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Something for everyone in Somerset Sometimes we struggle when we try to sum up Somerset. It is so varied. There are beach resorts, market towns, quaint villages, hills and moors, woodlands and wetlands. When it comes to culture, we are crammed with it from world class music festivals and galleries to ancient buildings and mysterious legends. As for food and drink, who hasn’t heard of our cider, strawberries and cheese? We think we have everything you need for a truly memorable visit and hope you will use this guide to discover more of what our amazing County has to offer. Whether this is your first time, whether you return year after year or whether you live here, we are sure there will be surprises among these pages and ideas for some unforgettable experiences. Somerset is a big county and its shape has changed a few times over the years. As Visit Somerset, we include the beautiful City of Bath to the East and our National Park, Exmoor over in the West. We have our fascinating coast along the Bristol Channel to the North and in the South, a corner of Cranborne Chase, one of our four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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To aid navigation, we have divided this guide into four sections – north, west, south and east. These do not follow the administrative boundaries but in a place of such contrasts, we thought it might help you plan your visit if we described the different characters of each area and what you can see and do there. These pages will give you a taste of what’s on offer in each area with a map on the centre pages so you can plot your journey and take in as many attractions as you wish. There are castles and caves, museums and moors, palaces and piers – as we said, something for everyone!


Contents Exploring the North 4 Wandering out West

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Stunning South

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Enchanting East

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Competition 17 Active Somerset 18 Somerset coast rocks ! 20 Sit back and enjoy the view 30 Somerset’s illuminated carnivals 32 Somerset map 34 Celebrating our produce 48 Somerset wildlife spotter 52 What’s the attraction? 54

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NORTH

The Grand Pier, Weston-Super-Mare

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WEST SOUTH

Exploring the North The area can boast three stunning showcaves that are open to the public, four seaside piers, Britain’s biggest gorge and England’s smallest city. Just a short hop from the M5, not far from Bristol International Airport and with excellent rail links, this part of the County is crammed with family attractions from places to see exotic creatures and natural

The beautiful City of Wells

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wonders to a theme park and shopping village. At the same time as offering all this excitement, there are plenty of opportunities to slow down and contemplate the miles of unspoilt countryside and panoramic views.

Donkey on Weston seafront

Wookey Hole Caves


WESTON SUPER MARE, BREAN, BRIDGWATER, BURNHAM ON SEA, CHEDDAR, GLASTONBURY, WELLS, THE MENDIP HILLS AND THE LEVELS & MOORS

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BESIDE THE SEASIDE The northern end of our coast is where you will find the sand and lots of it. You can picnic on it, build castles out of it, watch artists make spectacular patterns and sculptures with it, walk dogs, ride horses and play games on it. You can wander among the Berrow dunes and admire the wildlife. These shorelines, with their views across the Bristol Channel and its islands, have been attracting holiday makers for several hundred years and the draw of the amusements, bandstands, ices and fresh air is as strong as ever.

ON THE LEVELS As the name suggests, the Somerset Levels and Moors are flat but far from uninteresting. They are fascinating! They offer a rare glimpse into our earliest attempts at managing the land. From the various ‘mumps’ and ‘knolls’ these were islands in the days when this area was under water for many months of the year - there are extraordinary views.

A view from the top of Cheddar Gorge

Tyntesfield Estate

St Nicholas Church, Uphill

Much of the scenery is grassland, crisscrossed by ditches (or rhynes as we call them) and lined by our famous willows. The Moors were worked for peat and this is where you’ll find the world’s oldest known track way which our ancestors used to navigate the swamps. Today the roads lead to charming towns, villages, cafes and craft shops.

This part of Somerset is steeped in myth and legend. When Alfred the Great was defending his people from Vikings he hid on the Levels and allegedly burned some cakes! Glastonbury is associated with King Arthur’s stories and to see its Tor rising from the mists is to understand why. Joseph of Arimathea is said to have visited Glastonbury and where he put his staff in the ground it grew into a thorn tree. Glastonbury Tor

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So Much To Do Miles of sand, donkey rides, candy floss and entertainment on tap keep people coming back to our seaside resorts year after year. Whether you stay in a caravan park, hotel or B&B, you are sure of a warm welcome. Both Weston super Mare and Burnham on Sea have their own theatres and piers while Brean has a theme park with roller coaster rides and ghost train. Portishead Marina

The Plume of Feathers in Rickford

Inland there are plenty of options for a great day out from Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm where you can meet elephants to Rich’s Cider where you can sample our famous beverage made the traditional way. We have Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, both of which have much more for you to see and do than merely admire the majesty of nature. Wookey Hole has over 20 amazing attractions, including Circus shows, and Cheddar Caves takes you on a journey back in time to meet the primitive people who lived there once.

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WESTON SUPER MARE, BREAN, BRIDGWATER, BURNHAM ON SEA, CHEDDAR, GLASTONBURY, WELLS, THE MENDIP HILLS AND THE LEVELS & MOORS

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Clevedon Pier

WILDLIFE With the reed beds of the peat moors, the salt marshes and sand dunes of the coast, the re-introduced cranes on the Levels and the rare butterflies of the Mendip Hills, Somerset is one of the best places for wildlife in Britain with more than 100 reserves. Somerset Rural Life Museum: The farmyard, with views up to Glastonbury Tor, is home to a striking life-sized sculpture of a horse, called Punch. It is made from reclaimed metal, by the artist Harriet Mead. The Bishops Palace

WELL, WELL, WELLS They say small is beautiful and that is certainly true when it comes to England’s smallest city. Wells has a mediaeval Cathedral, remarkable old clock, swans that ring for their food, a moated Bishop’s Palace, historic market place and Vicar’s Close, the oldest residential street in Europe. Wells Cathedral

DON’T MISS: Avalon Marshes, Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well, Rural Life Museum, Brean Down, Brent Knoll, Abbot’s Fish House, Ashton Windmill, King John’s Hunting Lodge, Tyntesfield. 7


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WESTON-SUPER-MARE

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MIDLAND HOTEL 40-42 Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2BD T: +44 (0) 1934 621217 or +44 (0) 1934 621910 E: gail.midlandmonacohotels@yahoo.co.uk W: www.midlandhotelweston.com Midland Hotel is situated on the Sea Front opposite the newly developed promenade facing the new Pier and close to all amenities within the Town. Limited parking on the Hotel Forecourt (subject to availability). Spectacular Sea Views, Double and Twin Rooms with Balcony and Sea View available on request. All rooms En-suite Shower. Residents Lounge and Bar with Entertainment most evenings. We cater for most dietary needs and hold Four Star Health & Hygiene inspection status. Guide Dogs only welcome. Popular sight-seeing for nearby Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves. Historical Bath, Bristol Zoo, Airport and Bristol for shopping. Open March - December. Prices from £40 B+B - £50 H/B p.p.p.n No Single Supplement Charge on Single Rooms

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THE SEAWARD HOTEL 44-46 Knightstone Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 2BD Contact: Ms Michael T: +44 (0) 1934 621227 F: +44 (0) 1934 631289 E: reservations@seawardhotel.co.uk W: www.seawardhotel.com The Seaward hotel is a family run hotel and occupies the finest position on the seafront. The hotel is close to all amenities and yards away from the town centre and attractions. Open all year round, the hotel is fully licensed with a dance floor and live entertainment nightly. Balcony and sea view rooms available. A night porter is always on duty. Full a la Carte menu available either in our dining room or heated outside patio. Guide dogs welcome. Wi-fi available. Weston-SuperMare grand pier is a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Wonderful Christmas, Turkey and Tinsel, and new year breaks available on request. Open all year. Out of season rates from £25 p.p.p.n inc breakfast Single: £35 - £45 :ES 5 Double: £70 - £90 :ES 19 Twin: £70 - £90 :ES 22 Family: £POA :ES 6


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CORBIERE

24 Upper Church Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 2DX Contact: Gwen Wilson T/F:+44 (0)1934 629607 E:corbierehotel@btinternet.com W:www.corbierehotel.co.uk Family friendly hotel noted for it’s high standard of comfort, cleanliness and good home cooked food. Close to seafront, Marine Lake and Shopping Centre. All rooms en-suite with colour TV. Member of Hotel Association Silver commended. Open all year. Single £30-40, Twin: £50-75, Double £50-£75, Family £85-90

BEST WESTERN PLUS SWAN HOTEL

Sadler St, Wells, Somerset BA5 2RX Contact: Mark Tobin T: +44 (0) 1749 836300 E: info@swanhotelwells.co.uk W: www.swanhotelwells.co.uk Location, location, location. It doesn’t get better than this. The hotel faces the magnificent West Front of Wells Cathedral and has a seated terrace area that adjoins the Cathedral Green. Steeped in 600 years of history, the hotel has been sympathetically restored and extended. Accommodation comprises of 49 bedrooms, luxurious Cathedral Suite and five self-contained apartments. Awardwinning food and attentive staff ensure a stay to remember. Close to the Bishop’s Palace, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Abbey and Wookey Hole Caves. Open all year. Single: £100 - £112 :ES2 Twin: £132 - £194 :ES16 Double: £132 - £194 :ES32 Family: £234

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TIMBERTOP GUEST ACCOMMODATION WELLS VB HHHH

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8 Victoria Park, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 2HZ Contact: Francesca Day T: 01934 631178 M: 07837 630423 E: fday@btinternet.com W: www.aparthotelweston.co.uk Aparthotel Timbertop & Seafarers offer a great range of accommodation for business contractors & consultants. A group of large Edwardian townhouses, offering a wide choice of comfortable, affordable & good quality serviced apartments & en suite guest accommodation. Ideal for teams of workers all in your own rooms with studios an option. Pricing includes bed linen, towels, all overheads and utilities, free Wifi, onsite car parking & self catering facilities. A great location, close to M5 J21 & J22 and the pick up points to Hinkley Point. Walkable to sea front, town centre & local shops. Prices from £140 per week.

