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Nailsea People diary dates for 2023.
The 2022 events have moved to What Was On page HERE.
Opening days for warm spaces are on the Healthy Peeps page HERE or get a printed list of Warm Place from Nailsea Town Council health and social hub at 65 High Street.
Wednesday to Friday, February 1-3
7-9.30pm Backwell School sixth form production of The Addams Family
Thursday, February 2
Ageing Well with free training to volunteers to take chair-based Flexercise sessions - see Healthy Peeps page for more details
Friday, February 3
6.30pm, with guests seated at 7.30pm WW2 murder mystery evening with army intelligence at Cadbury House
7.45 for 8pm Nailsea Little Theatre readings for next production Ladies Down Under also on Friday 10th
Saturday, February 4
9.30am-noon Nailsea Physio hosting a drop-in event at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre - an invitation to come and meet the team
11.30am-5.30pm Psychic Fair at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre
Live music at Mizzymead Recreation Centre with duo Young @ Heart. Limited tickets on sale at bar
Nailsea Social Club is going to Ibiza for a house party with DJ Mark Collins
Sunday, February 5
7.30pm bluegrass band Flats and Sharps play Nailsea Folk Club gig at Tithe Barn
Monday, February 6
Simply Green is back on 'normal' opening hours
10am-noon Step Forward Voluntary Action North Somerset is at 65 High Street - see poster on Healthy Peeps page
Tuesday, February 7
10.30am-noon Friends of Tithe Barn coffee morning at the Hannah Moore Room with Nailsea history video
Wednesday, February 8
With a guide price of £10,000 part of Trendlewood Park as Lot 117 goes under the hammer for the third time by Auction House London – more details here https://auctionhouselondon.co.uk/current-auction/
Thursday, February 9
2pm Nailsea & Backwell Townswomen's Guild meet at Nailsea Methodist church hall, Silver Street with folk singer Mike Craske. Further details from Pam on 01275 810579
Friday, February 10
10.30am Weston Crematorium funeral service of Mary Parkyn (mother of Brian) - further details from Groves Family Funeral Directors
fun and laughter with singer Rich Cottell at the Ring O'Bells with audience invited to make requests
Saturday, February 11
from 8.30pm sports tournament with killer pool and killer darts at Nailsea Social Club
Monday, February 13
9am-1pm Games Cafe at 65 High Street. Please pre-book on 0738 537 8495
Tuesday to Saturday, February 14-18
Coates House special Valentines menu - see our food and drink page HERE for more details
Thursday to Saturday, February 16-18
Nailsea Musicals youth production of Little Mermaid at Backwell Playhouse various times
Friday, February 17
TBA funeral service of former Nailsea Town Council clerk June Pollard at South Bristol Crematorium
Saturday, February 18
8pm MYCON reunion at Grove Sports & Social Club organised by Helen Hamlin. Contact Kate Cross for more details
Molly Steward is Adele at Nailsea Social Club
Monday to Saturday, February 20- 25
Whipping It Up’ is at Nailsea Little Theatre for six nights
Friday, February 24
7 for 7.30pm fundraising quiz night for Nailsea Junior Football Club U15 tour at the Grove with question master Glen Schmi
Saturday, February 25
80s tribute band High Impact plays Nailsea Social Club
Saturday, March 4
7pm Rotary Nailsea and Backwell grand charity fun quiz at Backwell WI Hall raising money for foodbank
8pm Fake That talent show with Nailsea United FC at Grove Sports Centre and Social Club tickets £10
Monday, March 6
10am-noon Step Forward Voluntary Action North Somerset is at 65 High Street - see poster on Healthy Peeps page
Thursday, March 10
8pm Mark Feven Mr Piano Man plays the Ring O'Bells
TBC Rewind band play 80s-90s sounds at Cadbury House
Friday, March 11
6.45pm pre-talk, 7.30pm Nailsea Concert Orchestra in charity performance for Wellspring at Nailsea School
Saturday, March 18
first farmers' market of 2023
Sunday, March 19
Tuesday, March 21
6.30-8.30pm We Need To Talk About Climate discussion at Nailsea SChool, open for refreshments at 6.15pm see Green page HERE for more details
Saturday, April 1
