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Roled as a Commando light infantry unit, 40 Cdo RM is capable of a wide range of operational tasks. Based at Norton Manor Camp, their barracks in Taunton,  personnel regularly deploy outside the United Kingdom on operations or training .

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Hearses carrying the Union-flag draped coffins of Sergeant Steven Darbyshire, Lance Corporal Michael Taylor, and Marine Paul Warren, all of 40 Commando Royal Marines in Taunton, passed after being repatriated to nearby RAF Lyneham. Fourteen Marines from 40 Commando have lost their lives since April. We thank them and their families for their sacrifice for their country.



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THE WESSEX TOURIST BOARD HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE UK INFORMED INVESTOR'S WATCHDOG TEAM TO NAME AND SHAME THOSE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHO HAVE BEEN DRAGGING THEIR HEELS COMPENSATING RESIDENTS OF THE SOMERSET LEVELS FOR THE DAMAGE CREATED BY THE FLOODS ON THE LEVELS

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Most people realise how important it is to insure their home and possessions as a safeguard against their worst nightmares becoming a reality. Be it burglary, storm damage, fire or flooding, virtually everyone has insurance which enables them to sleep at night, not worrying about being left out of pocket or with nothing after a major disaster.

Or so you would think. But as keen as the industry is to collect premiums from you, things are quite different when an insurer has to pay a claim. Even a simple small claim such as a handbag loss can result in a disputed claim requiring proof of original costs (receipts) and police crime number etc. Even when the claim is eventually paid (ours took over a month) the following years premium increased by over 30%.

 So it is hardly a surprise that this grubby industry is dragging its heels in settling claims from those flooded in January. This, despite the Prime Minister David Cameron saying on national television that he was “putting insurers on notice that they needed to pay up the money fast” So how can it be that, according to the Association of British Insurers, 7,480 householders, that is 40% of those who made a claim for flood damage this year, are still waiting to be compensated by their insurer? The ABI figures also highlight that 2,600 will still be waiting at Christmas! Around a 100 families on the Somerset Levels are still in temporary accommodation, often living in caravans.

The ABI says it does not know the exact number of people living in temporary accommodation and insurers say not all outstanding claims are disputed and think that 85% of the flood claims submitted will be settled before the New Year. That would still leave 15% (nearly a sixth) who are still waiting!


  Insurance is an industry that makes its profit from fear. Granted it’s a little short of a full-blown protection racket but it shares the same principal. Pay up or live in fear. Insurers assess the risk of a claim and charge a premium based on that risk. Basically they are taking a gamble just like a bookmaker. But the difference is the bookmaker always pays out when they lose! Insurers delay payment, send in loss adjusters to mitigate the claim value to the bare minimum, look for evidence of under-insuring, in fact anything they can do to reduce or get out of paying a claim. Even the NHBC, providers of insurance-backed warranties on UK new homes uses a minimum claim value to wriggle out of paying legitimate claims for example, treating each defective lintel in a home as a separate, low value, claim.

But could there be a more sinister financial reason why insurers are particularly slow in settling flood claims? Could it be that if they paid out all of the claims promptly as possible, certain insurers might get into financial difficulties? By spreading payments over 12 months, the claims can be settled using money they receive from new premiums throughout the year.


FAILING TO PAY UP IS ACTUALLY A FORM OF HARASSMENT AND WE HAVE EXPERIENCE IN UTILISING THE PREVENTION FROM HARASSMENT ACT 1997 AGAINST SUCH COMPANIES INCLUDING S.2 WHICH IS CRIMINAL AND MAY LEAD TO UP TO 6 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT AND/OR A CLASS V FINE


As has become our practice we shall take these cases directly to the CEO of the insurance companies not some pen pishing nobody. The worst cases will be published in our Watchdog columns for our  up to 350,000 daily views to read.


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For many years now we have been using Phillips Senseo Machines to make our office coffee. Although Phillips tied up with Doux  Egberts we found that their range of coffees for the machines were both more expensive and inferior to those sold by Lydl. Lydl's range named Melangerie included Brazilian. Kenyan, Columbian and Nicaraguan coffees.  However earlier this month Lydl suddenly removed them from the shelves and replaced then with another variety using the Tassimo machines. We wrote to Lydl about this and they replied:

 "Re: Availability of Coffee Pods

Thank you for enquiring about our Coffee Pods. Unfortunately this item is not available in our stores at the moment.

We hope to have this available again in the future and apologise for any inconvenience. We have passed your interest in this item onto our Buying Department and would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us.
Yours sincerely,
For and on behalf of Lidl UK GmbH
Reece Aitken
Customer Service
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  Now we have done our research and found a lovely company in Wincanton; Somerset who can provide you with the Senseo pads in the following flavours: Colombian, Costa Rican, Kenyan AA, Sumatra, as well as Decaffeinated, and  French Extreme.

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Colombia Supremo - Savour the rich and nutty flavour of this classic coffee.
French Roast  -  A dark-roast lover's dream!
Costa Rican Tarrazu -  Rich, volcanic soil, high elevation and climatic conditions all contribute to the unique flavour
Sumatra 'Lake Toba'- This full-bodied yet well-balanced cup is one of our Roastmaster's favourite.
Swiss Water Decaffeinated -, and Kenyan AA DeCaf. (ONLY included if asked for)
House Blend - One of our Roastmaster's favourite blends - a unique combination of 100% Arabica beans from some of the premier growing regions in the world. Smooth, rich & delicious - perfection in every cup!
Brazilian Santos- Brazilian Blend will produce a balanced coffee with low acidity and subtle chocolate and nut notes. A good smooth, bold everyday drinking coffee 
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For the 9th Time Holocaust Memorial day was observed at The Church of St.John the Evangelist in Taunton on Monday 28th January 2013. The theme was build a Bridge amongst all peoples. The Congregation was welcomed by Reverend Jane Eastell. The proceedings were compered by Liz Payne-Ahmadi.. Those participating included Joanne Kaye ( UNISON South West),The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Brenda Weston (Equality South West), The Somerset County Council Choir, Alice Barnett-Jones & Nathan Komane (Somerset College Students), Sheila Wheeler (Somerset County Council) , The Chaplain of Somerset College and Leonard Daniels (Anne Frank Award Somerset 2013).  The Mayor and his wife laid a wreath and six candles were lit on behalf of:
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We commit ourselves, to work together for the common good, uniting to build a better society, grounded in values and ideals we share:
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We commit ourselves, in spirit of friendship and co-operation, to work together alongside all who share our values and ideals, to help bring about a better world now and for generations to come.

Frank FoleyFrank Foley
Frank Foley was born in Somerset in 1884. In the 1930’s, he worked for the Foreign Office and became Head of the British Passport Control Office in Germany. Eyewitnesses recall Mr Foley as an unassuming hero – a small, slightly overweight man with round glasses. However, Foley was in fact Britain’s most senior spy in Berlin. During his time in Berlin, Foley is known to have saved an estimated 10,000 German Jews after Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power in Germany in 1933. He used his role in the Passport Office as a cover for his real job as an Intelligence Officer working for the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), later called MI6. This made his efforts on behalf of the Jews even more dangerous.

Foley first moved to work in Berlin in 1920. He was therefore able to observe and report back on the political and social changes that took place in Germany as a result of the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi Party. Foley was also able to see the impact of the many anti-Semitic measures introduced by the Nazis and the effect these had on the every day lives of Jews.  If he had been arrested, Foley would have had no diplomatic immunity as he was working as a spy, but for years he ignored many Nazi laws and helped Jews leave the country. He made no money from his rescue efforts but risked his own life to save so many others. He also did not seek recognition or praise for his acts of rescue.

Foley broke many Nazi laws, for example he entered concentration camps such as Sachsenhausen and presented visas to the camp authorities so that Jews could be freed to travel. Foley also hid Jews in his home and used his secret service skills to help them obtain false papers, forged passports and visas. By issuing these visas, Foley was also breaking British laws. During his lifetime, Foley received no recognition or honour for his actions in the UK. In 1999 though, Foley’s actions resulted in his being recognised as ‘Righteous Amongst the Nations’ at Yad Vashem in Israel.  On 24th November 2004, the 120th anniversary of Foley’s birth, a plaque was unveiled in his honour at the British Embassy in Berlin. Amongst those who travelled to Berlin to take part in a special ceremony was Elisheva Lernau, 91 who had been rescued by Foley. Elisheva said, ‘His name is written on my heart¦ I owe my life to this man I never met, a man of humanity in a time of unparalleled inhumanity’.  In Highbridge, Somerset a plaque has been placed on the house where Foley was born and in May 2005 a statue was unveiled in his honour.


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somerset cc armsARMS: Or a Dragon rampant Gules holding in the claws a Mace erect Azure.
*CREST: Out of a Saxon Crown Or a demi Ram Argent armed and unguled Gules holding in the mouth a Cheddar Pink Flower slipped and leaved proper; Mantled Vert doubled Or.
*SUPPORTERS: On the dexter side a Stag Gules attired unguled and gorged with a Saxon Crown Or and on the sinister side a Bull also Gules armed unguled and gorged with a like Saxon Crown Or; all upon a Compartment composed of a grassy Mount proper semy of Cider Apples Or.
Motto 'SUMORSAETE EALLE' - All the people of Somerset.
Arms granted 29th December 1911. Crest and supporters granted 14th October 2003?

Somerset DistrictsThe dragon was said to have been the emblem of the Royal House of the Saxon Kingdom of Wessex, of which Somerset was a part. The Wessex dragon is sometimes shown red and sometimes gold. According to Henry of Huntingdon, writing in the twelfth century, the dragon was already the emblem of the West Saxons at the middle of the eighth century, and it seems to be likely that they had adopted it in token of their conquest of the Britons. While Somerset bears the dragon in token of the Kingdom of Wessex, the emblem also aptly recalls that according to legend the County contains King Arthur's capital, Camelot, and his place of burial, Avalon. The mace is the symbol of local government.
The Saxon Crown along with those about the necks of the supporters refer to the three kings of Saxon England buried at Glastonbury. The Cheddar Pink is a flower that grows only on stony ledges in Cheddar Gorge. The ram, stag, bull and cider apples represent Somerset's agriculture and natural history. The motto recalls dramatic days in the history of Wessex when, early in 878 Danish invaders threatened to overwhelm the kingdom and Alfred the Great, the young King of Wessex, was forced to take refuge on Athelney in the 'fen fastnesses' of the Somerset Levels. The story is famously told in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle."And afterwards at Easter . . . he and the section of the people of Somerset which was nearest to it proceeded to fight . . . against the enemy. Then in the seventh week after Easter he rode to Egbert's Stone east of Selwood, and there came to meet him all the people of Somerset ('Sumorsaete ealle') and of Wiltshire and of that part of Hampshire which was on the side of the sea, and they rejoiced to see him."The Chronicle continues by recording Alfred’s defeat of the Danes at Edington in Wiltshire and the baptism at Aller, near Athelney, of the Danish leader.It was appropriate that when the County Council was granted armorial bearings the golden dragon should have been chosen as the centrepiece of the shield, and that its motto should be 'Sumorsaete ealle', recalling those crucial events in national history when Somerset and its people were first mentioned.

