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Crane Safaris

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Somerset Levels & Moors

The Internationally important Somerset Levels and Moors stretch from the clay-based coastal plains across peat-based Avalon Marshes 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 Avalon Marshes 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. Puxton Park Weston Super Mare

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    Puxton Park

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    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....

  2. 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...

  3. Fun City

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    Brean Leisure Park

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    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...

  4. Warren Farm Holiday Centre

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    Warren Farm Holiday Centre

    Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre

    Brean Sands, Brean, Nr Burnham On Sea

    A family-run holiday centre situated in Brean, where the countryside meets the sandy coastline. The award-winning park caters for touring and camping, as well as having luxurious static caravans...

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    Price from £8.50 per pitch (2 people) to £240.00 Per unit per week
  5. 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
  6. The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd

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    The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd

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    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,...

  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. 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...

  9. Brean Play

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    Brean Play

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    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...

  10. Holly Farm

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    Holly Farm Cottages

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars

    Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton

    Holly Farm Cottages have been converted from traditional Somerset Long Barns to a high standard. The original blue lias and exposed beams have been retained and modern comforts added.
    The cottages...

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    Price from £300.00 to £925.00 Per unit per week
  11. 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...

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    Price from £35.00 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  12. The Old Chapel

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    The Old Chapel

    Mark, Highbridge

    The Old Chapel is situated in the heart of the village of Mark, on the beautiful Somerset Levels. Mark has the distinction of being included in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest village in...

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    Price £600.00 Per unit per week
  13. Seaquarium

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    Seaquarium

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    Aquarium

    Weston super Mare

    SeaQuarium Weston is situated on it's own unique Pier on the Weston-Super-Mare seafront. Showcasing a range of species from around the world in 10 different zones with over 30 exhibits including a...

  14. Burnham Beach

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    Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea


    Burnham-On-Sea is almost in the middle of Somerset’s stretch of coast and close to the mouth of the tidal river Parrett. It is at the southern end of what is the second longest strip of sand in...

  15. Swans at sunset

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    Highbridge

    Bridgwater


    The ‘bridge’ in the name of this town gives a clue to its influence in the days when transport by water and rail was more common than today when the motorway takes most of the traffic. Highbridge,...

  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....

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

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  17. Oakland House

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    Oakland House

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars

    Draycott, Nr Cheddar

    Set in nature gardens with 2 acres of ground, lies on the Mendip Hills enjoying unspoilt views across the Somerset moors and hills beyond. A warm friendly family home offering en suite accommodation...

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    Price from £43.00 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  18. Retreat Caravan Park

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    Retreat Caravan Park

    Burnham-on-Sea

    Retreat Caravan Park is very much a family park run by the same family for four generations. Roger, Rosemary & their daughter Debbie along with a trained team of staff members take great pride in the...

  19. Axbridge Church and square

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    Axbridge

    Axbridge


    Half-timbered buildings lean towards each other across a narrow street leading from the medieval square in the centre of this picturesque town. Once a river port and valued for its wool production,...

  20. Boating ob Bridgwater & taunton Canal

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    Bridgwater

    Bridgwater


     

    Bridgwater is a lively town with a rich history, its famous carnival best symbolises the spirit of the town, hailed as the largest illuminated procession in the world, the event takes place...

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