Spring Plant Fair
Easter Sunday 12 April 2020, 10am-3pm, Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, Axminster EX13 7ET
This is a great destination to visit when so much else is shut on Easter Sunday. We expect to see a good range of nurseries to entice the plantaholic plus a visit to Burrow Farm Gardens, now an RHS partner garden. Entry £1; free for RHS members. More information.
Saturday 18 April 2020, 10am-12noon, Victory Hall, Stockland, EX14 9EF
Having enjoyed the Stockland Christmas market for the last couple of years, we’re looking forward to this spring market held at the end of Easter week. We might even use the opportunity to try out the King’s Arms which has just reopened in the village and is owned by the community.
Colyton Garden & Food Festival
Saturday 12 May 2020, 10am-4pm, Colyton Grammar School, Whitwell Lane, Colyford, Devon, EX24 6HN
This is a great show with more than 60 stalls focused on gardening and food (there is no better combination!). Organised and run by the Colyton Grammar School Parents’ Association. this has a wide range of plant stalls, artisan food and drink traders and local craftspeople. Well worth a visit. More information.
Athelhampton Spring Fair
Sunday 3 May 2020, 10am-3pm, Athelhampton House, Dorchester DT2 7LG
This is a such a super event set on the lawn of Athelhampton House and with a good range of interesting nurseries and selected plant-related items, including of course our plant supports and garden structures. Entry fee of £7 includes admission to the grounds and gardens which are well worth a visit in their own right. More about Athelhampton House, now under new ownership.
Minterne Spring Fair
Sunday 10 May 2020, 10am-4pm, Minterne House, Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7AU
It’s our first year at Minterne and as it’s such a super garden, we’re sure it’s going to be a great event. The fair is held in aid of the RNLI and St Andrew’s Church, Minterne Magna so it’s well worth supporting.
Sherborne Castle Country Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020, 10am-6pm, Sherborne, DT9 5NR
This fair, set in the spectacular grounds surrounding Sherborne Castle is run by volunteers for charity. It features country activities; trade, craft and food stands; and entertainment, including a very large Rare Breed Show. We’re looking forward to our second year here, set amongst the many nurseries who attend. More information.
Hardy Plant Society Summer Plant Market
Sunday 14 June 2020, 10am-3pm, Burrow Farm Gardens, Dalwood, Axminster EX13 3ET
Burrow Farm Gardens Plant Fairs are always excellent and Helen Brown’s organisation on behalf of the Devon branch of the Hardy Plant Society is exemplary. This is a great chance to see lots of good nurseries in one place, find about more about the Hardy Plant Society and visit Burrow Farm Gardens. Should be a very good day out. £1 entry; free for RHS members. More information.
Axe Vale Show
Saturday and Sunday 20-21 June 2020, 10am-5.30pm (5pm on Sunday), Axminster Showground, Trafalgar Way, EX13 5RJ
Axe Vale always has a really good atmosphere and last year it was good to see more plant stalls coming back to this show. More information.
Exeter Craft Festival
Thursday 2nd (10-5.30), Friday 3rd (9.30-5.30) and Saturday 4th (9.30-5.00) July, Cathedral Green, Exeter EX1 1HS.
The Exeter Craft Festival features the very best artists & makers based in the South West and will take place as usual in the historic setting of Exeter’s Cathedral Green. The combination of art, craft and entertainment has been an annual event for over 40 years and 2020 promises to be better than ever. Over 100 stalls in a unique tented village give the visitor the opportunity to see the work of the West Country’s best artists and makers. More information.
Musbury Barton Open Forge
Sunday 5 July, 1.30-5pm, Musbury Barton, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8BB
Our forge is based at Musbury Farm so we’re pleased to hold an ‘open forge’ to coincide with one of the NGS garden openings at Musbury Barton. We have a full range of products on show and Jonne will be working and is happy to talk people through how he works. Musbury Barton is a super garden covering 6 acres with extensive areas of well established trees and shrubs, many rare or unusual. Over 2,000 roses are spread round the garden. Stream. Pond. Lots of steps and bridges. “Always interesting never perfect.” More information.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Flower and Produce Fair
Saturday 11th July, King George V Playing Fields, Venlake Meadow, Uplyme DT7 3SY
Our local show and renamed this year to focus on flowers and produce. Lavender-themed classes in the Horticultural Show, games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, family dog show, food and craft stalls, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games and refreshments. More information.
Saturday 25 July, 9-5.30, Knightshayes, Chettiscombe, Tiverton EX16 4NG
This is one of the great one-day country shows held in the south west with a mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life. Find us in the Crafts Marquee. More information.
Thursday 20 August, Chagford Showground, Dogmarsh Field, Mill End, Chagford TQ13 8JN
Chagford Show is another of Devon’s one-day country shows with a mix of farming, craftsand horticulture. It is located in beautiful meadows along the River Teign with a wonderful backdrop of Dartmoor Hills. This does mean that the wi-fi signal is distinctly dodgy so do think about bringing cash if you’re planning to do some shopping!
Thursday 27 August, 8.30-6.00, West Bay Showgrounds, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4EG
This is an outstanding one-day agricultural show and we love it. There really is something for everyone from livestock and horses to homecrafts and horticulture, with lots of scrummy food stalls and over 400 trade stands so make sure you know where to find us. We’ll add our stand number as soon as we have it. More information.
The Oak Fair
Saturday and Sunday 29-30 August, 10-5.00, Stock Gaylard Estate, Lydlinch, Sturminster Newton DT10 2BG
So many people have told us this is a great show and that we’d do well here, so this year we’re giving it a go. It’s a celebration of the countryside, conservation, woodland, timber, traditional craft, rural history and Dorset with over 200 stalls. With our artisan approach to art and blacksmithing we should fit in nicely – even though we’re metal and not wood! And they promise local foodie stalls which sounds great. More information
Athelhampton Autumn Plant and Craft Fair
Sunday 13 September 2020, 10am-3pm, Athelhampton House, Dorchester DT2 7LG
We love going to Athelhampton House with its glorious setting for a plant fair. This autumn fair is a mix of plants, local craft and garden-related stalls. Something for everyone! Entry fee of £7 includes admission to the grounds and gardens which are well worth a visit in their own right. More about Athelhampton House, now under new ownership.
Somerset County Show
Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 September 2020, 9am-5pm, Taunton Racecourse, Taunton TA3 7BL
This show started up last year and after good reports we’ve decided to give it a go. We’ll be one of the artisan retailers there. There’s plenty to see and do, including the Shetland Pony Grand National! More information
Stockland Christmas Market
Saturday 28 November 2020, 10am-12noon, Victory Hall, Stockland, EX14 9EF
This is always a very jolly outing so we look forward to seeing regular and new visitors alike.