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Facebook is suing a company called Teachbook  , which operates a social networking site for teachers, apparently because it has "book" in its name and "competes" with Facebook. Teachbook is described as "a professional community for teachers". Sounds like a threat to Facebook's existence doesn't it?  Well we know of a book that predates Facebook and tells us all about Somerset. Yes "The Doomsdaybook! The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).Read about Somerset in The Doomsday Book

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witchesPumpkinTHE DARK SIDE OF SOMERSET
As with most countries and lands in England, Somerset has a rich history that is shrouded in both myth and legend. That history is spiced with ghostly tails, mysteries and legends of old. While the myths and legends that haunt throughout England's historic lands are similar in time and circumstance, Somerset has it's own famous entities, legends and tales of the past. Below are Some Somerset 2010 Halloween events + some of the Somerset dark sides.

Ghost, Ghouls & Witches Day :A creepy day of trails and storytelling Toilets, car park Dunster Castle Normal admission applies plus £2 per trail 01643 821314
Exmoor  Somerset  Wed 27 October
Halloween Star Party : A chance to join members of the Wiltshire Astronomical Society and use their telescopes to sweep the night sky. This time of year you should see Uranus, the planet discovered by.. more...In front of Number 1 Royal Crescent Bath  Somerset BA1 2LR 
Sat 30 October
Ghost Tours : Spooky tours at Dunster Castle Toilets, car park Dunster Castle Bookings required Adult £10, Child £5 01643 821314 Exmoor  Somerset
Sat 30 October
WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY HALLOWEEN GHOST EXPRESS. Take the Halloween Express for a round trip on a steam train between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and the Haunted Garden at Stogumber station for the entertainment. The trip.. more...West Somerset Railway, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton  TA4 3BX
Sat 30 October
Halloween Ghost tours Listen to spooky and sinister stories about the museum, its buildings and exhibits, whilst touring the museum. more...
Haynes International Motor Museum  Somerset BA22 7LH
Sat 30 October
Halloween at Brean :Are you brave enough to take the Brean Down challenge and face the wicked witch in her ruined fort? Be sure to wear your scariest costume and remember, its never too late to turn.. more...Brean Down  Somerset
Sun 31 October
Watersmeet - Spooky Halloween Trail :Enjoy a spooky Halloween Trail around the grounds of Watersmeet House Tea room and shop. Toilets. Steep walk down to Watersmeet House. Disabled parking available,please call.. more...Exmoor  Somerset
Sun 31 October
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/chpverse/images/jpegs/king_arthur_copy.jpgKing Arthur

Possibly the greatest figure in the history and folklore of Britain is the fabulous King Arthur. According to legend he lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries at a time when Britain was the scene of a bloody struggle between the Britons and the invading Saxons and their allies, the Picts and Scots. Arthur is famed as being the great figure at the forefront of the Britons' heroic defence of their homeland and heritage. Based mainly in the South West of England he also seems to have waged a national campaign to defend the Island against its invaders.
    He was truly a Christian Warrior, being raised in an area thought to be one of the first, if not the first to be introduced to Christianity in Britain. Legend has it that he led a contingent of 28 knights, the legendary Knights of the Round Table. One of these Knights was Launcelot, who fell madly in love with Arthur's Queen, Guinevere with tragic consequences.
     Was there ever such a man as Arthur and is there substance behind all the folklore? Modern research has uncovered behind the figure of legend a real person of historical significance in those troubled times. Chroniclers and documents were few in those times so the details of Arthur's life must remain uncertain. We cannot know exactly what he was like but he still lives today in the heart of the English who refuse to be conquered.
     "The South-Western Peninsula, made up of the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, in certain aspects has a character akin to that of the ancient Celtic Atlantic seaboard communities of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. In common with these communities the Peninsula possesses a powerful tradition of independence, a durable strain of mysticism taken from early paganism and modified by Christian practice and not least of all, a breathtaking combination of scenery and climate which dominates the individual and heralds the power of forces outside the control of man. Such areas are the homes of most of our Island's legends and it would be natural for a man of power and great fighting prowess to become a 'folk-hero' in the Peninsula." - Graham Ashton B.A.

 

dragonSt Carantoc's Dragon
 
St Carantoc is famed for being one of the early evangelists who came to the West Country and his name is reflected in various place names throughout the West of England.

The story goes that St Carantoc was looking for the place to set up his mission and so he cast his marble altar into the Severn Estuary saying that he would build a church wherever it came to rest.

King Arthur, some days later, was riding across the marshes on his way to help the people of Carhampton who had been terrorised by a flying dragon. The King spotted St Carantocs altar in the reeds and has his men pick it up and bring it with them. He noticed that on this circule of marble were inscribed the words St Carantocs Altar. At the time King Arthur had no idea who St Carantoc was.

A few miles further on he met a strange man by the side of the road who asked the King if he had seen the Altar of St Carantoc on his journeys. Arthur was intrigued and beleiving the old man must be some kind of sorcerer he asked the stranger his name.

The man answered gently "I am St Carantoc", and Arthur bared his head, realising that he was in the presence of holiness.

Arthur said that he would strike a bargain with the saint. If St Carantoc could call up the dragon from the marches then he would restore the Altar to its owner.

St Carantoc nodded and turned away in prayer, uttering a strange incantation over the swamp. Immediately the bog heaved and parted and amidst a terrible smell the dragon appeared right in front of the retinue. Only Arthur and the Saint stood their ground while the rest backed away in horror.

The dragon the trotted up to the Saint and bent its head in submission. St Carantoc then led the dragon to the court of King Catho at Dunster Castle where the dragon was forced to vow never to hurt another soul again.

So transformed was the dragon by the Saint that it never ate meat again and only used its fiery breath to aid the villagers in lighting bonfires in the rain.

St Carantoc was granted land by the Kings and built his chapel by the river at Carhampton.

BlacksmithThe Devil and the Blacksmith  - Fiddington
At Fiddington once lived a smith who was so proud of his craft that he very unwisely boasted he could shoe the Devil's own horse - "Ah! An' shoe he to rights too."
But one midnight he was called up by a traveler whose horse had cast a shoe, and when he looked at the rider of the great black horse, he found it was the Devil himself.
The terrified smith had the wit to pretend he had left a hammer at this Cottage and ran for the parson. The parson, however, refused to return nearer than the roadside hedge where he remained to watch, having told the smith if he valued his soul to keep his word and shoe the horse - "But he must take no payment!"
The smith set to work, and the Devil was so delighted with the result that he presented the man with a bag of gold, but was told politely, "I never don't take nought vor work done at night."
Baffled the Devil glanced around, and caught a glimpse of the lurking Parson.
"If it hadn' a-been vor that old blackbird in behind orchet," he yelled, "I'd a had'ee vor zertain zure!"
With that both he and his horse vanished.


Monk-In-A-HabitThe Starving Monk

If the chap who haunts Oldbury Court,Bristol is who we think he is, it's no wonder he's still wandering around.

Back in the days when there was a stately home on the estate, the story goes that a Catholic monk or priest was secretly celebrating Mass at a time when it was illegal.

When visitors arrived, he was hidden in a priest hole or secret passage and forgotten.

This does sound slightly dubious - would you forget storing a priest in your walls? But he is supposed to have starved to death.

The last recorded sighting was in the '70s when some teenagers saw a cowled figure in a cloak which seemed to float before vanishing into a wall.

Giants
The Giants of Stowey

There was a time, long, long ago, when giants came to live close to Nether Stowey. They flung up a huge mound for their Castle, and lived under it.
Some of the people fled to Stogursey, other ran up hill for safety on Dowsboro' Camp, and others, poor things, just stayed where they were.
No one liked going past the Castle even if they had to, and most of those who did come back were pale and terrified. The Giants had a horrible way of putting their hands out of the hill and grabbing a sheep, or a cow, or a man.
Once the monsters had tasted men's flesh they grew ravenous. They made a riad on Stogursey Castle, and beat it down flat, and chased the Stogursey people till they caught them in handfuls. When this supply ran out they began again on the folk of Nether Stowey.
Most of them were old (and tough) or very young (and tender) for all the able-bodied folk had run up the hills and were quite safe in Dowsboro' Camp having a fine time. They didn't know what was going on so a poor old gaffer tried to tiptoe past the Castle and tell them, but an arm came out and got him.
Then a little lad got on one of his father's hill ponies along with a 'dirft' of them, and went away past the Castle at a stretch gallop. A hand di come out, but it got such a kick it went in again mighty fast and there was a dreaful yell.
The folk on Dowsboro' heard that and got ready to fight - but when the little lad on his pony got to them they didn't wait to give battle up there, No. "The men from Dowsboro' beat down Stowey Castle' and after that anyone could pass the hill again - they still don't like doing it at night.
Quantock saying:
'Men from Dowsboro' beat down Stowey Castle, and men from Stowey beat down Stogursey Castle.'
 
The Squire of Norton Manor

One New Year's Eve the Squire of Norton Manor was drinking and merrymaking at Langford Budville, when he suddenly decided he was going home. It was nearly midnight, and everyone warned him not to go, but he laughed and swore that he didn't care if he broke his neck. He climbed on his horse with such a volley of oaths that they were glad to shut the iron bolts behind him and draw up close to the fire.
As for the Squire, he rode off merrily till he came to Young Oaks, where his horse swerved aside from a great pack of black hounds. If the Squire had been sober he would have started to pray, but instead he told the hounds to go to Hell (from which, of course, they had just come) and slashed at them with his whip. Green fire ran up the lash and scorched the rider and horse, which bolted and away went the Squire with the ghostly pack behind him. On the Common at French Nut Tree the horse stumbled and both the horse and the Squire broke their necks.
Every New Year's Eve the Drunken Squire is said to make the ride to Norton Fitzwarren again and the unfortunate ones may well meet him riding again to get away from the devil's hounds. If you should meet him then throw yourself on the ground and pray that the hounds don't get you as well!