Nailsea & District Horticultural spring show at Nailsea School
7.30pm Holy Trinity church is the setting for a sea shanty charity concert being stage by Nailsea Lions Club
Good Friday, April 7
TBC 51 Degrees booked to play Ring O'Bells, Nailsea - good idea to make table bookings
Saturday, April 8
8.30-9pm Train to Skaville play Nailsea Social Club
Saturday, April 22
11am-3pm Cadbury House at Congresbury, The Absolutely Dragulous lunch date
Sunday, April 23
date to be confirmed May
two Nailsea paramedics join the South West Ambulance Service superfit 12 who intend to tackle the Machu Picchu Inca Trail in the Andes while raising money for ambulance stations in our area
Monday, May 1
North Somerset Show with strongest man competition
Thursday, May 4
TBC royal afternoon tea party with Pop-in at Holy Trinity church centre
Saturday, May 6
Coronation date for Charles and Camilla
Saturday, May 13
Dan Budd as Robbie Williams at Nailsea Social Club
Saturday, May 20
tbc Nailsea District Leg Club second fundraising handbag stall outside Waitrose supermarket. Donations of as new handbags welcome . See Healthy Peeps page for contact details
Saturday, May 27
Frythival music festival at Nailsea & Tickenham FC ground
Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28
Love Festival at Ashton Court
Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11
Dig for Victory at North Somerset Showground
Saturday, July 1
Nailsea Carnival - parade and fair at Millennium Park
Thursday to Sunday, August 3-6
The Kooks will headline Saturday night at Valley Fest which is being staged on above dates. The family-friendly, food and music festival takes place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol
Saturday, August 5.
Nailsea & District Horticultural summer show at Nailsea School
Saturday, August 26
Trendlewood Festival is back, hooray
Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17
from 11am over two days Nailsea International Bike Show at Ring O’Bells, more details here https://nailseabikers.org.uk/
Saturday, October 21
TBC apple day with Nailsea Cider
Join Coates House for its fun Sunday night quiz starting at 7pm! £1 per person to enter, winner takes all! Minimum one, maximum six per team. Food served until 9pm
Moorend Spout quiz nights are on Mondays
Ring O'Bells host quizzes on Monday nights, teams of four £10.
Calling all brain boxes, boffins and nerds, bring your best general knowledge game down to the new Backwell Village Club monthly quiz. Dates for new year are Tuesdays February 21 and March 21
Nailsea MicroPub holds regular monthly quiz nights - maximum of four per team. Next date TBC
The White Lion at Silver Street quiz night is on Wednesdays starting at 7.30pm
The Royal Oak hosts a weekly quiz on Thursday nights
Rotary Nailsea & Backwell grand charity quiz is on Saturday, March 4 at Backwell WI Hall - see poster for more details
New dfates for live music quiz at The Sawyers with Mark Feven are Monday, February 20, Tuesday,s March 21 and April 18 startingat 8pm
Back at the Nailsea Social Club fortnightly once a month on Sundays arrive by 5.30pm for 6pm prompt start
Ring O' Bells bingo and quiz nights TBC
Moorend Spout bingo AND quiz on Monday nights
Murder and mystery at Cadbury House
Wannabe detectives who think they’ve got what it takes to be the next Hercule Poirot can put their powers of deduction to the test at a murder mystery night at arguably the most atmospheric venue in the region.
With its gabled exterior, the gothic looking Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset wouldn’t look out of place in a classic Agatha Christie film and is the setting for what will be a super fun night of mystery solving.
On Friday, February 3, eagle eyed sleuths are now being invited to see if they can find the felon at what has become one of the venue’s most popular events.
The theme of the evening has been billed as The Great Panjandrum while the date for this particular night of dastardly deeds is set in 1941.
With the German army waging war across Europe, British intelligence is hard at work to develop a weapon that will aid the invasion by sea onto the beaches of France.
Many prototypes have been tested, but most have failed miserably.
