A summer holiday in Somerset is more popular than ever this year. The fall in the value of the pound certainly makes going abroad far more expensive. Not having to go to the airport reduces stress levels too – no delayed or cancelled flights to contend with and what about the long haul flight in the seat next to the crying baby, not this year!
We think Somerset has a lot to offer for a summer holiday. With so much coastline and a hugely varied landscape from the Somerset Levels to the Quantock Hills there is lots to explore and enjoy.
Stunning Cheddar Gorge in North Somerset is a great place to visit in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s Britain’s biggest limestone gorge, with cliffs rising to 450ft and a designated walk along the top of them, guaranteed to blow the cobwebs away! With a stalactite cave, an open top bus tour and a look-out tower adults and children alike will have a great day out. For the more courageous, there’s adventure caving and rock climbing.
A trip to the beach is a summer holiday tradition for many and in Somerset there’s loads of choice. Burnham-on-Sea is a classic seaside town with an Edwardian backdrop of buildings overlooking the wide sandy beach, perfect for getting out your buckets and spades – you can even have a donkey ride on the beach and why not enjoy an ice-cream on the shortest pier in the UK. Further along the coast is Kilve, a fossil hunter’s paradise and a great place to investigate the many rock-pools that appear at low tide. There’s a lovely grassy area at the back of the beach for picnics, barbecues, cricket and all sorts of fun and games.
Now, let’s face it, sometimes the weather does get a little damp in the UK, so your summer holiday may not be end to end sunshine! Grab those opportunities and visit some of the excellent indoor attractions that Somerset is home to, you’ll be glad it rained!
Why not keep with the watery theme and visit SeaQuarium at Weston super Mare? We particularly liked the moon jellyfish, just like watching aquatic ballet and the underwater tunnel with a huge selection of creatures circling above you. There’s so much to learn about here and you can get hands on involved too with some of the rock pool creatures.
Another of our favourites is Fleet Air Arm Museum showing the history of the airplane from the very early days of the biplane (you get a real sense of their fragility and the bravery of the pilots), through to the modern day. Along the way you can learn the physics of flight from a model plane inside a wind tunnel and hear about the military and human stories of the second world war. There’s plenty here to make a day of it.
Whatever you choose to do during your summer holiday, we think Somerset has a lot to offer, we know you’ll enjoy it, come and take a look.