The Roundhead
We haven't heard from the local Roundhead ghost recently but he was once a regular in the woods at Stapleton.

This was the area where Cromwell mustered his New Model Army before the attack on Prince Rupert in Bristol.

For some reason, the ghost walks up to walkers as if to speak to them and then walks straight through them. It would be interesting to know if those who saw him were all staunch royalists and were simply being snubbed.

 
The Norton Fitzwarren Dragon
 
Somerset has a great deal of stories about dragons but one of the most famous is of the Norton Fitzwarren dragon. It is said that after a great battle during the Iron Age a mighty dragon was formed from the pile of corpses. The dreaded beast set about terrorising the area by devouring children and destroying crops growing in the fields. Angered by the exploits of the evil dragon one man stood up to face the foe.

A young man called Fulke Fitzwarren took on the beast in single combat. After a long and bloody struggle, he pierced the dragons heart and cut off its head.

In All Saints Church at Norton Fitzwarren stands a sixteenth-century rood screen that depicts the gruesome story.

Many now believe that legends of Dragons are associated with the invasion of the Danes into the County.

 
The great dragon of Aller
Another Dragon was the great dragon of Aller, near Langport, a flying serpent which breathed flames and poisonous fumes - yet, curiously, was a milk addict.
It attacked milkmaids, but was more interested in their buckets of milk than their bodies, and even sucked cows dry. It was finally slain by John of Aller who smeared his body with pitch and put on a thick mask to protect himself from the fire and fumes.

He stabbed it with a nine foot long spear still preserved in Low Ham church and walled up its cave so its brood starved to death (no mention of a Mrs Dragon, you notice). There is an effigy of John of Aller in the village church.

 Taunton Castle
Taunton Castle is said to be haunted by the tramp of soldiers bringing the Sedgemoor prisoners to the Bloody Assizes in 1685 after Monmouth's Rebellion.
The landing of Castle House is haunted by a man in riding dress and heavy boots. He is dark and wears a full Charles II wig. He has a sword, a sash, gauntlets, and a heavy pistol in his belt. He tramps up and down restlessly.
Heddon Oak, Crowcombe.
Tradition says that half a dozen fugitives from Sedgemoor (Monmouth's Rebellion) were hanged on Heddon Oak. Chains can be heard clanking, and there are moans from choking men. Some have heard the noise of horses galloping up the hill but nothing ever arrives.
The Blue Lady - Crowcombe
The Elizabethan part of the Rectory at Crowcombe is haunted by the Blue Lady. She appears at very rare intervals, and then only to children.
Corpse Candles

It is said that many have witnessed strange spectral light floating in mid-air foretelling the demise of someone very close.
The Spunkies

Somerset's version of the Will o' the Wisps. Believed to be the souls of unbaptised children, doomed to wander until judgment day. Some believe they also forewarn of the approach of death. On Midsummer Eve night all the spunkies go to church to meet the newly dead children.
The Yeth (or Yeff)  Hounds - the Wild Hunt

The Devils own hunting dogs out to catch a few souls no doubt! If they catch up with you the best thing to do is throw yourself on the ground face down and they should pass you by. Cannington Park is said to be the devil's hunting ground from where the Yeth hounds start off for a nights hunting.
Burgess the Miner
Burgess the miner was a widower, who lived with his little daughter in a cottage in White Water Combe. After a time he fell in love with a worthless woman, and as they found the child a nuisance he murdered it and threw the body down a mine-shaft. This proved no concealment, for a mysterious light shone above the shaft, so Burgess took up the body, buried it hastily in a bank side and left the moor.  Two sheep-stealers saw a rag sticking out of some loose earth and thought a sheep had been hidden there, for this was the usual sign. When they began to scrape back the earth, however, they came across a child's hand. Burgess was pursued and caught. He was hanged at Taunton Jail in 1858. There is still a ghostly light to be seen at the place of the murder but it is very unlucky to see it.

The St George ghost
Air Balloon Road, St George, Bristol

In 1998 Victoria and Steven Cross asked the Bristol Evening Post for help in tracing the ghosts that had haunted her home in St George, Bristol.

Victoria, aged 25, said: "Old coins from the 1930s turned up in the house for no reason we could understand, and a friend said she saw a vision of a man in one of the upstairs rooms.

"We had builders in and they could hear footsteps when they were alone in a room.  "We had a puppy that used to get very distressed at night in certain rooms. There was definitely something strange going on."
The couple, who have a one-year-old son called Caleb, quickly called in a medium who said there were four ghosts in the Victorian house.

One was a boy called Tom, another was a woman in a black dress with a high collar. The third was a teenager called Peter who died in the house, and the fourth was a man called David.  Victoria: "We haven't had any more trouble since the medium came but I would like an explanation of where the ghosts came from. I'm sure there must be a good reason because I've heard other people in the area say they've had similar hauntings since."

Despatch Rider
Morton House, Rossiter's Hill, Frome, Somerset

Morton House often boasts some impressive floral displays which prompts some visitors to the area to try and capture the sight on film.

In 1990 Reg Wickens did just this, but the picture that was processed was not as he had imagined - the house and displays could still be seen but a shadowy figure had appeared across the picture.

Theories that it could be the shadow of Reg have been discounted given the angle that the sun would have been at at the time the picture was taken. The possibility that it might be a double exposure was also discounted given the camera that Reg used.

So what was this strange apparition that seemed to take over the picture. Reg thought it looked like the shadow of a wartime dispatch rider coming towards the camera on his motorcycle.

He could make out a leather helmet, goggles and a long black raincoat which was the dress for dispatch riders in the war years. So he started his own research into the area to try and solve the mystery.

After making enquiries with locals, Reg found out that not one but three dispatch riders had died in an accident and one of them - Bombardier Thomas Gladdis - swerved and went into the wall right where Reg was standing when he took the photograph.

The Wookey Hole Witch
Wookey Hole Caves, near Wells in Somerset, have been inhabited for 70,000 years, when they were explored by Neanderthal Man, in his search for a home offering shelter and security. Numerous travellers from the Romans onwards have made reference to the caves, showing that even when vacated as a home for Iron Age people, they remained a place to visit and marvel at.
In 189 AD, the Roman diarist Clement of Alexandria relates to the "clashing of numerous cymbals", a known phenomenon where changes in air pressure produce extraordinary noises. The caves were also, according to legend, the home of an unpopular witch who didn't get on with her neighbours.
The village clubbed together to decide what to do and decided to send in a monk to have a word with her. After failing to mediate successfully he followed her down Hell's Ladder where he apparently found her turned to stone.

The most likely explanation is that he saw a piece of rock in the shadows that had eroded into a witch-like shape, but it makes a good story.  In this chamber with a sandy shore reaching down to the subterranean River Axe the outline of the witch can be seen, her eyes fixed on the river. The story that the monk turned the witch to stone was first written down in 1748, even though the story had been handed down for generations.
It wasn't until 1912 that Mendip cave explorer H.E. Balch found evidence that could substantiate the story - at least to a degree.
He found goats had been stabled at the entrance to the cave, a milking pot nearby and even a ball that had been made from a stalagmite. But there was more - a comb made from red deer antler, a set of human bones and some tools, all of which are now exhibited in Wells Museum.
The witch - if it was her - had apparently died of disease or violence on the floor of her cave

Skid Marks The Spot
A38, Barrow Gurney Reservoir, near Bristol.

The spirit of a departed life has almost caused others to lose theirs when it suddenly walks out in front of them on the A38 south west of Bristol.  Many people have reported exactly the same experience, which is typified by the first witness.

This young man was driving along the road when all of a sudden a lady in a white coat appeared to be crossing the road just in front of him. He slammed on his brakes and skidded across the road, luckily managing to keep control of the car.
When he came to a halt he realised that there was no-one there, he went to investigate that bit of the road and found that there were lots of skid marks in exactly the same spot.
Indeed several other people have since come forward to say that they encountered the same lady on that stretch of the road.
The Gurt Wurm of Shervage Wood
A scene from
                                            Humpty Dumpty showing a
                                            rotund (Humpty Dumpty) man
                                            and a cat
On the Quantock Hills in Somerset, folk lived in mortal fear of a bloodthirsty dragon who rampaged through the countryside by night, killing and feasting on any living thing in its path. By day it slept, coiled up like a huge serpent, in Shervage Wood. The creature was known as 'The Gurt Wurm of Shervage', and this is its story!

Every year, in late September, folk gather in St Matthew's Field for Bridgwater's famous fair. From right across the town they come, and from the hills and hamlets too – from Timberscombe, Triscombe, Crowcombe and Hestercombe, from Holford and Stolford, Stogursey and Stogumber. They come to buy and to sell, to entertain and to be entertained, to meet old friends and to make new ones. It's been this way for hundreds of years!

But this particular September, of which I now speak, things were not the same as usual. Folk set out their stalls in silence; no one laughed; there was a watchful, nervous look on farmers' faces as the animals were herded into pens. There were whisperings and mumblings and mutterings in corners.

A cloud of dark rumour was gathering, and casting its shadow over the town:

"Does ee fancy there be fewer sheep this year?"
"Oh-arr. And fewer ponies."
"'appen it be true what they'd say about the Wurm."
"'appen. They say that it do roam the hills by night. Eats any livin' thing in its path!"
"Eats sheep and deer and ponies they'd say – cattle too!"
"Gorges itself by night and sleeps by day up in Shervage Wood."
"Body thick as three great oak trees, they d' say!"
"Not long, I reckon, 'til it do crave some human flesh!."
"Young shepherd lad's gone missing up near Stowey."
"And two stable lads, I heard, from Crowcombe way."

Meanwhile, in a cottage out at Crowcombe, a widow by the name of Maggie Conibeer was busy making whortleberry tarts when she heard a loud knocking at her door and a cheerful voice calling her name:

"You there, Maggie? 'Tis Joe Tottle from Stogumber. Mebbees you have some jobs for I?"