BERYL Top of Hawkers Lane, Wells, Somerset BA5 3JP T: +44 (0) 1749 678738 E: stay@beryl-wells.co.uk W: www.beryl-wells.co.uk Nestling in the Mendip Hills, 1 mile from the centre of the City of Wells, Beryl is set in 13 acres of parkland. Family run, well appointed bedrooms, Aga cooked breakfast, elegant reception rooms, Honesty Bar, family friendly. Pool open May - September. Recommended on Trip Advisor. Open all year except for Christmas. Prices: £110 - £170 for 2 people sharing £80 - £100 for single occupancy. Prices include breakfast.

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DULHORN FARM HOLIDAY PARK Weston Road, Lympsham, nr Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 0JQ T: +44 (0) 1934 750298 E: dfhp@btconnect.com W: www.dulhornfarmholidaypark.co.uk Fully equipped, central-heated, 3 star self catering ground-floor cottages sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Open all year round (exc. Christmas & New Year). Short breaks available. Situated on a family-friendly working farm, ideally located between the Somerset coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea and an ideal base for many of Somerset’s main attractions.

DOUBLE-GATE FARM Godney, Nr Wells, BA5 1RZ Contact: Debbie Ball T: +44 (0) 1458 832217 F: +44 (0) 1458 835612 M: +44 (0) 7843 924079 E: doublegatefarm@aol.com W: www.doublegatefarm.co.uk

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Peaceful, picturesque & friendly. Breakfast in the garden dining room with lovely views. Fish, bird or otter watch (don’t blink!), from the garden. Games room with table-tennis/full size snooker table & garden games available. Luxury Riverside Rooms: fridge, ceiling fan, mood lighting, patio, large fully adaptable en-suites. All room types are en-suite. Free WiFi. Traditional Tuck Shop & Tea Room. Winner England Excellence SW Award 2010. Enjoy England Breakfast Award. Open all year except Christmas and New Year. Multi-night discounts available. Single: £60 - £85 per person (dependent on room type) Double: From £40 per person. 4 Poster: £45 per person Triple Suite: From £40 per person

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CIDER BARREL COTTAGE Honeyhurst Farm, Honeyhurst Lane, Rodney Stoke, Cheddar BS27 3UJ Contact: Kathy Longhurst T: +44 (0) 1749 870322 E: info@ciderbarrelcottage.co.uk W: www.ciderbarrelcottage.co.uk Spacious stone cottage in half-acre garden. Power shower over bath, electric cooking. Small conservatory, sun-terrace & patio furniture. Quiet, rural views, cider-orchard & babbling brook edging Somerset Levels. Open April-October. Weekly: £420 - £600 All inclusive. Sleeps: 4 in twin and double rooms.

YEW TREE HOUSE

Hurn Lane, Berrow near Brean, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2QT Contact: Anne Fox T: +44 (0) 1278 751382 E: yewtree@yewtree-house.co.uk W: www.yewtree-house.co.uk We are on a quiet country lane within walking distance of the beach and Brean. Ideal location for a holiday or short break. Close to Junction 22 of the M5. Spacious first floor and ground floor rooms, all with modern facilities. The rooms have a television, tea and coffee making facilities and central heating. Full English, Continental, or Vegetarian breakfast served daily. Free wi-fi in the house. Car parking is available front and rear of the house. Book online on our website or directly. Recommended on trip advisor. Open all year except Christmas. Single: £45 - £60 Double: £65 - £90 Twin: £70 - £80 Family: £85 - £150 All rooms are en-suite.

ELLENBOROUGH HALL

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One bedroom ground floor and two bedroom first floor flats, fully equipped, very clean holiday flats. WIFI available. Off road parking. Large garden. Adjacent to park. Close to seafront and town centre. All on one level. No pets. No smoking. Sleeps 2-6.

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THE BEACHES 36 Beach Rd, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1BG Contact: Andy & Michelle Fernley T: +44 (0) 1934 629529 M: +44 (0) 7711 088026 E: info@beacheshotel.co.uk W: www.beacheshotel.co.uk The Beaches Bed and Breakfast Hotel is situated in an attractive sea front position opposite the beach lawns and the long sandy beach. The town centre, shops, bars, restaurants and seaside attractions (the Grand Pier and the donkey rides) are just a five minute walk away. A full English breakfast is served daily; special and vegetarian diets can also be catered for. High chairs for children are also available on request. All the bed and breakfast rooms have their own en-suite. The rooms also have a colour television, tea and coffee making facilities, alarm clocks and free wi-fi. All bedrooms are non-smoking and travel cots are available on request. Car parking is available at the rear of the hotel; spaces for up to 6 vehicles on a first come first served basis. Recommended on trip advisor. Open from March to end of October.

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Holiday Flats, 15 Ellenborough Park North, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1XQ T: +44 (0) 1934 629543 E: jennifer.orme@btinternet.com W: www.ellenboroughhallholidayflats.co.uk

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BERROW NR BREAN IN BURNHAM-ON-SEA VB HHHH

High season (June-Sept): £350 per week Mid season (Oct, March-May): £295 per week Low season (Nov-Feb): £215 per week

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Double: £65 Twin/Small Family: £70-75 Single: £40 Family 4: £90-£100 Family 5: £100-110

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LEWINSDALE LODGE 5-7 Clevedon Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS23 1DA Contact: Carol and Des Chalmers T: +44 (0) 1934 632501 E: info@lewinsdalelodge.co.uk W: www.lewinsdalelodge.co.uk

OAKLAND HOUSE Wells Road, Draycott, Nr Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3SU T/F: +44 (0) 1934 744195 E: enquiries@oakland-house.co.uk W: www.oakland-house.co.uk Set in rural Somerset with extensive country views and surroundings. Superb local facilities 21⁄2 miles from Cheddar and 7 miles from Wells. Open all year. Single: £45-50, Twin: £75-85, Double: £75-85, Family: £100-120

Great location just off seafront opposite to Tropicano. Level walk to shops, restaurants and parks. All bedrooms ensuite with 5 ground floor rooms with walk-in showers. Small onsite car park. Half Board packages available. Closed Xmas and New Year. Single: £60.00 includes breakfast Double or Twin: £82.00 includes breakfast Ground floor family garden room £105.00 (1 Child) 10% Discount for 5 days stay or more.

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PEAR TREE COTTAGES Pear Tree Farm, Stoughton Cross, Wedmore, Somerset BS28 4QR Contact: Penny Denbee T: +44 (0) 1934 712243 E: info@peartree-cottages.co.uk W: www.peartree-cottages.co.uk Set on a working farm in the heart of beautiful Somerset countryside, Pear Tree Cottages offer luxury self-catering accommodation. The two cottages combine the traditional and modern. Spacious, light and airy, they have private south-facing patio areas for relaxing in the sun. Enjoy walking or cycling over the Mendip Hills or Somerset Levels. Explore Cheddar, Wells, Bath, Glastonbury and Weston-super-Mare. Open all year. Weekly Rate: Min £350 / Max £880 Units: 2 Sleeps: 2-5 (plus cot)

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FATIMA 18 Conway Crescent, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 2SL Contact: Teresa Podesta T: +44 (0) 1278 793658 M: +44 (0) 7881 990482 E: teresa.podesta@talk21.com W: www.burnhambungalow.co.uk 2 bedroom luxury bungalow (sleeps four) with en-suite shower. Wheelchair access. Fully modern equipped kitchen/dinner. Lounge with TV, DVD, video and Hi-Fi. Central heating. Private patio with furniture. Linen, electricity, gas included. Towels for hire. Modern main bathroom. Open all year. Weekly: £270 - £520 Weekend: £180 - £300 Sleeps: 4

BURNHAM-ON-SEA VB HHHH SILVER & BREAKFAST AWARD

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STODDENS FARM COTTAGES 191 Stoddens Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2DE Contact: Ruth Chambers T: +44 (0) 7896 886051 E: info@stoddensfarmcottages.com W: www.stoddensfarmcottages.com Stoddens Farm Cottages are located in a Grade II listed barn conversion on the outskirts of Burnham-on-Sea. The cottages are full of character and each contains spacious and comfortable accommodation for 4 people (1 twin and 1 double bedroom). Each cottage benefits from a large private garden with stunning views over the Somerset Levels. Open all year. Weekly Rate: £240 - £450 Units: 2 Sleeps: 1 - 4

WALTON HOUSE

GLASTONBURY

148 Berrow Road, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PN T: +44 (0) 1278 780034 E: waltonhousebnb@gmail.com W: waltonhousebnb.co.uk

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Pat & Phil assure you of a warm welcome at Walton House Bed & Breakfast, along with attentive and efficient service. Two miles from junction 22 of the M5, close to The Burnham and Berrow Championship Golf Course. We have ample off street parking. Ideally situated for visiting Somerset’s many attractions. From £30 per person per night based on two people sharing. Single Room £40.00 per night

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LITTLE WALTON 148 Berrow Road, Burnham on Sea, Somerset, TA8 2PN T: +44 (0) 1278 780034 E: waltonhousebnb@gmail.com W: waltonhousebnb.co.uk

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All you need for a self catering holiday for up to 4 people. Electric, gas, bed linen, towels included in the rental. Sorry no pets. Weekly Rate: £270 - £520

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MIDDLEWICK HOLIDAY COTTAGES T: +44 (0) 1458 832 351 E: hello@themiddlewick.co.uk W: www.themiddlewick.co.uk Set on a 16 Acre Farm at the base of Glastonbury Tor. 12 charming self-catering cottages and 3 glamping E-den cabins with 16 acres of orchards, animal paddocks and gardens. Indoor swimming pool and steam room. Family and pet friendly. Short walk to Glastonbury town centre or a short drive to Wells. Perfect base to explore Somerset. Open year round and bookable by the night, short break or by the week. Rates start from £70 per night.


