Resources for motorhome and campervan users in Somerset
Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park: A friendly, village feel with and attentive staff is how our site has been described. Voted Overall Best Caravan Site and Best Adult Only Caravan Site in Practical Motorhome Top Sites Awards 2013. Close to lovely Chew Valley Lake in Somerset, Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park provides a truly 5-star touring experience in a beautifully peaceful setting for adults to enjoy North Somerset all year-round. Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, Ham Lane,Bishop Sutton, Somerset BS39 5TZ Tel: 01275 332127
Cheddar Bridge Touring Park: Cheddar Bridge is a pretty riverside caravan site with views across the Mendip Hills in Somerset. This peaceful adult only touring and camping park is just a few moments walk from Cheddar village and spectacular Cheddar Gorge. Pitches are well laid out and level. Guest reviews compliment owners, David and Tracy, for their immaculate caravan site facilities at Cheddar Bridge. Cheddar Bridge Touring Park, Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3RJ Tel: 01934 743048
The Old Oaks Touring Park: AA Campsite of the Year 2013, Old Oaks Touring Park is a family run caravan site and camping park offering 5-star amenities in blissfully tranquil Somerset countryside with panoramic views of the Mendip hills and surrounding area. It is the perfect ‘get away from it all’ spot where you can enjoy walking, cycling, fishing and touring Somerset, or simply relaxing watching the abundant wildlife. Take a break at The Old Oaks adult only campsite and discover for yourself why we are AA Best Campsite 2013. Wick Farm, Wick, Glastonbury, Somerset : BA6 8JS Tel: 01458 831437
Waterrow Touring Park:The 'garden in the valley’ in Somerset. Waterrow Touring Park is beautifully landscaped with mature trees, flowering shrubs and superb valley views. The caravan site’s country garden atmosphere, peaceful location and riverside walks are just perfect for a relaxing break close to Exmoor in Somerset. Waterrow is exclusively for adults with award-winning, 5-star facilities. Voted UK's Best All Year-Round Site by Practical Motorhome 2013. Waterrow Touring Park. Waterrow, Wiveliscombe,Taunton, Somerset TA4 2AZ Tel: 01984 623464
Nice beaches in Somerset
Minehead Beach: A long sandy beach with a few areas of pebbles and shingle. The beach has great views across the Bristol Channel towards Wales. There are a wide range of facilities including deckchair and windbreak hire. Minehead beach is accessible for wheelchairs, there are public toilets and pay & display parking. At the top of the beach is a long promenade with plenty of shops and restaurants as well as B&B's and guest houses.
An old wreck at low tide on Berrow beach: A six mile long stretch of golden sand and dunes makes Berrow one of Somerset's loveliest beaches but be warned although the beach is perfect for sunbathing, kite surfing, horse riding and other beach sports it is not good for swimming and children should be carefully supervised as low tide reveals a large expanse of treacherously soft mud.
Burnham-on-Sea Main Beach: This award winning beach has got all the traditional beach holiday activities on offer from donkey rides to an esplanade with cafes and amusements. There is also a large children's paddling pool. Dogs are not allowed on this part of the beach all year round but are allowed further up the beach in the lighthouse area. The photo shows the fabulous light house on legs - made from wood this stunningly unusual lighthouse was built in 1832 and is now a listed monument.
Kilve beach sits at the bottom of the Quantocks and is a site of Special Scientific Interest. Not only does Kilve have fantastic rock formations but also a wide range of fossils especially ammonites. This beach is ideal for mooching around in rock pools and looking for fossils, the kids will love it too, just remember to keep them away from the cliffs and to check the tide times before you go.
Cleveden beach & pier: The beach at Clevedon is pebbly but has plenty of rock pools to amuse the kids. Along the sea front there are plenty of amenities, cafes and restaurants. Like many beaches in Somerset there are dangerous mud flats which are only revealed at low tide and the tide goes out a long, long way along the Bristol Channel. Clevedon has a lovely old pier which is open daily and even has an art gallery which holds many exhibitions as well as more traditional pier activities including boat trips and fishing.
