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Hip, Hip, Hooray! It’s Somerset Day

Tuesday 7th May 2024

That’s right, it’s that time of the year, where we dust off our wellies, polish our cider glasses, and raise a drink to the beautiful county we call home!

The Rolling Hills
The Rolling Hills

From our lovely ladies wandering the fields here in the Yeo Valley, to the spectacularly sculpted Cheddar Gorge, and the meticulously marvellous architecture of Wells Cathedral. Somerset is a county rich in history, agriculture, community, and some of the most mesmerising natural wonders the UK has to offer (and that’s not even us being biased).

Known for its fabulous British beef, sweet refreshing cider, and of course our deliciously creamy Organic Yogurt. Somerset is renowned as one of Britain’s biggest and best food producing counties in the country. With a network of over 8,500 farmers and food producers, the NFU estimate agriculture contributes more than 500 million pounds to the county’s economy not just providing thousands of jobs to local communities but inspiring the next generation of young farmers that will help feed the nation for years to come.

The Famous Somerset Sunset
The Famous Somerset Sunset

Despite being famous for its fertile fields, fantastic food, and scenic sunsets (they really are a sight to behold). Somerset is a treasure trove of historical wonders and breathtaking sights that are sure to make your jaw drop. From the peaks of the Mendips to the gorgeous Cheddar Gorge and let’s not forget the Glastonbury Tor, a mystical mound steeped in history and legend. Although slightly younger in age The Glastonbury Festival is still an equally impressive spectacle.

Now you can’t truly celebrate Somerset Day without learning a bit of the local lingo because let’s face it, we’ve got some cracking phrases up our sleeves. Have you ever heard someone say they’re or that’s “Gert lush”? Well, that’s Somerset speak for something mighty fine or downright delightful. If you want to congratulate someone on their great work or doing a good job, a simple “Proper job” will do.

Our Very Own Combine Harvester
Our Very Own Combine Harvester

Not seen a friend for a while? Well down ere we don’t ask, how are you doing? We prefer a friendly “How be on?”, and if your struggling with the accent this classic from Top of the Pops in 1976 should give you a helping hand.

Somerset Day was first celebrated on May 11th 2015 when the not-for-profit community ‘Passion for Somerset’ ran by a board of volunteers decided it was time to officially celebrate all the amazing things the county has to offer, you can read more about the day, its history, events, and how to get involved here.


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