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SEAFORD LODGE HOLIDAY FLATS 28 Clifton Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1BL Contact: Gwen Wilson

OLD MANOR HOUSE B&B Cross Lane, Cross, Axbridge, BS26 2ED T: 01934 709542 E: graham@oldmanorhouse.net W: www.oldmanorhouse.net The Old Manor House is situated directly at the foot of the Mendip Hills, just off the A38 on the outskirts of Cross and Axbridge, facing south over the Somerset Levels, 3 miles from Cheddar. Only six miles, just a 10 minute drive, from junction 22 off the M5 motorway. The building is approximately 400 years old, so holds that warm atmosphere and character, with inglenook fireplaces and old charm that old houses command. A fully English breakfast is cooked to order using locally sourced produce, served with homemade breads and jam. Fresh fruit and other healthier options are also available. Gluten, lactose or nut allergies can be accomodated to ensure you have a great breakfast. Five star rated on Trip Advisor. Prices £89 - £149 (2 person Double/Super King, en-suite) £130 - £200 (4 person Family room, en-suite), all prices include breakfast

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T: +44 (0) 1934 429866 F: +44 (0) 1934 629607 E: seafordlodge@btinternet.com W: www.seafordlodge.co.uk Situated in a very convient level position 150 meters away from the sea front. Few minutes walk to local shops and and Clarence Park. 10 Minute walk to Town Centre, Railway Station and Bus Station. Fully equipped kitchen. Have been modernised and refurbished to a high standard throughout. Cleanliness is assured at all times. WHRA Gold Award. Open all year. Weekly Rate: £130 - £340, Units: 5, Sleeps: 2 - 5

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THE ANNEXE AT 153 153 Berrow Road, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 2JE T: 01278 793159 E: info@theannexe153.co.uk W: www.theannexe153.co.uk Modern self-contained one-bedroom ground floor holiday apartment, sleeping 2-4 people which has been decorated and furnished to a high standard and is part of a large 1935 detached house. Pets welcome. 10 min walk to 6 mile sandy beach. Secure storage facility at the property for bikes and golf clubs. Off street parking. The Annexe offers an excellent base if you enjoying being active and exploring the area by bike or foot or by car to see all Somerset has to offer. Weekly pricing from £350-£560. All inclusive. Short breaks available.

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WEST END FARM West End Farm Caravan and Camping Park, Locking, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 8RH Contact: Robin Nation T: +44 (0) 1934 822529 E: robin@westendfarm.org

DULHORN FARM HOLIDAY PARK Weston Rd, Lympsham, nr Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 0JQ T: +44 (0) 1934 750298 E: dfhp@btconnect.com W: www.dulhornfarmholidaypark.co.uk Caravan, motorhome and camping pitches available on our spacious, level fields with views of Somerset countryside on our working family farm located between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. Hardstanding, electric and nonelectric pitches available. Children’s play areas, modern toilet & shower facilities, laundrettes, seasonal shop, sports field, games marquee, direct access to footpaths and bridleways, dog walk, BBQ area.

West End Farm is situated close to the M5 motorway yet in a quiet position. It is set in ten acres and offers a true country setting, with 80 touring pitches available, of which 30 are fully serviced. All serviced pitches benefit from having hard standings. A separate field caters for 30 tents. The site is open all year round and has tarmac roadways. There are two toilet/shower blocks, one of which is heated in the winter. Both have laundry, dishwashing and hairdryer facilities. Wifi available. Seasonal pitches are available with winter storage available. There is also a games field and dog walking area. With good transport links, cycle tracks and footpaths, this park provides a base from which to explore this fascinating area. The seafront is just two miles away, Hutton Moor Leisure complex just one mile, and the Helicopter Museum is just a short stroll away, as are the two local pubs. Daily Rate: camping/caravan pitch: £16.00 - £25.00 Caravan pitches: 80 Camping pitches: 80

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A family run park by our family for your family Tel: 01278 795006 info@retreatcaravanpark.co.uk

• Holiday lodges & caravans for sale • Beachside location • Outdoor play area • Nearby attractions • Free park Wi-Fi • Pets welcome

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Get Active in Somerset

Walking definitely has to be on the agenda in a County that has more than 3,700 miles of public rights of way. You can wander in parks and gardens or ramble through woods and fields. Several of our longer paths are promoted as trails such as the England Coast Path, Coleridge Way and River Parrett Trail. In fact so popular is walking here that we have a number of towns and villages accredited as ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ destinations so do look out for the stickers and ask for details of the guided walks.

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If you prefer two wheels for getting about then you’re also in luck. There are long flat paths across the Levels and Moors and well-known Cycle Routes like the Stop Line Way, Colliers Way, South Somerset Route and Strawberry Line. For Mountain Bikers, the Quantock Hills offer some of the best trails in the South West.

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Golf is another way to stretch your legs and with more than 40 clubs. Seasoned golfers will tell you that we have an impressive variety of venues including links, parkland and lakeside courses.


Somerset’s mainly rural nature makes it an obvious choice for horse-riding whether you bring your own or visit one of the riding schools. Something you won’t have in many counties is the chance to ride on a beach but you can do that all year round at Brean and Berrow. There is good sea fishing to be had at a number of our resorts with the Bristol Channel being favoured by flounder, bass and conger. Our lakes and rivers are full of fish with good weights recorded regularly for the likes of trout and carp.

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For the adventurous among you, we are fortunate to have the incredible Cheddar Gorge & Caves where you can learn to climb, hone your climbing skills or head underground for some caving. Wild Wookey at Wookey Hole offer the chance to try abseiling, climbing and crawling. The relatively new sport of Coasteering is taking off here alongside sailing, kayaking and kite surfing.

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Somerset Coast Rocks ! When Scientists announced they had found similarities between rocks on Mars and those at Watchet on the West Somerset Coast, some of us were not surprised. We know our coast is out of this world!

Any walk along our shores is, in a way, a walk back in time whether it’s a reminder of the Victorian love affair with the seaside or a chance to wonder at the extraordinary geology. Now, thanks to the opening of a new stretch of the England Coast Path, it is possible to walk almost the entire length of the Somerset coast – from Brean Down to Minehead – hugging the shore for most of it. Let’s start our tour at Portishead, once a small fishing port and now a modern marina with waterfront apartments. Moving south, Clevedon became a resort during the golden age of rail and has a pier described as the most beautiful in England. Weston super Mare’s Grand Pier is an indoor theme park with its own trains and the town also offers traditional donkey rides, sandcastles and aquarium.

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The smallest pier in the UK is claimed by Burnham on Sea. Its beaches are part of a six mile stretch of sand beginning at Brean where we pick up the coast path. Berrow boasts ecologically important dunes. The coast path heads on down the River Parrett into Bridgwater and back out towards the sea via the newly created Steart Marshes. The character changes from flat and sandy to steep and rocky, capped by the spell-bindingly beautiful wooded cliffs of Exmoor. Along the way we have skipped through Kilve with its fossils, Dunster with its castle and the pleasure gardens of Minehead, hopefully catching sight of a steam train, an oyster catcher or a lighthouse.

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Wandering Out West Taunton Town Centre

Moving West, we leave the Levels for the rich Vale of Taunton with the beautiful Blackdown Hills and Quantock Hills on either side before we come to our National Park, Exmoor, one of the UK’s finest landscapes. One of the best ways to travel here must be the marvellous West Somerset Railway – the longest heritage railway in England. You can ride from just outside Taunton all the way to Minehead passing immaculately maintained stations, signal boxes, a castle and a harbour.

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Porlock Harbour

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Cleeve Abbey

CAPTURED BY THE CASTLE A castle sits proudly atop the medieval village of Dunster which is packed full of listed buildings and places to visit. Now owned by the National Trust, the castle had been in the same family for 600 years. It is surrounded by gardens and has a stable block, working water mill and underground reservoir to explore. Also overlooking the village is a tower used as a landmark for shipping while in its centre is the splendid tiled Yarn Market. Visitors are spoilt for choice with shops, restaurants and walks aplenty in this delightful, historic village.

ROMANTICALLY INCLINED The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, a leading light in the Romantic Movement, wrote some of his best work while living in Nether Stowey. He and his friends William and Dorothy Wordsworth walked almost daily for miles over the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor, admiring the moors and combes and immortalising them in verse. Today you can follow in his footsteps by taking the Coleridge Way from the National Trust owned Coleridge Cottage to Lynmouth on the other side of the Somerset border. Tarr Steps

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Red deer on Exmoor

Exmoor and More On Exmoor, woodland meets the sea in places, and the result is dreamlike. You can lose yourself in valleys that might not look out of place in epic tales such as Lord of the Rings, with mossy banks, waterfalls and ancient trees. It is here too that you will find England’s highest sea cliffs and the dramatic Valley of the Rocks. Inland and on higher ground you will cross a landscape of an altogether different character - remote and wild. These moors are home to the famous Exmoor Ponies and Red deer. They are also the backdrop to the fictional Lorna Doone. 24

Kayaking on Wimbleball Lake

Exmoor’s remoteness makes it a prime place to stargaze and the co-operation of a number of organisations led to it becoming Europe’s first Dark Skies Reserve. One of the best sites is Wimbleball Lake as the water reflects the starry glory. In daylight, the reservoir offers sailing, rowing, walking and bird-watching.


