We have put together a list of places for families to visit while staying at our holiday cottages. We think there is so much to do and see locally from wild moors, hills and coasts to explore , shopping in Bath, Bristol, Exeter and Street, visiting local museums from Willows and Wetlands centre and Taunton Museum. Here is a taster of places we would recommend visiting for all the family.
The Quantock hills are wonderful to explore, from forests to open moorland with superb views and wild ponys. Fyne Court and Ramscombe are both great areas to explore, picnic or BBQ at Ramscombe with streams for children to play, forests to explore and open grass land to play cricket and kick a football around. Brilliant place for mountainbiking and pony trekking at http://www.quantocktrekking.co.uk
Take the 360 challenge and walk to the top of 6 hills in Somerset, at the top of each of these hills you will be rewarded with a 360 view of the surrounding area, the Hills include: Burrow Mump, Brean Down, Brent Knoll, Glastonbury Tor, Crooks Peak and Lullover Hill. Each is spectacular and a really enjoyable walk up to the top. (Burrow Mump is the easiest with Crooks peak being the most difficult).
Glastonbury town has its own unique cultural and spiritual heritage, places to visit are Glastonbury tor and Glastonbury Abby, but it is also worth exploring the town to learn more about the myths and legends.
Wells – is known as the smallest city in England, with the stunning Bishops Palace and Wells cathedral, also the wonderful markets in the medieval lanes, if you like vegetarian food the wonderful restaurant “The Good Earth” is worth a visit.
Haynes motor museum – the UK’s largest collection of the cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes. http://haynesmotormuseum.com/
Fleet Air Arm – Europe’s largest naval aviation collection http://www.fleetairarm.com/
flip-out in Wellington is a indoor trampoline centre, great place for wet days and children with tons of energy.
Hestercomber Gardens – a wonderful pace to explore, with childrens play area, beautifully restored 17th century Hestercombe watermill in action, ponds, 50acres or gardens and the old stables coffee shop, they host family friendly events throughout the year. https://www.hestercombe.com/
Walk or cycle the strawberry line at the base of the Mendip hills, The 10-mile route takes you through varied Somerset landscapes of wildlife-rich wetlands, old settlements, fragrant cider orchards and towering hills. http://sandfordstation.co.uk/
Visit our local beaches:
Lyme Regis with lovely old harbour and town, lovely sandy beach for little children to swim.
Burnham on Sea beach is award winning, sandy beach – not good swimming but brilliant when the tide is out to play hockey on the beach – also lovely walk from the end of Burnham on sea beach up to Brean Down.
Weston-super-Mare is a great for traditional beach resort activities including donkey riding, the pier is a good place to explore with kids
Our favourite is Fossil hunting at Kilve Beach and finish up at the Chantry House for the best cream teas or ice cream.
National Trust Properties:
Montacute House (as seen in Wolf Hall),
Lytes Cary Manor,
Fyne Court has fantastic grounds for kids to explore, trees to climb, dens to play in and streams and puddles for kids to get wet in (take dry clothes).
West Somerset Steam Railway goes from Bishops Lydeard along the foothills of the Quantocks to Minehead beach. Where you can explore the town or sit on the beaching eating ice-cream! Perfect!!
Taunton is the county town, places to visit are the Vivary Park with a good children’s play area, high ropes and pitch and putt for older children and adults. The Museum of Somerset life within the 12th Century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, https://museumofsomerset.org.uk. Somerset County Cricket Ground is a must visit if you enjoy watching cricket in a wonderful location http://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk
Small local towns that are interesting places to explore include Langport, is 4 miles away and has really good cafes, small independent shops and a walk along the river bank. Also Somerton Ilminster and Bridgwater are worth exploring.
Beautiful city of Bath; take a tour around the Roman Baths and 1 the Royal Crescent Museum. Spend time in Bath spar with the swimming pool on the roof.
Shopping at Street shopping village is great for a bargain. the Lido at Street is a great place for people who don’t fancy shopping, relax in the lovely gardens and swim in the 2 pools. Great place for kids also.
swimming pools – swimming pools in Taunton (Taunton pool) and Bridgwater (1610 at chiltern trinity school).
Diggerland Devon, brilliant place for boys as they will get to drive diggers http://www.diggerland.com/
Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park, http://www.crealy.co.uk/Devon
Wookey Hole. http://www.wookey.co.uk/
Cheddar Gorge and Caves, with beautiful walks around the gorge and also guided tours of the caves. http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/
Skiing and tobogganing and so much more at Mendip ski centre http://mendip.me