Drink up thy Scrumpstock at Exmouth Rugby Club!

TriCorn Shonkey

TriCorn Shonkey - Credit: Archant

Final preparations are being made for Scrumpstock, the three-day cider, food and music festival that’s at Exmouth Rugby Club from Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17.

New acts and attractions have been added to the family event.

On Friday, Exmouth-based Polly Anderson will be demonstrating various circus skills to show what can be done with juggling, hoops, diablos and other items.

The Exmouth Players will mingle with the crowds on Saturday afternoon. The theatre troupe is hoping to attract younger members to join the group. “It’s great fun,” says the Players’ Trevor Brice.

Sunday’s jolly pirate theme has been strengthened with the addition of TriCorn Shonkey. The four-piece band of musicians and actors ‘weave their own musical tapestry of shanties, jigs and reels about press gangs, sea voyages, highwaymen and smugglers in full costume’. They’re led by Dave Oliver – of Devon’s Rattlebox Theatre – whose puppet shows will also appear at Scrumpstock.

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Other additions on the Sunday include trad-blues band Freak Bruvvers. They feature Brian Steffens, from Dawlish. He’s the father-in-law of Caz Steffens, the founder of the Snooky Trust, a charity that helps young adults in the Dawlish area, which is benefiting from the festival proceeds.

Pirates looking for a leather eye-patch will find MythWorks of Brixham at the festival. A small, family-owned business of leather workers, they are regulars at Brixham Pirate Festival.

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Other family attractions include a bouncy castle and trampoline alongside Captain Coconut and Devon Face Painting. Food stalls include Posh Kebab Company from Tiverton, where all the meat is traceable.

World of Country Life and Hawkridge Birds of Prey will also be attending. And, of course, there will be lots of cider. Local producers at the festival include main provider Venton’s, plus Hunt’s, Yarde, Green Valley, Tricky Cider and Sandford Orchards.

Running order, ticket prices and more details: www.scrumpstock.co.uk/

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