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A drive along the Exmoor coast is rewarded with breath-taking views and picturesque stops. Tucked between the National Park and Quantock Hills we have gems such as Old Cleeve Abbey, the port of Watchet, which inspired the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Minehead, Porlock Weir and Wiveliscombe.

OUR COUNTY TOWN Taunton is a typical county market town. The livestock may have moved out but there is an award-winning Farmer’s Market every Thursday.

War when the infamous Judge Jeffery held his Bloody Assize in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle sentencing 500 rebels to death or transportation.

Taunton houses the Museum of Somerset and is a focus for arts, culture, sport and shopping.

Taunton’s church towers can be seen from the ground of Somerset County Cricket Club, which has hosted international matches and is the home of the England Women’s Cricket Team.

The Museum records the last acts of this Country’s Civil

Another sport enjoyed here is national hunt racing.

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Walking in west Somerset

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Accommodation in the West

Guest Accommodation and Bed & Breakfast

Camping, Caravan and Holiday Parks

Self Catering, Cottage & Farmhouse

Hotel Accommodation

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EXMOOR Where to stay Stockleigh Lodge, Exford

Bed & Breakfast 01643 831500 www.stockleighexford.co.uk

Discover and enjoy quality farm and country accommodation on Exmoor

The Pack Horse, Allerford

Westcott Farm Cottages, Luxborough Self-Catering 01984 641285

www.westcottholidaycottages.co.uk

Friendly owners are on hand to help you get the most from your stay. High quality, inspected, rural accommodation.

Halse Farm, Winsford

Caravan & Camping 01643 851259 www.halsefarm.co.uk

No commission Book direct with the owners www.exmoor-holidays.co.uk

Winsbere House, Dulverton

Woodcombe Lodges & Cottages, Minehead

Little Folly, Winsford

Self-Catering 01643 851391 www.follyexmoor.co.uk

West Hollowcombe Farm, Hawkridge

Self-Catering 01398 341400 www.westhollowcombe.co.uk

Pembroke Cottage, Wheddon Cross

Self-Catering 01643 862475 www.thepackhorse.net

Bed & Breakfast 01398 323278 www.winsbere.co.uk

Self-Catering 01643 702789 www.woodcombelodges.co.uk

www.pembrokecottageexmoor.co.uk

Hillway Farm, Withypool

Wintershead, Simonsbath

Westermill Farm Cottages & Campsite

Riscombe Farm, Exford

Self-Catering 01643 831182 www.hillwayfarm.com

Self-Catering 01643 831222 www.wintershead.co.uk

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A co-operative of farm and country accommodation providers in and around Exmoor National Park.

Accommodation in Exmoor National Park

Camping & Self Catering 01643 831238 www.westermill.com

Self-Catering 01643 841550

Self-Catering 01643 831480 www.riscombe.co.uk

The Exmoor Holiday Group Welcoming visitors to Exmoor for over 40 years

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Kingston Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8AB Contact: Jill and Richard Gothard T: +44 (0) 1823 451331 E: richard@lowermarshfarm.co.uk W: www.lowermarshfarm.co.uk Charming and well-equipped bedrooms await you in this family-run country farmhouse. 1 mile from Taunton town centre towards Kingston St. Mary village, near Hestercombe gardens. Free Wi-fi. Open all year. Single from £48.00 Twin from £85.00 Double from £85.00 Family from £90.00

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Bratton Lane, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8SQ Contact: Nicola Hanson T: +44 (0) 1643 702789 E: nicola@woodcombelodge.co.uk W: www.woodcombelodges.co.uk

Accommodation in the West

TAUNTON AA HHHH

Beautiful rural setting overlooking the slopes of Exmoor. On a quiet country lane 5 minutes from the town of Minehead with its shops, pubs, restaurants and seafront. Just eight self-catering lodges and cottages set in 3 acres of gardens with fabulous views sleeping 2, 4, 6 and up to 10 in Holly Lodge. Full Week Rate: from £295 - £1750 Short Breaks Rate (Oct to May): from £195 - £556, 3 night weekend or 4 night mid-week break. 5% discount for bookings nine months in advance Units: 8, Sleeps: 2 - 10 Disabled Access Level M2

EXMOOR VIEW Exmoor View, Green Close, Wootton Courtenay, Nr. Dunster, Exmoor National Park, Somerset TA24 8RA Contact: Mrs C Turner T: +44 (0) 1643 841482 E: carole.greenclose@virgin.net W: www.exmoorview.co.uk

PORLOCK

Lovely spacious cottage furnished and equipped to the highest standard. Nestling on the edge of this pretty village, it has breathtaking panoramic views of beautiful Exmoor. An ideal base for exploring Exmoor’s spectacular coast and countryside or just relaxing in a haven of peace and tranquillity. A ‘paradise’ for walkers, birdwatchers and wildlife lovers - badgers visit most evenings to be fed! Prices include all electricity and heating. No pets. Open all year. Weekly Rate from £350 Units: 1 Sleep: 2

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The Drang, Porlock, Somerset TA24 8LB Contact: Margaret Payton T: +44 (0) 1823 698330 E: maggie_payton@hotmail.com A charming Victorian cottage sitting under the gaze of St Dubricius Church. Furnished in coordinating pretty fabrics with polished wooden floors and richly coloured rugs, it is the perfect place to unwind! Open all year - Special offers for Christmas/New Year. Weekly rate: £200 - £400 Unit 1 Short break: from £90 Sleeps 4

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THE REST AND BE THANKFUL Wheddon Cross, Nr Dunster & Minehead, Somerset, TA24 7DR T: +44 (0) 1643 841222 W: www.restandbethankful.co.uk This coaching Inn is situated at Wheddon Cross, the highest village on Exmoor. We pride ourselves on our high standards of service and accommodation which is full of olde world charm and friendly hospitality. Our 8 Bedrooms (some with Dunkery Beacon views) are all equipped with tv, telephone, bathrobes and towels, hairdryers and complimentary toiletries, trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities. The pub offers traditional Home-Cooked meals with ‘weekly specials’, vegetarian and light snacks. Sunday and Wednesday Carvery Lunch and Evening meal times. Comprehensive wine list and locally produced real ales.

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HUNTINGBALL LODGE Huntingball Lodge, Blue Anchor, Minehead, TA24 6JP Contact: Brian and Kim Hall T: +44 (0) 1984 640076 E: info@huntingball-lodge.co.uk W: www.huntingball-lodge.co.uk Quiet country house with spectacular views over coastline and Exmoor. Luxurious, spacious apartments each with large private patio or roof terrace. Beautiful gardens. Beach and amenities within easy walk. Open all year. Weekly Rate: Min £350 Max £625 Units: 3 Sleeps: 3 - 5

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Green End, Rowford, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, TA2 8JY Contact: Mrs Liz Thompson T: +44 (0) 1823 451529 E: info@gardenretreat.co.uk W: www.gardenretreat.co.uk Spacious ground-floor apartment in idyllic rural location amid fields and views. Close to Quantocks and Hestercombe Gardens. Plentiful local walks and wildlife. Open all year. Nightly Rate: £75 - £100 Units: 1 (Minimum 3 nights) Sleeps: 4

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Exford, Exmoor, Somerset, TA24 7PZ Contact: Mike or Myra Ellicott T: +44 (0) 1643 831500 E: stay@stockleighexford.co.uk W: www.stockleighexford.co.uk A beautiful, large country house set in its own wooded gardens, within a short walk of Exford, in the centre of Exmoor National Park. Nine en-suite rooms, tea/ coffee making facilities and views over garden. Ideally situated for exploring the National Park on foot, horseback or car. Stabling available. Ample parking. Open all year. Single: ES2, Double: ES3 Twin: ES2 Family double/twin: ES2 Rates: from £40.00 per person per night including breakfast

PRIMROSE HILL HOLIDAYS Wood Lane, Blue Anchor, Minehead, Somerset TA24 6LA T: +44 (0) 1643 821200 E: info@primrosehillholidays.co.uk W: www.primrosehillholidays.co.uk Four self catering bungalows with private gardens and amazing sea views nestling between Exmoor National Park and The Quantock Hills. Walking distance of picturesque Blue Anchor Bay with its sandy beach, cafe, pubs, and swimming pool and within the sight and sound of the West Somerset Steam Railway. Games room, ample parking. Ideally situated to access the South West Coast Path, the newly extended England Coast Path and the Coleridge Way. Fully wheelchair accessible. Well behaved dogs welcome. Perfect for walking, biking and sightseeing ...or just sitting and relaxing!

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YARN MARKET HOTEL High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park, TA24 6SF T: +44 (0) 1643 821425 E: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk W: www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

Tarr Farm Inn Great Food :: Great Location :: Great Welcome All Year Round Breaks on Beautiful Exmoor Midweek Specials

A friendly, family run 28 bedroom hotel centrally located in the medieval village of Dunster, providing a true “get-away-from-it-all” break. Close by is Dunster Castle and Water Mill, also the West Somerset Steam Railway. The hotel has dog-friendly rooms and excellent facilities for walkers, cyclists and groups. Restaurant open daily for light lunches, coffees and evening meals.

