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Somerset Levels & Moors

The Internationally important Somerset Levels and Moors stretch from the clay-based coastal plains across peat-based wetlands to the feet of the Mendip and Blackdown Hills. The Polden Ridge cuts across them as do a handful of rivers and numerous smaller waterways. Sudden and unexpected viewpoints rise mysteriously having once formed islands in a flooded plain. The result is a unique patchwork landscape steeped in history and brimming with rare wildlife.

As well as supporting a huge array of plant and bird species, the Levels and Moors are dotted with quaint villages which bear witness to the fact they have been exploited by people since the earliest times. The area is home to the world’s oldest known wooden trackway and ancient lake villages. The second largest haul of Roman coins ever found was discovered here. In the middle ages the monks from nearby monasteries drained much of the land to farm it. This is where King Alfred the Great lived and the legends of King Arthur still resonate.

Today the area is mostly grassland and arable with willow grown commercially. It is a magnet for nature lovers and those with creative and artistic talents who have workshops and galleries here. With its fabulously rich wildlife it enjoys special protection and supports a number of reserves. It has the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds and is a great place to hear bittern, see starling murmurations and watch otters.

Often overlooked, the Levels and Moors offer the chance to relax and unwind; to see rare species of plant, bird and animals under a wide expanse of sky surrounded by tranquil waterscapes. Off the beaten track it is well served by footpaths and cycle routes as well as outlets for local crafts and produce. 

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  1. Fun City

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    Brean Leisure Park

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Brean Sands, Brean, Nr Burnham On Sea


    Brean Leisure Park in Somerset, is the ideal destination for a great family day out.
    With Fun City our on site theme park, Brean Splash Waterpark, Brean Golf Club, The Tavern and Dickies...

  2. Brean Play

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    Brean Play

    Type

    Adventure Park/Playground

    Berrow, Burnham On Sea

    Welcome to the South-West's newest indoor soft play attraction. Brean Play at Brean Leisure Park is open all year round and is the perfect place for your children to let off steam whilst you enjoy a...

  3. Puxton Park Weston Super Mare

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    Puxton Park

    Type

    Farm

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    The ultimate fun-filled experience for all the family!

    Set within 40 acres of rolling Somerset countryside, our family run adventure park allows you to explore, learn and have great fun....

  4. Holiday Resort Unity

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    Holiday Resort Unity

    Holiday Centre AA

    Brean

    Holiday Resort Unity is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in the South-West. You’ll find us just outside Burnham on Sea, near Weston Super Mare in sunny Somerset. We are situation...

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    Price from £8.00 per pitch (2 people) to £282.00 Per unit per week
  5. The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd

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    The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd

    Type

    Exhibition Centre

    Bridgwater

    Sedgemoor Auction Centre opened its doors in January 2008 after a one year build program. It is sited adjacent to a prehistoric animal gathering site which lends itself to this purpose built,...

  6. Meadows Restaurant at Puxton Park

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    Meadows Restaurant at Puxton Park

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    Meadows Restaurant at Puxton Park prides itself on three core ingredients; an extensive warm welcome, great customer service and delicious locally sourced homemade food, which is reflected in our...

  7. Il Michelangelo

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    Il Michelangelo

    Weston Super Mare


    Here at Il Michelangelo Restaurant in Weston Super Mare, Somerset we provide authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality, giving you the taste of Italy that you dream of.

    Using the finest, fresh...

  8. Puxton Park Farm Shop and Butchers

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    Puxton Park Farm Shop and Butchers

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    Farm Shop

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    Puxton Farm Shop offers a superb range of fresh produce and locally produced products and has everything you need for your weekly shop under one roof. The farm shop food emporium is bursting with...

  9. Kite surfing

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    Weston-super-Mare

    Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare


    Your family holiday destination!

    When it comes to traditional family holidays, the string of resorts running all the way down the seaboard of Somerset has everything you need.

    Weston-super-Mare...

  10. Home Farm Holiday Park logo

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    Home Farm Holiday Park

    Burnham-on-Sea

    At Home Farm we offer the ultimate in facilities from our stunning new Fusion Leisure Centre*, a great outdoor swimming pool with its own spa to the Home Farm Nite Owl with superb live entertainment...

  11. Milton Lodge

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    Milton Lodge Guest House

    Weston super Mare

    The Milton Lodge is a charming Victorian Villa, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, fully and beautifully furnished throughout. All rooms en-suite, radiator, TV with Free-view, Two comfy arm chairs,...

    Price

    Price from £30.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £60.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  12. The Royal Hotel Weston

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    The Royal Hotel Weston

    3 Visit England Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars

    Weston Super Mare


    The Royal Hotel is a charismatic and elegant Georgian Building, is ideally located on the Seafront. Standing in its own extensive lawns, which extend to the Promenade, the Royal enjoys beautiful...

    Price

    Price from £73.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £149.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  13. Jamesfield Guest House

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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating from 49 review(s)

    from 49 review(s)

    Jamesfield Guest House

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Guest House

    Weston super Mare


    A friendly family-run guest house in Weston super Mare. Decorated to a high standard, set in a quiet location with a garden on the level and off-street parking.

    Only 100 yards from the sea front...

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    Price from £40.00 to £70.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  14. Dairy Cottage

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    Walkers Farm Cottages

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Self Catering

    Burrowbridge, Nr Bridgwater

    Walkers Farm cottages are converted barns overlooking the Somerset levels each with panoramic views in a quiet location with ample off road parking.
    4 beautiful self catering cottages based in the...

    Price

    Price from £470.00 to £520.00 Per unit per week
  15. Willows & Wetlands Centre at Coates English Willow

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    Willows & Wetlands Centre at Coates English Willow

    Type

    Speciality Shop

    Stoke St Gregory, Taunton

    Looking for something genuinely made in Somerset?

    Here at the Willows & Wetlands Centre at Coates English Willow you will find our unique Willow Basket shop. We stock an enormous range of willow...

  16. Yew Tree House

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    Yew Tree House

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Guest Accommodation

    Berrow, Nr Brean, Burnham-on-Sea

    A warm welcome awaits you at this part 17th Century house on a quiet country lane within easy walking distance of the beach and the village of Brean which has a variety of places to eat and drink....

    Price

    Price from £42.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £140.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  17. Weston Super Mare Golf Club

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    Weston Super Mare Golf Club

    Type

    Golf Course

    Weston Super Mare

    Weston Super Mare golf club is located on the coast of Weston Bay in the traditional seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. Established in 1892, the course offers a true test of links golf with its...

  18. Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre (Willow Craft Industry), Taunton

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    Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton

    A warm welcome awaits you at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre.

    Willow is as traditional to Somerset as cheese and cider, although perhaps not so much is known about it these days. Here in the...

  19. Shalimar

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    Shalimar Guest House

    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars Guest House

    Burnham on Sea

    Large bungalow on coast road close to town, golf course and beach. Offering very high standard accommodation with homely atmosphere and good food.
    All rooms are ground floor, en suite, in a...

    Price

    Price from £35.00 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  20. The Woolpack

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    The Woolpack

    Type

    Pub/Inn

    Weston Super Mare

    Large character filled pub situated between the M5 and Weston-Super-Mare (come off at Junction 21), in the St Georges district of Worle.

    An extremely well known Inn, with an extensive menu and...

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