Monthly Archives: November 2020

Christmas at the Palace 5th-22nd December 2020

Christmas at the Palace  5th-22nd December 2020

Plans are well underway at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells to bring some festive cheer to the area with their ‘Christmas at the Palace’ event.

With a start date of 5th December, shortly after the national lockdown ends and Mendip moves into Tier 2, Palace Staff feel strongly that they want to bring some socially-distanced joy to the Christmas season, and are going bigger than ever before with the celebratory event.

Taking place from 5th – 22nd December 2020, the decorations will include a Christmas Traditions Window in the free area with a painted winter scene, sumptuous decorations throughout the Palace on a variety of themes, from medieval through to Victorian, Bishop’s Ken’s Christmas Feasting Table, a Victorian Christmas dining table, an Eco Christmas art exhibition created by children from local schools, who will be letting their imaginations go wild with rubbish to create life-sized Christmas trees, Father & Mother Christmas’s North Pole HQ, and a few stunning surprises too.

Outside the Palace, the Gardens will also be dressing up for Christmas, with outdoor illuminations on a large scale, and Christmas trees and decorations in the formal gardens.

There will also be a Christmas-themed family trail which will take visitors through the Palace & Gardens, leading to a traditional nativity scene.

There will be special late openings until 6:30pm on 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th December to allow visitors to enjoy the lights.

Entrance to Christmas at the Palace is included in standard admission and free to People’s Ticket Holders and Members.

Trading Standards urges consumers to think before they buy online

Trading Standards urges consumers to think before they buy online

Trading standards is advising online consumers in Devon, Somerset and Torbay to only buy from ‘reputable’ traders, and to refer to a new advice video if they experience any problems. The new advice video has been commissioned by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) ahead of ‘Black Friday’ (Friday 27 November) and ‘Cyber Monday’, (Monday 30 November), the two… Read More…

New A&E project supports young people around alcohol and drugs

New A&E project supports young people around alcohol and drugs

An innovative new project to reduce and support the number of young people repeatedly turning up at A&E with alcohol, drugs or violence related illness or injury has launched at Musgrove Park Hospital. The Somerset Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is funding Turning Point (who run Somerset Drug and Alcohol Services) to deliver ‘Admit’ – a… Read More…

‘You’re not alone’ – sings out to victims

‘You’re not alone’  – sings out to victims

A Somerset Charity Fundraising song has been released to help male victims of domestic abuse recognise they are not alone. Singer and Songwriter Clive Lever and his long-term friend Bob Martin have produced a song “You’re Not Alone” to raise awareness of male victims of domestic abuse, to encourage them to get help and to… Read More…

Competition time!

Competition time!

Do you love writing? Maybe you’re more of a crafty person and enjoy making things? Perhaps creating posters is more your thing? If you’re aged four to 18 we want to hear from you! Wiltshire Council is launching a competition to encourage young people to share their creative flair during lockdown. Poetry, short stories, posters… Read More…

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall leads unique Mystery at the Museum online ‘escape room’ event at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History

Wildlife presenter Steve Backshall leads unique Mystery at the Museum online ‘escape room’ event at Oxford’s Museum of Natural History

Free online event: 4 December, 7-8pm https://oumnh.ox.ac.uk/mystery A one-of-a-kind, live-streamed adventure in Oxford’s Natural History Museum will provide participants of all ages with the most incredible, free online experience. On 4 December at 7pm, BAFTA-winning wildlife presenter and explorer Steve Backshall (Deadly 60, Blue Planet Live, Expedition) will take you on a hunt for a missing exhibit… Read More…

Supporting residents facing food poverty during lockdown

Supporting residents facing food poverty during lockdown

FOOD clubs, pantries and food banks across Bath and North East Somerset are continuing to provide essential support to residents facing food poverty during lockdown. Alongside the Community Wellbeing Hub, they are proving a lifeline for hundreds of people who have lost their jobs or seen their income reduced as a result of the pandemic.… Read More…

Research reveals the most popular songs to give birth to

Research reveals the most popular songs to give birth to

New Spotify research undertaken by parenting expert and nursery retailer, Kiddies Kingdom, has studied a multitude of songs across a range of birthing playlists including those titled “Pregnant and Feeling Good”, “Birth and Labour” and “Labour and Delivery” to reveal the top 10 songs people listen to when faced with hours of tears, screams and contractions.… Read More…

Secondary age pupils required to wear face coverings on school transport

Secondary age pupils required to wear face coverings on school transport

Somerset County Council now requires all secondary age pupils to wear face coverings on dedicated school transport with immediate effect, unless they are exempt. Pupils are already required to wear face coverings in communal areas in secondary schools and this approach is being extended to all vehicles operating home to school transport. These measures are… Read More…

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