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Near Bratton, Minehead, Exmoor National Park Contact: Penny & Roger Webber T: +44 (0) 1643 705 244 E: info@hindonfarm.co.uk W: www.hindonfarm.co.uk Real farm, real food. Relax on our 500 acre award winning idyllic working Exmoor farm - 18th C farmhouse with 20th C comforts, set alone in peaceful valley between Minehead, 2miles, and Selworthy village, 1mile. Waymarked farm trail, views & walks from the door to SW coastpath, heather moor & Porlock. Ducks dabble, Buzzards fly & Deer wander. Own organic homemade sausages and local produce. Green tourism. All cotton linen. Hot Tub under the stars. Dogs, mountain bikes, horses, welcome. 2 King double ensuite - 1 twin private bathroom. Guests sitting room. B&B - £99 per room, 2 sharing - £65 Single occupancy - incls organic and local produce breakfasts. Discount for 3 night or more stays.


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MILL FARM CARAVAN AND CAMPING PARK Fiddington, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 1JQ T: 01278 732286 W: www.millfarm.biz Friendly park with lots for children, making it the ideal family park. Located between the Quantock Hills and the Sea. Dunster with its Castle, Shops and Tea Rooms, Cleeve Abbey and Porlock with its Quaint Harbour and also Exmoor National Park. HIRE: Trampolines, Pony rides, Canoes, Pool tables. FREE: Heated Swimming Pool and Large water slide, Children’s Boating Lake, Swings and Slides, Games room, BMX track, Hot showers, nternet available on all pitches with club WIFI. ALSO: Hot take-away and shop during high season. Club with Entertainment, Meadow for Rallies, Holiday Cottages, Caravan Storage, Season Pitches. Holiday Centre AA Quality Standard 84%. Pitch with electric From £17.00 per night

Accommodation in the West

BRIDGWATER

ST AUDRIES BAY HOLIDAY CLUB West Quantoxhead, Minehead, TA44DY Contact: Reception T: +44 (0) 1984 632515 E: info@staudriesbay.co.uk W: www.staudriesbay.co.uk Situated on the stunning Somerset Coastline, St Audries has been offering holidays since 1933. Family owned and operated, St Audries is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with amazing views and beach access. We offer a variety of accommodation including Bed and Breakfast, Half Board, Self Catering and Camping. We have an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, boules pitch, games room, snooker room, ballroom, bar and restaurant. Open all year from Easter to October. Bed and Breakfast £25 - £37 per person per night Self Catering from £147 for a two bedroom caravan Camping from £17 per pitch per night

Short breaks at Hoburne Blue Anchor

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Seven beautiful holiday parks including Hoburne Blue Anchor, perfect for exploring all that the south and south west of England has to offer.

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Sit Back and Enjoy the View In a County as big and beautiful as Somerset it can be said that the journey is as important as reaching your destination. If that journey is by train or bus you have the added luxury of being able to sit back and enjoy the view.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, that giant of the industrial revolution, was responsible for the Great Western Railway (GWR) - also known as the Holiday Line which opens up the West Country’s seaside resorts to visitors. Rail travel is enjoying a Renaissance in the UK and billions of pounds are being spent by GWR, the biggest investment since Brunel’s time. A real treat for the traveller is to take the train from Paddington to Taunton and dine in style on a Pullman Carriage - choosing from a menu of West County ingredients and enjoying silver service.

Explore Somerset on our buses

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In Somerset the contrasts are dramatic as you pass by market towns and meadows; through wooded valleys and willow woodlands. West Somerset Railway is a 20-mile line taking you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead through charming village stations and offering magical views of the Quantock Hills, the coast and even a castle. Somerset is a popular destination for coaches - they have been coming west since the first services began between London and Bristol in the 1920s. A warm Somerset welcome awaits passengers and their drivers and we were delighted when one of

our seaside resorts, Burnham on Sea, became the first destination in the South West to achieve ‘Coach Friendly Status’ from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK. Somerset really is easy to reach whether you fly in to Bristol Airport or travel by coach, train or bus. Once here you can access Information Centres and websites for helpful hints on finding your way around. One of Britain’s largest bus operators, First Bus, covers the County taking more than 54m passengers on its Bristol, Bath and The West Service. It also operates Park & Ride services across the country.

We’re giving Somerset back its Great Western Railway. Learn how we’re Building a Greater West at GWR.com

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Somerset’s Illuminated Carnivals

Somerset’s illuminated carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the world. The processions of illuminated floats are part of an ancient tradition, which stretches back as far as the 1600’s when many parts of Somerset commemorated the Gunpowder plot.

The Somerset County carnivals are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today, and Bridgwater carnival regularly attracts crowds of 150,000 people.

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Carnival dates 2018 Taunton

Saturday 20th October 2018

The floats are often interspersed with walking exhibits, either groups or singles, occasional marching bands or majorette troupes, and charity collectors who take donations from the spectators. Some of the acts and costumes of these performers can be just as impressive as the floats.

Bridgwater

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Burnham-On-Sea

Monday 5th November 2018

Carnivals run through October and November every year, for the dates and venues visit www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk. So, pick a date, wrap up warm, put plenty of pennies in your pocket for the charity buckets and go and have a fun night.

Weston-Super-Mare Friday 9th November 2018 North Petherton

Saturday 10th November 2018

Midsomer Norton

Monday 12th November 2018

Shepton Mallet

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Wells

Friday 16th November 2018

Glastonbury

Saturday 17th November

Wellington

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Ilminster

see www.visitsomerset.co.uk

Chard

see www.visitsomerset.co.uk

Frome

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Here To Help We hope this brochure gives you an idea of what to expect when you come to Somerset for your holiday It’s produced by the Somerset Tourism Association, a Community Interest Company run by the tourism trade to make it easier for you to come to Somerset and more enjoyable for you while you’re here. There are about 3,000 businesses and several local authorities involved in tourism in the historic County of Somerset, and we all want you to have a good time. You can drive down for the day, or just turn up and look around, but it’s best to book accommodation for your stay before you arrive. You can check out attractions, restaurants and so on as well. There’s plenty of information on the internet, including our own website www.visitsomerset.co.uk, and a list of TICs below. Some TICs aren’t open all year, so you may need to try more than one. There are several accreditation schemes which accommodation providers can join if they wish. There are symbols on some adverts to show if a provider belongs to a scheme. Many choose not to join these schemes, but all accommodation in this brochure is licensed to operate by the appropriate local authority. As publishers, we accept adverts in good faith as being accurate at time of going to press, and we can’t take responsibility for any inaccuracies or changes which may emerge. Do check with the advertiser before you book or buy. When you’ve done your homework, all you have to do is enjoy your holiday!

Information Centres Bath Visitor Information Centre Abbey Chambers, Abbey Church Yard, Bath. BA1 1LY Tel: 0844 847 5256 Email: tourism@bathtourism.co.uk Bristol Tourist Information Centre E Shed, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol. BS1 5TX Tel: 0906 711 2191 (50p min) Email: ticharbourside@destinationbristol.co.uk Burnham-on-Sea Information Centre (BIARS – Burnham Information & Rescue Support) South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea. TA18 1BU Tel: 01278 787852 Email: burnhaminformation@gmail.com Chard TIC The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset. TA20 1PP Tel: 01460 260051 Email: chardtowncouncil@chard.gov.uk Exmoor NPC Dulverton 7-9 Fore Street, Dulverton. TA22 9EX Tel: 01398 323841 Email: NPCDulverton@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk Exmoor NPC Dunster Dunster Steep, Dunster. TA24 6SE Tel: 01643 821835 Email: NPCDunster@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk Frome Information Centre The Library, Justice Lane, Frome. BA11 1BE Tel: 01373 465757 Email: info@frometowncouncil.gov.uk Glastonbury TIC The Tribunal, 9 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset. BA6 9DP Tel: 01458 832954 Email: info@glastonburytic.co.uk

Minehead Information Centre The Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead. TA24 5AP Tel: 01643 702624 Email: minehead.visitor@hotmail.com Porlock Visitor Centre West End, High Street, Porlock, Somerset. TA24 8QD Tel: 01643 863150 Email: visit@porlock.co.uk Shepton Mallet TIC 70 High Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. BA4 5AS Tel: 01749 345258 Email: enquiries@visitsheptonmallet.co.uk South Somerset TIC Cartgate Picnic Site, A303/A3088 Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset . TA14 6RA Tel: 01935 829333 Email: cartgate.tic@southsomerset.gov.uk Street TIC Clarks Village, Street. BA16 0BB Tel: 01458 447384 Email: info@streettic.co.uk Taunton Visitor Centre Market House, Fore Street, Taunton. TA1 1JD Tel: 01823 340470 Email: tauntontic@tauntondeane.gov.uk Wellington TIC 30 Fore Street, Wellington, Somerset. TA21 8AQ Tel: 01823 663379 Email: wellingtontic@tauntondeane.gov.uk Wells Visitor Information Service Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset. BA5 2UE Tel: 01749 671770 Email: visitwellsinfo@gmail.com Weston-super-Mare / North Somerset For information, visit the local authority website www.n-somerset.gov.uk Yeovil TIC Petters House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset. BA20 1SH Tel: 01935 462781 / 462782 Email: yeovil.tic@southsomerset.gov.uk

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Symbols These are the symbols you’ll find in adverts and sometimes on the properties you visit. To confirm a VB (VisitBritain) rating please visit www.enjoyEngland.com or telephone VisitBritain on 0208 563 3309 For AA ratings, visit www.theAA.com or telephone 01256 844455

Enjoy England ratings made easy: H HH HHH HHHH HHHH

Simple, practical, no frills Well presented and well run

Complaints If you experience any problems during your stay you should bring them to the attention of the manager at the time. This allows the matter to be put right. However if the problem remains unresolved you should address your complaint to:

For Visit Britain ratings: Quality in Tourism Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ

For AA ratings:

Good level of quality and comfort

The AA, 15th Floor, Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke RG21 4EA

Excellent standard throughout Exceptional with a degree of luxury

Green Tourism Business Scheme Businesses displaying the Green Tourism logo have been assessed for their commitment to environmental, economic and social issues. These cover everything from good management and communication to efficient lighting and heating, as well as things like nature conservation, local crafts and produce, renewable energy and community support and involvement.