 
 

Joe was a woodcutter, a simple, friendly fellow, who was partial to Maggie's cooking and particularly fond of Maggie's fine cider. In exchange for a good meal and a pint of cider, he would often chop wood or do other small jobs about the cottage.


(I should mention, at this point, that although most folk on the Quantock hills lived in mortal fear of 'The Gurt Wurm', news of the deadly creature had not yet reached Stogumber!)

Maggie agreed with Joe that if he picked some whortleberries and chopped some wood, he could go with her to Bridgwater Fair on the horse and cart, help sell the whortleberry tarts and take a share in the earnings.


Delighted with the plan, Joe set off up the steep hill from Crowcombe, with one of Maggie’s baskets on his arm.

He'd a napkin full of bread and cheese and a flagon of Maggie's strongest cider to see him through the day.


"Be sure ee keep away from Shervage Wood!" Maggie called after him. But Joe was half way up the hill and whistling loudly to himself. He didn't hear her.

By mid-day the sun was blazing overhead. Joe's basket was full of plump, purple whortleberries, but the flagon of cider was almost empty. He had wandered further than he intended and had reached the edge of Shervage Wood. Time to rest in the shade, he thought, and have a bite to eat. The wood was dark and eerily silent, but Joe welcomed the cool shade and the peace. Settling himself down on a large fallen tree, he tucked into his lunch. 
Suddenly the tree trunk he was sitting on began to wobble.


"Whoa! Whoa!" said Joe, steadying himself. "This be good zyder and no mistake!" He drained the flask and carried on eating.
 


A moment later the trunk began to move again. Not just a wobble this time, but a squirming and a writhing and a wriggling, as if the fallen tree were a living creature! Joe was a good-natured fellow mostly but, once roused, his temper could be fearsome.

"Spoil my meal, would ee?" he bellowed, leaping to his feet. "Take that! And that!! And that!!!" So saying, he split the mighty 'tree' in half with three clean blows of his axe.


The Quantock hills trembled and an ear-splitting howl of raw pain echoed through Shervage Wood! Joe gaped in amazement as the top half of the 'tree' ran, roaring through the woods in the direction of Taunton and the lower, headless half scuttled off towards Minehead.

He looked down at his axe and saw that it was dripping with dragon's blood!


By the time Maggie and Joe reached Bridgwater Fair, they had a tale worth telling. Folk queued to buy Maggie's whortleberry tarts and hear her story, and Joe had more cider than he could drink as they urged him to tell and tell again, just how the dragon met its end.

Did Maggie and Joe marry and live happily ever after? Well, that I can't say, but what I can say is this – they both lived well off that tale for many years to come!


And what became of the Gurt Wurm, you ask? Well, it seems that one half reached Kingston St Mary and the other half ended up in Bilbrook, near Minehead. Both halves of the beast, separated by so many miles, finally died.

So that is the story of what happened when a simple woodcutter sat on a Wurm. But some folk say that, before Joe killed it, the Gurt Wurm laid an egg in Shervage Wood.

Now dragons' eggs, as you probably know, take hundreds of years to incubate. By my calculations, this one should be ready to hatch just about …………… NOW!!!!

Stron Easton Par is a magnificent Palladian house near Midsomer Norton in Somerset, home to the ghost of the murdered parlour maid who stalks the top floor.


Achtung!
The ghost of a Luftwaffe officer has been seen at Hengrove Park, the former site of Whitchurch airport. Could be he's trying to get a ticket to the multi-screen cinema. 

The Ring O' Roses (The Holcombe Inn) located near Radstock in Somerset is a 17th century Inn steeped in history and intrigue. Rumour has it a man stalks the rooms at night, checking on his daughter who was bequeathed to a noble, ran away with a commoner, only to be imprisoned by her father in a room upstairs.
Porch Presence
Wedmore, Somerset

Not all ghosts are scary and in a pillared porch attached to a 17th century house in Wedmore, the benign presence of the doctor who once used the house as a cottage hospital can still be felt.  Dr John Westover was way ahead of his time in the treatment of the mentally ill, preferring to treat his patients with kindness and gentle care rather than the ill-treatment which was the norm at the time.


Molly The Tea Lady
Yeovil Railway Station, Somerset

The new owners of Yeovil railway station buffet didn't believe the stories that is was haunted when they took it over, but they do now.

Molly the tealady who used to work at the buffet and who died on the station platform in the 1960s, couldn't bear to be away from the place.

Her ghost is thought to be responsible for swapping cutlery around and turning things on and off, but she always stops when she's asked to!

Duchess of Beaufort
Vassals Park, Fishponds, Bristol

This spirit has been seen by a lot of people over the years as they've gone through the park.
Two teenagers were halfway across the footbridge in the park that leads over the River Frome when they saw the hooded figure dressed in a cloak with its arms outstretched.

They couldn't make out a face or feet and the figure gave the impression that it was floating. After moving a little way onto the bridge the spirit turned around and vanished into the wall just past the end of the bridge.

Other teenagers from the same youth club went to revisit the spot for the next few nights and saw an inexplicable white light floating near the wall where the figure had disappeared.
A lady went with others to check out the spot and she reported hearing monks chanting.

The A38 Hitchhiker
Nr Taunton, Somerset

The solitary and ghostly hitchhiker haunting different stretches of road is an image that has prevailed over the years.

However, a phantom hitchhiker, said to wear a grey overcoat, appears to be haunting a stretch of the A38 near Taunton, in Somerset.

In August 1970 a woman from Taunton encountered the apparition standing in the centre of the road and was forced to veer to avoid him.

Stopping to tell him what she thought of his choice of place to stand, she discovered that he had disappeared.

Local newspapers found a number of people who had encountered the same apparition at the same place, including a motorcyclist who had crashed as a result.

These local reports prompted lorry driver Harry Unsworth to tell how he had encountered the man several times in 1958.

At the first meeting Unsworth gave the man a lift, having picked him up wet through from the rain at three o'clock in the morning.

The man in the grey overcoat spent the journey of four miles recounting tales of accidents that had occured during the last few days and was not exactly bright company for the driver.

Mr Unsworth picked up the same passenger several times, usually in the pouring rain and wandering along with a torch in his hand.
The Skull Of Theophilus Broome
Higher Chilton Farm, nr Yeovil, Somerset

You often hear creepy stories of dismembered parts of the body haunting people so that they might be reunited with their body. But at Higher Chilton Farm the opposite is true.

The skull of Theophilus Broome has remained at the farm at the request of its owner who died in 1670. A Civil War soldier during the 1640s, he had become horrified at the mutilation of bodies carried out by Royalist troops at the time.

Mr Broome was scared that his head might be severed from his body and impaled on a stick as a trophy, common practice for Royalist troops.

So before he died he asked his sister to ensure that his skull never left the farmhouse.

It seems that Theophilus is a bit of a cantankerous ghost, and when people have tried to remove the skull they have been subject to terrible screaming until it is returned.

Likewise when TV crews have tried to film there, they are sent packing by the old ghost.

He doesn't even seem to want to be put back with his body all these years down the line, when someone attempted to do it the spade broke in half as they tried to exhume the body.

It seems that as long as the skull remains in the house, and that the house is well looked after, the ghost can be very nice, but mess around with either and there'll be skullduggery before you know it.

The Girl on the Roof
Sally was a serving girl on a Hanham,Bristol farm during the Civil War and was killed by Cromwell's troops for refusing to tell them where some Royalists were hiding.

The story goes that she tried to escape through a trap door on to the barn roof because that's where she has been hanging out ever since.

Evil Dwarf Highwayman
Jenkins Protheroe was a dwarf highwayman who begged for money and then held up and robbed passers-by who didn't give enough.

Jenkins was hanged in 1783 at the top of Pembroke Road,Bristol.. He still haunts the area.
The Union Activist
This was a ghostly figure who used to appear in the Spillers animal feed mill at Avonmouth - but only to Transport and General Workers Union members.
The general theory was that he was trying to join the union, although frightening the brothers seemed an odd way of going about it. "We won't be beaten by a ghost" said their shop steward stoutly. And he added: "As far as I know, it's not a card carrying member."
Everybody out!

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 SOMERSET CARNIVALS 2011

 Carnival heritage wins £41,000 lottery grant

11:00 - 15-July-2010

The Carnivals In Somerset Promotion Project group has made a successful bid for Heritage Lottery funding to promote and conserve the history of the area's famous illuminated carnivals. A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £41,000 has been secured to develop a range of facilities and key element will be a mobile exhibition unit, due to make its first appearance on Wells Cathedral Green on August 4. It will then be touring the county and elsewhere.The exhibition van will display the history, heritage, culture and community of the carnivals through images, video, text and memorabilia. The van also has a recording facility to collect oral histories and memories. Anyone with carnival memorabilia is invited to bring it along. A carnival DVD and educational package for schools is being prepared.

The Carnivals in Somerset Promotion Project (CISPP), was formed by volunteers in January 2009, in response to concerns that the heritage of Somerset's illuminated carnivals could be lost unless more people are encouraged to take part in the tradition.The carnivals bring in an estimated £40 million of tourist and other revenue each year. Around 10,000 people are thought to be involved in carnival and there are more than 50 float clubs and another 100 or so other clubs who enter as walking groups or individuals.
The origins of carnivals in Somerset can be traced back to the famous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators failed in their attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. King James I and his parliament decreed that the events of November 5 should be commemorated annually with the lighting of bonfires which led to a tradition of merrymaking out which the carnivals were born. The Bridgwater Carnival (the oldest event of its kind in the UK) can be traced back to 1847 through journalistic records.

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The Somerset Carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the world.
They occur late on in the year at various locations including: Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells,  Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil.


The carnivals in Somerset date back to 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today. In some of the bigger locations (such as Bridgwater), you can expect to see crowds of more than 120,000.


The carnival floats (or carts as they are sometimes referred as), are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country.

These carnival clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work relentlessly to achieve the spectacular carnival entries. The carnival floats take part in the carnival parade along with other entries; these range from clowns dancing in the streets to 100ft illuminated carnival floats (some with up to 30,000 light bulbs) pulled by tractors.

The timing of the West Country Carnival close to the British celebration of Bonfire night is no coincidence, as the roots of the original carnival in Bridgwater date back to 1605.  Guy Fawkes is the character most associated with the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, however the instigator was Jesuit priest Robert Parsons from Nether Stowey, a short distance from Bridgwater. Parsons and his colleagues were Catholics who wanted to put an end to the Protestant King James VI and Parliament of the day, in order to put an end to catholic persecution, hence they planned their ill-fated attempt on 5 November 1605. 

