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Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

One visit to the Quantock Hills is enough for anyone to realise why in 1956 they were created Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – in terms of landscape quality a ranking just below that of national park.

Consisting of hard red sandstone that was formerly quarried for road surfacing they run for 12 miles inland from the Bristol Channel coast at West Quantoxhead before dropping gently down to the Somerset Levels between Taunton and Bridgwater.

Their majestic slopes provide a dramatic backdrop to much of the landscape around Taunton but it’s the variety of scenery they offer that makes them quite so special, from the high windswept moorland plateau covered with heather and whortleberries – wild blueberries- to the deeply-incised wooded combes, or valleys, plunging down their sides.

On a fine day their summit offers breathtaking views from Exmoor to the Malverns, the Brecon Beacons to the Dorset Downs.

The Quantock Hills are home to a herd of wild red deer as well as an abundance of other wildlife and are now encircled by a walking trail.

The Romantic poets loved the Quantocks. William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, were frequent visitors while Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s cottage home in Nether Stowey is now owned by the National Trust and his residency here is celebrated in the 51-mile Coleridge Way which ends in Porlock, where he was staying when he wrote Kubla Khan in 1797 – the epic was never finished because Coleridge’s flow of verse was interrupted by the arrival of ‘a person from Porlock’.

Other notable residents have included Andrew Crosse, an early pioneer of electricity and whose home at Fyne Court, near Broomfield, is now the main visitor centre for the hills.

For more information on the area, please contact our Visitor Information Centre in Taunton.

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    Kingston St Mary, Taunton

    This annual Art Exhibition shows work by local amateur and professional artists. It will include, paintings in a variety of media, sculpture, woodturned items, unframed portfolio originals,...

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  2. Art Exhibition: Paint, Print & Stone

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    Art Exhibition: Paint, Print & Stone

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    Taunton

    Art Exhibition: Paint, Print & Stone. Nine Artists exhibit exploring the world around us at Crowcombe Court. The Exhibition ties in with longer opening on 20th & 21st of June for two performances of...

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  3. Blue Ball Inn

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    Taunton

    There are few pubs these days that don't serve...

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    Bluebell Bimble

    Taunton

    Join Quantock Ranger Rebekah West and walk through the iridescent violet blue carpet of bluebells at Cothelstone Hill, while she explains some of the history of the Hill and why it is so special to...

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  5. Chamber Music at Crowcombe Court

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    Chamber Music at Crowcombe Court

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    Concert

    Crowcombe

    Robert Gibbs (Violin)

    Adrian Bradbury (Cello)

    Oliver Davies (Piano)

    Sonata in E minor, Op 25, No 3       Joseph Woelfl

    Trio No 3 in G minor, Op 110           Schumann

    Trio in B flat, Op...

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  6. Chamber Music at Crowcombe Court

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    Chamber Music at Crowcombe Court

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    Crowcombe, Taunton

    - Rondalla Aragonesa……….. Granados
    - Sonata Movement………….. Granados
    - Sonata in B flat, K454………. Mozart
    - The Lark Ascending………... Vaughan Williams
    - Sonata No 1 in A, Op 13…… Fauré

    Robert...

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  7. Chamber Music at Crowcombe Court

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    Crowcombe

    Tickets on sale @ Taunton Ticket Centre, Library, Paul Street

    Concert in aid of St Bartholomew's Church, Rodhuish

    Trio in G (1907) - Richard H Walthew
    Violin: Romanza - Granados
    Trio in C...

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  8. Crowcombe Craft Fair

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    Crowcombe Craft Fair

    Taunton

    Crowcombe Craft Fair.
    Beautiful gifts and stocking fillers.
    Tea/coffee and homemade cakes served all day with proceeds going to Crowcombe Pre-School.

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  9. Encore Amici!

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    Encore Amici!

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    Kingston St Mary

    Tickets on sale @ Taunton Ticket Centre, Library, Paul Street

    Another wonderful choral evening from our friends - to suit ALL musical tastes!

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  10. Foxcombe House

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    Foxcombe House

    Taunton

    Nestled in Somerset's most dramatic valley at the...

  11. Garden Opera at Crowcombe Court

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    Garden Opera at Crowcombe Court

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    Taunton

    Professional company “Opera Brava” return to Crowcombe Court in West Somerset with touring productions of Tosca and Rigoletto. The company first came in 2013 with an acclaimed production of “The...

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  12. Into the Light

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    Into the Light

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    Taunton

    A concert to support the work of St. Margaret's Hospice Care.

    Entertainment in music and poetry exploring the themes of Light & Nature.

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  13. Kingston St Mary Art Exhibition

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    Kingston St Mary, Taunton

    This annual exhibition includes paintings, drawings, collages, prints, wood turning, sculpture and carvings. Entry is free, come and view the exhibition and perhaps buy something to fill that empty...

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  14. Mid-Winter Tales

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    Mid-Winter Tales

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    Taunton

    Saturday 17th December 2016 at 3pm or 5.30pm.

    Join us in the magical woods for a festive family candlelit walk with our

    professional storyteller, Martin Maudsley, to guide you through our...

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  15. Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Bridgwater

    The Quantock Hills are situated between Taunton and Bridgwater stretching to the sea at the Bristol Channel. Though compact, measuring just twelve miles by four, they offer extensive views over much...

  16. Quantock Orchard Swimming Pool

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    Quantock Orchard Caravan Park

    5 Visit England Stars 5 Visit England Stars 5 Visit England Stars 5 Visit England Stars 5 Visit England Stars 5 Visit England Stars 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

    Taunton

    Our family run touring caravan park and campsite...

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    Price from £13.00 to £35.00 per pitch (2 people)
  17. Quantock Orienteers Forest League

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    Quantock Orienteers Forest League

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    Quantock Hills

    The Forest League (QOFL) is our series of regular events with colour coded courses, white to blue to suit all abilities.

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  18. Shooting Roots Winter Residential

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    Shooting Roots Winter Residential

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    Near Crowcombe

    --SHOOTING ROOTS WINTER RESIDENTIAL 2015-- provides young people with the chance to create, explore and express themselves across four days of traditional arts workshops, culminating in an...

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  19. Somerset Day

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    Somerset Day

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    Bishops Lydeard

    Saturday 14th - Bishops Lydeard Village Hall

    12 - 4pm Craft Fair, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Traditional Tea Room, Entertainment from Wivey Windband, High Park Community Music, Wellington...

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  20. Stone Age Organics

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    Stone Age Organics

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    Taunton

    Stoneage Organics is a family business run by...

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