Nothing announces the arrival of spring more visibly than daffodils in bloom. The yellow trumpets herald the longer days and warmer temperatures to come, and lift the spirits after the long, cold winter.


In the beautiful countryside village of Mells, near Frome in Somerset, they like to make the most of the arrival of these cheerful yellow, orange or white flowers at the annual Daffodil Festival. It is held every Easter Monday, when the lanes around the village are lined with flowers, and has been taking place for around 40 years. It’s a traditional event with all the usual features which make an English village show so appealing. There’s over 100 stalls, food and drink and live bands, but the main attractions are the ferret racing, tug of war, crockery smashing and Easter bonnet competition. There’s Morris dancing and a dog show too, and even a talk on the history of daffodils. Around 10,000 people come to enjoy the show and (hopefully) the sunshine.

There’s a small cost to visit the event but all of the money raised goes to charities and to support the lively village community. It’s a big festival from a small village!