Get ready to mark Somerset Day 2025 in style with

The Big Somerset Picnic !

Join us for fun, food, and community spirit as we celebrate everything that makes Somerset special.

WHEN: Saturday 10th or Sunday 11th May 2025

WHERE: Your local village or town hall, community centre, place of learning, care home, office, or business premises.

Whether you're looking to fundraise for a local cause, gather your community together for a good time, or simply indulge in some delicious local grub, The Big Somerset Picnic is your big opportunity.

How can you get involved?

Communities can

  • Picnic on the village green or celebrate with food stalls outside the town hall
  • Use the opportunity to showcase local businesses, produce and artisans 
  • Ask a local band to play as you celebrate
  • Play games, offer face-painting or community-related activities

Care homes, schools and places of education can

  • Host a picnic in the garden
  • Offer a Somerset-themed lunch menu
  • Invite family members to celebrate with you
  • Offer a virtual picnic experience for family members who may be further away

Businesses and places of work can

  • Sponsor a local event
  • Order a takeaway to the office
  • Provide a bring a share lunch with a Somerset-themed fancy dress challenge
  • Use the picnic as an opportunity to fundraise for the Somerset charities you support

Your picnic could be a winner!

The best decorated hall or community centre

To ensure greater fairness, judging criteria will be based around the impact and creativity of decoration as opposed to the quantity.

Judging will be done on photographs submitted. Photos must be mailed to by 6pm on Monday 13th May 2024.

Results will be announced by 24th May 2024. There will be a winner, second, third and fourth.

Winners will be awarded a prestigious "Somerset Picnic 2024 Champion" title and a trophy to proudly display until next year's celebrations and a winner’s plaque to keep.

Runners up will also receive plaques to keep.

Downloads & resources

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