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  • Wookey Hole welcomes top ABBA tribute30-06-2015

    A multi-award winning ABBA tribute act will be taking Dancing Queens and Super Troupers back to the Seventies when they perform at Wookey Hole...

  • Pier helps to put Somerset in spotlight19-06-2015

    The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has seen its fair share of drama over the years – and could soon be seeing plenty more.

    The team at...

  • Noah's Ark elephant is Twitter star18-06-2015

    The sight of some unusual wildlife in the Somerset countryside made the crew of a police helicopter switch on their cameras for a closer look this...

  • Visit Somerset joins sun safety campaign18-06-2015

    Visit Somerset has joined a campaign to ensure holidaymakers stay safe in the sun this summer.

    The team has joined forces with the Skin...

  • Wolf Hall costumes at Barrington Court16-06-2015

    Grand costumes worn by the stars of Wolf Hall are on show at Barrington Court, in the very rooms in which the drama was brought to life....

  • Wellington Monument illuminated for bicentenary16-06-2015

    Somerset’s Wellington Monument will be illuminated to mark exactly 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo.

    The obelisk, on the top of...

  • Curtain up on major project at Tyntesfield16-06-2015

    A major project is under way at Tyntesfield’s Victorian Gothic house that will allow visitors to enjoy the beautiful views of the estate...

  • Award success for West Somerset Railway16-06-2015

    Against competition from heritage railway lines across the country, West Somerset Railway has taken a second place spot in the prestigious Group...

  • Taunton Flower Show 201516-06-2015

     Beauty, Melody, Aroma, Awe for all in the Park this Summer.

    August 7 & 8th this year sees Britain’s oldest, longest running...

  • Rare armadillo born at Longleat15-06-2015

    Longleat is celebrating the arrival of a rare southern three-banded armadillo.

    Charlie, as he has been nicknamed by keepers, was born in April...

  • Longleat plays host to T-rex14-06-2015

    Longleat’s Great Hall has had its fair share of historic visits over the centuries – but never one that’s prehistoric.


  • Summer arrives at Tyntesfield10-06-2015

    Tyntesfield’s summer season is under way, with events offering visitors the chance to explore the estate after dark and stretch their vocal...

  • Zoo farm visitors see fawn's birth04-06-2015

    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm has welcomed a new red deer fawn at its Wraxall site – and its arrival was witnessed by visitors from the car...

  • Bumper Royal Bath & West Show for 201501-06-2015

    The 2015 Royal Bath and West Show lived up to its billing of showcasing Great British agriculture, entertainment, food and drink...

May 2015

  • Grand Pier Scoops Top Award25-05-2015

    Congratulations to The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare which scooped one of this year’s coveted National Coach Tourism Awards...

  • 152nd Royal Bath and West Show this week25-05-2015

    The 152nd Royal Bath and West Show is just days away from throwing open its doors with a wealth of activities to entertain the whole family...

  • It's not yet Christmas but reindeer are welcome25-05-2015

    Keepers at a big zoo animal park near Bristol are celebrating the triple births of three cute Reindeer calves born within a week of each other...

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    We do like to be beside the seaside...25-05-2015

    Congratulations to Burnham-on-Sea and Berrow which have been awarded the prestigious Seaside Awards by national campaign group Keep Britain Tidy...

  • Blasting into the unknown25-05-2015

    Wookey Hole Caves is blasting into a major expansion with plans to create a new tunnel which will open up previously unseen caverns beneath the...

  • Get ready for Ladies Day at Royal Bath & West15-05-2015

    Fashion will be entering the ring for the 5th year running at the Royal Bath & West Show.  On Friday  May 29 you are invited to join...

  • Joan Armatrading is special guest at Extravaganza15-05-2015

    Joan Armatrading is to be a special guest at the Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza in August, Michael Eavis announced.

    The singer is currently...

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    Somerset Day - May 1109-05-2015

    Celebrate with us as we celebrate Somerset Day.

    There's lots to do and see all year round but there's some specific events purely on...

  • Cygnets hatch live on Palace Swan Cam09-05-2015

    Wynn and Brynn the world-famous Mute swans living on the moat at The Bishop’s Palace are parents.