Bonfire night is a major annual celebration across the whole of England, but it is likely that the reason that the West Country Carnival was originally so keenly celebrated is that the South West towns were predominantly Protestant — hence the celebration of Robert Parsons' (and Guy Fawkes') failure. The religious origins of the event are almost forgotten and far less significant today
The Carnival Circuit
 The Bridgwater carnival was the first carnival of its type, however other carnival processions within the South West began some years ago. They start in late August and continue until late November. The oldest and largest circuit is the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association Circuit which starts at Bridgwater, with many of the carts will appear in all of the carnivals. Prizes are awarded in several categories for the best carts in each carnival.

The three circuits are:
    * Wessex Grand Prix Circuit: Sturminster Newton, the third Thursday in August/weekend before Bank Holiday; Trowbridge; Mere; Frome; Shaftesbury; Gillingham; Castle Cary & Ansford; Wincanton; Warminster
    * South Somerset Federation Of Carnival Committee Circuit: Wellington held on the last Saturday in September; Ilminster; Chard; Taunton; Yeovil
    * Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association Circuit: Bridgwater on the Friday following the nearest Thursday to 5 November; North Petherton on the following Saturday; Burnham-on-Sea on the following Monday; Shepton Mallet on the following Wednesday; Wells on the following Friday; Glastonbury & Chilkwell on the following Saturday; Weston-super-Mare on the following Monday, the last carnival in the whole circuit. From 2012 this will change with Bridgwater on the first Saturday after 5 November, Weston-super-Mare on the following Friday, North Petherton on the second Saturday, Burnham-on-Sea on the following Monday, Shepton Mallet on the following Wednesday, Wells on the third Friday and Glastonbury on the third Saturday.
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There is one unofficial carnival in the circuit, held at Midsomer Norton on the Thursday between the Shepton Mallet and Wells carnivals. There are also a series of unofficial Christmas carnivals, including Sidmouth.
[edit] Carts and floats

Uniquely in the West Country, the vehicles are called carnival "carts", unlike other carnivals where the term carnival float is used. The term "cart" is still used today to describe the large and elaborate trailers used in the procession. Carts are built by local clubs of individuals funded totally by charitable donations and sponsorship from local businesses.
Carts are always themed, with no restriction on the theme from the organising committee. Regularly chosen themes include:

    * Popular children's books - like Alice in Wonderland
    * Favourite children's characters - such as Disney characters
    * Scenes or themes from history - like Pre-Historic, Victorian or famous Battles
    * Scenes or themes from around the world - such as Australia, Rio de Janeiro or Spanish
    * Travel and transport - such as cars or trains, e.g. The Chattanooga Choo-Choo
    * Popular themes of the day - including pop songs or dances
    * The future or exploration - such as space
Carts include both music and costumed people to complete their theme. People and items on the cart can either be moving, or static in tableau format - the later being difficult to hold position for on a cold November evening.

Today these carts are driven by farm tractors, and usually also tow a large diesel driven electricity generator to provide the huge amount of power required to power the carts. Some generators used can provide over one megawatt of power, with 10,000 to 30,000 light bulbs not uncommon on a modern day cart.[8] The tractors themselves are often decorated to match the rest of the cart and generator, and in some cases modified so that the driver is positioned low down between the two front wheels. This allows for a higher degree of decoration without obscuring the driver's view. The length of the entire cart is often built to the maximum allowable of 100 feet (30 m).

These floats are also interspersed with walking exhibits, either groups or singles, and occasional marching bands or majorette troupes.

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The dates of the Somerset Carnivals 2015
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Bridgwater   [route/map]
The origins of our annual carnival in Bridgwater can be traced back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators, failed in their attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament. That story is well known to everyone, but what is not so widely acknowledged is that it was King James 1st and his parliament who decreed that the events of 5 November should be commemorated annually with the lighting of bonfires, a tradition which is celebrated across the nation to this very day.
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Burnham-on-Sea / Highbridge   [route/map]
In the late 1800s and contininuing into the 1900s Burnham celebrated November 5th with a bonfire in the High Street to which were rolled blazing tar barrels. In about 1907/8 there were concerns about safety and it was decided to have the bonfire on a field and  a torchlight procession starting in the High Street and processing to the bonfire field. Thus in 1909 Burnham had its first Torchlight Carnival Procession. This format continued until the outbreak of World War One ,and the carnival did not return until 1923.It then continued as an evening carnival until 1939, when an afternoon procession was held. Festivities were cocooned until 1947 and the event grew in size and popularity to become one of the most popular carnivals in Essex.Afternoon events were held on the Mildmay Ironworks Field and there were madi gras type events in the High Street after the procession. In the 1950s a full Funfair was introduced into the High Street and this remained until 1966. There were problems in this year and the following year an small afternoon procession was organised .1967 saw an Evening procession back,now at the end of September and much curtailed from pre-1966. Subsequent committees have built that carnival up to what you now see today, with one of the most successful Carnivals in the South East of England.

Mon 12th November 'Wrath Of Neptune' from
                                          Masqueraders Carnival Club won
                                          the 2007 Burnham-On-Sea
                                          Carnival 7:30pm Somerset County GFCA
Castle Cary
The Castle Cary & Ansford Carnivals take place annually in October. Our Children’s Carnival usually takes place on the afternoon of the second Saturday, when children and parents process through Castle Cary town centre. The Illuminated Carnival takes places on the evening of the following Saturday.Around the time of the Illuminated Carnival, a fun fair is in town, and high street traders compete in a window-dressing competition. The Carnival Committee produces a 64-page Carnival Programme,on sale locally, which provides information about the Carnival, serves as a directory to the local businesses that advertise in it, and includes competitions. On our pages you will see line drawings that have appeared in our Programmes, drawn by Committee member Pam Pope. On the evening of the procession there are barbeques, hog roasts, and other hot food and drinks around the town.
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Chard
(route/map)
In 1967, representatives from the League of Friends and Chard Youth Centre met to discuss ways in which to raise money for the respective groups. Gerald Quick, Mervyn Ball, Tom Miller and Wendy Clulow decided that the best option would be to revive Chard Carnival, after a break of 13 years. The carnival is now in its 43rd year and has raised over £85,000 pounds for local charities and organisations, including Chard Christmas Lights, Children’s Hospice South West, Chard Hospital and all the local schools. In the early 1970’s, Chard, Ilminster, Wellington and Taunton formed the South Somerset Federation of Carnivals, with Yeovil joining at a later date. This provided a competition for the best entries from the 5 towns taking part.


Sat 13th October Carnival05 7:15pm South Somerset FC
Crewkerne
Sandra Shore, secretary of the now-disbanded committee, said: "It was felt that due to the current climate and the difficulty in fund raising, obtaining sponsorship, the cost of public-liability insurance and new rulings on health and safety, it would be impossible to commit to staging this event with the limited funds the committee had in reserve following the disastrous summer last year and the poor attendance of floats at the carnival in December




Frome
Carnival has been in Frome since 1929 having been founded by Mr Alan Bennett together with others who worked at that time for Butler and Tanners, a local printing firm who are still one of the main employers in the town. Frome carnival grew in popularity over the years and this was aided by the fact that Mr Bennets daughter Hazel met and married Mr Roy Butler M.B.E. he became known as "Mr Carnival" and was well known in the community for his dedication to the carnival charity which was formed to help local people in need.
Sat 22nd September
7:00pm Wessex GP
Gillingham


Sat 6th October http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2913898587_bfd7ecece5.jpg?v=0 7:30pm Wessex GP
Glastonbury   [route/map]
Glastonbury, with Bridgwater, is the biggest. At each carnival there are collections to raise money for charities.The Carnival takes over the town for one day, starting at around 7.30 in the evening. Thousands of people pour in from near and far, traffic is closed off, and the town reeks of hot dog stands and outdoor snack bars. People line the streets, all wrapped up against the cold, and the Carnival floats weave through town. It's quite a close-and-friendly affair. Apart from crowds in the streets, people hold parties in houses along the route and the pubs fill up after the event. Kids love it - there's a fairyland element to it, even though the high-volume music makes it a little, shall we say, modern!
Sat 17th November None 7.00pm Somerset County GFCA
Ilminster
This is the second Carnival in the Somerset circuit, Ilminster is a small market town South of Taunton.  Ilminster always have some good organisation and put on a well organised show with more entries than most towns. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and third in their different classes, there is a cup for “Spirit of Carnival”
 It's a fun night out for all the family and you can help raise funds for charities or the clubs for the next year's entry. Thousands attend the carnival, so watch out as parking can get very limited on carnival nights and the town centre can often be cut off to traffic during the carnival.

Sat 6th October Float at Ilminster
                                          carnival 7:15pm South Somerset FC
Mere
A popular annual event started in 1928 when Mere Carnival was founded.
Sat 15th September 7:00pm Wessex GP
Midsomer Norton   [route/map]
A very enjoyable Carnival which has been running since 1948
Thu 15th November

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7:15pm
North Petherton   [route/map]

