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Programme of events

From 11am the crowd and competitors gather at the Normandy Cross towards the top end of the village. There is free car parking in a field close to the village centre. Please follow the signs and look out for our stewards who will direct you.

Although the Normandy Inn is now sadly closed, drinks will be available from a tent situated just down the road from Worm HQ and a nearby hog roast will be available to tempt the hungry. For those who want to stretch their legs, The George Inn will be open and serving both food (bacon butties from 9am, BBQ from 11am) and drinks. Grab a beverage and await the crescendo of activity leading up to the procession through the village.

The ringing of bells at the village church from 11.30am-noon marks the opening of the annual Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming.

Midday is the deadline for teams to submit their entries for the Wormcharming competition in to Worm HQ (the village bus shelter). There are separate categories for adults and under 11's and entry is just £5 per team - including a free programme and a chance to win a cash prize (see below). Competitors be warned - anyone arriving with a fluid of any description to use in the wormcharming competition will be invited by the International Judges to sample some of it themselves. This is done to ensure that no-one is using irritants of any description.

For non-competitors, the Wormcharming programme will also be available to purchase for just £1 from Worm HQ, The George Inn and from a number of our team around the village. Hang on to your programmes! One lucky programme-holder will be the winner of a cash prize. The winning programme will be announced during the medal ceremony in the Wormcharming field. If the winner does not come forward here we will continue to repeat the announcement between the live music acts at The George Inn .

To celebrate the 20th (yes, 20th!) anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel our theme is all things Potteresque. So dig out you wizarding robes, dust off your broomstick and join us in style for a magical Wormcharming festival!. Fancy dress, based on our theme, is strongly encouraged – irrespective of whether you're entering the Wormcharming competition or just spectating. The fancy dress competition is free to enter and there will be prizes for the best themed outfits.

Team names, again based on our theme, have always been inventive and once again a prize will be awarded for best team name. This will be awarded just before the asssembled crowd and competitiors set off to parade through the village - lead by the village tractor (Bogwarts Express) and village musicians.

At The George Inn , the procession pauses for more refreshment and to listen to songs performed by children from the village primary school and the Blackawton community choir. Finally, before setting off for the secret field, the Wormmaster and other Wormcharming officials invite everyone to 'Toast the Worm' with their drinks.

On arrival at the secret field our fancy dress judge will be looking for the winner as the teams jossle to find their Wormcharming plot and prepare for the competition itself. You can find more details on the competition itself on our "Wormcharming competition" page.

After the Wormcharming competition and fancy dress winners are announced, a fun dog show gets underway in the secret field. Classes this year are: best fancy dress dog (Harry Potter theme), best bitch, best dog, old & young (under 2 or over 7 years of age), most beautiful eyes, waggiest tail, invisible class (depends on circumstance), best in show (only open to winners of other classes - free with donations please) £1.00 per dog per class and all entry fees will go to the local good causes that we are supporting this year. Dog available to hire for those who don't have a dog. There will be doggy drinking water available.

Also, in the secret field, Emma will be offering donkey rides for the children and a converted horse box (the Tipple Trailer) will be on hand to sell beverages to the needy.

The George Inn is hosting a Beer Festival and a full afternoon of live music from 1.45pm until 6.45pm. The full programme will be posted here as soon as it's been finalised . Food will be available throughout the day. At 7pm (by which time it is expected that customers will have consumed sufficient to not care how much they bid) the pub will host an auction of select lots. This is always a big fund-raiser for our chosen charities and we urge you to empty your wallets at this event.

The Wormcharming 5-a-side quidditch (sorry, football) competition is scheduled to get underway at around 3pm in the village park. If you enjoy playing football please come and join in. Ability, age and gender is immaterial. Enter a complete team or as an individual we'll find a place for you in one of the mixed teams. It's just a bit of fun. But beware: the rules are as interpreted by the referee!!!

The Wormcharmer café will be operating at the Village Hall starting at 10am serving freshly baked scones, hot and cold drinks as well as cakes and biscuits, from midday soup and a roll will also be available. There will also be a small selection of 500 ml bottled beers and cider available. The café will be open until at least the end of the dog show. Blackawton Allotment Association will be running the café. For more information, click here .

Throughout the day, there will be stalls & street traders and other distractions throughout the village.

Timetable for the day

From 11.00am Gathering at the Normandy Cross.
11.30-12.00 noon Ringing of St Michael's church bells.
12.00 noon Deadline for Wormcharming competition entry forms to be handed in to Worm HQ (the village bus shelter).
The International Judges invite teams to sample their charming substances!!
12.30 Announcement of team names & plots.
Announcement of winning team name.
12.45 Parade to The George Inn led by the village tractor (Bogwarts Express) and village musicians.
13.00 Songs performed by children from Blackawton primary school and the Blackawton Community choir on the music festival stage.
Toast to the Worm.
13.15 Parade to the Secret Field.
13.30 International Festival of Worm Charming competition.
Fancy dress competition winners are selected before/during the competition.

Announcement of winning programme.
Announcement of Wormcharming and fancy dress winners.
Presentation of medals and trophies.

After medals ceremony (approx 14.00)

Dog show in the Secret Field.
13.45-18.45 Live music and alfresco food at The George Inn with Beer festival throughout the weekend.
14.30 5-a-side football registratioin opens in the village park.
15.00 (or thereabouts) 5-a-side football competition in the village park.
19.00 Auction at The George Inn .

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