Taunton was packed with people of all ages to enjoy a fantastic programme, organised on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council by Sally Mann and her Fuse Performance team who, again, brought an amazing variety of acts to the streets and open spaces.
Somerset Square, Castle Green and Goodland Gardens – the linked network of town centre open spaces – featured activities, ranging from aerial arts, face painting, Somerset Duck Race, Beat-box to Bhangra and much, much more.
Lords of Strut – semi-finalists in Britain’s Got Talent – gave their first performance since appearing on the TV show and were wildly applauded by the Castle Green and Somerset Square audiences.
Goodland Gardens hosted the music programme while Wild Arts and Green Crafts were on offer with Somerset Wildlife Trust, Wilder Woods and Exmoor National Park.
High Street and Fore Street were packed with performances from children’s Story Time to a silent disco. The space outside Taunton Visitor Centre was brought to life with music while the Orchard Centre saw a visit from Courtneys’ Farm, bring the countryside to town.
Councillor Mark Edwards, who inspired Somerfest as a legacy festival stemming from the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012, said this year’s event has been a resounding success.
“I would like to thank everyone involved for a superb event – and we were so lucky with the weather. Somerfest is truly establishing itself as a not-to-miss event in Taunton.
“It was great to see so many people having such a good time. I spoke with so many and it was fantastic that everyone was so positive about what was happening. In one instance I overheard someone say I wish it was Somerfest every weekend.
“While that is rather an ambitious aim for Somerfest, there are so many other varied events that happen in Taunton and I am enormously grateful to everyone that plays their part in making Taunton a destination for our residents and visitors to have such a great time.”