Now it is the turn of The Great Panjandrum, and such is the interest in this machine of destruction that Churchill himself will witness the tests.
An advance party from army intelligence is in the town, ensuring that all is ready. However, when the whole world is at war, you can never be too sure who your friend is or your deadly enemy.
Unfortunately for some people, by the time they have worked out the dilemma, they will already be dead!
General manager Brady Smith believes those who come along will be in for a fantastic night of detective work, while enjoying the ambience and atmosphere of the 19th century house.
He said: “We’ve held many murder mystery nights here in the old house for many years and they are really popular.
"The house provides the perfect backdrop and there are plenty of rooms, stairs, nooks and crannies where the killer can get up to their misdemeanours without being noticed!
“It’s great to see everyone getting so involved as the drama unfolds and we’d encourage guests who come along to wear suitable attire.”
Prices for the evening are £45 per person and includes a three-course dinner with coffee or tea and disco until midnight.
The bar opens from 6.30pm, with guests seated at 7.30pm
To reserve a place please call 01934 834343.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Limited tickets £4 members and £5 guests are on sale now for live music in the bar on Saturday evening, February 4. New to Mizzymead Recreation Centre is duo Young @ Heart
Nailsea Social Club
Saturday, February 4 - going to Ibiza for a house party with DJ Mark Collins
Saturday, February 11 - from 8.30pm sports tournament with killer pool and killer darts
Saturday, February 18 - Molly Steward is Adele
Saturday, February 25 - 80s tribute band High Impact
Ring a ding-ding
On Friday, February 10 enjoy fun and laughter with singer Rich Cottell at the Ring O'Bells with audience invited to make requests.
This is feelgood indie pop from the musician who sold more than 5,000 copies of his self-released debut EP In The Now.
Rich has since recorded the LP More Than Just A Geek. This was funded, in the main, by using the same idea of the inspired Jack Black film, School of Rock, with Rich teaching music in West Country primary schools and jamming in as many gigs as humanly possible at night and weekends.
His publicity blurb says 'aged 22, Rich’s work and life ethics are way beyond his years'.
Advisable to book a table.
ADDING UP: Games Cafe In Nailsea town centre 9am-1pm on Monday, February 13, at 65 High Street. Please pre-book on 0738 537 8495
Westminster whips star at Nailsea Little Theatre
Westminster shenanigans come to Nailsea when politicians and dirty tricks are due on stage in Nailsea.
The Little Theatre is putting on Whipping It Up by Steve Thompson, a wicked satire on MPs and their doings.
The play – premiered at London’s Bush Theatre in 2006 – takes a no-holds-barred look at the way the Whips operate in Westminster.
It’s a week before Christmas and the government is running into trouble over a new law it’s proposing.
There are chuckles aplenty for playgoers as the Whips’ Office stops at nothing to try to get it through the House of Commons – and quell a potential challenge to the Prime Minister.
One big question is: what exactly lies hidden in the Whips’ safe?
Director Steve Harrison said: " Given the turmoil at Westminster lately, this play could hardly be more topical..
"There are lots of laughs on offer and we hope our audiences will enjoy taking a hard-hitting look with us at political trickery.
"They should know that some of the characters involved occasionally use strong language."
Whipping It Up’ is at the Union Street theatre for six nights from Monday to Saturday, February 20- 25.
Tickets £12 from 0777 298 1037.
Next pub paint party
A date to paint in the new year.
Join Brush Party, the UK’s ‘Paint and Sip’ experts, at the Ring O'Bells in Nailsea, on Wednesday, March 1, to paint our fabulous nighttime theme Ewe Cute.
The evening runs from 7-9.30pm.
Tickets £33 per person plus booking fee with special group rates.
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 https://brushparty.co.uk/events/ewe-cutie-nailsea/.
Please note these events sell out fast.
Image from summer painting party.
Calling all Quizzers
Rotary Nailsea and Backwell is organising a grand charity fun
quiz open to everyone.
The quiz is on Saturday, March 4, at 7pm at Backwell WI Hall.
