Channel 4 crews will witness the return of Burtle Harvest Home

Channel 4 TV crews will be present as a famous harvest festival returns to a Sedgemoor village after six years away.

The Burtle Harvest Home will be held on Saturday, August 6 at the Village Hall.

The event usually takes place every four years. It was to be held in 2020 but was postponed twice due to Covid.

The historic event was resurrected in 2000 as a one-time millennial event, but its organizing committee decided to make it a quadrennial event due to its popularity.

A total of 360 lunch tickets were made available for this year’s Harvest Home, which sold out in June due to high demand.

There are nearly 30 people on a reserve list hoping to get a last-minute lunch ticket.

The daytime event will be held between 11:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and will include an awards ceremony for the scarecrow and costume contests; speech, outdoor entertainment, live dancing and music, and lunch.

There are still tickets left for the evening celebrations which will include a disco, live music from Six Machine, a bar and other dining offerings.

The Harvest Home will feature separate daytime and evening events. Photo: Burtle Harvest Home

Steve Allen, who chairs the Harvest Home committee, said, “The village is very excited about the event. Not only have six years passed since the last Harvest Home, many other social gatherings and events have been canceled during this time.

“There’s a lot of anticipation and a desire to reunite. There have been a lot of newcomers to the village, a lot of them from the southeast, and for them this will be their very first harvest house or something like that. .

“There are also several villages around that have not been able to organize their own Harvest Home this year and therefore also want to come to us.”

Tickets for the evening event will cost £5 and children under 16 can enter for free.

Channel 4 film crews will be at the Harvest Home event as part of an upcoming Sarah Beeny show about families who have moved to rural areas in big cities.

Beeny has already hosted two other shows produced by Outline Productions: New country life and Renovate don’t move.

A local couple is one of three families that will be featured in an episode.

The former Burtle Harvest Home was opened by BBC Points West’s Alex Lovell.