For those looking to find out more about the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Auctions and the Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival – which are what most of the current media enquiries are about (monthly magazines putting their December issues together) here are the key facts and dates as things stand:
First thing to remember, by the way, is that the Festival and the Auctions are not the same thing – they just happen at about the same time. The Mistletoe Festival is a relatively new creation, some 4 or 5 years old, established to celebrate Tenbury Wells' mistletoe heritage, at a time when continuation of the auctions seemed unlikely. The Auctions have continued so far, but as feared, they have already been forced to move location from the town centre, so the Festival is the only mistletoe event actually in Tenbury itself.
For 2008 the Auctions, run by Nick Champion, will be on 25th November, 2nd December and 9th December. These are, as is traditional, Tuesday morning events. Stock will be delivered on the preceding Monday afternoon. The Auctions are wholesale events – if you just want a few sprigs for your hallway this is not the event to come to – but if you want to see more mistletoe than you've ever seen in your life, it is definitely the place to come…
Location will be, as last year, at the sports ground at Little Hereford (nowhere near Hereford itself, just a few miles west of Tenbury – for a location map click here).
The Mistletoe Festival itself will be taking place on Saturday 6th December. I'm not directly involved this season, though I am still, by default, i/c the festival website.
But I don't yet know the programme – so can't tell you much yet about the plans for the day. Likely events include the Crowning of the Mistletoe Queen, street entertainment and mistletoe-based activities/stalls. And maybe the Mistletoe Ball in the evening. But you'll have to wait for another week or two for detailed news and programme. Mistletoe Day will be, as is now established by a long tradition stretching back, ooh, almost 5 years, on Monday 1st December. Not sure yet about events for that either.
Do come back soon for updates…