North Petherton Guy Fawkes Carnival, was formed in 1948, and joined the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association in 1952,and is regarded by many of our thousands of spectators, as the family carnival. This is due mainly to the fact that it held on a Saturday night, which allows the youngsters to stay up a little later than normal. The other reason is that is runs straight through the town of North Petherton, Somerset, with no awkward turns, causing unnecessary hold ups.  As with thousands of visitors converged into our small town emergencies will always happen and no amount of planning will not eliminatethis, please be patient as the emergency services will deal with theses as soon as possible, and allow the carnival to resume, if they need to be on the route.  North Petherton Guy Fawkes Carnival, offers ample viewing throughout the whole route, which allows even the youngest and eldest of our visitors, to watch this marvelous spectacle of light, sound and movement.  We do not charge for admission to one of the three, largest illuminated carnivals in the world, however a street collection will take place during the carnival itself, by numerous collectors and collecting vehicles, proceeds of which, go towards the running of the carnival, prize money and  finally the local  charities of which we support. We are always grateful for any amount we collect, however our collections have equated to only 30p a head. With over three hours of entertainment from the dedicated entrants and the cost for them to build these exquisite entries, we urge you to give at least  £3 per head from your group of friends or family, and secure the future of North Petherton Carnival for future generations, to marvel over.
Sat 10th November http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2256/2044853940_70c83ed4fa.jpg?v=1195511091 7:00pm Somerset County GFCA
Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury Carnival is an annual event that has become part of Shaftesbury’s history. This year will be the 133rd Carnival, a great achievement that involves hundreds of people to make it such a great success. A lot of people give their time voluntarily including people driving Courtesy cars for our Mayor and retiring royal family, collecting vehicles who turn out year after year, the many marshals that walk miles back and forth, the owners of the land at our assembly areas, who are always most helpful and of course, our sponsors for their continued financial support, without which the Carnival could not survive. There are more too numerous to mention, so thank you, thank you, thank you all.
Sat 29th September http://po4ep.s3.amazonaws.com/634/l/16084338.jpg 7:00pm Wessex GP
Shepton Mallet   [route/map]
The origins of Shepton Mallet’s carnival are some what unique. It all began because the town needed a community centre. In the early 1960s the Shepton Mallet Community Association was inaugurated to raise funds for the project.Organisations from across the town and surrounding villages pulled together and it was agreed that bringing carnival to Shepton Mallet was one way to draw in much needed funds.A Carnival committee was set up in 1965 and carnival came to Shepton Mallet. Over the following decades, thousands of pounds have been raised for local charities, unfortunately donations to the community centre fund were stopped when it was realised that for various reasons the centre would not be set up.Mr Bob Kerslake and Mrs Maura Kerslake were amongst the founder members with Mr Lionel Edwards as chairman an office he held for thirty years this he handed over to Don Clifford who remains as chairman at the present time. In the years that followed, from 1965 the sponsorship raised by the carnival queens and princesses has done much to cover the running costs, with street collections making up the balance to cover costs and make donations yearly to local clubs and charities.Over the years the carnival grew and in 1978 there were a record 151 entries. It was at this stage that the decision was made to no longer plough money into the community centre fund, there still being no visible progress on that project. In fact Shepton Mallet 30 years later still does not have a community hall.
Wed 14th November Mary Poppins 2008 7:30pm Somerset County GFCA
Sturminster Newton

EVENTS start on Sunday in the run-up to Sturminster Newton Carnival with a church service, a walk round Broad Oak, and skittles at the Bull. On Monday there is a jumble sale, on Tuesday a pet show and darts at the Royal British Legion, on Wednesday a quiz, and on Thursday the fun fair will open and the Dorset Doddlers carnival fun run will take place. Bingo on Friday, August 20, is followed by carnival day itself. Sir Thomas Tyldesley's Regiment of Foote will be at Durrant re-enacting the battles of the English Civil war. In the afternoon there will be children's fancy dress, and an evening parade celebrating the carnival's 60th anniversary. The day will end with a firework spectacular.
Saturday 25th August
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Taunton
The Taunton Carnival is over a 1.5 mile long route and features stunning illuminated floats and walking entries with lights, glitz and glam.BUSINESS administration apprentice Lizzy Grigg was crowned Miss Taunton 2010 at a ceremony at Taunton’s Albemarle Centre. Lizzy will head the Taunton carnival parade in October.
Sat 20th October Miss Taunton
                                          2010 result 7:00pm South Somerset FC
Trowbridge
Come along to the town carnival. Leaves Canal Road at 7pm, and makes its way through the town centre before finishing at Cradle Bridge (by the library)
Entry forms and a route map are available form our website or the town council offices at 10/12 Fore Street.

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Warminster
carnival floats, bands & Masqueraders - 6:45pm from Boreham Road

Sat 27th October Warminster Carnival 2006 7:00pm Wessex GP
Wellington
 WELLINGTON Carnival, which was under threat because of a demand for £1,500 from the Performing Rights Society, has been given a reprieve following intervention by Taunton MP Jeremy Browne. The society wanted to claim the money under a new law. But carnival chairperson Josephine Chave was able to negotiate a substantial reduction after Mr Browne took up the cause. The carnival is set to go ahead as planned on September 25th
Sat 29th September Wellington Carnival 2006
                                          (Andy Jones) 7:30pm South Somerset FC
Wells   [route/map]
The Wells Carnival is a spectacle not to be missed. It is said be the biggest illuminated carnival in the world. These huge floats make their way slowly through the medieval streets intertwined with street performers with highly inventive and stunning costumes. As it is dark at this time of year the blaze of colourful lights, music, dancing and beautifully tailored costumes on these floats creates a unique and exciting atmosphere. The tableau floats usually depict a scene with all the performers in a fixed pose effectively creating a living picture.
The carnival is Free to see and all these floats are created by enthusiasts who are raising money for Charity.
The 2010 Wells carnival is scheduled to take place on Friday 12th November at 7.00pm and is a must see for anyone planning to come to the area.  There is also a fun fair in the market place.
Fri 16th November Wells Carnival (12th
                                          November 2010) 7:00pm Somerset County GFCA
Weston-super-Mare   NEW ROUTE - [route/map]
WESTON-SUPER-MARE ILLUMINATED CARNIVAL, A SPECTACLE OF LIGHT, MUSIC & COLOUR The earliest newspaper records concerning Weston super Mare November Carnival go back to 1871.  In those days it was usual for the Parade to start at the Knightstone Island and after wending its way through almost every street in the town, it dispersed on the beach, where bonfires were lit and effigies burned.  These were not only Guy Fawkes, but any unpopular figure of local disdain or even international infamy.This year approximately 100,000 spectators are expected to line the route around the town. There will be around 130 entries, of which 50 will be large illuminated floats up to 100 feet long and up to 17 feet high.
Fri 9th November 7:15pm Somerset County GFCA
Wincanton
Wincanton Carnival ceased after the 2009 Carnival season.
 
Wincanton Carnival 2006
                                          (photo: Jo Merritt)   Wessex GP
Yeovil unknown


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Mr Miles Tearooms & Coffee Lounge
The Alfresco Capital of Wessex
The following 19 Alfresco  Taunton Cafes & Restaurants  have either Pavement Seating or  Gardens to eat outside
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Cafe Expresso The Chocolate Box The Cosy Club Taunton

Flowers Restaurant

The Firestone Pitcher & Piano
Cafe Expresso The Chocolate Box Cosy Club Augustus Castle Green Inn Pitcher & Piano
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Cafe Expresso
Henry's Mambo The Willow Tree
Zizzi
Scrumper Deli & Canteen

PARTRIDGES TAUNTON BLUE - THE CHEESE OF TAUNTON

Partridges Blue


Home to Exmoor Blue is an old stone dairy that lies in a lush valley on the eastern fringe of the Exmoor National Park. Ian and Ruby Arnett, who bought the company in November 2002, maintain a hands-on approach to cheese-making and under their enthusiastic stewardship, the business has gone from strength to strength. Using only traditional hand processes, they make hard and soft blue-veined cheeses using local cow, sheep, goat and buffalo milk. Their products are as consistent as hand-made cheeses possibly can be and their top priority is to ensure that all cheeses reach their customers in the best possible state. Only vegetarian rennet is added to the milk, so all the cheeses produced by the Exmoor Blue Cheese Company are suitable for vegetarians.Partridges Blue is a stronger version of Exmoor Jersey Blue. It is made using the same full cream Jersey milk, still soft and creamy but matured for twice as long as Exmoor Blue making this a blue for blue cheese lovers, mellow and less bitter than many. The cheese was originally made for Partridges of Sloane Square and has also been served on Concorde. You must try it- when in Taunton. Made at Willett Farm, Lydeard St. Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3QB.   Available from THE OLIVE TREE, Just near The Bridge at 10/10a The Bridge, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1UG Tel: 01823 353707 and from  Tower Farms Cheesemakers,Deans Cross, Lydeard St Lawrence, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3QN. Telephone : 01984 667 683 Email for Tower Farms Cheesemakers: enquiries@towerfarms.co.uk  Website:http://www.towerfarms.co.uk/Tower Farms are in Taunton Market on Thursdays

 

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I'm Cerdic First King of Wessex. Welcome to my Kingdom. Below you will find a list of Tourist Offices in Somerset who will be only too pleased to make your visit pleasant. After that are the Great Somerset Attractions. On the left here is our area click map for you to go to the sites in the towns & villages in Somerset & Avon. we have a multitude of reference pages which were created some time ago and are now under reconstruction. So on here you will find dedicated pages to specialist activities in Wessex & Mercia. These include a list of Agricultural ,Horse Shows etc, The Wessex Hall of Fame, Michelin starred restaurants in Wessex,Seaside Resorts,Theatres in Wessex & the UK, List of Films made in Wessex, Wessex Names, Golf Clubs, Football Clubs, Rugby Clubs, and Racetracks . Campers & Caravanners have their own dedicated section too. I have even got my own page for readers letters and news snippets, mainly from my ancient capital Chard. Contact Me by clicking here


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  TOURIST OFFICES IN SOMERSET
BATH
Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY. Tel: 01225 477101 Fax: 01225 477787  Email: tourism@bathnes.gov.uk
BRIDGWATER
50 High Street,Bridgwater. Tel: 01278 427652, Fax: 01278 453489
Email: bridgwater.tic@sedgemoor.gov.uk
BRISTOL
Centre Harbourside, Anchor Road, WildWalk At Bristol, Bristol. BS1 5DB Tel: 0906 711 2191
BRUTON

The Dove Cote Building, 26 High Street, Bruton, BA10 0AA Tel/Fax: 01749 812851 Email: tourism@southsomerset.gov.uk

BURNHAM-ON-SEA
South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea. Tel: 01278 787852, Fax: 01278 781282
Email: burnham.tic@sedgemoor.gov.uk
CARTGATE
South Somerset Information Office, Cargate Picnic Site, Stoke Sub Hamdon. Tel: 01935 829333 Fax: 01935 824644  Email: cartgate.tic@southsomerset.gov.uk
CASTLE CARY The Market House, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH Tel: 01963 351763
CHARD
Guildhall ,Fore Street,Chard,TA20 1PP Telephone : 01460 260051    Email: chardtic@chard.gov.uk   Open: Easter - end October Monday - Friday 10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm (all year)        November - Easter Monday - Friday 11am - 4pm
CHEDDAR
The Gorge, Cheddar. Tel: 01934 744071, Fax: 01934 744614
Email: cheddar.tic@sedgemoor.gov.uk
CLAYHIDON Blackdowns Welcome Centre, Heasel Farm, Clayhidon. EX15 3TH Tel: 01823 680280
CLEVEDON Clevedon Library, 37 Old Church Road, Clevedon, BS21 6NN Tel: 01934 426020 Email: clevedon.library@n-somerset.gov.uk
CREWKERNE

