Snowdrops signal spring in Shepton Mallet: A festival of flowers and festivities

By Laura Linham

8th Feb 2024 | Local News

Shepton Mallet to celebrate history with Snowdrop Festival, 12-18th February
Shepton Mallet to celebrate history with Snowdrop Festival, 12-18th February

The eagerly anticipated Snowdrop Festival, hosted by Shepton Snowdrops, is set to bring a vibrant array of workshops, displays, and interactive experiences to the town next week.

Offering an extensive programme that caters to all ages, the festival aims to celebrate the town's unique connection to the snowdrop flower, a significant part of Shepton Mallet's history.

Attendees can look forward to engaging in a wide variety of activities:

  • Drawing workshops for both adults and children, encouraging artistic expression.
  • Drama workshops designed specifically for kids, fostering creativity and confidence.
  • Captivating storytelling sessions, immersing listeners in the magical world of tales.
  • A needle felting workshop, where participants can learn a new craft.
  • Poetry trails that combine the beauty of language with the tranquillity of nature.
  • An enchanting snowdrop grotto and magical forestry installation, offering a unique sensory experience.
  • The James Allen Heritage Walk, celebrating the local horticulturist known for his work with snowdrops.
  • A fashion show, showcasing local talent and creativity.
  • A dried flower wreath workshop, allowing participants to create their own piece of art.
  • Opportunities for plant sales and seed swaps, encouraging gardening and plant cultivation.
  • Various art installations and garden displays, highlighting the beauty and diversity of snowdrops.
  • A display of poetry and photography competition winners, showcasing local artistic talent.
  • A winter walk, inviting festival-goers to enjoy the beauty of Shepton Mallet's natural landscapes.
  • Two-day theatre workshop for children aged 7-15 with the Tor Theatre, leading to performances in the church on Friday and Saturday
  • Half-day drama workshops with Jane Barry
  • Tall tales with the wandering Glastonbury Bard
  • Magical Forest, Snowdrop Grotto and creative snowdrop themed workshops with the Grotti Girls at Create@#8.Girls at Create@#8

This festival not only highlights the cultural and historical significance of snowdrops in Shepton Mallet but also brings the community together through shared experiences and learning opportunities. It's a testament to the town's rich heritage and the community's commitment to celebrating it.

For those interested in participating in any of the workshops, viewing the displays, or simply enjoying the festive atmosphere, more information can be found on the official Shepton Snowdrops website.


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