Events & Celebrations

The Wellie Fest (30th Jun - 02nd Jul)

The Wellie Fest 

Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July 2017

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Pull on your wellie boots, pack your favourite festival outfits and make your way to glorious North Devon for the inaugural Wellie Festival which kicks off on Friday 30th June from 6pm and runs until on Sunday 2nd July.  The three-day Wellie Festival which is taking place at The BIG Sheep family attraction in Bideford will be offering a great selection of camping, caravanning and adventure barns to stay in so why not enjoy three days of fun in one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations.

As well as three fantastic days of live music, delicious street food and an amazing selection of cask ales and cider there will be ‘wellie good’ family fun on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Save the date in your diary 30th June to 2nd July, so you don’t miss out! The Wellie Festival will embrace all things ‘Festival’ There will plenty going on to keep the whole family entertained all weekend.– fashion, face painting, games, beer, music, craft stalls etc.  This is a charity event to raise vital funds for North Devon Hospice and our sponsors, North Devon Gazette, Mole Valley Farmers, Joules Clothing and Majestic Wine Barnstaple are delighted to support this exciting inaugural event which will include the following menu of festival fun:

FESTIVAL FASHION – SATURDAY 1ST AND SUNDAY 2ND JULY 2PM

Dress to impress in your favourite festival outfit and strut your stuff (in your wellie boots) on our catwalk.  Judges from Joules Clothing, Mole Valley Farmers and others in the fashion industry will choose the top three costumes and prizes will include, Joules wellie boots, champagne, a glamping weekend and lots of other exciting prizes.   Festival Fashion is open to any age group and judges will be looking for quirky and fun festival outfits - extra points will be awarded for hand-made outfits.  Entry forms for the Festival Fashion competition can be downloaded from www.thebigsheep.co.uk or by ringing 01237 472366

FLOWER ARRANGING IN A WELLIE OR PAIR OF WELLIES – SATURDAY 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND JULY (ALL DAY)

This floristry competition will be open to children and adults to create an imaginative floral display in a single wellie or pair of wellies, using flowers, foliage, berries etc. There will be two categories, children and adults.  Entry forms which must be completed by Sunday 11th June 2017 can be downloaded from www.thebigsheep.co.uk or by ringing 01237 47236 to the competition will be free and a certificate will be awarded to everyone who participates with prizes for the winner of both categories.

THE WELLIE PARADE – BEDAZZLE YOUR WELLIES – SATURDAY 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND JULY AT 3.30PM

A chance for adults and children to get creative and decorate their own wellie boots.  The most creative set of wellie boots will be selected after the wellie parade in the BIG Sheep’s duck arena.  This competition will be open to the public to vote on and visitors to the BIG Sheep will be given individual voting cards.

WELLIE WANGING – SAT 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND JULY AT 3PM

The old traditional and fun wellie wanging competition to see who can throw their wellie the furthest distance – for adults and children.

THE WELLIE TUG OF WAR – SAT 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND JULY AT 4PM

Fancy winning a barrel of beer from the award winning Country Life Brewery?  All you have to do is get a team of eight together and take part in the Wellie Tug of War (all participants will be expected to wear wellie boots.)

THE WELLIE GRAND NATIONAL – SAT 1ST & SUNDAY 2ND JULY AT 3.50PM

The BIG Sheep is renowned for their famous Sheepstake’s race with guests betting on sheep named, Aldernitty, Sheargar, Red Ram, Woolly Jumper, Golden Fleece and Little Pullover racing daily at the attraction.  Jockeys in The Wellie Grand National will decided by our sponsors Mole Valley Farmers, North Devon Gazette, Joules Clothing and Majestic Wine Barnstaple.

WELLIE BOOTIN BARN DANCE – SUNDAY 2ND JULY 2pm to 6pm

The festival will culminate in a wellie booting barn dance in the BIG Sheep’s EWE2 event’s building on Sunday 2nd July from 2pm to 6pm.  A chance to wear out the rubber soles of your wellies and boogies in your boots.

Opening the Festival at 6pm on Friday the 30th June will be one of Devon’s favourite bands, The Wild Strawberries.  Lead vocalist BIG Al Mitchell, whose previous band, The Cult Maniacs attracted mass media headlines in the early eighties describes The Wild Strawberries as a band who gets the crowds on their feet and dancing to the music and says. ‘Anyone who can’t dance to the Wild Strawberries has no soul.’

Joining the Wild Strawberries will be Braunton based band, Bright Lights Collection. The band are made up of Iain and Merry Springate and Ant Parker. The band celebrated the beginning of 2017 with their debut album ‘Miracle Contained’. Although Iain, Merry and Ant are the core members of the collective they are often joined by other musicians depending on who is around at the time so you never know who might join them on stage at the Wellie Festival.  Iain says, “Bright Lights Collective brings us together to play music that celebrates people and shines a light on those situations where social justice is forgotten, and as a society we forget how to walk humbly and love justice.”

The full band line-up will be confirmed by the end of April so log on to www.thebigsheep.co.uk for band updates.  If any bands are keen to take part they should email info@thebigsheep.co.uk

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Accomodation

Accommodation can be booked by ringing the Ultimate Adventure Centre on 01237 880028. Prices for accommodation at the Ultimate Adventure Centre which is adjacent to the BIG Sheep are as followed:

Camping - Adults £9.50pppn, Under 5's £5pppn, Under 2's free
Campervan / Motorhome / Caravan Electric Hook-Up - £25pn (based on 2 people sharing), Additional people £12.50pppn
Adventure Barns - £150pn, £180pn including breakfast, these sleep up to 10 people

For more information contact Anne Tattersall at the BIG Sheep on 01237 472366 or mobile 0797 1696192 or email Anne at anne_communicate@hotmail.com

The Wellie Fest

30th
Jun

North Devon Attractions
What they say

I haven't experienced the "nothing is too much trouble" from staff this much outside of Disneyworld. Trip Advisor Review

Something for everyone...even 17 lasses on a hen-do !! Trip Advisor Review

Baa-rilliant day out! They promise you that The Big Sheep is the highlight of any trip to North Devon and they're not wrong. TripAdvisor Review

We had a fantastic action filled day at The BIG Sheep and saw some very bizarre things, from cool mountain boarding to racing sheep! - BBC Blue Peter

A lot more fun than Ascot - Michael Burke BBC National News