A treasure trove of history & heritage
The ancient county of Somerset is a jewel in the south west of England, waiting for you to discover it. If you are searching for family fun, activities and things to do in Somerset, then look no further. With its large choice of attractions, events, festivals and famous top class local food and drink, this is the place to stop, relax and enjoy yourself.
There is a wide choice of Somerset attractions, whether it be activities such as learning to fly owls at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, riding the slides at Brean Splash Water Park or trying adventure caving at Wookey Hole. Or for those requiring a little less action, there are many places to see in Somerset including stunning coastlines, wildlife on the Somerset Levels or Glastonbury Tor.
Somerset is the home of festivals, whether that be music, food and drink or arts and culture. The Glastonbury Festival leads on to summers of music and performance in open fields, whilst enjoying local food and drink including renowned cheddar cheese, apple juice and Somerset ciders or ales. You could experience anything from the National Trust Top of the Gorge Festival at Cheddar to the Somerset Gin Festival at Westlands Entertainment Venue in Yeovil.
Frome Festival comprises many events in the town each July and Somerset Art Weeks Festival takes place every September and is a good example of a free day out whilst appreciating the large array of creative talent that live in the county.
There are many places to see in Somerset – open countryside, magnificent architecture or miles of coastline. There are many options for a free day out, exploring picturesque and peaceful harbours at Porlock Weir, Minehead or Watchet or flaking out on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea or Weston-super-Mare. Free days out in Somerset can also take you to one of many stunning monuments at Wellington, Burton Pynsent or the Admiral Hood Monument at Compton Dundon. The views from each are inspiring. Or for the more active, try one of the many cycle routes across the county or walking the River Parrett Trail which is adorned by wildlife. The Somerset Space Walk along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal. This is a sculpture trail model of the solar system that uses 14 miles of towpath to display a model of the Sun and its planets in their proportionally correct sizes and distances apart.
If you happen to have a rainy day in Somerset then there is no shortage of choice with many impressive museums including Haynes International Motor Museum, The Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Rural Life Museum and the Museum of Somerset in the county town of Taunton, where you can learn much about Somerset’s role in the English Civil War and Monmouth Rebellion. There are nearly forty museums in Somerset for you to choose from!
Along with Abbeys, Priories and castles usually come superb gardens and Somerset claims its fair share as well as Walled Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Cottage Gardens and even Secret Gardens. These wonderful retreats have lakes, parterres, cascades, follies and in one case a viaduct. Several are designed by world famous names.
Somerset is still revealing some of its most amazing natural wonders whereas others have been recognised since the earliest times.
Michael Eavis CBE Founder of Glastonbury Festival
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