Things to do in Somerset
- Cheddar Caves and gorge, explore your world at cheddar caves and gorge- 300million years in the making.
- West Somerset Railway, The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey.
- Fleet Air Arm Museum is the leading aviation museum with 45 historic air crafts on display illustrating the history of British naval aviation history from 1910 to today.
- Monacute TV, radio and toy museum provides a nostalgic trip through the world of radio and TV programmes,
- Haynes international motor museum, is one of the largest motor museums in the country with unique collection of some of the worlds rarest and most exotic cars.
- Glastonbury Abbey, romantic ruin and peaceful parkland.
- Wookey Hole, Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey.
- Burrow Mump is a hill and historic site overlooking Southlake Moor . It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
- Westonzoyland pumping station museum of steam power and land drainage open each Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.
- Muchelney Abbey has an excavated ground plan of 10th century Benedictine abbey and church and preserved remains of the 15th century cloister and abbots house.
- Hanging chapel in Langport, straddling a road, the chapel has been used for many purposes from housing a chantey for the Blessed Virgin Mary to illegal catholic masses during Edward VI’s reign.
- Clapton Mill a grade 2 listed water mill recognized as one of the most complete and original water mills in Britain.
- The Somerset Distillery see this beautiful 150 year old cider and Brandy farm in action and sample some of the famous sparkling ciders and Brandy.
Houses and gardens:
- Clarks Village is an outlet shopping centre with over 90 stores. www.clarksvillage.co.uk
- Local towns that are worth a shopping visit are Taunton, Somerton, Langport and Bridgwater each have interesting shops, restaurants and cafes to investigate.
- 3 cities which are all within 1hrs drive and offer superb shopping are Exeter, Bristol and Bath. All have recently opened new shopping centres which offer a wide variety of shopping choice,
- Exeters princesshay www.princesshay.com
- Bristols cabot circus www.cabotcircus.com
- Baths milsom street and southgate centre www.visitbath.co.uk
Health and well being:
- Walking the river Parrett trail, it can be enjoyed as a 50 mile hike over 3-4 days or as a series of shorter walks exploring some of England’s most beautiful and fragile countryside, We can provide the 9 maps and booklet which provides locations of pubs and attractions and information about the arts and craft work to be found on the trail.
- Walking in the rustic landscapes of Somerset, 4 areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Exmoor national park, and the Quantock, Blackdown and Mendip hills.
- Langport & River Parrett visitor centre and cycle hire situated in historic Langport, visitor centre provided an opportunity to discover life on the Somerset levels and moors.
- Coleridge way, walk 36miles through stunning Somerset country side, from the Quantock hills through the Brendon hills and Exmoor. We have the leaflet and maps. www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/coleridgeway
- Fishing in Somerset, there are 3 main fishing rivers and many reservoirs, lakes, ponds and the sea. We have leaflets and information on all the different types of fishing areas and would be very happy to help you plan your fishing trips.
- Walking the levels and moors, there are 10 circular walks taking in this breathtaking landscape. We have many maps and can tell you about areas of interest and local pubs/cafes
- We have stabling and pasture for horses.
- Manor farm horse trekking where you can hack for miles on the Quantock hills.
- Taunton racecourse for winter NH racing.
- Wincanton racecourse, 17 fixtures of quality jump racing between oct – may www.wincantonracecourse.co.uk
- Taunton vale golf club has matured into a spectacular 18 hole golf course.
- Somerset County Cricket Club has many fixtures to keep you entertained.
- Haynes international motor museum, the test circuit can be hired for exclusive private hire.
We have maps and guides and further information in the Old Cowstall and can offer help in planning your journeys.
Traditional Crafts and Courses:
- Musgrove Willow are the leading willow growers and producers in somerset. they run a rang of courses in willow making including:
- Hurdle weaving
- Traditional Baskets,
- Garden Structures
- They also take bird watching course on the somerset levels.
- Lilac barn, for courses in patchwork quilting, furniture restoration, lampshade, curtain and blind making.
- Burrow hill cider, see this beautiful 150 yr old cider farm in action and sample some of the famous sparkling ciders and Brandy.
- Brown and Forest smokery, restaurant and shop in converted barns at Bowden farm, the smokery produces all kinds of smoked fish, meat and cheese using old fashioned wood fired smokers.
- Perry`s cider mill and rural museum. Traditional ciders to sample and buy in the farm shop.
- John Leach gallery, muchelney pottery with modern gallery selling ceramics, sculpture and paintings.
- Dowlish wake pottery and gallery making and selling a huge range of superb pottery and locally made arts and crafts, tel 01460 53553
- Somerset guild of craftsmen in the courthouse gallery has a diverse, eclectic collection of superb quality crafts.
Wildlife and nature reserves:
- RSPB reserves – Swell wood, West Sedgmoor and Greylake, located on the somerset levels which is amongst England`s largest remaining wet meadow systems with many different birds to see including: lapwings, snipe and redshanks breeding and winter floods attracting many others.
- Langport & River Parrett visitor centre situated in historic Langport, visitor centre provided an opportuninty to discover life on the somerset levels and moors,
- Ham hill country park, largest iron age hillfort in Britian, now 400 acre country park offering superb views across south Somerset to Exmoor, Mendips, Dorset and Wiltshire, www.southsomerset.gov.uk
Coast and resorts:
- Minehead, sits on the edge of Exmoor national park, offers traditional seaside fun with promenade, beach and harbour.
- Lyme Regis is situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast. Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features. www.lymeregis.org
- Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including our famous donkeys. www.visitsomerset.co.uk/site/weston-super-mare-p500433