Alresford Watercress Festival (Sunday 17th May 2015)
On Sunday 17th May 2015, this nationally acclaimed annual festival brings together the local community and food lovers from far and wide to celebrate watercress - the superb locally grown, delicious and versatile crop.
Alresford was voted Country Life's 'Favourite Market Town' in the South-East. So it is no surprise that the entire centre of New Alresford in Hampshire becomes a huge street festival, with Hampshire Farmers' Market and others creating a large food market showcasing the very best local producers.
If you're interested in arts, crafts, jewellery and clothing, items for house and garden, you'll find them and much else besides in the large festival market.
Music and dance are central to the festival, so find time to enjoy performances by the bands, Morris dancers and local school children. One of the main highlights of the festival is the street cavalcade at 10.30am with jazz musicians, Morris dancers and local school children accompanying the Watercress King and Queen who sit atop a horse and cart. The children will be distributing the first of the season’s watercress harvest to festival-goers.
Throughout the day, entertainment is provided by the many musicians and performers and there are activities for children of all ages, including circus skills workshops, face painting and a petting farm.
If you have time, you might also like to visit the medieval Soke Bridge at the bottom of Broad Street and take a look at Alresford’s historic Fulling Mill and the Eel House (open for viewing from 11am to 4pm on Sunday). Both are found on a short walk along the banks of the picturesque River Arle.
We look forward to meeting you on Sunday 17th May 2015 and hope that you will be delighted with what the festival and the town of New Alresford have to offer.