Somerset

Top places to eat in Somerset

Make the most of all produce that Somerset has to offer during your holiday by visiting these well-recommended restaurants.

Hannah Denby

40 Places to propose

Perfect for all year round, here are a few of our location suggestions for those planning on getting down on one knee.

Hannah Denby

Things to do in Burnham-on-Sea

The town has one of the longest stretches of sand in Europe with seven miles of glorious beaches including the beautiful locations of Brean Down and the famous Lighthouse spot.

Tasha H

Holidays for next year

The hottest places to stay for your 2021 holiday. Bookings for next year are now live!

Dominique Adams

50 things to do in May Half Term

50 ideas to keep you busy during school holidays, ranging from fruit picking to wild swimming. There's plenty of ideas to kick start your holiday planning.

Kayleigh Hardy

Best Swimming Beaches in the South West

If you’re coming to the South West and can’t wait to get into the water, this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to go swimming so you can get straight into the action.

Lizzie Heather

Things to do in Wells

The beautiful medieval city of Wells offers a unique and charming day out for everyone looking to enjoy breathtaking landscapes and stunning architecture.

Tasha H

Things to do in the Blackdown Hills

If you love admiring and exploring the great outdoors, then this part of the world is the perfect place to soak up beautiful countryside and emerald woodland. The Blackdown Hills offers an extensive range of range of activities and things to do on a visit to the area.

Tasha H

Somerset gardens

Somerset is the ultimate garden country. With over 20 gardens featured in this blog alone, garden lovers will have plenty of things to do on their next Somerset holiday.

Kayleigh Hardy

Top Walks in the West Country

Whether to wear out the kids, or to rediscover alone time together, here are a few of our favourite walks in the South West.

Katie Chown

Unusual holiday cottages

From a tin tabernacle to a Victorian-inspired lodge these are our unique holiday cottages with quirky interiors.

Kayleigh Hardy

Somerset bucket list

The ultimate guide to things to do in Somerset. From places to visit, food to try and festivals to go to, there’s plenty to get you started in this list.

Kayleigh Hardy

Top four Somerset Christmas markets

Soak up everything Somerset has to offer in the festive season with our top pick of Christmas markets and fairs from across the county.

Kayleigh Hardy

Ten Cottages with Indoor Swimming Pools

Ten of our holiday cottages with indoor swimming pools for guests to use in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, perfect for holidays with family or friends.

Kayleigh Hardy

A Coombe Lodge Holiday in the Quantocks

It’s obvious at first glance that you’re going to have a great holiday at Coombe Lodge; as the pictures show, it’s a holiday destination that will leave you wanting for nothing.

Katie Chown

Porlock Weir beach review

Not far from the popular holiday destination, Minehead, lies the quieter stony beach of Porlock Weir. This is a peaceful spot for couples who love long walks by the sea.

Ruth J

Dunster beach review

A mystical setting on the edge of the Exmoor hills, Dunster beach makes you feel like you've stepped into a children's storybook.

Ruth J

The ultimate summer barbecue guide

Nothing says summer more than the sizzle of a barbecue in the summer sunshine. We’ve put together our top tips to make your next barbecue the best one yet.

Kayleigh Hardy

Grand Pier beach review

A great beach for sandcastle-building and a family friendly day out, welcome to Grand Pier beach.

Ruth J

Uphill beach review

A slightly wilder cousin than a sister to the polished perfection of Weston-Super-Mare's Grand Pier.

Ruth J

How to Spot a Rip Current

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Lizzie Heather

Somerset Animal Sanctuary

A true sanctuary - for you and the animals - there really isn’t anything better for the soul than spending the day out at a true animal sanctuary.

Kylie Barton

5 Family Easter Days out

Wherever you end up in the South West this Easter there are things to do that will entertain all.

Becky Bye

The Somerset Cider Farm

You can’t really go to Somerset and not visit one of the regions cider farms, now can you? Land’s End Farm in Mudgley is one of the best.

Kylie Barton

Medieval things to do in Somerset

The whole of Somerset is steeped in history, but with a wealth of Medieval evidence to impress all history buffs, the county is well worth exploring. The best example of this time is concentrated in the Somerset city of Wells.

Kylie Barton

Top ten Autumn walks in Somerset

As the colder months draw in, and golden and red hues fill the trees then empty over the paths as we head through winter, there’s nothing quite like gathering the family for a stroll through the countryside. Embrace the fresh air, wrap up warm and soak in the beauty of Somerset on these ten autumn walks.

Kylie Barton

New Year in Somerset

See the sights of Somerset this Christmas and New Year by exploring some of the best bits the county has to offer in the winter.