    Cygnets were spotted hatching in...

  • Noah's Ark welcomes newborn Charlotte05-05-2015

    Noah's Ark Zoo Farm has named its latest arrival after the newborn Royal princess.

    The Highland calf was a girl so staff at Noah's Ark...

April 2015

  • Bid for coach friendly status29-04-2015

    Glastonbury is bidding to become coach friendly in order to welcome more visitors to the historic town.

    Bosses at the town's abbey,...

  • Create edible hanging basket29-04-2015

    On Saturday 16th May 2015, The Bishop’s Palace will be holding a Master Class entitled ‘Create Your Own Edible Hanging Basket’...

  • Elephant Eden Praised29-04-2015

    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol has been praised for the success of its ‘Elephant Eden’ programme in a new report by...

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    Membership Event - April 2927-04-2015

    On Wednesday 29th April Visit Somerset directors invites its members to meet CEO John Turner and find out more about the...

  • Key dates for Warren Farm16-04-2015

    Warren Farm, Brean Sands, has a host of activities lined up for those staying with there this year and here's a snapshot of what's on...

  • Check out the Palace's Swan Cam16-04-2015

    The Bishop’s Palace is delighted to announce that a brand new state-of-the-art ‘Swan Cam’ is now up and running by the moat just...

  • Take a walk on the wildside16-04-2015

    The hunt is on to find out how many species of wildlife call Glastonbury Abbey home.

    And with 36 acres to search ranging from ponds to...

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    Taunton Town FC latest 10-04-2015

    The club are delighted to announce the reappointment of Leigh Robinson as first team manager for the 2015-16 season. Leigh was appointed in June...

  • Free event - Friday April 1009-04-2015

    Wessex Water is hosting a free event to mark the reopening of the Bleadon Levels nature reserve.

    Families are invited to come along on Friday...

March 2015

  • Look who is coming to the Grand Pier30-03-2015

    The popular BBC One antiques programme Flog It presented by Paul Martin, is set to visit North Somerset on Thursday 16th April 2015...

  • Partnership with WHRA18-03-2015

    Day Tripper may have been a 1960s hit for the Beatles but it’s the day tripper which is helping to keep Weston-super-Mare an iconic seaside...

  • Easter Wonderland planned for Wookey15-03-2015

    With special guest visitors including Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter and with a wonderland-themed grotto filled with over 20,000 Easter...

  • Bishops Palace welcomes artist14-03-2015

    Artist William Balthazar Rose will take up a position at the first ever Artist-in-Residence at The Bishop’s Palace at the end of March...

  • Floral marquee back for 2015 Show14-03-2015

    The Floral Marquee is to return to the 2015 Royal Bath and West Show due to popular demand, it was announced today.

    Organisers say...

  • New team member for Pier14-03-2015

    Chris Ratcliffe has joined the food and beverage team at the Grand Pier. She comes after spending three years at the popular Coffee #1 in the town...

  • Getting ready for English Tourism Week14-03-2015

    Characters at Puxton Park Adventure Park are getting ready for a week-long celebration of events to mark English Tourism Week.


  • Marathon Challenger says thank you14-03-2015

    Grand Pier director Michelle Michael MBE has been given a silver shield by local challenge adventurer Jason Smith, as a thank you for sponsoring...

  • Proud mum shows off zebra foal14-03-2015

    A zebra foal which was born on Valentine’s Day is set to meet visitors at Longleat over the Mother’s Day weekend.

    The tiny...

  • Visitors urged to get on their bikes09-03-2015

    Visit Somerset is backing the organisers of the Great Weston Ride in an effort to increase and pedal awareness of Somerset's amazing cycling...

  • Ray Davies headlines Extravaganza01-03-2015

    Ray Davies is to headline Glastonbury Abbey for the annual Extravaganza in August, Michael Eavis has announced.

    This year's event - the...

  • Community garden master classes01-03-2015

    The Bishop’s Palace is launching a series of Master Classes based in its Community Garden for 2015.

    The Master Classes aim to encourage...

