If kids tire of hide-and-seek in the grounds, punctuated with spells on the trampoline and swings, and dips in the pool, get them out to family-friendly Wildwood Escot. Meet the animals, meander through the maze, tackle the traversing walls, dare to ride the drop slide and ride the 40-metre zip line.
Walk with the penguins or try the Pirate Adventure mini golf at Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Centre. See the lions at Longleat. Meet cats, dogs, rabbits and ponies at Ferne Animal Sanctuary or find five different species of wild and semi-wild deer at the South West Deer Rescue Centre.
Find an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, or the UK’s biggest exhibition of cars and motorbikes dating from 1900 to today at the Haynes Motor Museum.
Ride the West Somerset Railway, at over 20 miles the longest heritage track in the country, through the Quantocks and across Exmoor. Unearth fascinating secrets about our ancestors at Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Paint pots at Doodles Play Café or watch top cricket at Taunton.
For the best in local produce, head out to farmers’ markets in Crewkerne, Odcombe, Sherbourne and Montacute House. To get more active, shoot clay pigeons at Podimore. Or play eighteen holes at golf courses in Sherborne, Yeovil,Cricket St Thomas, or Long Sutton.
Go riding with Bowdens in Chiselborough, Hillview in Crewkerne or Drakes Farm in Ilminster. Or walk the hills, the highways and byways at places like Ham Hill Country Park, Montacute Park, the Parrett Trail and the Liberty Trail, from nearby Ham Hill to Lyme Regis. Recuperate in the Bannatyne Spa at Shepton Mallet.
Explore the waterways with Sutton Bingham canoeing and kayaking. Keep the theme going with paddleboards on the Somerset Levels with Langport Boat Hire. Or stay on the water with mackerel fishing at Lyme Regis or coasteering with Jurassic Coast Activities at beautiful Lulworth Cove.
Head to Wildwood Escot to hire segways, quad-bike, shoot arrows or try a little bushcraft. Up your culinary game with lessons at Lesley Waters Cookery School in Halstock, with private demonstrations for parties of 12 or more. Or get cultural and pop over to Ilminster Arts Centre for music, workshops and exhibitions.