Kayleigh Hardy

Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset

Hestercombe Gardens are the most beautiful estate gardens in the south. With over 300 years of garden design all in one place, those who enjoy flora and fauna it certainly is a great choice for a day out in Somerset.

Kylie Barton

Best places for trainspotting in Somerset

If you enjoy the chugging of the engines, seeing the steam rise up into the skies, and the hustle and bustle on board a carriage, then be sure to check out the West Somerset Railway when visiting the county.

Kylie Barton

A couple's day out in Bristol

Bristol is full of cute little coffee shops, artisan bakers, and unique eateries perfect for a tete a tete.

Kylie Barton

UK Island hopping escapes in the South and West

Island hopping can be a beautifully British pastime. In this case, it’s all about the transport, as recommended by our staff, travelling on alternative modes of transport and escaping to an island in the South and West.

Katie Chown

Jane Austen Festival in Bath

Looking for things to do in Bath in September? Don't miss this festival celebrating the life and works of Jane Austen in the second week of the month.

Kylie Barton

Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Bruton

Bruton is a beautiful little town in the heart of Somerset countryside that has cemented its upmarket credentials with the help of renowned gallery Hauser and Wirth.

Anna H

September adventures in Cheddar Gorge

Spend your September outside enjoying the beauty of Cheddar Gorge and the surrounding Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Glastonbury

Now you may have heard of this small town because of its famous music festival, but Glastonbury has so much more to offer all year round and is particularly good for shopping.

Kylie Barton

Exmoor Explorer

On the first Sunday of August each year a bunch of mad mountain bikers descend on the quiet villages and open moorland of Exmoor for a 30+ mile challenge. Sign up early as it’s always over-subscribed.

Liz Arnell

Best little villages near Bath

Bath is a beautiful place, but it can get very busy. One of the best things about Bath is that on its outskirts it is flanked with a number of beautiful small towns and villages.

Kylie Barton

Arts cinemas in the South and West

Cinemas are everywhere. And can be a great way to dodge a rainy day while you’re on holiday. But if you like places with a dash of character and plenty of good films to go around, you might want to plan a special trip to one of these.

Kayleigh Hardy

A last minute local staycation

Holidays don't have to be two weeks. A break for a few days can sometimes be enough to relax and refresh you, ready to get back to the office on Monday.

Anna H

Places to picnic around Somerset

Look no further than the amazing picnicking backdrop of the South. From Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset to Hampshire, English Heritage and National Trust places to picnic which boast the most beautiful gardens and have their gates open wide for families and dogs.

Becky Bye

Things to do in Watchet

The pretty harbour village of Watchet offers a charming holiday experience in West Somerset. During the summer it is a hive of activity with the winter months in contrast proving a quiet and tranquil ambiance. For a little town, there’s plenty going on, so I’ve picked some of my highlights for a day out in Watchet.

Tasha H

How to take great holiday photos

Follow our simple hints and tips on how to capture your holiday memories. Including composition ideas, group photos and how to snap that all important sunset shot, we’ve got you covered on it all.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Bath

If like me you love this incredible location, you may want to take a few days to experience the wonders it beholds and sample a slice of the region’s heritage on a longer stay.

Tasha H

Spring dog walk at Kilve Beach

With fields and fossils, Kilve beach is a prime location for keeping your furry friend entertained whilst enjoying the natural history of Somerset.

Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Taunton

Exploring the historic county town of Taunton gives you a chance to soak up a range of experiences. From the grounds of Somerset’s County Cricket Club to the impressive heritage of Taunton Castle, this lively hub is an ideal spot to enjoy a mix of culture and entertainment.

Tasha H

5 top tips for holidays with dogs

Dogs are man's best friend and who wouldn't want to take their best friend on holiday? Choose one of our dog friendly cottages for a great stay with your four legged friend.

Kayleigh Hardy

The Times Top 3 winter walks

Check out things to do and where to stay if you fancy following one of The Times' winter walks to celebrate all things outdoors.

Kayleigh Hardy

Blood Moons and Dark Sky Tourism

When on holiday, consider a slightly different point of view. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and come and check out the latest in night-time activities.

Lizzie Heather

Lattes and lunch in lycra - a cycle in Somerset

While my husband now conforms to the current male phenomena that is a ‘MAMIL’ (Middle-Aged Man In Lycra) I’d describe myself more of a ‘leisure cyclist’ (I push my bike up hills).

Ali Ray

Occasion Locations

The best places through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset to hold a special occasion with friends and family. We're thinking wedding party venues, but any special occasion is worthy of such a location.

Katie Chown