Preview: See the full schedule for the Weston-super-Mare Dairy Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:30 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:10 03 August 2017

Weston Dairy Festival – pictured here in its 1960s heyday – was revived last year after a 40-year hiatus.

Weston Dairy Festival – pictured here in its 1960s heyday – was revived last year after a 40-year hiatus.


The annual dairy festival will return to Weston-super-Mare this weekend with a host of attractions including sheep-shearing, pig and camel racing and a dog and duck show.

Dairy Festival food poster.Dairy Festival food poster.

The four-day event starts tomorrow (Thursday) on the Beach Lawns, in Marine Parade.

This year has a full programme of events from pig racing to heavy horse displays, vintage tractors to cow milking.

The event will celebrate livestock, agriculture and local producers from across Somerset.

This year the family-friendly event will introduce a variety of stalls selling street food, drinks and fresh produce.

Dairy Festival schedule.Dairy Festival schedule.

Weston Arts Social Enterprise director Terry Gilbert, a lead organiser, said: “The festival still attracts thousands of visitors and is an important event today, especially when there is less awareness of agriculture and how food gets from the farm to the fork.

“We are also giving a boost to the local economy by showcasing the great range of local food produce, arts, crafts and musical talent.”

Attractions will include:

– Freddie’s Farm Dog & Duck Show

Dairy Festival pricesDairy Festival prices

– Sheep sheering

– Milking demonstrations

– Reptiles and birds of prey

– Poultry sale

– Live music from a number of acts including Ellie Rialas, Seb Longhorn and Mohawk Radio

– Ferret racing

– Duck racing

– Petting zoo with alpacas, sheep, horses, pigs and goats.

– 70-stall craft fair

Weston Dairy Festival was first launched in the 1960s and became a popular annual event in the town’s summer calendar.

Thousands of people flocked to the event each year until it was cancelled when funding was withdrawn.

But after a 20-year break, the festival returned in 2015 with the support of dairy enthusiasts.

It is now sponsored by a number of local businesses, including Puxton Park, Thatchers Cider, Weston Town Council and Belarus Tractors.

The dairy festival will start at 10am each day from today (Thursday) until Sunday. There will be live music from Friday to Sunday until 10.15pm. Tickets cost £1-15 on the gate.

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