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Wiveliscombe gears up for 10 Parishes Festival
2:00pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
WIVELISCOMBE will spring into life this week when the 10 Parishes Festival gets underway.
Thousands of people are expected to tour exhibition venues throughout the town and its nine surrounding parishes from Saturday (September 7) until next Sunday.
The popular festival also features the colourful Wiveliscombe Carnival and street market, which will fill the town from 10am this Sunday.
Street market co-ordinator Linda Featherstone said: “There are lots of new arts and crafts stalls and we’re quite foodie orientated this year, we have all sorts of local producers taking part with everything from Moroccan wraps and sushi to local ales and venison, preserves and confectionery to ice-cream, cider and pizzas.”
Businesses are getting right behind the festival, with community and arts events happening everywhere from brewery to café to pub, and shops specially opening as people flock to the town.
And Taunton Deane Mayor Libby Lisgo, who is judging the carnival, wished everyone taking part the best of luck.
She said: “The 10 Parishes Festival is a hugely important part of our cultural life here in Taunton Deane and is one of the best ways we have of making sure the visual and performing arts are celebrated across this rural part of our district.
“It’s also a very helpful boost to the economy as well as being great fun for all those involved.
“I am really looking forward to taking part and I am very keen to visit as many venues as possible.”
Cotleigh Brewery, on Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, is joining in the festival with an exhibition of The Brewing History of Wiveliscombe – with memorabilia from the town’s rich brewing history and tastings from Cotleigh Brewery and Exmoor Ales.
The Bear Inn Skittles Alley will take on a very different lease of life, with exhibitions by a group of talented painters and photographers, while This Is Moorish, the popular restaurant-café, will host six artists plus a special evening of Poetry and Pizza.
See our comprehensive festival day-by-day guide in this week's County Gazette for information on what’s in store.
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