Yeo Valley Farms View with Hot Air Balloons

Summer Staycation in Somerset

Tuesday 7th May 2024

Although thankfully the COVID-19 pandemic is now a thing of the past, one thing that has stuck around in its wake is the British summer staycation (just like the old days). As tempting as it is to book a flight and jet off to sunny Spain there are plenty of fantastic options a little closer to home and few better destinations than the Costa del Somerset.

However, planning the perfect summer staycation can be an overwhelming process (not to mention preparing for whatever the British weather may bring!).

Which is why, with more than 60 years’ experience living and working in the local area, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to see and do in Somerset.

And why not use the Trainline to travel to these destinations? Offering rail and coach options, they’re a great option for sustainable travelling. By using public transport you can help reduce the amount of cars on the road.

Read on for our top picks for a holiday in Somerset that young and old alike will enjoy.


Places to Stay


Wills Barn

Will's Barn has a fantastic view across the Yeo Valley
Will’s Barn has a fantastic view across the Valley!

Our very own Wills Barn is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for a quiet, country getaway. Surrounded by the gorgeous Mendips countryside, you can take in the views and toast a marshmallow (or two!) on our amphitheatre fire pit. Wills Barn has all the comforts you need for a staycation for two.

Classic Glamping

But if you are happy to immerse yourself completely in nature, then Classic Glamping may be the perfect place for you to stay. With a selection of different Shepard’s Huts to choose from, including dog-friendly options, you can watch the sun set (or rise!) from your personal hot tub surrounded by lovely countryside.

Middlewick Cottages

If it’s more than just the two of you, then can accommodate the whole family! You can go for a swim in their indoor heated pool, say hello to the farm animals, or get involved in their pizza nights. Middlewick Cottages are also doing lots to reduce their impact on the local environment, like using a Bio Mass Heating System and offering electric vehicle charging points.


Places to Visit


Coates English Willow

Visit Coates English Willow to discover how they transform their home-grown willow into beautiful baskets. At the end of the tour, you can explore their grounds further with a Willow Sculpture Trail, or pick a souvenir in their shop and take home a piece of Somerset with you.

Museum of Somerset

If the British weather threatens to dampen your holiday, then the Museum of Somerset is a great (and free!) place to visit for the day. The museum is housed within Taunton’s castle, in Taunton’s city centre. The 12th century building tells the stories of people going back 400 million years! Take a tour to learn about life in the Ice Age to present day.

Yeo Valley Organic Garden Tour
Take a Tour Around our Organic Garden

Yeo Valley Organic Garden

In the heart of the valley is Yeo Valley’s own Organic Garden. Spanning more than six acres the Organic Garden is the perfect day out for any garden lover! Explore our veggie garden, meadow, or gravel garden before finishing with a pot of tea and slice of cake in our tearoom.


Food & Drink


If you are looking for a place to stop off and stretch your legs on your journey down the A303, or are staying in the local area, then TEALS is a must-visit. Sustainability is at the heart of everything TEALS does – from selling ethically sourced products to serving locally produced food in their café.

Farm to Fridge Days

Yeo Valley Demi Demo Days
Have a Taste of the Valley

Come and spend the day with us in the Valley! Have a tour of our farm and learn all about the Yeo Valley story. Not only that, but you’ll also get an exciting demo from one of our chefs showing you how to use our products in your own homes.

Somerset Farmers Market

Support the local community by visiting one of Somerset’s Farmers Markets that runs in various towns throughout the month. The initiative helps promote living sustainably, by inviting local small-scale farmers to sell their produce and with over 100 vendors to choose from, be spoilt for choice!


Places for Families


Yeo Valley Farms Sheep and Lamb
Somerset is Great to Explore with Children

Brean Splash

Keep the kids active and entertained at Brean Splash Park, which has won GOLD in the Holiday Park pool of the year multiple times. With indoor and outdoor pools, water slides (including a disco one!), and a baby splash pool there’s something for every age.

Treasure Trails in Somerset

Explore Somerset’s sights as a family by taking one of the 29 Treasure Trails on offer. Crack the code, find the treasure, or discover ‘whodunit’ by taking in the local sites and following the clues. Only £6.99 for a group of five, so it won’t break the bank!

Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Help support a local charity by visiting the Ferne Animal Sanctuary. The charity was first set up at the start of World War Two and since then has rehomed and cared for hundreds of animals. Not only can you say hello to the animals, but you can also take a walk around their meadow and woodlands or have lunch in their café.


To find out more about Somerset and the wonderful places you can visit in the area, head to the Visit Somerset website for more information.

You can also find out more about the different exciting events that we having going on throughout the year in the valley here.

Comments on “Summer Staycation in Somerset”

  • It all sounds really good

    Anonymous on 26th August 2021 at 7:27 pm

  • I have just had a look at Teals. Strangely enough my godson & his family live in North Cadbury so they must know Teals!

    Heather Noonan on 26th August 2021 at 9:41 am

  • This is a brilliant idea! I was brought up in Dunster & now live in Devon but still have friends in Somerset. I must have a look at some of the ideas mentioned.
    Thank you!

    Heather Noonan on 26th August 2021 at 9:35 am

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