So here’s the One Show filming in Porlock today and asking local people if they’d like to sample a fresh (raw) oyster..! It was a lot of fun watching people’s reactions and in fact these were unanimously good, hurrah! You’ll be able to sample our superb local oysters at restaurants in the area from next year. Later in the week we’ll also have Countryfile filming here again, they visited last year to report on our excellent flood defense system (our local fire crew were filmed pumping flood water out of a local resident’s house – or pretending to do so at least!).
This weekend is of course our annual Duck Race, which is hosted right here at Sparkhayes campsite on Sunday 24 May. It’s truly a hilarious afternoon for children big and small (!) with numerous races in which to have a runner (named by you, so be imaginative!). With wellie-clad race officials poised in the stream to help the most unfortunate ducks and declare the official winner, will your duck win glory this year?! Get the children to wear their best hats for their day at the races and they could be going home with some booty too! There’s refreshments and a fantastic atmosphere so come along and witness a lovely Porlock tradition, which in turn fundraises for another village custom, the legendary Porlock Carnival! It starts at 2pm but get here early to be sure of getting a duck (or more than one) at the Ducklerations Tent. We still have pitches available for this weekend, so why not make a proper weekend of it?
Our Duck Race is part of the Exmoor Coast Festival (24 May – 1 June), an event that celebrates the whole of the Exmoor coastline in a massive variety of ways! Timed to coincide with half term, there’s something for everyone going on nearby, including sandcastle competitions, art exhibitions, meet the coastguard, sea shanties, physical adventures, guided walks, free family fun days, rock pool hunts, barbeque, music, fishing, cream teas, SO much to keep you busy. Find out more about each event here: http://www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/types/coast-festival/map.
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