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PREVIEW: Ilminster Midsummer Experience
THERE’S something for everyone this week as the Ilminster Midsummer Experience gets underway.
With loads of activities going on from Thursday to Sunday, people of all ages will have the chance to go outdoors and experience some top-notch entertainment from residents and nearby societies.
As well as the main events, there will also be plenty of activities including face painting, a bouncy castle, as well as food and drink.
Michael Fry-Foley, one of organisers, said: “We started the week off with a sepia signs history trail and had 17 plaques in shop windows around town.
“It’s good that people will be wondering around and finding bits of information about Ilminster that they may not have known before.
“There is a great line-up of 16 talented people ranging from a five to a 72-year-old, an acapella vocal group to R&B, musical numbers to self-penned songs.
We are expecting a lot of people to come along to cheer on their favourites.
“Based on the previous event, weather permitted, we are be expecting about 2,000 people to come through Ilminster.”
Banners and flags are up in preparation for the event.
Thursday, June 5
ILMINSTER choir Serenade will be performing with the Heart & Soul and local artistes at 7.30pm at the Minster Church, Silver Street. Tickets cost £5/£3 from Lanes garden shop or Sheila Wade on 01460-52462.
THE Warehouse Theatre, BreweryLane, is hosting three film festival days. Today it’s showing Vertigo (PG), 128 mins. Tickets cost £5/£2.50 from Lanes garden shop or Sheila Wade on 01460-52462.
Friday, June 6
ALASDAIR Beatson – An Evening of Classical Piano, Ilminster Arts Centre at 8pm. Tickets cost £14/£11 and from the arts centre on 01460- 54973.
FILM Festival – Captain Phillips (12A) 134 mins. Tickets cost £5/£2.50 from Lanes garden shop or Sheila Wade on 01460-52462.
Saturday, June 7
INDEPENDENT stalls will be offering local products to sample at the Food and Craft Market, Silver Street.
CHARITY Drive – A range of charities will be raising awareness and giving out information outside Greenfylde School, opposite Minster Church.
WAREHOUSE Theatre Open Day – Visitors are invited for a free tour with a range of costumes and memorabilia for children to look at and try on.
COMPUTER Games Day – bring the children or younger visitors to play on Xbox and Nintendo Wii on the large screen in Ilminster Youth Club, Frog Lane.
CREAM tea at the Minster – enjoy an afternoon of traditional treats and relax at the church grounds, 2pm- 4.30pm.
FILM Festival – The Pirates! (U) 87 mins. Tickets cost £5/£2.50 from Lanes garden shop or on the door.
PARTY for Ilminster – The Harlequin Carnival Club will be hosting a disco and entertainment night at the parish hall, North Street. 7pm-midnight.
MEDITERRANEAN Meze – a meze supper with entertainment, laughter and music in the arts centre. Tickets cost £18.50 from 01460-54973.
Sunday, June 8
STROLLING Garage Sale – residents will be turning out items from their garages, sheds and attics across the town and hosting stalls.
HEAVY Horse Rides – Relive the pace of yesteryear with a horsedrawn cart ride around Listers Hill. 10am-3pm.
CLASSIC Vehicle & Motorcycle Show – Over 160 vehicles will be on show at the Recreation Ground, Canal Way. 10am-3pm.
THREE Peaks Walk – Visitors are invited to take part in the Three Peaks Walk, in aid of Vaughan Lee House Care Home. Walk begins at the Vaughan Lee House tent at the recreation ground. 10am-4pm.
RAMPFEST – Skatejam will be hitting the ramps at the recreation ground to wow crowds with their acrobatic skills as part of their fundraiser for Streetspace. Competition entry costs £1. 10am-1pm.
Ilminster Tennis & Bowling Club – facilities are open to non-members with free taster sessions, 11am-4pm. Family Dog Show – see dogs and their owners take on obstacles and show off a few tricks, 11am-1pm.
YEOVIL Town Band will be playing at the Recreation Ground, so bring a deckchair and relax. 1pm-3pm.
Songs of Praise –ecumenical service with a warm welcome for anyone who wishes to come along and sing some classic hymns. 6pm.
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