MERL Village Fete 2014

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Saturday 31 May | 10am to 4.30pm

£2.50 advance (buy online or at MERL), £3 on the door* | Children free

There's a focus on food at this year's MERL Village Fete this year! Join us for displays, demonstrations, and activities on the theme of food growing and production!

Bunny GuinnessFeaturing special guest: BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time panellist Bunny Guinness (Question & Answer sessions)

Enter our Biscuit Bake-off competition - just bake your favourite homemade biscuits and bring them along on the day for the chance to win a prize.

Reading, Steady, Cook! cookery demonstrations by University Food Science students using ingredients suggested by local community groups. Read more about the project on our blog

Delicious food & drink Beer tent with local ales, (including a new ale specially brewed for the event by Sherfield VIllage Brewery - enter our competition to name the new beer name the new beer and win free admission & a pint!!) ), hog roast, 'Beautiful Belle' vegetarian street food, ice-cream, cream teas & cake!

Fete printingWorkshops & activities Free family craft workshop & many other activities for all ages. Make a unique print of an image created specially for the Fete by Martin Andrews. 

Traditional entertainment Enjoy including games, morris dancing & stave dancing, silver band, facepainting...

...and much more!

See pictures of last year's (craft themed) event on our Flickr page

 

Win tickets to the Berkshire Show!
We are very grateful to our friends at the Newbury & District Agricultural Society for their help and support with this event. Your lucky MERL Fete programme number could win you tickets for this year's Berkshire Show in September, run by NDAS, so don't forget to enter the draw!

 

Entertainment Programme

(Times & locations subject to change)

10.00 Open

11.00 Official welcome by BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time panellist, Bunny Guinness, followed by Borderline Morris [Arena]

11.15 Family Tour [Meet at the Farming Cycle in the Museum]

11.30 Reading-Steady-Cook! Community Cooking Demo with the University Newcomers (Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan) [Garden]

12.00 Somerset Morris stave dancers [Arena]

12.15 Storytelling with Karen Goulding from the National Centre for Language of Literacy [Farming Cycle]

11.45 - 12.30 Bunny Guinness Question Time * [Conference Room]

12.30 Reading-Steady-Cook! Community Cooking Demo with the Barbados and Friends Association and the West Indian Women's Circle. [Garden]

13.00 Borderline Morris dancing [Arena]

13.15 Family Tour [Meet at the Farming Cycle in the Museum]

13.30 Somerset Morris stave dancers [Arena]

14.00 Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band [Arena]

14.15 Storytelling with Karen Goulding from the National Centre for Language of Literacy [Farming Cycle]

13.45 - 14.30 Bunny Guinness Question Time * [Conference Room]

14.30 Reading-Steady-Cook! Community Cooking Demo with the Chinese Association. [Garden]

15.00 Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band [Arena]

15.15 Family Tour [Meet at the Farming Cycle in the Museum]

14.45 Judging of the MERL Biscuit Bake Off * with Bunny Guinness, Louise Bell, Jon Amery and Kate Arnold-Forster and the 'biscuit girl' volunteer guide. [Garden]

16.00 Raffle Draw [Garden

 

*all ticket proceeds will support the MERL Redevelopment Fund

 

 

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