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Somerset Day 11th May & Devon Day 4th June




Here is another CST activities page celebrating the beauty of the South West of England. 'Somerset Day' is on 11th May and 'Devon Day' is on 4th June, which is also 'St Petroc's Day'. (There is a separate page on Cornwall here - https://www.simondementia.co.uk/single-post/celebrating-cornwall-on-saint-piran-s-day-5th-march )


You could begin the session by asking who has stayed in Somerset or Devon for a holiday?

Where did they stay? What places did they visit?


What are the best things about Somerset and Devon?


Answers could include:


  • The lovely people

  • The sea & beaches

  • The beautiful villages & towns

  • The slightly warmer climate & beautiful gardens

  • The fish and chips or cream teas

  • The cider & cheese

  • Or something else ...





Round 1. Learn The West Country Lingo


Ask members to guess what these words and phrases mean ...



1. Proper job

Meaning: Used to describe a job well done. It's also the name of St Austell Brewery's award-winning beer


2. Dreckly

Meaning: Soon, or an unspecified time in the future.


3. Ee

Meaning: Can be used instead of him or it.


4. Teddies

Meaning: Potatoes.


5. Alrite me luvver (or "boody")

Meaning: A greeting similar to "alright mate" or "hello love" (or "beauty").


6. Maid

Meaning: Used to reference a female.


7. Ee's a boot

Meaning: Can be used to call someone beautiful, or otherwise used to describe an impressive animal.


8. Ark at ee

Meaning: Listen to him.


9. Backalong

Meaning: In the past.


10. Me 'ansum

Meaning: Term of endearment for a friend family member.


11. Right on

Meaning: Used to confirm agreement with something.


12. Ere

Meaning: Starts off a sentence that contains gossip.


13. Yer tiz

Meaning: Here it is.


14. Where you to?

Meaning: Where are you?


15. Up north

Meaning: Anywhere beyond the border of Somerset.


16. Grockle

Meaning: A holidaymaker or someone out of town.


17. Janner

Meaning: Person from Plymouth, particularly Plymouth.


18. Gurt Lush

Meaning: Really good.


19. Reet bey

Meaning: "Alright boy", greeting to a male.





Round 2. Somerset Tourist Attractions



Ask members to identify these tourist attractions ...

Take time to allow for reminiscing and story telling.





What is the name of this suspension bridge & who built it?

Name these caves & the gorge where you would find them?

Name this steamship & where would you find it (it was also designed by the aforementioned chap)?

Name this hill & which legendary king is it associated with?

Name these baths & why do you think you can't bathe there any more (a. the water is too hot, b. the water contains deadly bacteria or c. the water is too acidic)?

Name these ancient rocks (admittedly they are just out of Somerset) & speculate on how the builders got the blue stones from north Wales there?

Name this cathedral city & why are the swans there famous?

Name the canal, which runs from Bath to Reading & have a guess at how long it takes to climb the 29 'Caen Locks' (a. 1-2 hours, b. 5-6 hours, c. 9-10 hours)?

Name the beach and pier & ask members who has ridden on a beach donkey?

Name this city zoo & the animals?

Who is this a statue of & why did protestors throw it in Bristol dock in 2020?

Where is this construction site and what is being built here?





Round 3. One Off Things To Do




Name this festival, which takes place every August & has anyone ever taken a ride in one (or would like to)?

Name this music festival, which takes place most summers & who arranges it?

Name this spring tide wave, which reaches its maximum height near Gloucester & has anyone been to see it (or ride it)?

Name this paddle steamer, which visits the Bristol Channel most summers & what is the name of its sister ship?




Round 4. Devon Tourist Attractions



Ask members to identify these tourist attractions ...

Take time to allow for reminiscing and story telling.





What do people think of Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue? Where is it? What is the name of this steepest village in Devon?

What type of railway is this & what two villages does it connect?

What is the name of this island & what two Agatha Christie thrillers were set there?

In which seaside town would you find 'Bayard's Quay' & what classic shipping TV drama series was partly filmed here? Where would you find this lighthouse & which Elizabethan sea captain played bowls here in 1588 when news of the first sightings of the Spanish Armada was reported?

What is the name of this moor & which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thriller was set here?

What is the name of this seaside town & what is this stretch of coastline called?

Where would you find this 'Butlin's' holiday camp & where did another one used to be just across the water?

Which two seaside towns does this steam railway connect?

Which ship set sail from these (or nearby) steps in Plymouth Barbican in 1620 & where was it headed?

After Bristol and Plymouth, this city is the third largest in the south west?





Round 5. Famous People




Name this Hollywood actor (born in Bristol) & what was his birth name?

Name this TV zookeeper & what was the name of his show?

Name this 'Green Cross Code' chap & what villain did he later play in a sci-fi movie?

Name this TV sitcom, based in Torquay & names the characters?



Name this TV detective & the actor?

Name this West Country author & what did she specialise in?

Name this TV drama series & the two characters?

Name this Olympian & what is his hobby?

Name this rock star & his band?

Name this politician who serves the constituency of North East Somerset & what is his political party?

