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Things to do: Camping in Somerset
From seaside attractions and traditional days out to exploring creatures of the deep and the past of our Roman ancestors, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in Somerset.
Explore the Somerset Coast
The coastal town of Minehead is just a mile and a half away from our Minehead Club Site. The spacious and sandy Minehead Beach is ideal for rock pooling, building sandcastles and exploring the promenade. The end of the beach signifies the start of the South West Coast Path which runs all of the way to Poole in Dorset via Land’s End in Cornwall.
Weston-super-Mare is another popular seaside resort in Somerset. Around 40-minutes away from our Cheddar Club Site by car, Weston is a great day away from the campsite. Walk along the paved beach side promenade, enjoy the amusements in the Grand Pier and grab a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants.
Burnham-on-Sea is just a 30-minute drive away from our Cheddar Club Site. The large seaside town offers many attractions including the 7-mile long sandy beach, amusement arcades in the pier and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on Sea, Brean is another coastal area well worth visiting. Here you’ll find Brean Sands, Brean Leisure Park and the National Trust managed Brean Down, a natural pier and Victorian fort.
Watchet, a quaint harbour town, Clevedon and its Grade 1 listed pier and Portishead on the Severn Estuary are also well worth a visit.
Family days out in Somerset
With so many seaside resorts, there are plenty of great family attractions to spend a day away from the campsite.
• Longleat Safari Park is around a 45-minute drive away from our Cheddar Club Site. You’ll start your visit to the park at the drive-through safari. Big cats, giraffe, deer, lemurs and many more animals are available to see. You could also board the Jungle Cruise Boat where you’ll get the chance to see the sea lions swim and play alongside you. Monkey Temple, Penguin Island and Jungle Kingdom are just a few of the other areas to explore during your visit. Longleat House, a focal point of the Estate, has rooms on view to the public and demonstrates an impressive example of an Elizabethan stately home. With enough to occupy a full day out, with something for everyone to enjoy, this is a great option for a family day out in Somerset.
• Wookey Hole Caves are a popular attraction amongst families and being just under a 10-minute drive from our Cheddar Club Site, they’re a great option when you don’t want to stray too far from the campsite. Arguably the most impressive show caves in Somerset, Wookey Hole helps to tell the story of the very first people to inhabit the caves. See stalactites, huge stalagmites and even ancient witch markings. Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar Cheese is award-winning and well worth buying in the shop after your visit to the caves.
• The highest, inland limestone cliffs in Britain, Cheddar Gorge and Caves are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Being just under a 10-minute drive away from our Cheddar Club Site, you’ll find many prehistoric wonders here. Enjoy breath-taking views at the top of The Lookout Tower or on the three mile Cliff-Top Walk. Step back thousands of years in the Museum of Prehistory and walk in the footsteps of our prehistoric ancestors in the hidden chambers of Gough’s Cave.
• The National Trust managed Dunster Castle is perfectly positioned to visit from our Minehead Club Site, being just under a 15-minute drive away. Learn about how the castle has transformed over the years, visit the tea rooms and pick up a gift or treat for yourself in one of the shops.
• The West Somerset Railway in Minehead offers a 20-mile long track through the stunning Somerset countryside. There are a number of stations you can stop off at, or you can sit back and enjoy the views. The village of Stogumber, the harbour town of Watchet and Washford, where you’ll be able to walk to Cleeve Abbey are just a few of the stops available. You can also get off at Dunster to explore the Norman castle.
Other Somerset attractions
• The cathedral city of Wells is around a 15-minute drive away from our Cheddar Club Site. Wells Cathedral, Bishops Palace and the Wells and Mendip Museum are some of the most popular places to visit.
• The Roman City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is just over a 40 –minute drive away from our Cheddar Club Site. The city is full of attractions and things to do so you won’t have to look too hard. Why not visit the Roman Baths? One of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world, people travel from all over the world to take the audio-guided tour and have a sip of the spa water which contains an impressive 43 minerals. Set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, The Jane Austen Centre explored Baths influence on the esteemed writer. The Regency Tea Rooms on the upper floor are a great experience, with staff dressed in period costumes. If retail therapy is what you’re seeking, Bath makes for a great day of shopping with both independent and high-street retailers.
• The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company has won many accolades. The family-owned cheesemaker is proud to be the only cheddar cheese producer in Cheddar. You can visit the working Dairy and Visitor Centre for a look at the production process and visit the shop.
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