An explanation of ratings and symbols Please be aware that all prices and information on the following advertisements were correct at the time of going to press and the publishers cannot accept responsibility for any errors. You should also check and confirm all details with the accommodation advertiser at time of enquiry/booking, as these may be subject to change without notice.

Key To Symbols Used In Advertisements Ground floor bedrooms Welcome Host Hospitality Training Children welcome (a number following states minimum age) Children’s playground Dogs accepted by prior arrangement Stabling available Heated indoor swimming pool Heated outdoor swimming pool Lounge for residents’ use Parking on site (a number following states max number of car spaces) Credit cards accepted Evening meal by arrangement Local produce served

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Working farm Licensed Accessible by public transport Pub within 1 mile Lift Electricity/gas coin meter Gas/electric fire Internet connection available (wireless or otherwise) Tumble dryer Linen provided Ironing facilities Automatic washing machine Dishwasher Off season Short Breaks available Freezer Microwave Flush toilets Fishing Satellite Television

Electric hookup Gas cylinder exchange or refill Showers on site Motor caravans welcome Food shop Vegetarian Non-smoking Babies & young children welcome TVs in all rooms Garden Golf Course nearby Manor House nearby Four poster bed available Cafe Telephone on site Safe available Tennis court nearby Gym Wheelchair access Horse riding


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Stunning South The South has its own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Blackdown Hills, as well as its fair share of the Levels and Moors with their characteristic willows and wildlife. It is dotted with medieval market towns and charming villages and has several notable museums.

Croquet on the lawn

Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

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YEOVIL, SOMERTON, ILLMINSTER, WINCANTON AND THE BLACKDOWN HILLS

THE BLACKDOWNS

Blackdowns

Rightly described as the ‘beautiful Blackdowns’, these hills have provided shelter as far back as the Iron Age, and evidence of hill forts, castles and World War II airfields remains. The highest point is Staple Hill and there are deep valleys and springs. It is sparsely populated with no towns ! The land is mainly used for pasture, making it popular with walkers and nature lovers. Among the highlights are Otterhead Lakes and Nature Reserve famed for its wildflowers; Neroche Forest; Ferne Animal Sanctuary and the Wellington Monument.

Somerset has a thriving network of more than 8,500 farmers and food producers, the largest in the UK. With regular farmers’ markets, farm shops and cafes there are plenty of opportunities to try ciders, cheeses and other treats made just round the corner. Not to be missed is the Brown and Forrest Smokery where you can sample the finest smoked eel.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovil

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Barrington Court Stables

Creative Charms Somerset has always attracted creative people, whether they have chosen to write about its charms or been inspired to paint, pot and weave. Our native crafts are on show for all to see in the form of thatched roofs, neatly laid hedges and baskets made of locally grown willow.

Lytes Cary

Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil

When it comes to grand displays, this area has two of international importance. The largest naval aviation collection in Europe is based at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, near Yeovil, with Chard being recognised as the birthplace of powered flight. While Haynes International Motor Museum houses the UK’s biggest exhibition of cars from around the world. The area is home to one of the country’s best known glass blowers Will Shakespeare and renowned potter John Leach.

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HOMES AND GARDENS

Picture postcard

Some of the finest historic houses and gardens in England can be found in this part of Somerset. Fans of costume drama are sure to recognise a number of our architectural gems as film and TV producers are spoiled for choice here. We have Elizabethan Montacute House which boasts the longest Long Gallery in England. It featured in the TV series ‘Wolf Hall’ and the extensive grounds were used for jousting and the Royal Tent. Montacute is owned by the National Trust as is the delightful Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house with a garden inspired by Gertrude Jekyll. Lytes Cary is a medieval manor house cared for by the National Trust. History lovers will relish Muchelney Abbey where you can still see parts of the decorated cloister walk and the only complete thatched monk’s lavatory in England ! It is not just great or historic houses that are listed in these parts, gardens can be too and one of the finest is

East Lambrook. A cottage garden, it was created by plants woman and author Margery Fish. Another small but beautifully formed garden is that at Tintinhull, with its Pool Garden created as a memorial to a WW2 fighter pilot.

Cothay Manor

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Accommodation in the South

View across the Levels to Burrow Mump

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WEAVERS COTTAGE West Chinnock, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 7QA Contact: Mrs Tricia Piper T: +44 (0) 1935 881370 E: thepipers@btinternet.com W: www.weaverscottage.uk.com A beautifully appointed, detached garden cottage. Spacious, comfortable rooms with exposed beams. NT, classic gardens and Dorset Coast. Peaceful sitting areas/summer house. Open all year. Weekly Rate: £220 - £320 Unit: 1 Sleeps: 2

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BEST WESTERN SHRUBBERY HOTEL Station Road, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9AR T: +44 (0) 1460 52108 E: simon@shrubberyhotel.com W: www.shrubberyhotel.com Situated in Ilminster near Taunton in the heart of Somerset with a private terrace the Hotel overlooks Herne Hill Nature Reserve. Free onsite parking. Bars. Restaurants. Free Wifi. Golf nearby. Pets accepted. Meeting & Conference facilities. Wedding Venue. Rooms from £80 per room per night B&B / £99 per room per night DBB.

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THORNEY LAKES C&C PARK Muchelney, Langport, Somerset, TA10 0DW Contact: Sally, Richard and Ann England T: +44 (0) 1458 250811 E: info@thorneylakes.co.uk W: www.thorneylakes.co.uk 1 mile from historic village of Muchelney on Somerset Moors and Levels. Parking in cider orchard, own fishing lakes, walks around conservation winning farm. Toilet block, free hot showers. 36 electric hook-ups. Open 23rd March - 1st November. Camping/caravan pitch: £15 - £22 (2 people) Camping pitches: 36 Caravan pitches: 36

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Guest Accommodation and Bed & Breakfast

Camping, Caravan and Holiday Parks

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Over Stratton, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5LG Contact: R Tanswell T: +44 (0) 1656 880524 E: rodney.tanswell@btinternet.com W: www.tanwyncottage.com Modernised ham stone cottage in picturesque village, lovely countryside. Well known pub and restaurant nearby. Large gardens and orchard, comfortable furnishings, well equipped kitchen. Open all year except Christmas and New Year. Weekly Rate: £290 - £430 Units: 1 Sleeps: 4

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THE MASONS ARMS 41 Lower Odcombe, Odcombe, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8TX Contact: Dave or Paula T/F: +44 (0) 1935 862591 E: info@masonsarmsodcombe.co.uk W: www.masonsarmsodcombe.co.uk A picture postcard pub locally renowned for our freshly prepared meals and microbrewery. Our rooms are luxurious, our campsite secluded and the welcome warm! 1 Bed & 2 Bed Holiday Cottage also available. Open all year. Single: £65 Double/twin: £75 (single occ) Double/twin: £95 Family: £120 (3) £130 (4)

CLEERS VIEW FARM Somerton Hill,Somerton, Somerset, TA10 9AD T: +44 (0)1458 272175 E: maiseywebb@yahoo.co.uk W: cleersviewfarm.co.uk At Cleers View Farm we believe it’s the little details that make your stay enjoyable and we hope that you will consider this your home while you are staying with us. Our 3 spacious double bedrooms offer guests all the comfort they could want, with en-suite bathrooms, colour televisions, fridges and tea & coffee making facilities. Our dining room is available to guests day and night, and it is the perfect place to read, work and relax. For business travellers, Cleers View Farm is the ideal stopover. We have free wireless internet available for guests and we do not have a minimum number of nights per stay - if you want to stay for just one night you are more than welcome! Cleers View Farm is a bungalow, and is therefore suitable for disabled guests. Dogs welcome in certain rooms please contact for details. Please let us know when booking of any special requirements. Rooms start from £75.00 per night based on 2 sharing. Discounts available for room only and stays of 7 days or more.

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BOWDENS CREST CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK Bowdens, Langport, Somerset, TA10 0DD T: +44 (0) 1458 250553 E: bowdenscrestbookings@aol.co.uk W: www.bowdenscrest.co.uk Under New Management. If you are looking for a holiday park providing camping and caravanning in Somerset, look no further. The family owned Bowdens Crest Holiday Park offers a peaceful holiday location, with quality facilities in beautiful natural surroundings. Facilities include; shop, outdoor play area, games room, laundry, FREE showers, FREE Wifi. You will enjoy our site with a restaurant & bar which overlooks the Somerset Countryside. The Sunday roast has local meats and are available at lunchtime and evening, we also offer an Indian & Oriental menu offering a variety of dishes to suit most palates. A toddler & children’s menu is also available. Open all year.

