Allerford village Open Day


- Credit: Archant

The National Trust Village of Allerford in West Somerset is to hold their first ever community lead Open Day, to welcome visitors to their unique and beautiful village


- Credit: Archant

Nestled between the coastal villages of Minehead and Porlock, a stone’s throw from the A39, you will find the National Trust village of Allerford which is renowned for its lavish beauty and quant country charm, which is boarded by the beautiful ancient woodland of Selworthy Woods and is home to the ever popular packhorse bridge across the river Aller.

But what many may not be so familiar with, is the fantastic community and businesses which are at the heart of the community.

To highlight this sometimes forgotten village, the community of Allerford will be holding their first every open day on the 12th April 2014, from 10am – 4pm, to welcome people to the village and see who we are, what we do and what we have to offer.

The event has received fantastic backing from the whole community and you will find many local organisations and businesses holding free events including the National Trust who will be attending the day and offering free guided walks of local area from 12noon and welcoming people to meet the rangers and view the proposed improvement which are ongoing to the flood defences locally.

Unlike many villages, you will also find a active group of businesses and community groups who will be holding special events throughout the day including the wood carvers of Piles Mill who will be opening the permanent exhibition of life sized wood sculptures depicting many of the different species of wildlife that can be found on Exmoor, the Blacksmiths of Allerford Forge, who will be opening their doors to allow people inside the historic building to see the renowned team at work on their traditional coal forge, The rural life museum who will be offering free entry though out the day to see their unprecedented wide range of interesting artefacts including a display of World War One items and In the gardens of the museum, you will find the local West Country Thatcher’s, who will undertake a display of another traditional country skill and a display of garden furniture available to purchase, made by A & P Farmer.

Why not come along and bring the whole family and visit the village and make a day of it by visiting the attractions, take a walk in the beautiful countryside, paddle at the famous packhorse bridge and visit the village play area, which is a must visit for all local children.

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After this, you’re bound to be ready to visit the village shop & post office to experience their new tea room and gardens for a light lunch or cream tea, or the recently refurbished Crosslanes House, who will be open for visitor to see the recent improvements and meet the team including the head chef who will be running cookery demonstrations alongside flower and table arranging demonstration as well as offering a special lunchtime menu created for the event and a range of homemade produce.

Free parking is available though out the day at Crosslane house, The central car park and the village hall, and we look forward to welcoming you.