Town Hall, Market Square, Crewkerne, TA18 7LN Tel: 01460 462462 Fax: 01460 78790 Email: crewkernecommunityoffice@southsomerset.gov.uk

DULVERTON
7-9 Fore Street, Dulverston, Somerset TA22 9EX  Tel 01398 323841 Email : dulvertonvc@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
DUNSTER
Dunster Steep, Dunster, Minehead, Somerset TA24 6SE  Tel 01643 821835. E-mail: NPCDunster® exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK

Exmoor House, Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9HL Tel: 01398 323665 Fax: 01398 323150 Email: info@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

FROME
The Round Tower, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB Tel: 01373 467271  Fax: 01373 451733 Email: frome.tic@ukonline.co.uk
GLASTONBURY
The Tribunal, 9 High Street, Glastonbury. Tel: 01458 832954, Fax: 01458 832949,
Email: glastonbury.tic@ukonline.co.uk
GORDANO
Welcome Break Services, M5-J19, Portbury, Bristol, BS20 7XG Tel: 01275 375516  Fax: 01275 375516 Email: gordano@btconnect.com
ILMINSTER The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN Tel: 01460 57294
LANGPORT Bow Street, Langport, TA10 9PR  Tel: 01458 253527
MINEHEAD
Warren Road, Minehead, TA24 5BG Tel: 01643 702624 Fax: 01643 707166 Email: visitor@westsomerset.gov.uk
NETHER STOWEY (Quantock Info) Tel: 01278 733642 Fax: 01278 732845
PODIMORE VISITOR CENTRE  
(only open April to end October)
The Travel Lodge Site, Podimore Roundabout, A303, Nr Yeovil
Tel: 01935 841302, Fax: 01935 841294 Email: podimore.tic@ukonline.co.uk
PORLOCK VISITOR CENTRE
The Old School, West End, High Street, Porlock, Somerset 

TA24 8QD  Phone: 01643 863150 Fax: 01643 863014 eMail

SHEPTON MALLET
48 High Street, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5AS Tel: 01749 345258  Fax: 01749 345258  Website:www.sheptonmallet-touristinfocentre.co.uk/
Email: sheptonmallet.tic@ukonline.co.uk
SOMERSET VISITOR CENTRE
(closed Sat & Sun in the winter months)
Sedgemoor Services, M5 South, Axbridge. Tel: 01934 750833, Fax: 01934 750755
Email: somersetvisitorcentre@somerset.gov.uk
SOMERTON

Jaspers Media Centre, West Street, Somerton, TA11 7PS Email: tourism@southsomerset.gov.uk

STREET, CLARKS VILLAGE
Farm Road, Street. Tel: 01458 447384, Fax: 01458 447393  Email: street.tic@ukonline.co.uk
TAUNTON
The Library, Paul Street, Taunton. Tel: 01823 336344, Fax: 01823 340308
Email: tautic@somerset.gov.uk
WATCHET
The Esplanade, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0AJ tel: 01984 632101 fax: 01984 633344
email: tourism@watchettowncouncil.org

WATCHET MARINA

Harbour Road, Watchet, TA23 0AQ Tel: 01984 631264 Fax: 01984 634893 Email: enquiries@watchet-harbour-marina.com

WELLINGTON
30 Fore Street, Wellington, TA21 8AQ Tel: 01823 663379, Fax: 01823 667279
Email: wellingtontic@tauntondeane.gov.uk
WELLS
Town Hall, Market Place, Wells. Tel: 01749 672552, Fax: 01749 670869,
Email: wells.tic@ukonline.co.uk
WESSEX
Online Tourist Office.
website: http:// www.wessextouristboard.org.uk           Tel: +44(0) 845 868 2810          Fax : +44(0) 845 862 1954     Click here to contact us
WESTON-SUPER-MARE
Beach Lawns, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AT Tel: 01934 888800 Fax: 01934 64174
Email: touristinfo@n-somerset.gov.uk
WINCANTON

Town Hall, Market Place, Wincanton, BA9 9LD Tel / Fax: 01963 31693 Email: wintic@hotmail.com

WIVELISCOMBE

Wiveliscombe House, The Square, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2JT Tel: 01984 624777 Fax: 01984 624772 Email: communityoffice@wiveliscombe.com

YEOVIL
(closed Sat & Sun in the winter months)
Petter's House, Petter's Way, Yeovil. Tel: 01935 462991, Fax: 01935 434065
Email: yeoviltic@southsomerset.gov.uk

ATTRACTIONS IN SOMERSET

   
DAIRY

The Royal Bath & West Show

27 - 30 May 2015

The Royal Bath & West Show is England's Biggest Celebration of Rural Life and England's only 4 day Royal Show. The year the Show celebrates 50 years at the Showground. The Show Team are busy preparing for the 2015 Show and promise to bring you a action packed and great day out in May
Schedules for competitive classes are available now - CLICK HERE to view

NEW FOR 2015
  • New Ticket Prices - CLICK HERE to find out more
  • Sports Village
  • Horticultural Section
  • South Devons National Show
Trade stand packs for 2015 are available now please contact Sandie Collishaw on 01749 82220001749 822231
Bath & West
                                          Show Bath & west Bath
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Bath & west
                                          Show

This is where all aspects of farming and rural life can be seen, from the best of British livestock to the latest business innovations in farming. The show offers the perfect day out for the whole family; the best for shopping, food, flowers, crafts, country pursuits, equestrian competitions and arena displays.


Start date:

27th May 2015

End date:

30th May 2013

Location:

The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Web Link:

http://www.bathandwest.com/

Contact telephone:

01749 822 200



Somerset County Council

SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL
 
County Hall, Taunton,
TA1 4DY Wessex
 
www.somerset.gov.uk
Telephone : 01823 355455
Fax : 01823 355 156
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"I'm Cerdic,
The First King of Wessex-
Welcome To My Kingdom and my ancient Capital Chard in Somerset now, but not in my time"

   
SOMERSET HERITAGE CENTRE
Somerset Heritage Centre
Somerset Heritage Centre
Brunel Way, Langford Mead, Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton, TA2 6SF
Telephone     01823 278805 (enquiries)

01823 337600 (appointments)
Please make an appointment if you need a guaranteed place in the searchroom.
Fax     01823 347459
Email     archives@somerset.gov.uk
http://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/


We exist to find, preserve and make available written records of Somerset's people and communities.

The Somerset Archives and Local Studies Service offers:
Free access for you to do your own research, using archives such as parish, family, school and business records
Accepting documents relating to Somerset.
An archives online catalogue.
An Education and Learning Service, taking history to schools, colleges and the wider community.
A Research Service if you can't visit in person.
Talks and exhibitions
A consultation and advice service in North Somerset libraries.
Advice on document repair, handling and storage.

Please note that our searchroom is currently very busy, and so on some days we cannot accommodate microfiche or document users who have not made an appointment.  To avoid disappointment, please book a place by contacting us a few days before you would like to come in. 


The Somerset Archives and Local Studies Service is provided by Somerset County Council and holds many millions of original documents, ranging in date from the eighth century AD to the present day.  It forms part of the Somerset Heritage Service, with Historic Environment, Museums and the Victoria County History, all of which are housed at the Somerset Heritage Centre.
Somerset Jewish Social & Cultural
                          Group
Somerset Jewish Social and Cultural Group.

We are a growing group. We've been together for about one year and there are approximately 30 people in the group -of all ages, singles, couples, and some with partners of other faiths. We vary in our levels of observance, but we all 'click' very well, and we love to welcome new members -I guarantee you'll have a great time! Our aim appears to be socialising, nosh and talks from group members. 
Contact : Jane Warner, my phone no 01823 289085 and email janecarolewarner@hotmail.com
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CASTLE GARY MUSEUM
Displays of country and domestic life throughout the ages.
Museum
First Floor, Market House, Castle Gary
NO WEBSITE

Tel:
01963 351334

North Somerset Show
This annual one-day countryside and agricultural event covers all aspects of local and national agricultural life and has lots of animals for you to see. Cows, sheep, pigs, llamas, heavy horses, hamsters and guinea pigs to name but a few

North Somerset Show
Towards the end of 2002 the Society purchased its own 130-acre site at Wraxall. This picturesque site, called Bathing Pond Fields, was previously part of the late Lord Wraxall's Tyntesfield estate, now owned by the National Trust.

The Secretary, Miss Katie Hutchings
email: office@nsas.org.uk

NORTH SOMERSET SHOW CLICK

Tel: 08456 342464
Fax: 01934 514764


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THE  57 GARDENS OF SOMERSET & AVON
 

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AMMERDOWN HOUSE
The garden was designed by Lutyens for a house designed by James Wyatt in 1790. A scissors plan was used to integrate the axes of the house and the orangery with the garden. It hinges on an enclosed garden with sculptural topiary in yew. Other enclosures contain a rose garden and an open air theatre.
Ammerdown House Radstock,
Bath,
 Somerset, 
 BA3 5SH

AMMERDOWN HOUSE CLICK
Tel: 01761 433709 Fax: 01761 433094
ASHTON COURT ESTATE
A sixteenth century house and deer park with a nineteenth century garden. There is a terraced lawn, a sunken garden, a pond, and a rose garden. Repton wrote, in 1803, that while a 'wealthy mechanic' might associate the view of Bristol with 'ideas of labour', the 'country gentleman, who never visits the city but to partake in its amusements' would appreciate the view.
Ashton Court Estate Long Ashton,
Bristol,
 Somerset,   BS41 9JN
ASHTON COURT CLICK
Tel: 0117 963 3438
BARRINGTON COURT GARDENS (NATIONAL TRUST)
Barrington Court Garden  was laid out in the 1920's by the Lyles to a structured design influenced by Gertrude Jekyl - especially evident in the graceful Lily Garden.  The garden is divided into several sections with a stunning white garden and white flowering and silver leaved plants in outer and inner borders, Pergolas support wisteria, clematis and honeysuckles. There is a central pool garden with surrounding beds of annuals. Large kitchen garden. You will see  fabulous displays of sweetpeas which add great colour to the gardens at Barrington Court. Well worth a visit. The house is also open to the public.
Barrington Court Gardens Barrington, Nr Ilminster, Somerset
Map
BARRINGTON COURT CLICK
Tel :01460 241938
Fax : 01460 242614
BISHOP'S PALACE
Medieval palace surrounded by a moat fed by springs in the garden. Gatehouse, chapel, ruined great hall.  Mute swans ring a bell for food. A fortified and moated medieval palace, now the Bishop's residence, with a ruined banqueting hall which has been made into a garden. There is an arboretum in the grounds.
Pilgrim, Bishops Palace Garden Bishop's Palace, Wells
BISHOPS PALACE
WELLS CLICK
Tel:
01749 678691
BLAISE HAMLET GARDENS
A picturesque hamlet designed in 1809. The rustic cottages were designed by John Nash and Repton's sons helped with the layout.
Blaise Hamlet Gardens Blaise Castle House,
Henbury, Bristol,
Somerset,  BS10