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Caravans for hire from £60 per night or weekly from £300. Pitches - without hookup incl. 2 adults from £17 per night. With hookup icl. 2 adults from £21 per night.

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LORDLEAZE HOTEL Henderson Drive, Forton Road TA20 2HW T: +44 (0) 1460 61066 E: info@lordleazehotel.com W: www.lordleazehotel.com Converted 18th Century farmhouse is now a delightful country Hotel renowned for good food and welcoming, family run atmosphere. Ideally located for the Jurassic Coast with rolling countryside and many National Trust Properties nearby. Bar & Lounge with log burning stove, real ales and fine wines. Excellent Restaurant with local produce from the land and sea. Attractive 25 bedroom ensuite accomodation. 1x4 poster bedroom, 2x family rooms, ground floor rooms also available with disabled access and facilities. All other rooms queen size doubles or twin beds with 3 star hotel facilities. Half Board Breaks & Holidays: 3 course Dinner, Bed & breakfast rates from £155.00 per night per couple - single rates also available.Please ring or email us for further details. Open all year. Single: £79 B&B ES8 Double: £125 B&B ES9 Twin: £125 B&B ES6 Family: £135-£150 B&B ES2

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LITTLE NORTON MILL Norton-sub-Hamdon, Somerset, TA14 6TE T: +44 (0) 1935 881337 E: p.allard190@btinternet.com W: www.littlenortonmill.co.uk 4* self catering 2 bedroom cottages overlooking the mill pond and 1 bedroom apartments situated in the grounds of an 18th century watermill with 3 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. Many NT properties, cider mills, RSPB reserves nearby. World Heritage Coast within easy reach. Excellent local pubs.


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Enchanting East Kilver Court Gardens

If the other areas on our map have landscapes protected for their natural beauty, the one we refer to as the East has a City so beautiful it has UNESCO World Heritage status. While Bath’s prosperity sprang from its naturally hot springs, other parts of this area had grown rich on wool in the Middle Ages. It is thanks to sheep and the wool trade that we have fine towns, such as Frome and Shepton Mallet. 43 X


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BATH, FROME, SHEPTON MALLET, KEYNSHAM, THE SOMER VALLEY AND THE MENDIP HILLS

Thermae Bath Spa

MORE TO BATH THAN WATER Visitors from all over the world flock to the Roman Baths. One of Northern Europe’s finest historic sites, it is remarkably preserved and wonderfully presented following a multi-million pound redevelopment. It is still possible to experience bathing in the hot, mineral rich waters.

The Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet

As well as bubbling up in springs, water in Bath also flows under Pulteney Bridge, one of only four in the world with shops across it on both sides. Bath has had many well-known residents, perhaps the most famous being Jane Austen, who has a centre in a Georgian town house dedicated to her.

LET’S TALK SHOPS Catherine Hill, Frome

Keynsham

The Kennet and Avon canal

With a reputation spanning the centuries for fashion, it is no surprise that Bath has long attracted retailers – both house-hold names and independents. It is worth exploring the side streets, Artisan Quarter and the new Southgate Centre. If it is labels you’re after, the award-winning Kilver Court Designer Village in a former textile mill at Shepton Mallet is a real gem and the town is also home to the Mulberry Factory Shop. Nearby Frome, picked out by The Times as one of the ‘Best Places to Live in Britain’ is jam packed with shops, many of which you won’t find anywhere else. Both Keynsham and Midsomer Norton have bustling High Streets too where you can enjoy a unique shopping experience with independent retailers amongst the cafe’s and eateries.

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Holborne Museum

Museums & Monuments East Somerset is steeped in history and there are plenty of places where you can learn more. The Fashion Museum Bath, founded by a designer, has a world-class collection of dresses through the ages. Holburne Museum was the City’s first public art gallery and has paintings by Gainsborough, Stubbs and others. You might be surprised to know Bath also has the only museum of American decorative and folk art outside the United States. Travelling further back in time you can visit Farleigh Hungerford near Frome dating from the 14th century but now in ruins with an impressive collection of lead coffins. Of similar age, Nunney Castle, built by John de la Mare, is also a ruin yet retains some magic as it has a moat. While you are out that way you can visit Mells, a little village that is big on history. The neolithic stone circles at Stanton Drew are the third largest in England, but not a lot of people know that ! These incredible prehistoric arrangements rival the better known Avebury and Stonehenge.

Nunney Castle

There are several Iron Age hill forts such as the one at Maes Knoll, near Bristol.

Farleigh Hungerford

Prior Park Bath

Two Roman villas have been discovered in Keynsham, one of them is said to be the grandest in Britain, and more dwellings from that time have been brought to light on the Keynsham Hams.

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BATH, FROME, SHEPTON MALLET, KEYNSHAM, THE SOMER VALLEY AND THE MENDIP HILLS

THE SOMER VALLEY

Somerset Coalfield Life Museum, Radstock

Spectacular walking and cycling country awaits you in this area with a variety of routes to choose from, both on and off the path with good public transport links available. Visit the diverse attractions on offer, from Radstock Museum to a lavender farm and a trekking centre to a steam railway and a flooded quarry diving centre. While natural mounds rise up from the Levels of central Somerset, it is the man-made variety that will surprise you here – spoil heaps from the mines of the Somerset Coalfield. Believe it or not, there were almost 80 collieries in 1901 around the town of Radstock. Spoil from the Writhington Mine is a site of Special Scientific Interest as it contained more than 1400 insect fossils. An old pit-winding wheel dominates the centre of the town outside the award-winning Somerset Coalfield Life Museum, which is where to go to learn all about this fascinating period of the area’s past. Midsomer Norton is another town that grew on the strength of its coalmines, the last of which closed in the 1960s. The town has so much to offer the visitor including beautiful churches, independent shops and a beautiful High Street.

Radstock

Somerset and Dorset Railway, Midsomer Norton

Chew Valley Lake is well renowned for its scenic beauty and top quality fly-fishing. The size and condition of the trout caught here is second to none and anglers find success using a wide variety of fishing methods.

The George at Norton St Phillip

Midsomer Norton Town Centre

The Colliers Way traces the route of old railways and quiet lanes, this relaxing and mainly traffic-free environment is excellent for walking and cycling, with large sections suitable for wheelchair users and some where horse-riding is allowed. Whether you’re planning a family day out or a gentle stroll to a country pub, if you are interested in the area’s history and heritage, or simply wish to get fresh air and exercise, there is something for everyone.

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The George Inn and Gilbert Scoot designed church at Norton St Philip, Bath Abbey, Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Lutyens’ lychgate and Jack & Jill Hill in Kilmersdon, St Mary Magdalene Church tower in Chewton Mendip.


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GREYFIELD FARM COTTAGES Greyfield Farm, The Gug, High Littleton, Somerset BS39 6YQ T: +44 (0) 1761 471132 E: june@greyfieldfarm.com W: www.greyfieldfarm.com Located in a peaceful setting close to Bath, Bristol & Wells and overlooking the Mendip Hills. Five, stone Self Catering and Serviced Holiday cottages with own garden/patio, centrally heated, fully equipped, Facilities include Hot Tub, Free Wi-Fi, Finish Sauna, Mini-Gym, Barbeque Hut, Boules Court and Information Hut with Book/DVD collection. Self Catering Cottages and Fully Serviced Holiday Apartments are available All Year Round.

Accommodation in the East

HIGH LITTLETON

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Cottages from £81 - £160 per night / from £329 - £545 per week High Season from £128 - £248 per night / from £536 - £843 per week

PURBECK HOLIDAY LETS Bridge Place Road, Camerton, Bath, BA2 0PD T: +44 (0) 1761 471358 E: enquiries@purbeckholidaylets.co.uk W: www.purbeckholidaylets.co.uk Luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation comes in the form of two Scandinavian lodges and two holiday apartments. The Luxurious self-catering log cabins have 2 well equipped bedrooms as well as a sofa bed and can sleep up to six people. The self-catering holiday apartments have one well equipped room and can accommodate up to 2 + 2 on sofa bed. Apartments from £120 per night for a min of 2 nights Lodges from £180 per night for a min of 2 nights

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Celebrating our Produce Cider, cheese, ale and strawberries - these are what usually spring to mind when talking about Somerset and our most famous produce.

One of the oldest cider makers in the world... Located in the heart of Somerset Farmshop, Cafe, Museum, Orchard Walks Playpark, Evening Restaurant Dining

Open 7 days a week 01823 461 233 WWW.SHEPPYSCIDER.COM

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Somerset has some nationally known brands who are selling their varieties far and wide. Although you can have a cider almost anywhere, there is something quite special about sampling it close to where it is made, especially if you have the chance to watch the process. You can take a tour of Myrtle Farm where the Thatcher family has been making cider since 1904 or you can spend time at Torre Cider Farm with its shop and tea room. You can also visit the museum at Sheppy’s Cider where there is also a bar and restaurant. If you favour hops over apples then you’ll be pleased to hear you’re never far from a good honest pint and that the County has a growing number of breweries - some well-known, others quite tiny. To find out how a fine brew comes about, you can arrange a visit to Butcombe Brewing Co. A great accompaniment to your cider or ale is Cheddar cheese enjoyed around the world and the good news is that it is still made in the village and matured in the caves. What many people may not realise is that Cheddar is renowned not only for its caves and cheese but for its strawberries. Once there was a Strawberry Line so named because of the volumes of these beauties it took by train to London. They and many other delicious local fruit, vegetables and home-made goods can be found at the many Farmers’ Markets and Food Festivals. The Strawberry Line now offers a beautiful walk through fields and orchards.

