Summer Show this week

Every July we hire a huge marquee and hold a Summer Show at the Uplyme Village Hall and Playing Field. This is the 84th year and it will be held on Saturday, July 20th between 12noon and 5.00pm. Entrance £2.00, car parking free.

There are trophies and awards in fruit, flower and vegetable classes, as well as floral art, home produce, handicrafts and photography. And there are hotly-contested classes for eggs, home-made wine, ‘fun’ entries and those for juniors.

To see how you might compete, download the Summer Show schedule 2013 which contains a full list of classes that you can enter as well as notes on awards, judges and recipes. It also includes the official entry form. Download an entry form 2013 if you need extras of that page only. Or you can obtain a free printed copy of the schedule at Uplyme Post Office, Raymonds Hill Post Office and Ginger Beer in Lyme Regis. Entry forms need to be in by 9pm on Wednesday July 17th. Compete in as many classes as you wish. Entry is open to all – members and non-members – and there is no fee.

General view of show marqueeentries on display

The day’s entertainment will include marquee displays of all show entries, and the presentation of awards. Out on the playing field and in the village hall will be an afternoon of fun with a countryside theme.

  • The River Cottage team returns – this year Head Gardener Craig Rudman and assistant Will Livingstone. Craig will give a talk on the unexpected versatility and delicacy of edible flowers, both cultivated and foraged from the wild. He and Will are also judging two new show classes sponsored by River Cottage.RiverCottage-27 - Version 2River Cottage Head Gardener Craig Rudman
  • There will be birds-of-prey displays – twice – see the awesome power of eagles, cute and cuddly owls and falcons swooping past at 150mph.
  • A miniature steam-train will be running all afternoon with free rides for those small enough to climb aboard.train carrying passengersSteam train with small passengers
  • Non-stop live music and dancing will be performed by Uplyme Morris Men, No Mean Feet Appalachian dancers, Black Velvet Band, the Shanty Singers and Uplyme music-man Ian Thompson.
  • Cute canines will compete in the various classes of the Family Dog Show. See contestants being put through their paces – for ‘The Most Appealing Eyes’ or ‘The Waggiest Tail’.
  • Children will be urged to join in races and fairground amusements – with a bouncy castle, a ‘test your strength’ machine, fun rides and candy floss.
  • East Devon bee keepers will be there to offer advice on apiculture. They will bring an observation hive of live bees (totally enclosed!) and invite you to join in honey-tasting.
  • Wattle-hurdlemaker Alan Brown, sixth generation of a family making traditional hurdles from Dorset coppiced hazels will demonstrate one of the oldest country crafts.
  • Ladies of the Rousdon Spinners will produce woollen yarn from sheep and alpaca fleeces. Ask them questions, compare their different spinning wheels, have a go… and find out why last year’s fleece of an alpaca named Daisy is special.
  • Lyme Regis Museum researchers Graham Davies and Richard Wells will present a continuous slide show Parish of Uplyme, Past and Present and will be delighted to answer questions about Uplyme’s history – find them in the village hall throughout the afternoon.
  • Sideshows testing skill and luck come in many familiar guises – tombolas, raffles and coconut shies – but nothing can prepare you for edible tombola and… croquet.
  • Local artisans will display their wares for sale – potters, blacksmiths and wood-joiner craftsmen; nurserymen who grow plants, orchard-tenders who make cider, and farmers who shear their alpacas for wool; basket-weavers, candle-makers, fudge-producers, ice-cream makers and even a 5-minute-portrait artist.chelsea-pensionerSitting Spiritually – here exhibiting their seating at Chelsea – will be at our show
  • For visitors who crave a sit down and a cup of tea, River Cottage’s Pam-the-Jam Corbin and her team will be serving sandwiches, delicious strawberry cream teas and home-baked cakes that will make you feel nurtured – all in the village hall.
  • And for those who prefer ‘grazing’ outside on the field, the Mary Jane Food Truck will serve Caribbean-style dishes. Olivia Holmes with friends Jess and Julie will be offering jerk chicken with rice and peas, a vegetarian or a goat curry.IMG_3356Olivia and Jess at the Mary Jane Food Truck
  • There will be a beer tent featuring Mighty Hop, a family-owned Lyme Regis micro brewery, with its cask beers on tap. They’ll also be offering a choice of wine.
  • Emma Stapleforth will be serving her Rumpy Scrumpy farmhouse cider, made from local hand-picked cider apples, fermented in oak whiskey barrels.cider_press_prize                            Emma Stapleforth with her prizewinning farmhouse cider
  • Especially made to be served at the show is a fresh batch of Pam’s elderflower cordial – a sharp, lemony, thirst-quenching drink.
  • The show’s Grand Raffle will have cash prizes – a first of £50 – as well as complimentary tickets for local entertainments: Lyme’s Regent Cinema, Seaton Tramway, Pecorama and a family fossil walk with geologists Paddy and Chris of the museum. Plus prizes of local restaurant meals, cream teas, hampers – even a haircut and blow-dry.

Programme of Saturday’s events

8.00am   Marquee opens to exhibitors to stage their entries

10.00am  Marquee closes to exhibitors
10.15am  Judging commences
12 noon   Show opens
12.30pm  Birds-of-prey display by Xtreme Falconry
2.00pm   Taste the Flowers talk – River Cottage’s Craig Rudman
2.30pm    Family Dog Show – fun classes for family pets
3.15pm    Children’s races on the field
4.00pm    Birds-of-prey display by Xtreme Falconry
4.45pm    Presentation of awards and raffle draw
5.00pm    Exhibits may be removed