Teams of up to six are invited to take part and can if necessary be made up on the night.
Tickets at £6 per person including ‘nibbles’, are available at the
door or in advance at John Brown’s Hardware, Nailsea or Parkers Estate Agents, Backwell
There will be a raffle and a prize for the winning team.
Tea and coffee will be on sale or you may bring your own refreshments.
Funds raised will be donated to the Trussell Trust for the benefit of the Nailsea Food Bank.
Rotary Nailsea and Backwell look forward to welcoming you
March when a good time will be had by all!
For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rewind with 80s-90s night
Fans of pop and indie can take a trip down memory lane at a musical tribute night dedicated solely to the 80s and 90s.
The event is at Cadbury House in Congresbury, on Friday, March 10, and will see tribute act Rewind take guests back in time when artists such as Duran Duran, Blondie, Prince and Madonna were regularly hitting the airwaves.
It was also a time which saw the emergence of some classic UK indie bands like Oasis, Happy Mondays, The Charlatans and Primal Scream all bringing their own style of swagger and attitude.
A themed drink on arrival will help get the party started and will be followed by a two-course meal before Tribute hits the stage.
The evening will finish off with a disco into the early hours.
Cadbury House general manager Brady Smith said: “As one of the nation’s leading party bands, Rewind has become a hit with 80s and 90s music enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.
“Reviews say they ‘flawlessy capture the unmistakable sound of the unhinged 1980s’ so are perfect for this event.
“Of course, we want all guests to come dressed in their best 80s or 90s outfits and will be a real trip down memory lane for many!”
Tickets cost £39.00 per person.
Nailsea Farmers' Market back after winter break
Our biggest Somerset Farmers’ Market!
This market is in the bustling High Street with a road closure in place making it a pedestrian paradise for browsing the many food, drink and craft stalls which make up this large event.
At the last count we had more than 40 stalls creating a very popular destination market with lots of choice including a specialist flower stall,mushrooms and venison plus a selection of designer makers with woodwork,textiles and ceramics.
Plenty of car parks and cafes and make this a great market location for both residents and those looking for a great day out as the town is also blessed with many eateries.
The first Saturday date for 2023 is March 18 then it is:
Opening hours are 9am-1pm.
EASTER TREAT: Good Friday, April 7, and 51 Degrees a high energy rock and blues covers band is booked to play Ring O'Bells, Nailsea - good idea to make table bookings
Big band sounds
This is a big band which sometimes has as many as nine musicians playing on guitars and horns on stage.
Train to Skaville is booked for Nailsea Social Club on Saturday, April 8 - ticket details to come.
With an electric list comprises which mostly consists of second wave ska.
Two-tone or 2 tone is a genre of British popular music of the late 1970s and early 1980s that fuses traditional West Indian ska music with elements of punk rock and new wave music. (
This includes reggae classis including the covers of Jamaican born singers Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley.
Wearing steam punk outfits the group should be playing from 8.30-9pm ish.
Read more here https://www.facebook.com/traintoskaville
Knitters of Nailsea - We need your help!
Would you like to create wonderful knitted decorations to adorn Nailsea High Street for the Coronation in May?
The aim is to create some wonderful decorations for the coronation in May – to decorate Nailsea High Street (bollards, phone box, windows).
Then come along to Nailsea Knitters on Mondays at 2pm at 65 High Street.
If you prefer to knit at home but would still like to be involved, please drop your creations into 65 High Street before Monday, April 10.
Nailsea Town Council community wellbeing officer Jess Brown said: "I am hoping to bring together anyone that is interested on Monday afternoons at 65 High Street.
"We can then share ideas and patterns to get started.
"If you are aware of anyone that would like to be involved but does not wish to attend the group, then they are welcome to knit at home and drop their creations into us."
The photos on this article come from Etsy where patterns are available.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed the date of the Coronation of King Charles III as Saturday, May 6 with the bank holiday on Monday, May 8.
In line with the bank holiday to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, this will be an opportunity for families and communities across the country to come together to celebrate.
This will make three bank holiday Mondays in May with the 1st and 31st also on the calendar.
