NEXT Saturday (May 11) celebrates everything good about our fantastic county.

The fifth Somerset Day will see hundreds of events all over the county to mark the special day.

A vintage car that has been restored by one of the apprentices at the Haynes Motor Museum is undertaking a special road trip, including a ticket giveaway to the Museum.

There’ll be a town crier competition in Ilminster, live music from the Mangled Wurzels at The Railway Inn, Sandford, while in the county town the award winning Eat:Taunton takes place.

Throughout the county, there’ll be craft fairs and food fairs, open days, tea parties and cider and cheese tastings - something for everyone so take a look at for the full list of what’s on.

Nigel Muers-Raby, founder of Somerset Day said: “The excitement is building to this year’s Somerset Day.

"With just one week to go, we’ve been thrilled with the way that people and businesses throughout the county have really got behind this special day and have gone out of their way to put on some spectacular events this year.

“It’s a chance to come together and celebrate all that’s great about Somerset.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s planning an event, everyone who’s planning on joining in the celebrations, and to all our sponsors and supporters for really getting behind this year’s activities.”

Here’s a taster:

Haynes International Motor Museum is organising a special road trip in a 1954 Austin A40 Somerset car from the Museum Collection on Somerset Day between 9am and 4pm. Throughout the nostalgic holiday-makers style road trip, there’ll be 100 single entry museum tickets being given away – visit

Bishops Lydeard Somerset Day Yarnbomb is in place for the whole of May, based on Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.

On May 11 from noon to 6pm, The Railway Inn, Sandford will have live music from The Mangled Wurzels, dancing and entertainment from Mendip Morris, tractors old and new on display, Thatchers Cider and cheese sampling, a charity cake sale, and entertainment for the kids.

Visit the award winning Eat:Taunton on Somerset Day 10am to 5pm in Hammet Street, Taunton, a free-to-attend locally focused food and drink festival in the heart of the county town.

The Ilminster Town Crier competition takes place on Somerset Day from 10.30 to 2pm. Town criers from throughout the UK will parade and compete for a variety of trophies.

The Centre for Young Musicians Taunton, is opening its doors on Somerset Day. There will be an opportunity for visitors to see the centre in action and to enjoy a soloists’ concert by students at noon in the Willow Cafe at Richard Huish College.

Street Parish Council is organising a day for families and the community to come together and celebrate between 10.30am and 4.00pm – including music from Glastonbury Brass, dancing from Topaz Dance and the Chalice Morris Men.

The Castle Bow Restaurant in Taunton is laying on Somerset Day Sparkling Apple Wine Afternoon Tea from Monday, May 6 to Sunday, May 12, and there’s a special Somer-Set menu too.

And for photographers, Somerset County Council is running a #PictureSomerset photo sharing bonanza on Twitter between May 7 and 10.

For more information about all these events and many more, visit or find Somerset Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.