For 2020 we will have at least nine dance venues. Two will have wooden dance floors and we are aiming for all to have an alternative location if it is wet. Last two venues will be announced shortly:
Westbury Gardens: Dancing overlooking the river and under the town’s giant trees. This is festival central where you’ll find our Welcome Tent selling programmes and commemorative badges, the Kid’s Zone including a funfair, The Greatest Little Coffee Box On Earth, a fast food stall and of course a cider and beer tent provided (we hope) by popular local brewer Iford Cider.
Timbrell’s Yard (to be confirmed) with its outside seating overlooking the river. This is likley to be a covered venue with a wooden floor for Appalachian and all forms of clog/tap dancing. They are a proper pub with the heart of a ‘local’, stocking regional craft beers, West Country ciders and carefully chosen wines. Dog friendly. They serve snacks straight from the kitchen, or you can tuck into the full restaurant menu. Menu here.
The Bull Pit: Below the iconic Town Bridge, any closer to the river and you’d be in it. Food and drink in the adjacent Swan Hotel.
The Swan Hotel: As well as their indoor bars they will have an outdoor bar in their car park overlooking the dancing and a pagan arts and crafts fair – a must see. The Swan has the character and charm of an old country inn with a popular bar and rather uniquely, a Thai Restaurant, with authentic Thai food all freshly prepared by their Thai Chefs, which is served alongside a more traditional Pub Classics menu. Menu here.
The Three Horseshoes: (to be confirmed) Dancing in their garden to a very appreciative audience. All you need to know about the Horseshoes is – “Brilliant pub, great music, great welcome, great atmosphere, great beer”.
Bridge Yard: A fabulous position overlooking the Town Bridge and river and with two very popular cafe/ restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating. The Weaving Shed where owners, Richard and Natasha Synan, have established themselves as one of the town’s most popular coffee and eating places. Brunch menu here. Il Ponte which serves the very best of the Italian regions, all of your favourite dishes and some new twists too. Lunch menu here.
Lamb Yard: A labyrinth of shops based in and around converted mill buildings in the heart of the town. Dancing will be between the Secret Garden Coffee Shop (surely the best cakes in town) and Pablo’s Bistro where they serve expertly prepared and delicious meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan Spanish tapas. Menu here.