Nailsea Town Council has as yet no budget set aside for the Coronation. Considerations of commemorative mugs for junior school children in the town at a cost of £6 each is one idea.
Competitions could be created to decorate houses, shops, businesses.
And a proliferation of bunting and flags is expected to appear.
The suggestion is for a working party of the community engagement committee to coordinate ideas/action.
Absolutely Dragulous lunch date
A weekend lunch time of exaggerated hair, makeup and clothing is being planned at the our leading four-star hotel, where a brunch with a difference is to take place.
Set for Saturday, April 22, at Cadbury House at Congresbury, The Absolutely Dragulous double act will be bringing their own take of drag queen comedy, lip-synching, dancing and live singing while guests tuck into a freshly cooked brunch.
With TV shows such as Ru Paul’s Drag Race growing in popularity, the chance to see one of the best drag acts around is, it is hope, set to prove unmissable for those looking for an entertaining Saturday lunchtime.
Cadbury House general manager Brady Smith said: “Drag acts have become more and more popular in recent years and are really entertaining and fun to watch. Absolutely Dragulous have built up a loyal following and their visit to Cadbury House is part of their continuing UK tour.
“The contrast between the historic house and Absolutely Dragulous duo is perfect and is a great way to set up the rest of your Saturday whether you’re on a hen weekend or just want to enjoy a really entertaining show and brunch.
“The ticket includes a themed drink on arrival, brunch and of course the drag show.”
The Absolutely Dragulous show at Cadbury House is taking place between 11am-3pm on the Saturday.
Tickets £45 per person include a themed drink on arrival, brunch and show.
The menu includes fresh Juices and pastries plus either berries, cherries, buttermilk pancakes and Greek yoghurt; pancetta, poached eggs, smashed avocado and sourdough bread or potato Rosti, fried egg, chorizo, Catalan tomato and pepper sauce.
To book, please visit https://www.cadburyhotelbristol.co.uk/drag-brunch
VALLEY FEST: The Kooks will headline Saturday night at Valley Fest which is being staged from Thursday to Sunday, August 3-6. The family-friendly, food and music festival takes place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Nailsea. To book tickets go to https://www.valleyfest.co.uk/
What was on 2023
Musical weekend at Sawyers
They are making music at a Nailsea pub with weekend.
On Saturday, January 28 from 7pm at The Sawyers DJ Rich spins some awesome 80s/90s tunes for a classics night at the Nailsea pub.
And on Sunday afternoon, January 29, from 3.30pm the saxaphone sounds come from jazz musician Ben Waghorn.
Parkin fans chant 'Feed the Beast' and he will score
Former professional footballer Jon Parkin is booked to speak at a fundraising charity event in Nailsea in the new year.
The striker while never making a Premier League appearance played extensively in all Football League divisions making more than 50 appearances for each of four clubs: York City, Macclesfield Town, Preston North End and Fleetwood Town.
He also made 50+ non-League appearances for Forest Green Rovers.
Billed as An Evening With Jon Parkin it is on Friday, January 27, at Grove Sports & Social Centre.
The evening starts at 6.30pm and promises food, beer, stories from Jon’s career, Q&A and a silent auction.
The event is raising money for Mental Health Charity Go Again.
This which provides free professional mental health support to junior and grassroots clubs including Nailsea Junior Football Club.
Tickets £20 call/text 0759 059 5879
PHOTO; Lee Hatherall Photography
DANCE NIGHT: Nailsea Social Club on Saturday, January 21, disco with Dj Rich. Membership renewal is due now. More details on its Facebook page
Nailsea Folk Club is looking forward to a new year new season of music.
Concerts start on Friday, January 20, at the Tithe Barn with two incredible and versatile musicians.
Dan Walsh award winning banjo player and guitar supremo and American Brookes Williams regarded as one of the finest guitarists, blessed with a voice like chocolate.
Admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh combine talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music.
Each is a leading light on their respective instruments and they both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. They will simply knock your socks off.
Tickets £14.00 + £1.05 booking fee from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club.