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Somerset is a beautiful county with so much to offer – If you’re struggling for something to do this weekend check out this list of my favorite things to do for free.
1.Victoria Park, Bath
While Bath is an already beautiful city due to it’s stunning architecture, Victoria Park offers something for the whole family. From Ice skating in the winter to tennis and crazy gold in the summer there really is something to appeal to old and young alike. Keep the Children busy in the main park area which includes play equipment designed for both all ages as well as a skate park for those who want to be a little more adventurous.
Nestled in the Quantock Hills Ranscombe is one of my absolute favourite places to visit in the whole of Somerset. Surrounded by trees there is a large grassy area perfect for family games, a stream for paddling and building dams and several brick built BBQs so Dad can get cooking. It feels like a woodland haven and is only around 20 minutes drive from the nearest large town. There are also several hiking trails that you can follow. Last time we visited there were wild horses wondering around!
3. The Museum of Somerset, Taunton
The Museum of Somerset is located in the 12th century Great hall of Taunton Castle. Entry is free although donations are appreciated if you are able to. Full of awesome exhibits detailing the geological history of Somerset through the ages as well as more recent history such as the evolution of the Somerset Light Infantry it offers a fantastic insight into how the country has developed over the centuries. There is also plently to keep children occupied with child friendly activities and dressing up stations.
4. Viviary Park, Taunton
Another of the wonderful places to visit in the County Town of Taunton is Vivary Park. Beautifully landscaped the park offers plenty to explore including a sensory garden, fountains, a stream and two different children’s play areas. There are large open spaces which are perfect for enjoying football and other recreational sports.
If you’re looking for a few extras activities and don’t mind spending a little there is also a mini golf course and activity centre which has two adventure courses in varying difficulties.
5. Cheddar Gorge
One of the many natural wonders Somerset has to offer, Cheddar Gorge is a must if you are visiting the county, even of you just drive through to admire its winding beauty.
6. Somerset Space Walk – Bridgwater and Taunton Canal
While it may not be feasible to do the entire walk in one go, especially if you have children, spotting a few planets at a time is still great fun. The Sun is placed at Maunsel lock with two sets of Planets stretching either towards Bridgwater or Taunton. The walk is designed to challenge our perceptions of how far apart planets actually are in our Solar System – with one one millimetre on the walk equating to 530 kilometres in space.
7. Brean Down
Another favourite of ours in Somerset is Brean Down. While walking up the steep embankment may require some serious stamina the views from the top are totally worth it. Walk the 1.5 miles to the very end of this promontory to discover a dilapidated fort. Great fun for exploring with young children as you can walk around, climb, and look out to sea.
8. Glastonbury Tor
One of the most famous landmarks in Somerset, Glastonbury Tor is still very much a sight to behold. Rising up out of the levels, the views from the top of the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. Try heading up just before sunset for some extra magic.
9. Kilve Beach
Kilve beach is around halfway between Bridgwater and Minehead in the heart of the Quantock hills. The rocky coastline offers the perfect opportunity to take children rock pooling and fossil hunting and the grassy clifftop is perfect for picnics and ball games.
Fun Fact: This is where part of the Music Video for Bryan Adams (‘Everything I do) I do it for you’ was filmed.
10. Bishops Palace Gardens, Wells.
While Wells is famed for its stunning cathedral you can also take a walk around the Bishops Palace Gardens while visiting too. Entry the actual Bishops Palace is Chargeable, however there is still plenty of beauty to appreciate without going in.
Some places on this list may require payment for Parking.