  • Pier inspires pottery project01-03-2015

    Students from Banwell Pottery are planning a special thank you to Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier after the landmark provided the perfect inspiration...

February 2015

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    Bishop's Palace wins Gold24-02-2015

    The Bishop’s Palace has been awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland, the official tourist board for England.


    The accolade was...

  • Simon's Somerset Safaris24-02-2015

    Visit Somerset Ambassador, Simon King OBE, is to host a wildlife safari in his home County, offering a chance for visitors to see rare creatures...

  • Full steam ahead for English Tourism Week23-02-2015

    England’s longest "heritage railway” is offering special bookable in advance discounted tickets during English Tourism Week...

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    Visit Somerset competition winners 201423-02-2015

    The 2014 prize draw winners have been announced. The competition ran in last year's Visit Somerset brochure.

    The Oliver family of South...

  • TV company takes to the beach04-02-2015

    Berrow Beach in Somerset has proved to be the ideal site for TV production company making a series testing the reality of some of the latest...

  • Choral weekend in Dunster04-02-2015

    Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster is celebrating its 10th year of choral weekends in 2015.

    Each February it holds a choral singing weekend with...

  • Star-studded garden festival revealed03-02-2015

    The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is to hold a star-studded Garden Festival from 20th-25th June 2015.


    The Palace Trust, the...

January 2015

  • Paint and Pamper at The Castle28-01-2015

    Explore your artistic side with one of  new Paint & Pamper Weekends at The Castle Hotel!  These painting holidays are for all ages...

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    Alfred Jewel returns to Somerset28-01-2015

    The Alfred Jewel, widely regarded as one of this country’s most important archaeological discovery, is coming home to Somerset, the jewel of...

  • Abbey unveils 2015 events28-01-2015

    One visit to Glastonbury Abbey just won't be enough this year as its packed programme of events - from fairs to plays and exhibitions - means...

  • Longleat lanterns go under the hammer28-01-2015

    A unique set of animal themed giant Chinese lanterns are set to be sold this week in a live online auction with proceeds going to The Duke of...

  • Visit Somerset announces new ambassador for county26-01-2015

    Emily Eavis is to be an ambassador for Visit Somerset, it was announced today.

    Emily is the youngest daughter of Glastonbury Festival founder,...

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    Visit Somerset goes global17-01-2015

    Visit Somerset is looking forward to hosting its first international familiarisation trip for 2015 with a journalist visiting the county to write...

  • New Year New You at The Castle Hotel 17-01-2015

    Becky Wright, an eminent psychotherapist, counsellor and coach hosts the first of three talks at The Castle Hotel, Taunton on Friday 6th February...

  • Somerset Stages returns to Minehead15-01-2015

    Minehead Vision Manager Stephen Hooper has announced the Somerset Stages rally is returning to the town.

    The 2015 event is to run from the YMCA...

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    Could Somerset be the new Hollywood?12-01-2015

    Visit Somerset launches film tourism initiative with Creative England.

    Film tourism is worth billions of pounds to the UK tourism economy and...

  • When will be Somerset Day? Your vote counts06-01-2015

    We want your vote from the three dates below to mark a new annual Somerset Day.

    Business organisation 'Passion for Somerset' is giving...

  • Abbey launches online day tickets05-01-2015

    Glastonbury Abbey has launched online ticketing for day visitors for 2015.

    The online facility is available up until 6pm before the day of a...

  • Somerset chef shortlisted for top award05-01-2015

    Head chef at The Castle at Taunton, Liam Finnegan, is one of the finalists in the Best Chef category for the 2015 Food Magazine Reader Awards...

December 2014

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    A Somerset celebration29-12-2014

    A Somerset Celebration - black tie event at Brean Leisure Park.

    To be held to coincide with UK National Tourism Week, it will take place on...

  • Special fares to mark Engish Tourism Week29-12-2014

    England’s longest “heritage railway” - the West Somerset Railway -  is offering special bookable in advance discounted...

  • Bath Skyline shepherd's hut refurbished29-12-2014

    A bright purple shepherd’s hut which has become an eye catching sight in the woods and meadows of the Bath Skyline since being built by the...

