Axe Vale Festival

After last year’s cancellation, due to flooding, we we pleased to, once again,  spend the weekend at the Axe Vale Festival in Axminster, Devon.

This is such a nice show, with such nice people.

I would like to thank Jackie and her team for creating and running such a good event.

Exhibitor/Trade Stand prices (and entrance fees for the public) are sensible, unlike some other events, which gives us traders a fair chance of earning a living

and the public the opportunity to enjoy a great day out without breaking the bank.

Plus its all to raise money for local charities which is an honourable quest.

Day one and the heavens opened. Don’t you just love the English Summer?

Dispite the weather the locals, and visitors, turned out to enjoy the show.

There was plenty for all to see and do. The Pecorama train ride was a big hit with the youngsters.

Only two on the ride shown here, but honestly there were busier times!!

I enjoyed the gundog show which we could see through the window at the back of our tent.

What handsome puppies.


There was plenty of entertainment for all with a good band playing aswell.

The Ladies of the Axminster Belly Dancing club showed off their best moves much to the delight of the show’s commentary box.

They impressed most people, apart from the guy on the stall next door who

remained oblivious to what was going on right beside him.

Zzzzzzzzzzzz he went, no doubt dreaming of his prized fruit and vegetables.

Nice Melons !!


In the Antiques and Collectables I saw a curious thing.

And here it is, winning the prize for “Quirkiest Item of Past History”, a telephone from a Russian Submarine.

Now why would they need that? It’d only be a small ship, surely they could shout!…who would they call anyway ?

This belongs to a chap called John Dickinson, from Bourmemouth.

His stall, “Dickinson Collectables” , or “The Real Deal” as he likes to refer to is as, held a host of

interesting things. He told me that he had won the same prize at the previous show with a piece of cable

from Marconi’s 1st Trans Atlantic telephone wire/cable. How did he get that? 

He was a nice bloke to chat with and I look forward to seeing what he finds for next year.

I bet he has stuff in boxes everywhere in his house.

Another interesting guy that I met was called Dave Darnell.

He is a Specialist Traditional Carpenter/Joiner and had a stall selling lovely hand crafted

Sussex styled garden trugs made from willow and hazel.

I think I may look for a Sussex Trug supplier. Trugs would look great on our stall.


So dispite the rain and the wind trying to batter us to pieces we had a successful show and will return again.

Oh yes, before I go, I can’t forget the Puppy of the Day.

Here’s 4 month old Charlie.