Sherston’s ‘sheer delight’ as 40 fun events are planned for weekend (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Sherston’s ‘sheer delight’ as 40 fun events are planned for weekend
6:00pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Go over to Sherston, near Malmesbury, this weekend for what is described as the world’s first ever POP-up village.
Whether it’s learning how to save a life, riding a pony or going to the cinema, Sherston will be transformed with a mix of attractions to suit all tastes.
The POP-up project has been designed to let villagers of all ages turn hobbies, talents, cultural heritage and interests into a business or fun experience for the weekend in aid of local charities.
The popularity of the event, which begins tomorrow and runs to Sunday, has surprised organisers with 40 attractions now lined up.
“It’s amazing,” said organiser Kirsty Shrachan, 39.
“It started off as one of those things I thought would only get about 10 events but lots of people have come up with so many things.
“Sherston is a creative, lovely village.
“The idea came about two years ago when I first moved here.
“There was a guy who used to sell wine out of his front room and we said we would like to do something like that and it grew from there.
“When you have been working on something for so long you just want everyone to have fun.”
The event kicks off tomorrow with the pop-up cinema at Sherston Primary School and a Latin quarter set up in Strongs Close complete with tapas and Latin music.
Among the attractions is a ye olde sweet shop, a chilli eating contest, a bakery display featuring Sasha Jenner, the Hobbs House patisserie chef, a Horrible Histories Experience, a milkshake bar, a vintage book shop and a children’s storyteller.
Younger villagers to take part include six-year-old Rosie Shephard, who will sell homemade lemonade, while sisters Grace, six, and Kitty, three, will sell fudge.
A free POP-up gig with the Village People will take place at The Rattlebone Pub on Saturday night.
Mrs Strachan, a mother-of-two said: “The village is impressively creative. It’s a bit of a Sherston-only moment. Where else would you get a mangold hurl, a takeaway from a play room, and treatments from The Beauty Rooms – all in one place?”
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