South Petherton ......a market town with a village feel

Welcome to South Petherton

South Petherton is a village and civil parish on the River Parrett in the South Somerset district of Somerset, England. It is 5 miles (8 km) east of Ilminster and 5 miles (8 km) north west of Crewkerne. It had a population of 3,367 in 2011. The parish includes the hamlets of Yeabridge, Compton Durville, South Harp, and Over Stratton, and is approximately 2 miles (3 km) from East Lambrook, Martock and Lopen.

It is distinctive for the traditional hamstone construction of many of its buildings. In 2005 South Petherton was awarded ‘Somerset Village of the Year’ in a national competition. Historically South Petherton was a market town, but these days is regarded to be a village, with many of its ancient functions having ended by around 1870.

The village's name may come from the Old English word Pared meaning boundary and the Saxon word ton meaning settlement, forming ’Paredton’.

Latest News

Petherton Folk Fest

It is with much sadness that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Folk Fest, which was to be held in South Petherton on Saturday,13th June.

These are extreme circumstances that we all find ourselves in and therefore the committee unanimously decided that there was no alternative but to cancel/postpone the event to next year.
We promise that we will be back bigger and better on Saturday, 19th June 2021!
A massive thanks to our committee, sponsors, artists, dancers, stall holders and all those who work so hard to make this such a successful event.
Stay safe and looking forward to seeing you all next year, if not before.

Kind Regards, Pete Wheeler (Chair)
Petherton Folk Fest

Lock Stock & Barber

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The David Hall
is almost entirely run by volunteers who like you love music and the arts. The David Hall exists through their hard work, the support of artists who love the hall and through YOUR continued support.

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Volunteering - email if you would like to find out more
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South Petherton Youth Club Autumn Programme

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Lock Stock & Barber launches "Barbers Against Blades"

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The Start Of Big Changes At The David Hall

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South Somerset District Council supports 30 Health Walks

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M5 Junction 25 Improvement Scheme Newsletter - February 2020

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Glorious Somerset Open Gardens – Combe St Nicholas

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Yeovil Chamber Choir - THE MIGHTY HANDFUL

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Great British Spring Clean : 20 March - 13 April

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Comments from We Love Somerset - "Take a look around South Petherton. We have to say that South Petherton has to be the friendliest village in Somerset by far. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who saw us out with a camera and would just stop and chat to recommend places to photograph and video"

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