Restaurants - eating out
The Old Inn: Holton, Wincanton: This carefully refurbished 17th century village coaching inn retains many of it's original features including log burning fire, flagstone floors and oak beams making it an almost idealised version of a country pub. But it also boasts a recently added vaulted dining room. Holton, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 8AR Tel: 01963 32002
Little Barwick House: This Georgian dower house’s elegant yet restrained dining room comes complete with fireplace, mirrors and garden views. A typical menu might include a warm terrine of veal sweetbreads, veal kidney and foie gras with an unctuous shallot purée; boned quail stuffed with chicken and wild mushroom mousse combined with braised chicory and Madeira jus or a cheese soufflé imaginatively paired with red mullet fillets and lobster sauce. Barwick, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 9TD Tel: 01935 42390
The Wheatsheaf, A 16th C whitewashed Farmhouse: A stylish dining terrace gives way to a contemporary, chic interior with slate floors, wood panelled walls and a pleasing mix of modern art sitting alongside original features. Watercress is harvested from the bottom of the garden, nearby estates supply the game when in season, and local divers provide the catch for dishes such as seared Lulworth Bay scallops, confit belly pork, broccoli puree and lasagne of Cornish crab, ginger and lemongrass foam. Combe Hay tel: 01225 833504
The Old Spot: With its smart olive green and white interior and bare, chunky wooden tabletops, The Old Spot manages to be both stylish and informal. Framed menus from top class restaurants hint at the ambition of the kitchen that turns out delicious Mediterranean influenced dishes. A raised dining area at the back of the room offers a little more seclusion, linen on the tables and a fine view of Wells famous Cathedral. 12 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2SE Tel: 01749 689099
The Cafe: There’s fabulous views from the simply decorated dining room with its large, widely spaced and beautifully dressed tables. The admirably concise menu flys the flag for produce from the south west of England. Exmoor pigeon is baked in a pithivier (a type of pie) and served with pickled red cabbage, roast cap mushrooms and a red wine and juniper jus while Cornish scallops are seared and come with a raw fennel salad, a tomato and coriander sauce vierge and herb oil.Porlock Weir, Minehead TA24 8PB
Mecca Bingo, Taunton: The place to play a range of fun bingo games and home to a friendly bingo community with licensed bar and buffet facilities. Corporation Street, Taunton, TA1 4AH Tel: 01823 211097
The best party night! Whatever your taste in music or dance you will be spoilt for choice: Kizomba, Salsa, Bachada, and much, much more - inspiring dance demonstrations and fun themes make it a fantastic night out for everyone. 33-35 Union Street, Plymouth PL1 3LU Tel: 079502 68600
Somerset’s mega nightclub! Club Neo is an amazing clubbing experience, with hundreds of people partying under one roof. Club Neo is the perfect location for your celebration, we can book you and your guests a booth and even decorate it to your party theme! When you book a booth at Neo we can also sort you out with Q-jump tickets, discounted drinks and more. We also have a great range of food here at Club Neo with giant steaks, burgers, chicken, ribs, nachos and much more. Stars Lane, Yeovil, BA20 1NR, Tel: 01935 314751
The Kings Head is a 17th century thatched pub situated in the tourist town of Cheddar inside you will see many traditional features such as real oak beams. The inn has a pleasant garden and large car park. The pub is a great place to stop for a refreshing drink whilst visiting the famous Cheddar Caves, only a 10 min walk away we are also just off a National Trust walking route. The Kings Head, Cheddar, 1 Silver Street Cheddar Somerset BS27 3LE Tel: 01934 742153
The White Hart, Midsomer Norton: The White Hart is a traditional town centre pub offering a large range of real ales and ciders. Food is served 12-2pm every day and offers a traditional pub fare menu.
There is a skittle alley/function room available for private hire.Sue and her manageress Mandy look forward to welcoming old and new customers to the White Hart. The Island Midsomer Norton Somerset BA3 2HQ Tel:01761 418270
Royal Oak, Clevedon: The Royal Oak is a traditional real ale pub serving 4 real ales and 3 ciders. It is situated around 200 yards from the seafront in the Victorian town of Clevedon.The pub has no juke box or pub games but instead relies on conversation from its patrons. The Royal Oak has won numerous awards including the Best Beer Pub of the Year 2010 from Punch Taverns and was also voted Best Pub 2010 by the North Somerset Mercury. 35 Copse Road Clevedon Somerset BS21 7QN Tel: 01275 547416
The Travellers Rest, Pensford: The Travellers Rest is part of Cask Marque which helps to guarantee a great pint of cask ale.The Travellers Rest has a fantastic reputation for quality food and hospitality. With a reasonably priced menu featuring dishes such as Homemade Faggots, Fillet of Beef Bourginion, or even the simplistic elegance of an omelette. The menu is based around locally sourced food with a daily changing specials board. Pensford Hill, Pensford Somerset BS39 4JF, Tel: 01761 490347
Mitre Inn, Glastonbury: Di and James welcome you to the Mitre, a Traditional family run pub serving good beer, good food and good cheer. Food is served 7 days a week and can be enjoyed by our open fire or in Summer in our attracive beer garden. At the Mitre we pride ourselves on preparing good home cooked food and serving generous portions. We run a discount scheme for pensioners and also have a children's menu. he Mitre Inn is part of Cask Marque which helps to guarantee a great pint of cask ale. 27 Benedict Street Glastonbury Somerset BA6 9NE, Tel: 01458 831203
Bath Assembly Rooms: The social centre of Bath during the late Georgian and Victorian period, the Assembly Rooms were designed by architect John Wood the Younger in 1769 as a public meeting place and events venue. They quickly became an essential meeting place for high society during Bath's heyday as a fashionable spa. There are four main rooms open to the public; these are the Ballroom, Tea Room, Card Room, and the Great Octagon. The grand Ballroom is 30 metres long, making it the largest Georgian chamber in Bath.
High above the village of Curry Rivel stands a tall column, dedicated to the memory of Sir William Pynsent. Pynsent was a highly successful businessman in the thriving Somerset cider trade. When the government of the day was considering taxing cider more heavily, William Pitt the Elder came out strongly against the proposals. Sir William Pynsent was so grateful for Pitt's support that he changed his will, and left the Burton Pynsent estate to Pitt.
Montacute House in Yeovil: is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of furniture and Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Also tapestries, hangings and an exhibition of 17th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The formal garden with its mixed borders and old roses is surrounded by parkland.
The home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years, the medieval Bishop’s Palace and Gardens sits in the heart of the city of Wells. With its delightful moat, flagstone drawbridge and historic portcullis, the ancient building is picture-postcard heritage Britain – no wonder Pevsner described it as the most memorable bishop’s residence in the country. The palace was built for Bishop Jocelin Trotman back in the early 13th century when he received a licence to create a residence and deer park just south of the Cathedral of St Andrew and the result today is just breathtaking.
George Inn: The George Inn in Norton St Philip was built in the 14th or 15th century, as a wool store for the priory at Hinton Charterhouse. It was later used as army headquarters, during the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, and a courtroom by Judge Jefferies as part of the Bloody Assizes. It is now a public house.