WELCOME TO OUR CIDER FARM

Pop into our shop at Myrtle Farm where you will find our full range of ciders...

Recent additions to the Somerset larder are oysters which have been re-introduced to Porlock Bay where they are now farmed. Also perhaps not often associated with Somerset is wine but we have some award-winning producers such as Oatley Vineyard at Cannington. Somerset is home to many small restaurants and gastro-pubs, who aim to serve as much locally grown produce as possible. Finally don’t miss our version of a West Country Cream Tea which can be enjoyed in the many gardens, tea rooms and cafes across the County.

...or join us at the Railway Inn for some delicious food and a friendly atmosphere.

Myrtle Farm, Sandford, Somerset, BS25 5RA For more information visit www.thatcherscider.co.uk or call 01934 822862

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Somerset Wildlife Spotter Somerset is home to a wide variety of wonderful wildlife, including some of the UK’s rarer species including the otter, dormouse, lapwing and the stag beetle.

It is also home to lots of reptiles and amphibians including the common toad, great crested newt, grass snake, adder, common lizard and the slow-worm.

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PRIMATIVE BRITISH GOAT

Why not see what amazing wildlife you can spot while you are in Somerset? We’ve chosen a selection of the County’s wildlife and if you’re lucky enough to see them, tick the picture! Remember, wild creatures are very shy and don’t like people being to close to them. So try not to disturb them. Please remember to take food and rubbish home or put it in the bin. Happy wildlife spotting!

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EXMOOR PONIES

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SOAY SHEEP

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What have you spotted? Tick the box next to the picture when you’ve seen the animal!

Did you know? Litter is one of the biggest concerns for our county. Not only is it unpleasant to see on our beaches, it also threatens our wildlife, as they can mistake the litter for food or get tangled up in it. Always remember to;

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• take your picnic food home with you or find a nearby bin and recycle what you can • don’t feed the seagulls as it encourages them to dive and snatch food which can be dangerous Why not take part in a beach clean! Visit www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk/ somerset to find a beach clean near you.

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Walk the England Coast Path in Somerset or sample some of our #SecretSeaWalks www.visitsomerset.co.uk/things-to-do/england-coast-path

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What’s the attraction?

Somerset enjoys a diverse selection of quality attractions. Whether you are seeking an adrenalin rush or a touch of tranquillity; a chance to step back in time or sample the latest craze, there is something for everyone.

WINCANTON RACECOURSE THE RACING HEART OF YOUR COMMUNITY 2017/18 SEASON FIXTURES NOW ON SALE

People have been attracted to the shelter of rocks, protection of hill tops and produce of rich pasture from the earliest days and have left behind a variety of clues to their lives in the forts, castles, abbeys and country houses – all waiting to be explored. A County with such history and heritage is bound to support a number of museums, but a bonus in Somerset is the sheer variety of the exhibits with everything from racing cars and fighter planes, willow baskets and posh frocks to pitch forks and cider presses, ancient skeletons and desert boots. Somerset is becoming one of the most important places for wildlife in the UK with reclaimed peat works on the moors and coastal wetlands attracting some of our rarest birds. The newly opened stretch of the England Coast Path offers fascinating walks, and the range of terrain inland makes Somerset a popular choice for cyclists.

VISIT WINCANTONRACECOURSE.CO.UK FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Every time you play on the lawn it helps us look after the garden Perched high with wide sweeping views, Dunster Castle offers fine interiors, an imposing staircase and Mediterraneaninspired terrace garden. You can visit a working watermill or just play on the lawn. Find us 2 miles south east of Minehead

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New Wellness Suite Now Open.

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Relax in the warm, mineral-rich waters of Bath’s natural thermal Spa.

Open daily from 09.00 – 21.30 (pools & Wellness Suite close at 21.00)

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Sites of Somerset See history come alive at Cleeve Abbey, Muchelney Abbey and Farleigh Hungerford Castle.

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a sanctuary to soothe the soul & revive the spirit chalicewell.org.uk

01458 831154 info@chalicewell.org.uk Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, BA6 8DD Chalice Well Trust. Registered Charity No. 1147343

WELLS CATHEDRAL Explore the history, heritage and myths of this iconic Somerset site www.glastonburyabbey.com E: info@glastonburyabbey.com T: 01458 832267 /GlastonburyAbbeySomerset @glastonburyabbe Registered charity no. 1129263

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All under one glorious roof!

Discover the ‘most poetic of the English Cathedrals’ and medieval Vicars’ Close in the heart of England’s smallest city. • • • • • •

Open daily FREE guided tours (Mon-Sat), no booking required FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks (Sat & Wed from 11.10am, Apr-Oct) Family self-guided discovery trails and holiday workshops Shop and café serving locally-sourced products Regular series of concerts and free lunchtime recitals

We welcome everyone to our Cathedral services and events; our website has details of the many activities which take place here. Donations are welcome on entry to the Cathedral.

www.wellscathedral.org.uk 01749 674483


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Nestled in the heart of Somerset just one mile from the world famous town of Glastonbury, Clarks Village is a shopping destination unlike any other.

You’ll find award winning landscaped gardens and traditional paved walkways, a stylish restaurant terrace with indoor and outdoor dining, a choice of coffee shops and of course an unrivalled selection of designer and high street stores offering up to 60% off every day.

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See spectacular exhibitions and browse the outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. Near Pulteney Bridge, Bath www.victoriagal.org.uk 01225 477233

One of the world’s leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. www.fashionmuseum.co.uk 01225 477789 24-hour information 01225 477867

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At the heart of Bath stands the remains of one of the finest spas of the ancient world. See the ruins of the temple of Sulis Minerva, visit the bath house where Romans bathed and walk on 2,000-year-old Roman pavements. www.romanbaths.co.uk 01225 477785 / 24-hour information 01225 477867

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GET ALL STEAMED UP AT THE AVON VALLEY RAILWAY Steam or Diesel trains operate: Saturday & Sunday and selected Wednesdays April to September (except the first Saturday of each month) PLUS: Sundays in October and Tuesday to Thursday during school summer and half term holidays

Tel: 0117 932 5538 www.avonvalleyrailway.org Bitton Railway Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol BS30 6HD

A Great Centre for Antiques and Collectables

See where film stars and inventors found their inspiration at Lacock There are 800 years of history at Britain's birthplace of photography; a medieval cloister, furnished rooms, wooded grounds and a quintessential English village, famous from TV and film productions such as Wolf Hall, Downton Abbey and Harry Potter. Call 01249 730459 for details or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock #nationaltrust

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When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in the South West

© National Trust 2016. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Photography © National Trust Images\Arnhel de Serra.

OVER 95 TRADERS AT ONE LARGE VENUE - TRADING 7 DAYS A WEEK

Tea, Coffee, Snacks & Freshly Prepared Food

The Old Textile Mill, South St, Crewkerne TA18 8AG Tel: 01460 77121 www.antiquesbazaar.co.uk FREE PARKING AVAILABLE


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www.visitsomerset.co.uk GREAT DAYS OUT AT THE LARGEST FREE ADMISSION THEME PARK IN THE SOUTH WEST

OPEN MARCH TO NOVEMBER

Over 40 attractions including Roller Coasters indoor and outdoor, Log Flume, Dodgems, Crazy Boats, our famous Magic Mouse Coaster, Wipe Out, THE UK’S T LARGES Ghost Train in Terror Castle, and SION FREE ADMIS RK Children’s rides Fantasia, Looney THEME PA Tunes, Caterpiller Coaster, Cups and Saucers and many more catering for the whole family. Also 18 hole Congo Adventure Golf and Go Kart Track. To ride the attractions customers can either purchase all inclusive wristbands or tokens to ride individual rides. Riders are governed by the Parks height restrictions. E OF

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West Somerset Railway

SUMMER SERVICES

West Somerset Railway steam trains between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) & Minehead via the Quantock Hills & the Exmoor coast

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2018 special event dates:

Spring Steam Gala - 22nd - 25th March Diesel Gala - 8th - 10th June Cheese and Cider - Various dates throughout the season Cream Tea Specials - Various dates throughout the season Late Summer Weekend - 1st - 2nd September Autumn Steam Gala - 27th - 30th September Meet and Greets 31st March, 2nd June, 8th September Santa Services, various dates througout December.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT

WWW.WEST-SOMERSET-RAILWAY.CO.UK 01643 704996

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Minutes from the A303. Post code: BA22 7LH

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World Horse Welfare

Glenda Spooner Farm A fun, free family day out!

Looking to book a Birthday Party with a difference! Contact Glenda Spooner Farm now for more information and prices

Free Family Day out - meet the horses, spend time in the play paddock and enjoy lunch in our Bistro

Activities take place through the School holidays, keep an eye on the website for dates and details

Open Wednesday – Sunday, all year round Bistro open from 10am - 4pm Farm open from 11am - 4pm World Horse Welfare Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Brincil Hill, Kingsdon, TA11 7LA t: +44 (0) 1935 841442 Follow us on Facebook

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Trip Advisor’s No. 1 Visitor Attraction in Taunton

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Visit Somerset Guide 2018  

A comprehensive guide to Somerset