Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations, through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies.

Their music is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra.

They can sometimes be found playing alongside their full band of 8 members in total (cello, fiddle, mandolin, trumpet, drums, bass).

They have received plaudits from folk icons including Seth & Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Lankum, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing.

Their music had been streamed in excess of 1,000,000 times in 25 different countries and they have even played a gig with Martin Carthy.

Well travelled across the UK and playing up to 200 gigs each year, Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit.'

Ticket information here


Please remember all previous gigs have been sold out so get your tickets early.

The new year line-up is:

  • Drystones play on Friday, January 14 Tithe Barn CANCELLED

  • Moments of Pleasure Saturday, January 22 Tithe Barn CANCELLED

  • Harbottle and Jonas, Friday, January 28, Ring O'Bells

  • Sharon Shannon is on Sunday, February 13 SOLD OUT

  • St Patrick Night on Thursday, March 17 at Ring O'Bells

  • The Magpies are booked for Saturday, March 19

  • Mishra plays on Sunday, April 23 at Tithe Barn

  • Billy Mitchel and Bob Fox play on Sunday, May 8, at Tithe Barn

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Magic as twilight falls

Tyntesfield is the perfect setting for this new, after-dark experience.

Lit by lanterns, wander between flickering flames and beside stately majestic trees from one amazing space to another.
Within this fiery interpretation of stars and spheres, illuminated flora and fantasy, there are moments of reflection and playful discovery set to a soundscape that will inspire and intrigue.

Join with family and friends to immerse yourself in the shimmering effects of fire and light.

Expect the unexpected as you glimpse fairies in the fernery, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow all within an enchanting landscape filled with wonder. 

Nightly from Friday to Sunday, February 4-20, for four hours the event organised by Ignite Trails wanders through the National Trust woods.

Unsure of cost but think adult tickets are £15 plus normal entry costs.To book go to

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BREWERY TAKEOVER: Scott Pinkstone set up the microbrewery at his Weston home late in 2020 and then along came Covid and future expansion was temporarily shelved. He gained licensing permission from North Somerset Council to supply alcohol as off-sales only and began a delivery service. Supported by wife Louisa who is involved in the PR and ordering he is now ready to rock 'n' roll. Scott started home brewing in 2015 and enjoys experimenting with different ingredients and the chemistry behind beer making. Pinkers is using 100 per cent green electricity and aims to be as sustainable as possible, with bottles sterilised and sanitised in order to be reused. Meet Scott and taste his brew at Nailsea MicroPub on Friday, February 4, starting at 6pm. 

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Toy Train

TRAINMASTER NORTH SOMERSET: Next Nailsea date is Saturday, February 5. Trainmaster North Somerset is pulling into Christ Church in Nailsea 2-3pm and 3-15-4.15pm. Train driver Soph Grainger said: "There’s only a couple of tickets let’s left as demand for weekend sessions is high! All ages are welcome and we offer sibling discount too." 


QUIZ NIGHT: Test your brain cells at Nailsea MicroPub on Wednesday, February 9, starting at 7pm. Sign up on the Events section of Facebook or pop in to the tap room just off the High Street and tell Mark or Carolyn you want to take part - teams of four welcome but limited number


New deal for 2022

The Rotary Club of Nailsea and Backwell is bringing back a new series of Whist Drives at the Tithe Barn, Nailsea from 2-5pm on Thursdays.

The first this year was on Thursday, January 20, and the next is on Thursday, February 17, then it's Thursday, March 17.

The cost of each session is £3 and includes tea or coffee and delicious homemade cakes made by two male Rotarians.

Rotary believe these whist drives are most likely to appeal to retired people but any age is welcome.

No prior booking is required, just turn up at the Tithe Barn and enjoy like-minded company and a lot of fun.

Whist is a classic English trick-taking card game which was widely played in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The rules can be explained to novices and a small prize will be presented to the winners.

In January this was big tins of Roses chocolates.


A Rotarian spokesman said: "We were encouraged by the modest success of the venture from the start so the club are again running the project subject of course to any Covid governmental restrictions imposed from time to time.

"You don't need to know how to play whist, the basic are really easy and we are happy to guide you - not that some of our members are any good!"

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Saturday, April 30

For the love of Toby Riley an outdoor gym in Nailsea

The family of Toby Riley is raising funds to build an outdoor gym in Nailsea as a fitting memorial to the much-loved teenager who died in the summer of 2021.

The sports mad youngster enjoyed bike rides with dad Al was a keen skate park competitor, football player and coach who in his short life been a member of:

  • Nailsea Air Cadets;

  • Nailsea Scout Group;

  • Nailsea Skate Park;

  • Nailsea Junior Football Club;

  • Nailsea United FC;

  • Priority Football; and

  • Senshinryu Karate Association..

A charity fun day is being put together for Sunday, May 8, from 10am-5pm at the Ring O’Bells and Grove Sports & Social Club.

Toby died, aged 18, on July 4, 2021.

Toby’s mum Suzy said: “It is time to remember Toby in a positive way.

“We need help with sponsorship, donations for raffle and auction prizes and more.”

Within days of the word getting out offers have already started coming in.

The original idea for installing an outdoor gym in a Nailsea park came from Nailsea International Bike Show stalwart Sharon Colley who will fellow auction organiser Samantha Mildon raised more than £8,000 for Children’s Hospice South West in September 2021.

Sharon’s idea was supported by town councillor Jo Hopkinson who took up the cudgels and now has the full council backing.

