All of village life ‘pops’ up in Sherston
A pop-up day in Sherston allowed visitors to sample everything from caring for ponies and mangold hurling to micro-orienteering and a free gig from The Sherston Village People.
The one-off event saw residents set up a three-hour business for them to use their skills, talents and interests to be creative and raise money.
The idea resulted in 41 individual ‘POPs’ over the weekend, including the launch of a Latin quarter on Friday evening, where visitors were served mojitos and tapas to Latin music.
Organiser and mother-of-two Kirsty Strachan, 39, said: “As it was the first POP-up village in the world we had no idea how it would go, but everybody turned out in force. We even had POPs selling out where it was so busy.
“It was amazing and hopefully it was fun for everybody involved too.”
Hundreds of people attended attractions across the village, including a curry takeaway service that sold out within 15 minutes.
Children learned how to look after a pony, while others got into costume at a fancy dress shop run by a mother-of-four.
A Horrible Histories attraction ran at Holy Cross Church, where youngsters could sample medieval food, make stained glass and take part in an identity parade.
Beauty therapists offered reduced-price treatments while others made and sold lemonade, cakes and Scottish tablet fudge.
Mrs Strachan said: “Everything was just really busy. The toy box on the Sunday morning was lovely too with children out with their pocket money.
“Everyone went to a massively creative effort and every POP was absolutely fantastic. There was a real festival atmosphere with children out in the high street with their balloons.”
Despite the fun that was had over the weekend, Mrs Strachan said the responsibility for organising a second POP-up village event does not lie with her.
She said: “It’s not really up to me whether we do it again.
“It’s the people that ran the POPs and their creative force that made it work.
“If it was to happen again it would be down to the people of Sherston as it takes many, many people to make this work.”
Money raised from the event will go towards Sherston Primary School, Busy Hands Pre-School and toddler groups.
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