Name the 'rabbit' & which TV station was he associated with?

Name the TV presenter & his puppet?






Name the artist (whose identity remains unknown) & comment on his style?




Round 6. Food & Drink




Name this dish, which was created to celebrate a Duke's victory at the 'Battle Of Trafalgar' in 1815?

Name this well known cheese made in Somerset & how do you like to eat it?

Name this drink & how many apples does it take to make a gallon of it (a. 16-22, b. 26-32 or c. 36-42)?

Name this open vegetable pie & what are the ingredients that make it?

Name the chocolate making company, which launched in Bristol in 1761 & what flavours 'Turkish Delight'?

What is the old nickname given to gin & which berry flavours it?

Is cream first and jam on top a 'Devon' or 'Cornish Cream Tea'?

List as many flavours of fudge as you can?





Round 7. Ways In & Out




Name the first bridge to connect England to Wales & what is the name of the second bridge?

Name the tunnel that connects England to Wales & how many gallons of natural spring water (not sea water) are pumped out of it every day (a. 1 million, b. 5 million or c. 10 million)?

Name the airport & which supersonic aircraft (10 UK ones) were built nearby?

Name the river this bridge crosses & what county does it connect Devon to?





Which children's author wrote the 'Famous Five' books, what was the name of the dog & what did they like to drink?



Round 8. Music




What was the name of his horse?


'Combine Harvester', The Wurzels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb63PdPweDc

Name some British grain crops?


'I Am A Cider Drinker', The Wurzels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzGkB6YO9Yc

What is rough cider called?


'Mr Blobby', Destiny Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNkgDJpcuwU

Which TV presenter was Mr Blobby associated with?





And finally, here is a singalong ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5zny7ZlbME



English Country Garden


How many kinds of sweet flowers grow

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Daffodils, heart's ease and phlox

Meadowsweet and lady smocks

Gentian, lupine and tall hollihocks

Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots

In an English country garden

 

How many insects come here and go

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees

Spiders climbing in the trees

Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze

There are snakes, ants that sting

And other creeping things

In an English country garden

 

How many songbirds fly to and fro

In an English country garden?

We'll tell you now of some that we know

Those we miss you'll surely pardon

Bobolink, cuckoo and quail

Tanager and cardinal

Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale

There is joy in the spring

When the birds begin to sing

In an English country garden




Round 9. Practical Activity




Ask members to plan a walk along a section of the 'South West Coast Path'.

There is an interactive map and other resources here - https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk


First, plan a journey. How far do you want to walk?

Where will you start and finish (assuming lifts are sorted)?

What will you need to pack in your rucksack?

What are you going to wear?

What are you taking for a lunch break?








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What is the name of this suspension bridge & who built it? CLIFTON / ISAMBARD KINGDOM BRUNEL

Name these caves & the gorge where you would find them? CHEDDAR GORGE

Name this steamship & where would you find it (it was also designed by the aforementioned chap)? SS GREAT BRITAIN / BRISTOL DOCK

Name this hill & which legendary king is it associated with? GLASTONBURY / KING ARTHUR

Name these baths & why do you think you can't bathe there any more (a. the water is too hot, b. the water contains deadly bacteria or c. the water is too acidic)? BATH SPA / B. A SWIMMER CAUGHT MENINGITIS FROM THE WATER IN 1978

Name these ancient rocks (admittedly they are just out of Somerset) & speculate on how the builders got the blue stones from north Wales there? STONEHENGE / MAYBE ROLLING ON LOGS AND HOISTING ONTO BARGES

Name this cathedral city & why are the swans there famous? WELLS / THEY RING A BELL TO BE FED

Name the canal, which runs from Bath to Reading & have a guess at how long it takes to climb the 29 'Caen Locks' (a. 1-2 hours, b. 5-6 hours, c. 9-10 hours)? KENNETT & AVON CANAL / 5-6 HOURS

Name the beach and pier & ask members who has ridden on a beach donkey? WESTON SUPER MARE

Name this city zoo & the animals? BRISTOL ZOO / GORILLAS

Who is this a statue of & why did protestors throw it in Bristol dock in 2020? EDWARD COLSTON / HIS ASSOCIATION WITH SLAVERY

Where is this construction site and what is being built here? HINKLEY POINT / A NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATION



Name this festival, which takes place every August & has anyone ever taken a ride in one (or would like to)? BRISTOL BALLON FIESTA

GLASONBURY / MICHAEL EAVIS

Name this spring tide wave, which reaches its maximum height near Gloucester & has anyone been to see it (or ride it)? SEVERN BORE

Name this paddle steamer, which visits the Bristol Channel most summers & what is the name of its sister ship? WAVERELY & BALMORAL



What do people think of Damien Hirst's 'Verity' statue? Where is it? ILFRACOMBE

What is the name of this steepest village in Devon? CLOVELLY

What type of railway is this & what two villages does it connect? FUNICULAR / LYTON & LYNMOUTH

What is the name of this island & what two Agatha Christie thrillers were set there? BURGH ISLAND / 'AND THEN THERE WERE NONE' & 'EVIL UNDER THE SUN'