To site the outdoor gym at Millennium Park wiould need permission from North Somerset Council who own and maintain it but other areas are under consideration.

Sharon said: “I came up with the idea after noticing on my walks that surrounding towns in North Somerset have more outdoor exercise equipment than Nailsea.

“We have some beautiful green spaces in our parks which would really benefit from some equipment that all ages could use from young children, teenagers and adult residents.

"The bike show team have offered their support for the fun family day.”

To kick-start the fundraising an appeal they need:

  • Sponsors - £50-100

  • Bands to play live

  • Children entertainers from magicians to those dressed as a favourite cartoon character

  • Stall holders – arts, crafts and fundraising ideas welcome

  • People to do face-painting, stick-on tattoos and hair-braiding

  • Auction lots

  • Raffle prizes

Among the planned activities is a multi-coloured fun run with entry tickets £5 on sale from March.

Monies raised will also be going to Young Minds a registered charity that supports young people and their families.

Its website says: ‘It’s hard to watch young people struggling. And it’s even harder when it feels like there’s no one at all who can help. Since the pandemic, millions more young people are struggling to cope with their feelings. That is why we are on hand to help. More young people need our help more than ever, which means we need you more than ever. Give the gift of life-changing support and a brighter tomorrow to the young people and families who need it most.’

Please email with offers of help.

The fund will be boosted by the Go Fund Me page donations which raised a massive £18,994 and paid for Toby’s funeral.

Suzy said: “The money donated to the Go Fund Me page was more than enough to pay for Toby’s funeral and so I wanted to put the money left back into the community somehow.

“The town council have agreed to building a outdoor gym park and I have identified some equipment suitable for all ages.

“It may take a while to get started though and is still in discussion with the council regarding location of the park.

“In the meantime, I wanted to do something fun for the community in Toby’s memory so together with Rob Prior, of Priority Football, and Rebecca Williams, from Ring O’Bells we put our heads together and came up with the idea of the family fun day to raise even more money for the park as well as Young Minds.

“Becky, Rob and I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have contacted us already to offer sponsorship or help on the day.”​

10am-5pm Sunday, May 8
Ring O’Bells and Grove Sports & Social Club
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  • If you have been affected by issues discussed here Nailsea has a new Community Peer Support Group for people who have experienced loss. The STAR (Share Talk and Remember) Community Peer Support Group meets at 65 High Street. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month 4-6pm, and the second and fourth Saturdays 10am-noon.


Bikers weekend

The 12th Nailsea International Bike Show is booked for Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11.

The event is at the Ring O'Bells pub, St Mary's Grove.

It will feature a wide selection of motorcycles, classics, custom, sports, tourer, cafe racer, trade stands and more!

A great weekend for all the family, free entry and money raised goes to Children’s Hospice South West.

A slideshow of photos from the 11th Nailsea International Bike Show is HERE.

This was a weekend of bikers, beer, bands, burgers and a few noisy bangs from exhausts.

Supported by local businesses who donated prizes a successful charity raffle and auction was held on both days and raised a mega amount for the CHSW.

A big round of applause went to former Clevedon Salerooms auctioneer Toby Pinn along with raffle organisers Sam Mildon assisted by Sharon Colley.


Autumn windfalls for Apple Day 2022

Cider, cake and toffee apple-making is all part of the menu for the annual Nailsea Apple Day which for 2022 will be on Saturday, October 15, at the Ring O'Bells.

Apple days happen all over the UK and they are a great autumn festival that brings the community together to celebrate the apple harvest and sustainable living.

This will be Nailsea’s 10th Apple Day and lots of people will be the opportunity to learn what their right arms ere for when they triy their hand as pressing apples, tasting fresh apple juice and get to know more about the cider making process.  
Children’s Hospice South West provided lots of the apples and usually man a stall to tell about the work they do supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

There will also be folk singing and Morris dancing at the traditional event.

See an Apple Day feature by Nailsea People HERE

Candy Apples

What was on 2021

Image by Mick Haupt

EYES DOWN: Monday night Bingo starts on January 17 at the Ring O'Bells at 7.30pm. Booking advised as limited space available, talk to bar staff...

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Goodbye party night

After nearly 10 years Craig and Gemma Mamo are moving on but not before holding a goodbye party this weekend.

DJ Rich is booked to play from 8pm-midnight and the evening includes lots of great drink deals.

The couple, who are parents to twins, moved from Cardiff to take over the Royal Oak in Nailsea in March 2014.

During their Greene King tenure the High Street pub has hosted a programme of live music, televised sport and charity events.

It also offered an extensive food menu with many meal deals.

But it was back in the 1960s it achieved international fame when Adge Cutler & The Wurzels recorded live their hit LPs.


Wassailing at Ringers

'Here We Come A-Wassailing' will be happening in 2022 in Nailsea. 
Nailsea Cider and the Ring O'Bells are organising the annual event for Saturday, January 15.
The ancient 12th night tradition was under threat when Transition Nailsea folded but has now switched from The Old Farmhouse to the Ringers.

The late night picture top is from the orchard on Trendlewood.
The apple trees in the pétanque area will be used for the reciting of incantations and singing to the trees to promote a good harvest for the coming year.

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PICTURE THIS: Last day of exhibtion is Tuesday, January 4. Normal hours are Tuesdays 9.30am-6pm (10am on the third Tuesday of the month); Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 9.30am-5pm and Saturdays 9.30am-1pm