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Published on 30th June, 2021

This summer Somerset Rural Life Museum teams up with the Royal Bath and West of England Society to open a ‘living exhibition’. There will be a vibrant programme of family events and activities that capture the spirt of the Royal Bath and West Show. The Museum will come alive with craft demonstrations, ‘create and make’ activities and visiting animals. Special events include a craft fair, visiting shire horses, birds of prey and donkeys, and demonstrations in pottery, pole lathing and felt making. In the Museum’s Mapstone Gallery visitors can enjoy specially-commissioned contemporary film and photography.

Chairman of the Royal Bath & West of England Society, Robert Drewett, said:  “The Bath and West has been at heart of rural life in Somerset for almost 250 years, and although our role has changed and developed over the years, it is still a vitally important one as a showcase for farming and rural life in the region.  So, we are delighted to be part of this exhibition, which will bring to life our past role and present activities in a way that everyone can really enjoy.”

To find out more, including the latest information about opening hours and admission, visit


Living Exhibition open 10 July – 4 September at Somerset Rural Life Museum

Associated Events (see Somerset Rural Life Museum website for booking information)

  • Pottery demonstrations – 10 July, 14 August
  • Pole lathe demonstrations – 17 July
  • Shire horses – 28 July, 21 August
  • Farm animals – 4 August
  • Felt making demonstrations – 7 August
  • Birds of prey – 20 August
  • Craft fair – 22 August
  • Donkey day – 24 August

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