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Free Sunday activities

Older people watching a band perform inside a church hall

The farmers’ market comes to town on Sunday 23 February, bringing hints that spring is on its way in the form of lusciously fresh, local seasonal produce. If that is not enough to tempt Farnham’s residents out of their homes, an afternoon of free live music, open to all, takes place the same day at the Vineyard Church.

“February can be on the chilly or damp side but both of these events are free to come along to and both have refreshments on sale making them a very inexpensive opportunity to get out of the house and mingle among others while enjoying a hot drink or a snack,” says Councillor Alan Earwaker, Lead Member for Tourism and Events.

Local really does mean local at the Farnham farmers’ market with produce being grown, raised, caught, baked, pickled, processed or made within 50 miles of the market. The farmers’ market is open from 10am to 1.30pm at Central car park off Victoria Road. Then, from 3pm to 5pm the Vic Cracknell Swing Band will perform a two-hour set of live and lively tunes at Music in the Vineyard at The Vineyard Church, Church House, Union Road, also in Farnham. Both events are free to enter.

Councillor Earwaker says: “Thanks to sponsorship from Bourne Wood Manor, we are able to keep Music in the Vineyard free to attend. We had a great start at our January show which the audience absolutely loved. Farnham Assist will be joining us this time to host the refreshments stall, selling tea, coffee and cakes or you are welcome to bring your own indoor picnics to enjoy during the show if you prefer,”

Music in the Vineyard takes place each month over late winter and into early spring to give local people the opportunity to get out and socialise while enjoying a selection of live bands. A different artist performs at each show to appeal to varied tastes. Also at each show, a different local good cause hosts the refreshment stall.

At the farmers’ market, shoppers can expect to find fabulous brassicas such as cauliflower, kale, cabbages and Brussels sprouts as well as celeriac, rhubarb and Bramley apples. Organic and locally sourced meat and fish will be on sale too. Available all year round at the market is a huge choice of locally made goods such as breads, cakes, cheeses, sauces, pickles, pies, juices, ales and wines.

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