Thursday 5th August 2021
With restrictions lifting, we’re all dreaming of getting out and about this summer. But with travel abroad still looking uncertain, the British summer holiday has returned.
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.
Read on for our top picks for a holiday in Somerset that young and old alike will enjoy.
Places to Stay
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Come and and have our chefs create some delicious dishes (with a Yeo twist!) for you to enjoy. Using only locally sourced organic ingredients, watch as our talented chefs inspire you to replicate the recipes at home with friends and family.
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
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.
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!
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.