  • Avon Valley Railway's cracking Christmas29-12-2014

    Another cracking Christmas season has seen Avon Valley Railway's Santa Specials run at more than 90 per cent capacity.

    The festive train...

  • Visit Somerset CEO speaks out on 201529-12-2014

    Head of 'Visit Somerset' says the 'right' economic indicators are in place for a positive 2015.

    John Turner, who is CEO of...

  • New Year Jazz Break24-12-2014

    John Shillito's Select Six at the Yarn Market Hotel this New Year

    A three night residential break to celebrate the New Year with...

  • Wizard Wonderland at Wookey Hole Caves23-12-2014

    Families looking for something fun to do after Christmas are being invited to visit the Wizard Wonderland at Wookey Hole Caves which runs from...

  • Glastonbury Tor to be renamed in China05-12-2014

    Glastonbury Tor has been chosen to star in ‘GREAT Names for GREAT Britain’, a new marketing campaign launched today by national...

  • Take an 8D Ride on Santa's Sleigh04-12-2014

    Children visiting the popular Santaland at Wookey Hole Caves will be able to take a rip-roaring 8D ride over rooftops on Santa’s sleigh...

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    Horse Power at Wellington Monument04-12-2014

    Work on National Trust woodlands surrounding Wellington Monument in the Blackdown Hills, will begin with some unusual help using heavy horses to...

  • Winter Festival at Bishop's Palace04-12-2014

    The Winter Festival is underway at The Bishop's Palace until December 7.

    See the Palace transformed with fabulous floral art displays,...

  • Touch of magic for Cheddar Festive Night04-12-2014

    One of Somerset’s most popular and enduring tourist attractions, Cheddar Gorge & Caves will be adding a touch of magic to Cheddar...

November 2014

  • Strategy for future unveiled28-11-2014

    Visit Somerset unveiled its strategy for the future at its annual conference.

    Visit Somerset’s chief executive John Turner, who took ...

  • Celebrating Christmas of yesteryear25-11-2014

    The grand Palladian house at Stourhead re-opens its doors to visitors for the Christmas season from 29 November, with key rooms beautifully...

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    2015 Show tickets on sale25-11-2014

    Tickets for one of Somerset’s iconic events have gone on sale today 25 November with two children free with every adult ticket bought in...

  • Festive fun at the SeaQuarium in Weston25-11-2014

    Santa at SeaQuarium, Weston arrives with an extra special package for the whole family this year, with prices being frozen from 2013.


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    Tourism Conference - Latest20-11-2014

    World-famous local naturalist and broadcaster Simon King OBE will be Guest of Honour at the Somerset Tourism Conference to be held at Butlins...

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    Visit Dunster by Candlelight by train12-11-2014

    The Visit Somerset team is working closely with First Great Western to promote the Somerset event calendar, linking key dates in...

  • Special elephant unpacks his trunk in Somerset12-11-2014

    A six year old bull elephant from Sweden has arrived at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol after travelling 2000km by land and sea to reach...

October 2014

  • Children's Halloween Afternoon Tea27-10-2014

    A Halloween themed afternoon tea is being dished up at The Pump Room restaurant in Bath daily until November 2.

    Available from noon to close,...

  • Spooky fun at Wookey Hole26-10-2014

    Spooky themed fun lurks round every corner and families can enjoy a special tour of the world famous caves which house the witch of Wookey Hole,...

  • Halloween Fright Night in Weston19-10-2014

    There will be Halloween fun for everyone in Weston-super-Mare town centre on Friday 31 October at the free 'Halloween Fright Night' event...

  • Spooky torchlight tours for Halloween19-10-2014

    Staff at SeaQuarium Weston-super-Mare are busy putting the finishing touches to a nine-day festival of the spooky kind that opens to visitors on...

  • Celebrities sign up for Memorial Ball18-10-2014

    Fashion designer Jeff Banks is the first of this year’s celebrities to have signed up to attend the Axentis Michael Memorial Ball, which...

