Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.
S2E9 Scarlett Luxe
Somerset Stories meets vintage inspired model and pin-up, Scarlett Luxe. After training in dance and drama, Scarlett developed a passion for the classic fashions and Hollywood chic of the 1940s and 50s. Partnering with photographers, seamstresses, and Frome's vintage fashion retailer - Deadly is the Female, Scarlett has built a profile as one of the country's top pin-up models and influencers.
S2E8 Lewis Matthews
At the start of 2020, Somerset born-and-bred Lewis Matthews set off on a 3,000km run along the Te Araroa trail which runs the length of New Zealand. This week's episode is an inspiring conversation about the physical and mental journey that Lewis went through, and some of the things he learnt along the way. We talk about the motivation for taking on this challenge, the amazing sights and experiences, and what happened afterwards.
S2E7 High Sheriff Mary Clare Rodwell
Mary Clare Rodwell is the current High Sheriff of Somerset. After living in Somerset for nearly 30 years, her longstanding contribution to the community here resulted in being selected for the role, which dates back to at least the 11th century.
However, days after she was officially appointed by the Queen, the country was put into lockdown, meaning that her time as Sheriff has been a truly unique opportunity to look at how the county has responded and adapted to the challenges of 2020.
We met a few days before Christmas to reflect on a huge variety of topics, from the history of the area, to mental health in Somerset.
S2E6 Christmas Special
Somerset Stories goes festive with a Christmas Special, featuring five extra-special guests from around the county. We touch all aspects of the Christmas season, from food and drink, to decorations, music, and reindeer! Get cosy with a glass of mulled cider, and listen to a wonderful conversation with Jazz singer Marvin Muoneke, Chew Valley Distillery's Joe Kelly, Lucy Housely from The Somerset Cutting Garden, Jules Horrell at Durslade Farm Shop, and Sarah Sutton, owner of the Somerset Reindeer Ranch. Merry Christmas Somerset!
S2E5 Chris Bullzini
Ladies & Gentlemen, children of all ages... Roll up! Roll up! Prepare yourselves for the amazing feats, the fantastic thrills, and the marvellous mystery of the circus. Somerset Stories meets our county's very own ropewalker extraordinaire... the one, the only, Chris Bullzini! Chris has performed a huge array of highwire walks around the country, and globally. We had a fascinating conversation about his personal journey, the history of ropewalking, and the mental and physical preparation that goes into this unique and powerful artform.
S2E4 Jo Middleton
Jo Middleton is the creator of the blog Slummy Single Mummy. An award-winning parenting blog, known for its honest and authentic view of life as a parent. Jo grew up in Bridgwater, and has lived most of her life in the county. We spoke about Christmas shopping, teenage pregnancy, the strangest things about blogging, and the affect of the internet on being a parent. We also managed to cover off GCSE algebra problems, the 1990s TV show Gladiators, and whether or not you have to be cool to visit the lido.