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Welcome to the Archers Day Webpage

Welcome Archers fans to the birthplace of your favourite radio serial - we're sure you're going to love what we have planned!

Ever wondered how and why the world's longest running soap opera got started?

On Saturday 23 November 2013 you can find out, with an exhibition of photos and documents proving that Rippingale in Lincolnshire was the inspiration for Ambridge, how the germ of the idea for The Archers came from a Rippingale farmer, an illustrated talk on the same theme and an Archers lunch - all at The Bull, our local pub and original model for The Bull at Ambridge.

The day will start at 12 noon, giving you time to look at the exhibition and perhaps take a walk round Ambridge (sorry, Rippingale), before lunch at 1pm.

The menu will include the meal Godfrey Baseley - first Editor of The Archers - asked for when he returned to our village to follow up on Henry Burtt's proposal for "a farming Dick Barton," plus a wartime vegetable casserole, with starters and sweets from some of The Archers cookbooks. Click here for a copy of the menu.

This will be followed by the talk from Jim Latham, telling the Archers story, illustrated with clips from a video of Norman Painting, the actor who played Phil Archer for nearly 60 years and who wrote hundreds of Archers scripts. His behind-the-scenes stories - including details of what really happened over the "death" of Grace Archer in 1956 - are extraordinary - you'll love 'em.

For this first event it will be a special low price of 14.95 (3 courses) or 10.95 (2 courses) per person and we'll be happy to advise about B&B if you want to make a weekend of it.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing our history.


13th October 2013


Click here to see the 'Archers Day' trailer on YouTube.


Visit the Bull Inn webpage.