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Step on board the Charabanc...

We are so excited! Along with Somerset-based Wassail Theatre Company, we have received some amazingly generous funding from Arts Council England and The Mackintosh Foundation to create an all new production of The Somerset Charabanc for 2019. Chara... what, you say??

Pronounced sha-ra-bang, the Somerset Charabanc is a unique outdoor, theatrical experience. The Charabanc itself is a 1920’s miller’s cart pulled slowly by two Suffolk Punch horses, and audience and performers share the space for the duration of the story telling performance.

This year’s story and adventure – delivered in association with two of Somerset’s most exciting and inventive performance companies: MumblecrustTheatre and Pocket Fluff Productions, with the help of Reveal Productions, will be set against the backdrop of Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve – Somerset’s Wildlife Trust’s most iconic, and internationally acclaimed wetland reserve on the Avalon Marshes.The all-new story, written by Wassail’s Nick White, will focus on addressing important socio-environmental issues surrounding the topic of climate change that are relevant both internationally and locally in Somerset – particularly thosethat affect the wonderful wetland wildlife and ecology of this internationally significant wetland site on the Avalon Marshes.


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After a great deal of badgering, Pete has convinced Somerset Wildlife Trust to let him and Ivan run a tour of Westhay Moor in The Somerset Charabanc. What tales will Pete tell today? What stories, buried in the bog, will he unearth? And will Ivan leave the path? Savour the flavour of nature as it comes to life, weaving through the heart of the Somerset Levels. Part tour, part theatrical experience, this tale of the unexpected will connect you with nature, up close and personal. It is outdoor performance accompanied live by the boom of the Bittern, the majesty of the Marsh Harrier, and the secrets of the Great White Egret.

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Plan your visit 

Date: Public perfomances run from 28th May – 23rd June 2019

Location: Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve. We will start from the main car park. 

Time: Show times of 10am, 2pm and twilight shows at 6pm - click button below to see specific performances.

Cost:  Adults £15, Children (under 12) £10 (tickets subject to additional booking fee)

Additional information: 

  • Spaces are strictly limited so be sure to book yours early.
  • The show is suitable for children aged 6 and upwards
  • No dogs are permitted on the tour
  • Westhay Moor does not have toilet facilities.
  • The Somerset Charabanc is an outdoor performance experience: please dress for the weather and the environment.
  • As well as an opportunity to experience the unique rhythm of a horse drawn performance, the show involves some exploration of Westhay Moor on foot, and will require you to be able to get in and out of the Charabanc. This event is therefore not suitable for those with poor mobility. 

Booking Information:

To book your tickets and to find out more, please click the button below. 


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