Watchet LIVE Music Festival bangs the drum for Somerset Fostering

The Wurzels aren’t the only big Somerset name hoping to make the crowds smile at a popular West Somerset festival this coming August bank holiday weekend.

Fostering at Watchet Festival 3

Watchet LIVE Festival is gearing up to welcome none other than Sparky the Dragon and Somerset County Council’s professional and friendly Fostering Recruitment Service in to spread the word about Fostering to its 4,000-plus visitors.

The Festival (Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016) is supporting the search for more Somerset people to become Foster Carers for vulnerable children. It is hosting a special stand in its Family Zone on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August, with the Council’s very own Sparky on hand to give out fostering goodies.

Sparky will be joined by our friendly Fostering Recruitment Service and our enthusiastic Foster Carers. Festival-goers will also get the chance to add their good wishes for children and young people in care to our Wish Tree. The tree, which has been generously donated by Wyevale Garden Centre at Norton Fitzwarren, will be planted for the children at a later stage, at a yet-to-be-confirmed location.

Fostering In Somerset is really keen to hear from people with the energy, enthusiasm and space to:

  • Offer an older child aged 10-plus a loving home.
  • Give teenagers guidance and stability as they mature into adulthood.
  • Help siblings of all ages stay together.
  • Offer disabled children new experiences and give parent carers a break.
  • Help a parent and their young child.

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “We’re very grateful to Watchet Festival for helping us raise awareness of the pressing need for people to come forward to foster.

“We know many people are looking forward to having fun at the festival over the August bank holiday, and we really hope to send them away with food for thought.

“We have very few local foster carers available to children and young people who need help in the West Somerset area, because some key carers are moving into retirement. We hope our presence at Watchet will get people in the area thinking about the difference they can make.”

crop SparkyJackie Bale, Watchet LIVE Music Festival co-founder, said: “All of us at Watchet Festival are delighted to be welcoming Somerset Fostering to our 10th Anniversary event. We are strong supporters of the work they do and we really hope as many of our festival-goers as possible will get to meet the team over the weekend and learn more about the incredible work they do in our community.”

Find out how you can make a difference as a Foster Carer in Somerset – visit, phone 0800 587 9900, ‘like’ the Fostering in Somerset Facebook page or follow @fostersomerset on Twitter.

Or come to our next information event on Monday 12 September, 7pm to 9pm at Taunton’s Holiday Inn, Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, TA1 2UA.

Notes to Editors

Watchet Festival is completely Sold Out and there will be no more tickets available in advance or on the gate. For more information about Watchet Festival, email Michael Eccleshall on or phone 020 7450 1532.

Above images show:
Trevor Goss and Daisy Blacklock from the Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service at Somerset County Council, and Sparky the Dragon, who will be making his way to Watchet Festival with the Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service.