Dramatic scenery, unspoilt beaches and rolling hills – Somerset is packed with glorious, stunning views and fun things to do. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or the kids, Somerset has a little something for everyone.
From sunny days on the beach to beautiful, drizzly days at Glastonbury, we’re here to help you fill your days with fun things to do in Somerset for the whole family. Keep reading to discover our top 10 things to do on your next Somerset getaway…
Things to do with the kids in Somerset
From babies to teenagers, Somerset is packed full of things to do with the kids.
1. Brean Theme Park
Brean theme park is the perfect place for a fun afternoon with the family in Somerset. The kids will love the amusement rides and water park, before you all enjoy a round of 18 holes on the Adventure Golf Course. Stop off for fish and chips on the coast after a long, fun-filled day in the swimming complex and theme park.
2. East Somerset Railway
The best way to see the beautiful Somerset countryside is a 5 mile trip around Mendip. The East Somerset Railway takes you and your kids on a 40 minute journey, ending with a trip to the museum, signal box and gift shop. Children will love the immersive Evacuee Experience, transporting them back to the world war and introducing a different world to educate and entertain children of all ages.
3. Animal Farm Adventure Park,
What do you get when you combine a petting zoo with thrilling amusement rides? A fun day out for the whole family. Animal Farm Adventure Park has a petting zone with goats, donkeys and llamas, exciting rides for the big kids and relaxing ball pools for the little ones.
Or for couples…
With stunning landscapes and beautiful scenery, Somerset is also popular for romantic escapes with loved ones.
4. Glastonbury Tor
What can be more romantic than a picnic on a summer’s day overlooking beautiful countryside? When you reach the top of Glastonbury Tor, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with sweeping views of Glastonbury and Somerset. The church ruins atop the Tor are shrouded in mystery, with many believing it to be the ‘Isle of Avalon’, the resting place of King Arthur. Discover some of the many legends for yourself as you stroll hand in hand across the tops of the prominent hill.
As the largest city in Somerset, some may associate Bath with the hustle and bustle of other big cities. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Relaxing, idyllic and tranquil, a wander around the history city of Bath will leave you and your partner feeling peaceful and reconnected. You could even stop off for a dip in Thermae Bath Spa, Britain’s only natural spa, to feel truly revived and refreshed.
Free things to do in Somerset
Enjoying days out in Somerset doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it doesn’t even need to cost a penny.
6. Quantock Hills
One of the best ways to enjoy Somerset without spending a penny is to make the most of what nature has to offer. In this picturesque county, there’s plenty of stunning walks and trails for you to enjoy. Quantock Hills has been recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its distinctive character and beautiful nature. Get to know this area for yourself as you explore one of the many pre-set walking trails. You could even pack a picnic back at your self-catering cottage and spend the whole day in the hills.
Take a trip to Wells in Somerset for a fun and inexpensive day out for the whole family. Thanks to its 13th century cathedral, this 3.2 square kilometre city is officially the smallest in England. Movie fans will recognise this quaint, picturesque area as the backdrop to the cult classic, Hot Fuzz. Spot key filming locations, visit the swans on the Bishop’s Palace moat and wander down idyllic medieval streets on the hunt for hidden treasures.
8. The Strawberry Line
Outdoor lovers? Bike riding fanatics? Or simply want to get out and about in the countryside? The Strawberry Line heritage trail is a traffic-free route of natural beauty in the heart of North Somerset. Running between the Mendip Hills and Clevedon coastline. The more experienced of the group can tackle the full 30 mile route, or you can take it easy and go at your own pace. Whether you’re walking, cycling or running, cars and traffic won’t be a problem in this tranquil part of the stunning English countryside.
Family days out in Somerset
No matter what your age or relation, Somerset is full of exciting days out for the whole family.
Minehead beach is the ultimate spot in Somerset for family fun on the coast. Packed with cafes, bars, shops and seaside fun, you can while away the hours in this lively seaside town. Or, if you’re searching for something a little more relaxing, follow the promenade to the historic harbour. Dating back to the late 1300s, the harbour now boasts stunning views, boat cruises and plenty of peaceful spots to simply sit and unwind.
10. Cheddar Gorge
Explore one of the country’s most impressive natural landmarks on a trip to the inspiring Cheddar Gorge. From the great heights of the fascinating cliffs to the depths of the spectacular show caves, you can truly discover all nature has to offer. Take a guided tour of the caves to understand the magical history of this extraordinary location. There’s even a child-friendly audio tape on the tour, so the whole family can enjoy this day out.
Where to stay in Somerset
There we have it. Our guide to the 10 best things to do in Somerset, no matter who you’re travelling with. Convinced that this is the holiday destination for you? The only thing left to tackle is deciding where to stay in this beautiful county.
Lucky for you, we’ve got it covered. At kate & tom’s, our luxury holiday cottages are the perfect backdrop for every Somerset escape. From quaint, romantic lodges for two, to large countryside rentals to fit the whole family, we have everything you need and more.
Why wait? Give our friendly travel team a call on 01242235151 and start planning your unforgettable getaway in Somerset.
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