Somerset

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.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Uphill beach review

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

Places to Go Ruth J

June events in Somerset

Enjoy your June holiday in Somerset with our pick of festivals, days out, events and much more across the county this month.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Rip Currents

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.

Visitors' Book Lizzie H

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.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

May events in Somerset

Spend May enjoying the spring time sights and sounds of Somerset. Make the most of your holiday with our list of events across the county this month.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Holiday cottages with swimming pools for Easter

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, most people tend to make the school holidays a family occasion. Choose a holiday cottage with a pool as an added luxury to your holiday in the South and West.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

Gardens of the South and West

Tiptoe through the tulips or run by the roses at these top gardens in the South and West.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

Easter activities in Somerset

Planning a family holiday to Somerset over Easter? Cast your eyes over our eggcellent list of events that are perfect for keeping kids engaged. You might even enjoy a couple of them yourself.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

5 Family Easter Days out

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

Things to do Becky Bye

Things to do at Easter

New-fangled ideas and old school fun for Easter in the South and West.

Things to do Katie Chown

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.

Things to do Kylie Barton

April events in Somerset

From den building to war re-enactment, Somerset has plenty to keep visitors busy this April. Check out our pick of events across the county this month.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

40 ways to propose in the South and West

Some ideas for those considering getting down on one knee. Some would be perfect for Valentine's Day, others are great all year round.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

Explore Somerset for free

Actually, there's quite a lot of things to do in Somerset without spending money.

Places to Go Katie Chown

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.

Places to Go Katie Chown

March events in Somerset

Staying in a Somerset holiday cottage? There's plenty going on in March to keep you busy whether you're away with friends, on a family holiday or taking a romantic short break with your other half.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

February events in Somerset

Escape to the country for your holiday and enjoy some fabulous events. From fireworks to festivals, Somerset is the place to be for a fun February things to do.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

January events in Somerset

Take a break in Somerset this January and enjoy all that the county has to offer with our pick of events throughout the month.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go 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.

Things to do 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.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

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.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go Kylie Barton

December events in Somerset

Bask in the glow of Christmas lights whilst you take in all the festive sights and sounds of Somerset this December.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go 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.

Places to Go Katie Chown

November events in Somerset

We round up events going on across Somerset in November. There are plenty of carnivals and celebrations to keep everyone busy, including some slightly weirder alternatives. Loofah harvest, anyone?

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go 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.

Places to Go Anna H

October events in Somerset

As the weather cools down, find some spectacular Somerset events to make the most of your October.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go 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.

Things to do 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.

Things to do Liz Arnell

5 family friendly watersports to try instead of surfing

If you've tried surfing and found it's just not for you, take a look at our alternatives. You can still get in the water while you're on holiday, try a new activity and get all the family involved.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Places to Go 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.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Things to do Tasha H

August events in Somerset

Holidays in Somerset have even more appeal when you get under the skin of local communities and eke out all the events going on throughout the county this August. Fun fairs and train rides, secret gardens and outdoor activities, there’s fun for all the family including the four-legged variety.

Things to do Katie Chown

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.

Places to Go Anna H

July events in Somerset

From the seaside to the city, a summer in Somerset is packed full of culture, food and drink, entertainment and something to suit everyone.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

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.

Classic Fodder Becky Bye

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.

Things to do Tasha H

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.

Things to do Tasha H

My Best Friend has a Tail (eleven animal sanctuaries)

What do you do with your dog when it comes to your holiday? Well, bring him or her along for the ride! If you don't have a dog, take a look at our list of animal sanctuaries to visit for some furry fun in the south and west.

Places to Go Katie Chown

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.

Visitors' Book 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.

Things to do Tasha H

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.

Things to do 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.

Places to Go 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.

Things to do 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.

News & Offers 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.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

Christmas and New Year celebrations in Somerset

It's time to pop the champagne and pour yourself a glass of fizz after all your hard work this year. Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Somerset with these events.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Six Somerset fireworks displays

This year, Somerset is holding some of the best and most spectacular firework displays in the South West. So it’s the perfect time to wrap up warm and head to your nearest display for some family fun.

Places to Go Tasha H

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.

Classic Fodder Kayleigh Hardy

Somerset Charcuterie

'Basically, we love where we live.’ Be inspired to stay in Somerset when we Meet the Maker and discover the Simpson story.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

Life's A Dream with Miracle Theatre

By the time the lights dimmed in the sky and the play drew to a close, the cast’s energy had filled every minute with a visual and auditory feast, which was appreciated by all ages in the audience.

Things to do Lizzie H

Spontaneous short breaks in Somerset

When did you last do something impromptu? Sometimes, being spontaneous is exactly what you need - and Somerset offers the perfect playground.

Things to do Anna H

Somerset Walks and Unusual Discoveries

Walking along and picking out the pieces that catch my eye has become a ritual. Imagining where they came from, who used them and why they were cast out is addictive and helps paint vivid pictures of times gone by.

Things to do Anna H

A wet hotel on the Somerset Levels

This year the elements have conspired more than even to provide a fabulous winter hotel on the Somerset Levels for the best of wild bird guests that you could hope for.

Things to do Anna H

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.

Things to do Lizzie H

After Umbrage and Classic Cottages

Kingham Cottage is used for respite holidays, but is also reserved for private rentals three months of the year with proceeds going directly to the charity, After Umbrage

News & Offers Lizzie H

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.

Places to Go Lizzie H

Spring in the South West

Spring arrives early in the West Country so make the most of Valentines February half term.

Places to Go Katie Chown

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).

Things to do Ali Ray

Discount walking guides

We've got a special Classic discount on walking books. All the walks in each book are circular and each has all the information walkers need for a good day out.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Christmas ideas for all the family

Here’s a fistful of Christmassey ideas for all the family to enjoy - events, lights, markets and much more in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Things to do Liz C

£500 celebration competition

NOW CLOSED Book a cottage with 8 or more people and be in with the chance of winning £500 of stuff you need for that perfect meal for your special occasion.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Stuff to do in June

Indulge in a dose of midsummer madness and slip a world away from the daily grind of work. Intersperse the activities with a few dead cert days at the beach.

Things to do Katie Chown

Summer Short Breaks

A weekend away or a mid-week short break. We have holiday cottages throughout the West Country to get you away from it all.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Walk the Best

Have a walk around the best bits of the West Country, as voted for in the Coast Awards 2012.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Top Ten UK beaches by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's top ten beaches in the UK, as determined by travellers' ratings and reviews. If anyone needed another excuse to visit the South West, eight of them are down here in the West Country!

Places to Go Katie Chown

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.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Firework celebrations 2011

Bonfires, sparklers, marshmallows on sticks. It only happens once a year so go to as many as you can!

News & Offers Katie Chown

Halloween half-term in the South West 2011

There's nothing worse than being stuck inside during the school holidays, so here is some inspiration for Halloween themed things to do in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset during October half-term.

Things to do Katie Chown