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    International tour operator expo 17-10-2014

    Somerset is to be showcased to the international stage with the county hosting its first exhibition of destinations and attractions...

  • Animal Magic at the Grand Pier in Half Term13-10-2014

    Bearded dragons, hissing cockroaches barn owls and kestrels are just some of the animals who will be visiting the Grand Pier this October...

  • Calling all budding artists!09-10-2014

    BRAZZ, Taunton’s lively town centre brasserie has launched its Christmas competition to find budding artists from the area to appear in its...

  • All aboard for the Santa Special09-10-2014

    West Somerset Railway has released its special festive timetable.

    Santa Special Trains from Bishops Lydeard  will run on:-


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    Potters' work on display at abbey09-10-2014

    Work by 15 highly skilled potters will be on display at Glastonbury Abbey this Autumn.

    In the Potters’ Hands features work by potters from...

  • Join in the pear harvest at Dyrham Park09-10-2014

    Dyrham Park will be hosting a harvest celebration on 18-19 October. Over the last few weeks the estate has been joined by its visitors in...

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  • Dragon Trail Taunton

    Discover dragons in Taunton Deane30-07-2014

    Dragons have been unleashed around Somerset's county town this summer.

    Following the huge success of the Gromit Unleashed trail in...

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    Music-making in Dunster28-07-2014

    A choir and orchestra will be based at the hotel for a week in August with a free public performance on August 16.

    The choir is led by regular...

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    Red-Bellied Piranha arrive at SeaQuarium Weston27-07-2014

    SeaQuarium Weston's Aquarist Team has introduced seven Red-Bellied Piranha into the Rainforest River Zone within the main aquarium.


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    Live music at Dyrham Park26-07-2014

    Dyrham Park will host a number of live music events this summer – including a one-off summer serenade, featuring two of Bath’s finest...

  • Fyne Court Uncovered

    Fyne Court Uncovered25-07-2014

    Have you heard of Andrew Crosse, known as the wizard of Broomfield, and a resident at Fyne Court?

    Fyne Court is a National Trust property in...

  • Sculpture Trail Glastonbury Abbey

    Sculpture in the Orchard at Glastonbury Abbey24-07-2014

    Two dramatic stone heads rising up between the trees at Glastonbury Abbey's orchard will be just one of the sights greeting visitors this...

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    Exhibition of Educational School Trip Venues and Outdoor Activities23-07-2014

    Wookey Hole has teamed up with the STA to organise this exhibition on Thursday September 18 from 2pm to 6pm.

    The aim is to showcase venues in...

  • Somerset Remembers First World War

    Somerset Remembers22-07-2014

    An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opens at the Museum of Somerset this weekend...

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    Katy B to play the Grand Pier22-07-2014

    Dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK Garage vocalist Katy B will perform at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare over the August Bank Holiday...

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    Somerset Tourism Expo21-07-2014

    The Best Western Plus Swan Hotel in Wells is to host the Somerset Tourism Expo in the Autumn.

    The hotel has joined forces with Visit Somerset...

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    Montacute Village Gardens Open Weekend20-07-2014

    In the beautiful village of Montacute, famous for its National Trust House, over 15 gardens will be open to the public until 5pm today - Sunday...

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    Children's History Festival to take place in Wells14-07-2014

    A free fun day out for all the family is planned on August 17 with a Children's History Festival in Wells.

    Weird and Wonderful Wells will...

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    Visit England helps to champion Somerset13-07-2014

    VisitEngland Chairman, Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE was in Somerset as part of a visit by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.


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    Longleat plans Christmas Festival of Lights11-07-2014

    It may be July but Longleat has revealed its plans for Christmas - Europe's largest display of giant Chinese lanterns.

    The Festival of...

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    Cave people coming to Cheddar for 2014 Festival of Archaeology09-07-2014

    Cheddar Gorge is all set to be one of the lead locations for this year’s nationwide Festival of Archaeology.

    Involving a range of...

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    Congratulations - West Somerset Railway 06-07-2014

    John Simms from the West Somerset Railway commercial department has been shortlisted for Group Leisure Magazine's Excellence Award.

    He is...

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