There are a few local events we look forward to each year, Dorset Knob Throwing Festival, Lyme Regis Fossil Festival and Spring Tide Festival.
The knob throwing and Fossil festivals have both been and gone, but this weekend was the turn of Spring Tide Festival at Burton Bradstock, just outside Bridport, Dorset.
This West Dorset seaside village, set next to gorgeous sandstone cliffs on the Jurassic Coast, is taken over by this National Trust event which showcases an eclectic mix of local food and drink, an exciting array of local producers, artisans and crafts and was held over Saturday and Sunday.
Looking at the weather, we decided the best day to visit was Sunday and set off from home nice and early to avoid the rain that was forecast for the afternoon. We arrived when it opened at 10am and got to explore what was on offer with just a handful of other people.
There were around 60 stallholders attending including lots of food producers who tried to tempt and tantalize us to try & buy
food and drink from across the county. We found an all-star line-up of locally made artisan bread, jams, chutneys, tea, coffee, beer, cider, cheese, cakes, pies, confectionary, charcuterie, meat and veg and the kids first choice was one of Mrs T’s gingerbread shapes.
There was also a good selection of local art & crafts on sale including some really impressive fish rubbings which were then put onto plates, mugs and tea towels.
The kids got stuck into the activities laid on for them including painting some jurassic themed pottery, decorating stones and learning how to make wool bracelets with a pinwheel.
No trip to Burton Bradstock would be without exploring the delights of the beach and we spotted a break in the clouds and some glorious sunshine that we had to take advantage of, so wandered down to explore the almost empty beach.
The kids enjoyed a spot of stone throwing and wave chasing before deciding they wanted to build a stone tower which was soon converted into a mermaid, complete with sea weed hair and stone jewels.
We played on the beach for over an hour before heading back to the festival to pick up some of the chilled produce I had been eyeing up.
The weather surprised us and we sat outside in the sunshine eating the most amazing salted caramel ice cream from Baboo Gelato (sadly only available in West Bay) and watching the Morris Dancers doing some fabulous dance routines.
Well done to the National Trust and all the organisers who put on a wonderful event. You kept us entertained all day and we are looking forward to next year already.