Last Saturday we took a little drive from Clevedon over to Shepton Mallet. We've never really stopped in Shepton Mallet before. For my whole life it's really only been somewhere I've driven through (or been driven through) whilst on the way to somewhere else. It was always known to me as the home of "Bambi" as we called him because Babycham was invented and made there - when you drive past the factory there is a huge Babycham deer standing outside. For as long as I can remember I've waved at that deer, or Bambi as my Mum called him. I now ask my boys to do the same..
I digress... A few weeks ago I heard that Shepton Mallet hold a one day festival and we thought it would be a good excuse to go and visit!
We weren't let down! The weather was fantastic and there was heaps to do. It was like a glorified village fete. Held in Collett Park (which we discovered is a gorgeous park!) the setting was perfect. There was a large boating lake on which lots of model boats were being displayed. My boys adored this and spent most of the afternoon staring at them. Best of all was a hilarious floating dragon called Lucinda who could speak, blow bubbles from her bottom and squirt "snot" at you from her nostrils.
There was a good carboot sale going on, loads of stalls, several bouncy castles, heaps of food vendors to choose from and a stage with live music all afternoon. We found we couldn't get around everything whilst we were there and we stayed until it closed at 5pm.
Welcome relief came in the form of a craft area run by the local church. Ethan was drawn to it, he loves crafting, and he spent a good 45 minutes with the lovely lady who was running it, decorating a plate, making a streamer and medal. It was a much needed break from the hustle and bustle and the sun which, whilst lovely, was very hot!
We had a fantastic time and said as soon as we got into our car to go home "We'll come back next year!". Well done Shepton Mallet - great work!
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