Somerset is a rural county of rolling hills such as the Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, and large flat expanses of land including the Somerset Levels.
There is evidence of human occupation from Neolithic times, and subsequent settlement in the Roman and Saxon periods. Later, the county played a significant part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred the Great, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.
Agriculture is a major business in the county. Farming of sheep and cattle, including for wool and the county's famous cheeses (most notably Cheddar), are traditional and contemporary, as is the more unusual cultivation of willow for basketry. Apple orchards were once plentiful, and to this day Somerset is known for the production of strong cider.
Half Term School Holiday Dates in Somerset.
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Things to do in Somerset for the Family
Somerset is a popular holiday destination for families. Located in the south-west of England, the county often has warmer weather than in other regions and has plenty of activities and attractions to fill a short break or a long holiday. Outdoor activities are popular – this is a beautiful region – but there are also plenty of indoor options if the weather does take a turn for the worse.
Towns and seaside resorts in Somerset
Taunton is the county town of Somerset. Dating back to Saxon times, it has an interesting historical Heritage trail that guides you on a walk through the town. Vivary Park is a nice place for a picnic lunch and a relax. Glastonbury, well known for its music festival, is a good place for a day trip (though maybe not when the Festival is on!). Take a walk up to Glastonbury Tor for some spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. No trip to Somerset is complete without a trip to the seaside. Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare offer traditional seaside fun right down to the donkey rides. If you want to try something a little quieter and old-fashioned try Burnham-on-Sea with its nine-legged wooden lighthouse and one of the shortest piers in Britain and the Victorian resort of Clevedon.
Historic sites in Somerset
Somerset is steeped in history; it is most famous for its connections with King Arthur. Castle Neroche on the edge of the Blackdown Hills is a settlement that pre-dates the Saxons. Dunster Castle, near Minehead, was originally built as a stronghold but is now a family home. It is perched on the edge of a hill by the Bristol Channel – you can look round the castle and its gardens and take in the view of the water. Glastonbury Abbey is in ruins but is still worth a visit as they are very impressive ruins. This was once the largest and richest Abbey in Britain. Look out for actors in character as you walk around – they’ll have a chat and really make history come to life.
Animal Parks in Somerset
The Animal Farm Adventure Park is close to Burnham-on-Sea. It runs across 23 acres in some beautiful countryside. This is a very hand-on experience. You can hold a variety of small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and chicks and, if you’re lucky you can help feed them. There are also outdoor and undercover play areas. Court Farm Country Park near Weston-Super-Mare has farm animals and, if you are there in the summer, free tractor rides, a maize maze and pony rides. Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, near Porlock, is a 15th century farm that is now home to farm animals and birds of prey. You can pet the farm animals and watch flying displays. The Exmoor Pony Centre gives you the chance to get up close to these famous horses.
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