Five things to do in North Somerset this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 July 2019

Portishead Raft Race. Picture: Eleanor Young

Portishead Raft Race. Picture: Eleanor Young

Eleanor Young

A carnival, scarecrow trail and the return of a popular race are all taking place across the area this weekend.

Yeo Valley Lions' annual beer festival. Picture: Mark AthertonYeo Valley Lions' annual beer festival. Picture: Mark Atherton

- Who wants to quaff pints in Claverham this weekend?

Yeo Valley Lions' beer festival will run tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) at the village hall, off Bishops Road, and open at 7.30pm on Friday. Two sessions will be held on Saturday, at 1pm and 7.30pm. Music will be performed at all three.

Tickets for the evening sessions, priced £8, are available at the hall and Bishops Stores in Cleeve.

Circus Funtasia is in Clevedon this week. Picture: Andy PayneCircus Funtasia is in Clevedon this week. Picture: Andy Payne

- High-flying acrobats, flame-throwing fire-eaters and 360-degree motorcycle stunts will be performed in Clevedon.

Circus Funtasia will be at the Salthouse Fields car park, in Salthouse Road, from Friday until Sunday. There are shows at 5pm and 7.30pm on Friday and then shows at four other times on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets, priced £7-25, are available from or from 07706 168507.

Scarecrows from last year's trail. Picture: Gordano Valley School AssociationScarecrows from last year's trail. Picture: Gordano Valley School Association

- Scarecrows dressed in costumes from around the world will be set up across Nailsea this week.

Families can hunt for 43 scarecrows based on the theme - Around The World In 80 Days.

The Scarecrow Trail, which is run by Golden Valley School Association (GVSA), starts on Saturday and will run until July 14.

Nailsea carnival. Picture: Jeremy LongNailsea carnival. Picture: Jeremy Long

Maps are available for £2.50 from Coates House and Simply Green Zero waste, in High Street, or the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Crown Glass Shopping Centre.

- Carnival floats will parade through Nailsea town centre on Saturday afternoon as the town celebrates the popular spectacle.

The colourful procession starts at Clevedon Road car park at 1pm and will weave its way through the town to cheers of delight from supporters, before finishing at Millennium Park, off Brockway.

Portishead Raft Race. Picture: Mark AthertonPortishead Raft Race. Picture: Mark Atherton

The carnival festivities will continue with a fair at the Millennium Park from 1-5pm, where families can enjoy music and dance, children's rides, stalls and a car boot sale. Refreshments will be served in the tea tent and there will also be burgers and hot dogs from the barbecue on sale.

- Homemade rafts will take to the water in Portishead on Sunday.

The raft race returns to the Lake Grounds, in Esplanade Road, on Sunday from 11.30am-5pm.

To enter the main races or the edible raft competition, visit

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