New Somerset Day 365 “What’s On” listing launched

Ahead of celebrations across the County over the 2020 Somerset Day and VE Day weekend (8th-10thMay), the organisers behind Somerset Day are launching a ‘go-to’ place for listing events taking place across the county 365 days a year.

This exciting initiative comes following the huge success of Somerset Day 2019 and requests from many participating organisations to be able to list community events on the Somerset Day website all year round and not just for Somerset Day.

The new listings service will be free to all community and charitable organisations and groups in Somerset and is being supported by BBC Somerset.

Providing one place where those living in, and visiting Somerset, can find out what’s on in Somerset will help local communities, charities and groups reach a wider audience and raise more funds for their local causes.

Nick Bull, Editor of BBC Somerset, said “We pride ourselves on being at the heart of life in the county and for that reason the “What’s On” information is an important part of what we do.  Becoming involved with the Somerset Day 365 initiative will form a natural extension to this, where we can offer up even more opportunities to showcase events and truly give a voice to the local communities we serve”.

A groundbreaking element of the new Somerset Day 365 listing will be an interactive map, making it much easier to see at a glance where events are taking place.

From 1stFebruary 2020 anyone wanting to list an event will be able to go to where, using a simple drop down form, they can register their event for publication. The Somerset Day social media channels will be used to give the events additional profile.

Nigel Muers-Raby, Founder and CEO of Somerset Day CIC , said “Our communities are active all year round, not just on Somerset Day, organising and holding events. Yet many of the smaller community events and their organisers have difficulty in promoting their event to a wider audience. We will build on our very strong social media presence, with  #SomersetDay achieving over 14 million impressions and trending UK wide around Somerset Day 2019, to help give them a voice across Somerset and further afield”.

Bev Milner Simonds, Director and Founder eat:Festivals, commented “A key goal for most events is getting visitors and guests to attend - spreading the word can be expensive and complicated and reach of the kind offered by Somerset Day 365 is well beyond the hopes for most organisers.”