Spring Festival Saturday 29th April

Celebration of Dance

Guildhall 11 am- 4pm

A celebration of all things dance, bringing together a wide variety of different acts to appeal to a wide audience.

Line dancing, morris dancing, salsa, street, samba drumming workshops, belly dancing, bollywood, majorettes, local schools performing and more. 

Peruse a variety of stalls and enjoy refreshments throughout the event.

Chard Revealed

Guildhall 10.00 – 3.00, 28/29 April

Chard Revealed will provide everyone with an opportunity to view and explore a significant number of photographs from the Dave Wheadon Collection. Museum archivists have, over the past months gone through parts of the collection and created themes, for example Mayors of Chard, local events, and sports teams. Talking to some Chardians and community members they have identified people in the photographs. We want to add to these names and memories. If people find or see a photograph of family or family members we will do our best to make sure you can ask for a scanned image. Additional to sharing the photographs and stories of the different faces there will be an opportunity to record, if you’re willing, some of your stories and memories to add to the Town’s oral history collection.

The Banners of Chard

Guildhall 10.30 – 3.30, 28/29 April

The Banners of Chard return to the Guildhall for the Spring Festival 2023. The five Banners were created by the Chard community with Somerset Art Works and lead artist Jenny Mellings. Thirty-eight workshops took place between July 2021 and March 2022, focusing on community, wellbeing, nature, the town centre, local heritage, food, culture, diversity, geography and industry. The journey towards the creation of the banners was as important as the production of the final pieces. Storyboards explore the themes on each Banner and the journey of their creation.

Stories and Spaces of Local Chard History

Chard Museum 10 – 1.30, 28/29 April

Chard Museum will be open during the Spring Festival. Chard Museum exists to help today’s community uncover and maintain yesterday’s heritage, history and hidden stories. The Museum opened in 1970 and celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020. It is housed in a converted 16th century thatched, listed building originally being four cottages. Later it incorporated the building next door which had been the New Inn public house. The Skittle Alley from the New Inn shows an extensive display of tools used by craftsmen in earlier times.

 A special exhibition will be on display in the Museum. It is called HeritArt. The exhibition has been created by a local Arts Club and explores their stories and interpretation of the town’s art, culture and heritage. This exhibition will be available for viewings in the Museum all of the following week.

An Exploration of Water in Chard – Water Histories Walk with Anna Chrystal Stephens

From the Guildhall 2pm – 3.30pm

~Water Walk~

Explore Chard’s waters on a guided walk; a weird jaunt up and down the town pausing at selected sites of curiosity. We will encounter elements of geology, history, imagination and hearsay as we consider the significance of water in the local area. This is the final public event of the project, following a yearlong investigation of Chard’s water histories. 

Water Histories is a Culturally Chard community project coordinated by Somerset Art Works, Anna Chrystal Stephens is the lead artist. Free to attend. https://waterhistories.uk/

Comedy Night

Guildhall Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

CTC in collaboration with Genius PR & Events

A fantastic lineup of comedians with MC Tom Glover and featuring, Jon Wagstaff, Chris Yates and Sol Burnstein

Comedy Night book here:

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