Nailsea: 5 great reasons to visit in 2015

Nailsea Carnival. (Bouncy castle by Alison Oddy under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Nailsea Carnival. (Bouncy castle by Alison Oddy under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

From running events to a beer and cider festival, there are more reasons than ever to visit Nailsea in 2015 - we pick 5 highlights to make a date for

Get in the carnival spirit with face paints. (Festival Girl by Alison Benbow under CC BY 2.0)

Get in the carnival spirit with face paints. (Festival Girl by Alison Benbow under CC BY 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Nailsea Carnival and Fayre

4 July 2015

The annual Nailsea Carnival & Fayre has been a town tradition for the past 27 years and it just keeps getting better and better. The parade is always a highlight with local groups and business going all out to create the best floats – we haven’t had any sneak previews, but if previous years are anything to go by, our expectations are high. Catch the start of the parade at 1pm at Clevedon Road car park and follow it to Millennium Park for an afternoon of music, dance, children’s activities and rides, stalls, fantastic local food and drink and lots of community events – fingers crossed for weather as good as last year.

(Cider House Rules by Walt Jabsco under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

(Cider House Rules by Walt Jabsco under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Nailsea Beer and Cider Festival

10 - 12 July 2015

Nailsea Beer and Cider Festival is set to take over the town’s West End Park for another three packed days from July 10 - 12 this year. As always it’s in aid of charity and the focus is on live music, eating, drinking and creating a great family festival atmosphere. This year, the Kid’s Village is back and more fun than ever. There’s a huge line-up of new and established beer and cider to try. And musical talent will be taking to various stages to entertain morning, noon and night for the entire three day event.

Discover handmade products at the Nailsea Craft Market. (Handmade soap by Melissa Venable under CC B

Discover handmade products at the Nailsea Craft Market. (Handmade soap by Melissa Venable under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant


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Nailsea Craft Market

16 May and 20 June 2015

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Nothing suits a summer’s day in Nailsea better than a wander round the excellent local Craft Market. Held on the third Saturday of every month along Collier’s Walk, it’s a great place to find original design and the ever growing number of stalls include everything from bags and picture frames to handcrafted soap and intriguing jewellery.

Nailsea Little Theatre, The Day After The Fair

18 - 23 May 2015

Nailsea’s theatre group are taking to the stage from 18 - 23 May with their production of Frank Harvey’s ‘The Day After The Fair’. The Little Theatre is well loved locally but its reputation for excellent performance and stage craft stretches far beyond the boundaries of North Somerset. If you miss this last performance of their spring season, try to catch the group’s Quiz Night in early summer, it’s a bit of a local legend.

Beer and Banger 10k

June 26 2015

France might have wine marathons but when runners finish the annual Nailsea 10k on 26 June, the town will be waiting to reward every one of them with its finest beer and gourmet sausages. This year’s 10k is mainly road running on local country lanes. It starts at Backwell Rugby Club at 7pm and is guaranteed to be as popular and competitive as ever. Even if you haven’t worked for your sausages, go along, watch the race and you can effortlessly enjoy beer, barbecue and live music at the club house after. Online and on day entry

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