In which seaside town would you find 'Baynard's Quay' & what classic shipping TV drama series was partly filmed here? DARTMOUTH / 'THE ONEDIN LINE'

Where would you find this lighthouse & which Elizabethan sea captain played bowls here in 1588 when news of the first sightings of the Spanish Armada was reported? PLYMOUTH HOE / SIR FRANCIS DRAKE

What is the name of this moor & which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle thriller was set here? DARTMOOR / 'HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES'

What is the name of this seaside town & what is this stretch of coastline called? TORQUAY / 'ENGLISH RIVIERA'

Where would you find this 'Butlin's' holiday camp & where did another one used to be just across the water? MINEHEAD / BARRY ISLAND

Which two seaside towns does this steam railway connect? DARTMOUTH & PAIGNTON

Which ship set sail from these steps in Plymouth Barbican in 1620 & where was it headed? 'MAYFLOWER' / CAPE COD, MASACHUSSETTS (102 PILGRIMS & 30 CREW WERE ON BOARD)

After Bristol and Plymouth, this city is the third largest in the south west? EXETER



Name this Hollywood actor (born in Bristol) & what was his birth name? CARY GRANT / ARCHIBALD LEACH

Name this TV zookeeper & what was the name of his show? JOHNNY MORRIS / 'ANIMAL MAGIC'

Name this 'Green Cross Code' chap & what villain did he later play in a sci-fi movie? DAVE PROWSE / DARTH VADAR

Name this TV sitcom, based in Torquay & names the characters? 'FAWLTY TOWERS' / BASIL FAWLTY (JOHN CLEESE), SYBIL FAWLTY (PRUNELLA SCALES), MANUEL (ANDREW SACHS) (HE CAME FROM BARCELONA) & POLLY (CONNIE BOOTH)

Name this TV detective & the actor? EDDIE SHOESTRING / TREVOR EVE

Name this West Country author & what did she specialise in? PAM AYRES / POETRY

Name this TV drama series & the two characters? 'CASUALTY' / CHARLIE & DUFFY

Name this Olympian & what is his hobby? TOM DALEY / KNITTING

Name this rock star & his band? CHRIS MARTIN / COLDPLAY

Name this politician who serves the constituency of North East Somerset & what is his political party? JACOB REES MOGG / CONSERVATIVE

Name the 'rabbit' & which TV station was he associated with? GUS HONEYBUN / 'WESTWARD'

Name the TV presenter & his puppet? PHILLIP SCHOFIELD / GORDON THE GOPHER


Name the artist (whose identity remains unknown) & comment on his style? BANKSY



Name this dish, which was created to celebrate a Duke's victory at the 'Battle Of Trafalgar' in 1815? BEEF WELLINGTON

Name this well known cheese made in Somerset & how do you like to eat it? CHEDDAR (CHEESE ON TOAST, PLOUGHMAN'S, CHEESE & PICKLE SANDWICH, CHEESE AND PINEAPPLE STICKS ETC)

Name this drink & how many apples does it take to make a gallon of it (a. 16-22, b. 26-32 or c. 36-42)? CIDER / 36-42

Name this open vegetable pie & what are the ingredients that make it? HOMITY PIE / POTATOES, ONIONS, LEEKS & THYME IN A PASTRY CASE WITH CHEESE BAKED ON TOP

Name the chocolate making company, which launched in Bristol in 1866 & what flavours 'Turkish Delight'? 'FRY'S' / ROSEWATER

What is the old nickname given to gin & which berry flavours it? "MOTHER'S RUIN" / JUNIPER

Is cream first and jam on top a 'Devon' or 'Cornish Cream Tea'? CREAM FIRST, JAM ON TOP

List as many flavours of fudge as you can? REGULAR VANILLA, CHOCOLATE, RUM & RAISIN, ORANGE, SALTED CARAMEL ETC



Name the first bridge to connect England to Wales & what is the name of the second bridge? SEVERN BRIDGE & PRINCE OF WALES BRIDGE

Name the tunnel that connects England to Wales & how many gallons of natural spring water (not sea water) are pumped out of it every day (a. 1 million, b. 5 million or c. 10 million)? SEVERN TUNNEL / C. 10 MILLION

Name the airport & which supersonic aircraft (10 UK ones) were built nearby? BRISTOL AIRPORT / CONCORDE

Name the river this bridge crosses & what county does it connect Devon to? SALTASH / CORNWALL


Which children's author wrote the 'Famous Five' books, what was the name of the dog & what did they like to drink? ENID BLYTON, TIMMY & GINGER BEER


What was the name of his horse? TRIGGER


'Combine Harvester', The Wurzels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb63PdPweDc

Name some British grain crops? WHEAT, BARLEY, RYE ETC


'I Am A Cider Drinker', The Wurzels - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzGkB6YO9Yc

What is rough cider called? SCRUMPY


'Mr Blobby', Destiny Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNkgDJpcuwU 

Which TV presenter was Mr Blobby associated with? NOEL EDMONDS





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