FAMILIES from Somerset are invited this December (2016) to a free candle lit shopping experience with food tastings and festive music at a farm shop in the county.
Rumwell Farm Shop is hosting its annual Rumwell by Candlelight event on Thursday, December 8 from 5pm until 8pm to raise money for two charities.
Anne Mitchell, Joint Owner of the farm shop, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, explained: “The shop and cafe will be lit by hundreds of candles during the event, which makes it such a unique, festive experience.
“We are hosting Rumwell by Candlelight this year in aid of Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (S.U.R.E) and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. There will be collection buckets throughout the farm shop for people to drop their change into.”
People who attend the event will receive a free mulled wine and mince pie on arrival. The Somerset Hills Ladies choir, Absolute Pitch and HOPE, the S.U.R.E choir will be performing Christmas carols and other songs throughout the evening.
Anne added: “There will also be the chance to try lots of tasty food items made by our staff in our bakery and in our jam kitchen.
“Regional suppliers such as The Lyme Bay Winery, Bramley & Gage, Grown Up Marshmallows and House of Sarunds will be on-site too, offering visitors samples of fruity wines, liqueurs, gin and tonic, marshmallows and fine chocolates. Admission and parking is free.”
S.U.R.E is a registered, independent charity based in Taunton. Its objective is to raise funds to help provide top class cancer diagnosis and treatment at the Cancer Centre known as the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.
The Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance launched in March 2000 and has flown more than 11,000 missions, many of them life-saving.
Its operational costs are more than £2 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £2,500. With public support it is also able to purchase specialist pieces of equipment that aid its paramedics’ training and help to save lives across the two counties.
Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store, when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate.
Due to customer demand, the range of products soon increased and the farm shop grew into the place it is today. David and Anne’s sons, James and Jack, are now also involved in the business.
Rumwell Farm Shop has a traditional butchery counter selling free range pork and Aberdeen Angus beef reared just four miles away on the family farm. There is also a delicatessen, bakery, jam kitchen and food hall.
Home grown potatoes are also still available as well as everything from fruit, vegetables and groceries to plants, flowers, gifts and cards.
The Rumwell Cafe, which opened in May 2015, is able to seat approximately 80 people. The food prepared in the cafe kitchen is sourced from the farm shop, the Mitchell family farm and regional suppliers.
Families are welcome to the cafe and there is a menu especially for children. The cafe also serves afternoon teas, carvery on a Sunday and is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
The Rumwell by Candlelight event will take place at Rumwell Farm Shop & Cafe on Thursday, December 8 from 5pm until 8pm.
For more information, please call Rumwell Farm Shop, which is located in Rumwell between Taunton and Wellington, on 01823 461599, visit www.rumwellfarmshop.com, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rumwellfarmshop or log on to www.facebook.com/Rumwellfarmshop.