Ilminster has Events, Activities and Happenings taking place throughout the year

Some are special days and happenings of the many local community groups, other are larger events such as Carnival, Victorian Evening and the 4-day Festival, the Ilminster Midsummer Experience

Experience Ilminster (Exil) organises, as a supportive umbrella community organisation, and is involved in/with several annual events in Ilminster and supports many others

For What’s On, check the Community Calendar for details of the many Events and Activities in Ilminster & Area

The main Events in which Exil is involved:


Victorian Evening & Christmas Lights


Great Big Green Week

Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

Ilminster Town Crier Competition

Britain’s Disabled Strongman Competition


Ilminster Midsummer Experience  (IMEx) incl Classic Vehicle Show


Ilminster Flag Festival

Ilminster Somerset Day

..more details of Exil Events ..

Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning – Saturday 25 September 2021

Top Raffle prizes are part of the activities at the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning on

Saturday 25 September at The Archie Gooch Pavilion, Ilminster from 9.30am until noon.

The Coffee Morning is one of many across UK  that weekend to raise funds as part of the Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

If you would like to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support please Donate here or at the Coffee Morning.

Stalls at the coffee morning will include cake and jam; books; bric-a-brac; bag ‘n box; bring and buy – all contributions gratefully received either beforehand or on the day.

In addition, there will be the Raffle for which tickets are on sale now from Angie Blackwell at Cottage Flowers (01460 53020).

If you would like to make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support please Donate here

If you cannot attend and would like to make a contribution please contact Julie Fowler on 01460 54007 or by email to [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you all for coffee and a cake on 25th September !

Have a Cake Delivered, Friday 24 September
As part of the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning on Sat 25 Sept, Angie Blackwell of Cottage Flowers is offering a cake delivery service to offices and shops in Ilminster on the morning of Friday 24 September in return for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.  To place an order ring Angie on 01460 53020. You can Donate online here.

Ilminster Midsummer Experience  (IMEx)

IMEx is the four-day second week-end in June celebration as a Festival for community activities and groups in Ilminster

Because of Covid compliance requirements IMEx 2021 was rescheduled t over the weekend of 26th – 27th June.  This included the Food and Craft Market in Silver Street on Saturday and the Classic Vehicle Show and other events on the Rec on Sunday with other events taking place throughout the town

To keep everyone Covid-safe we ask everyone to comply with Government restrictions and act responsibly. This includes keeping social distancing, wearing a mask if less than 2m apart and using hand-sanitising where appropriate 

Keep your distance when queuing for loos or food! At the markets, please comply with food and craft stalls’ Covid-measures. There will be marshals and plenty of reminders for people to keep apart

Have fun and stay safe!

Ilminster Flag Festival

The annual Flag Festival takes place in the four weeks up to the weekend of IMEX with flags/banners flying on more than 100 buildings in town centre. Ilminster is fortunate that the town’s medieval road layout, which hugs closely to the 15th century Minster church, dramatically emphasises the effect of the flags and brings vibrancy and colour to the town

The Flag Festival grew out of an idea from one of the town’s artists and a flag-maker was commissioned to work with children from Greenfylde School to design the original 20 flags.  These were so successful that the following year we invited businesses to contribute to their own flag and the majority of businesses in town now have a flag – some even have two! 

 Ilminster Somerset Day

The aim of Somerset Day is to help inspire pride in our historic county and all it has to offer. We want everyone to relish in the stunning countryside, historic cities, abundant produce, amazing businesses, festival culture and rich heritage of the county historically known as ‘the land of the summer people’

 Ilminster Town Crier Competition

Ilminster  town centre rings to the sound of the costumed Town Criers, men and women, making their calls to the public – oyez, oyez, oyez !         

 Britain’s Disabled Strongman Competition

Inspired by the World’s Strongest Disabled Man event, participants undertake six individual disciplines including truck pulling, weight lifting and endurance during the event, competing to win the Arnar Már Jónsson trophy