BLAISE HAMLET
GARDENS CLICK

CAMERS, OLD SODBURY
Camers - The  4 acre garden surrounds an Elizabethan farmhouse (not open) on the Cotswolds escarpment with fine views over the Severn  of the Welsh mountains. It is divided into a range of areas both formal and informal which are planted with a very wide range of species to give interest throughout the year Includes parterre, topiary, Japanese garden, bog shade and prairie areas, white and hot gardens, waterfalls and woodland walks.
Camers Old Sodbury,
 BS37 6RG0

CAMERS CLICK
 Tel 0145432243
CANNINGTON COLLEGE
The Walled Gardens lie within the grounds of a mediaeval Priory, and many of its fine buildings, including the walls of the gardens, remain. Over the last few years, the Walled Gardens have undergone a dramatic period of redevelopment. The areas now open to the public represent phase one of the development. Other areas where work is yet to be undertaken, will see the construction of planting of a Formal Rose Garden. Plants of Note : Australasian Garden; Herbaceous Border; Blue Garden; Sub Tropical Walk; Wisteria Collection; Arid and Tropical areas; Botanical Glasshouse; Mediterranean-climate zone; Victorian style fernery
Cannington Cannington, Bridgwater, TA5 2LS
CANNINGTON COLLEGE
 GARDENS CLICK
Tel: 01278 655000
CAVEMAN RESTAURANT
The Caveman Restaurant, at the entrance to the Cheddar Caves, is flourishing but Jellicoe's 'fish pond' glass roof is said to have leaked and was replaced with a solid roof. The seting and design of the restaurant suggest a gateway to the underworld.
Cheddar Gorge,
Cheddar,
Somerset,   BS27


CHARD NATURE RESERVOIR

The reservoir provides an exciting opportunity to observe wildlife. Over 150 species of birds. A two mile marked walk is in this nature reserve.

Chard
                  Nature Reserve Oaklands Road,
Chard

CHALICE WELL TRUST
Set in a beautiful three-acre garden, this is among the oldest continuously used holy wells in the British Isles.
chalice well Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury
Daily, 10am-6pm,  (earlier closing times in winter )
CHALICE WELL TRUST CLICK
Tel:
01458 831154
CITY OF BATH BOTANICAL GARDENS
One of the most delightful features of the Royal Victoria Park, the Botanical Gardens were formed in 1887 and within their 3.8 hectares (9 and a half acres) is one of the finest collections of plants on limestone, certainly in the West Country.  Less than a mile from Bath City Centre in the north west corner of the Park, the gardens boast many choice trees, shrubs, a fine herbaceous border, a rock garden and pool, a scented walk, a collection of old shrub roses, and a replica of a Roman Temple (the City’s exhibit at the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924). These are just a few of the many attractive and interesting features of the garden. To mark the centenary in 1987 the gardens were extended to include the Great Dell, a disused quarry and formally part of the park itself, which already contained a very fine collection of conifers. It has been developed into a woodland garden, and contains ever more plants and features to add to this fascinating and beautiful park.The Temple of Minerva in the Gardens was carefully adapted and extended in 2009 to create an indoor Interpretation Centre for visitors and schools / groups. The Interpretation Centre has a 15 minute video explaining the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration of Royal Victoria Park along with other information and occasional exhibitions. The Centre is open during week days only but is available for bookings by schools and groups at other times.
Bath Botanical Garden Royal Victoria Park, Marlborough Lane, Bath, Somerset,  , BA1 2NQ

CITY OF BATH BOTANICAL
 GARDENS CLICK

Tel :
(01225) 394041

CLAVERTON MANOR GARDEN
At the American museum there is a garden which is based on the Mount Vernon Garden at George Washington's home.The garden consists of borders divided by a number of paths the main one of which leads to the Old School House. Plenty of colour including shrubs and herbaceous plantings. In front of the main house is a small herb garden with a small shop selling herbs. The arboretum features North American trees and shrubs and beyond this are tree trails, including the Lewis and Clark trail showing some of the trees which were discovered on their voyage of discovery 200 years ago. Well worth visiting if combined with a visit to the fascinating museum. Tea Room, Shop, Partial disabled access.
Mount Vernon Garden at Claverton Manor Leitch The American Museum,
Claverton Manor, Bath,
 BA2 7BD,

CLAVERTON MANOR GARDEN CLICK
 Tel 01225 460503
CLEEVE ABBEY
Set in tranquil countryside.  The abbey remains boast some of the most complex buildings in England.  Magnificent timber roofing.
Cleeve Abbey Washford, Watchet
Daily, 10am-6pm (5pm Oct)
CLEEVE ABBEY CLICK
Tel:
01984 640377
CLEVEDON COURT GARDEN
A fourteenth century house with a terraced garden, started by Sir Abraham Elton c1775. It has woods, herbaceous borders and a bowling green. Blomfield saw it as a good example of 'combined terrace and bank work'.
Clevedon Court, Somerset Tickenham Road, Cl
Clevedon,
 Bristol, Somerset,   BS21 6QU

CLEVEDON COURT
GARDEN CLICK

Tel : 01275 872257
COMBE SYDENHAM COUNTRY PARK
Five hundred acres of wooded hillside and valleys.  Elizabethan house with Drake connections.  Gardens and restored corn mill. A Tudor house, on the site of a monastery, with a deer park and a re-created parterre planted with old roses. There is also a herb garden and a peacock house.
Combe Sydenham Country Park Monksilver, Taunton, TA4 4JG
Daily, April-Aug, 9am-5pm
COMBE SYDENHAM COUNTRY
PARK CLICK
Tel:
0800 7838572
COTHAY MANOR AND GARDENS
The Cothay Manor Garden by the River Tone covers around 12 acres and was designed in the 1920s by R Cooper. It is now a plantsman's paradise surrounding perhaps the most perfect example of a small classic medieval manor. Many garden rooms, each a garden in itself, are set off the 200 yard yew walk. In addition there is a bog garden with azaleas and drifts of primuli, fine trees, cottage garden, courtyards and a river walk.
Cothay Manor Cothay Manor, Greenham,  nr. Wellington
May-Sept.  Wed, Thur, Sun - 2pm-6pm.
COTHAY MANOR CLICK
Tel:
01823 674133
CROWE HALL GARDEN
 More remarkable than the house, which is built on one of the seven hills surrounding Bath, are its 10 acres of gardens that date from the 18th century. ''The garden presents a picture of great natural grandeur,’’ noted the Journal of Horticulture and Home Farmer as early as 1906. ''The construction of descending terraces and huge retaining walls give it an Italian appearance within an English setting.’’ There are also miles of shady walks, grottos that lead from one of 12 terraced levels to another and water features. And there are unexpected small gardens: one is the Hercules Garden, designed in 1995, where the Grecian demigod appears once in his lion skin and once in a mosaic pool; while another is the Teazle Garden, so named in memory of a dog. Gardens: 7 & 21 May, 11 June & 16 July 14.00-18.00, at other times by arrangement. Hall: by arrangement only
Widcombe Hill, Bath,
Somerset,   BA2 6AR
 NO CROWE HALL GARDEN CLICK

Tel : 01225-310322
DILLINGTON HOUSE
Dillington House hosts a number of taster days and residential courses including silk painting, photography, creative writing, family history, music appreciation, and many more.
Dillington House Ilminster TA19 9DT
Dillington House
Tel: 01460 52427
DOWNSIDE ABBEY
Downside Abbey Church is one of the finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture in England, which some describe as a jewel among the churches of Somerset.
Downside Abbey Stratton-on-the-Fosse, nr. Bath
DOWNSIDE ABBEY CLICK
Tel:
01761 235161
DUNSTER CASTLE GARDENS
Dunster Castle and gardens is in beautiful setting close to the sea and Exmoor.. This fortified storybook Dunster Castle was the home of the Luttrell family for 600 years. Famous for its lemon tree, Arbutus, Camellias, mimosa and Sequoia. Fine border of rare shrubs surrounds a lawn near the keep. Along the river thrives a variety of sub-tropical plants. Snowdrops and daffodils in parkland setting of 28 acres.
Also make sure to visit Dunster Castle and village.
Dunster Castle Dunster Castle,
Nr Minehead, Somerset
TA24 6SL

DUNSTER CASTLE CLICK
Tel :  01643 821314
DUNSTER TYTHE BARN
It is not certain when the Tithe Barn was built but, in M J A Beacham's book "West Country Tithe Barns", we are told that the tithes of the De Mohun estates passed to the priory between 1090 and 1100.The Tithe Barn is referred to as being in existence in 1498 in Maxwell Lyte's " History of Dunster ", although on a 14th century map of Dunster, the priory buildings, the Dovecote and a large building on the site of the present Tithe Barn are shown.The tithe, or payment in kind, of 10% of the annual produce in crops, livestock, orchards and gardens was an ancient custom in the Christian west following the Mosaic Law and is referred to in Deuteronomy:- "Set aside a tithe - a tenth of all that your fields produce each year being the tithe of all your crops and store it in your town". Tithes first came to England with St Augustine (d. 604) and by the end of the 10th century, tithe payments had become compulsory everywhere, and so, during the next four or five centuries, tithe barns were constructed to store the produce.  The Tithe Barn is owned by the Crown Estate Commissioners.
Dunster Tythe Barn Tythe Barn 
Priory Green
Dunster
Somerset
TA24 6RY
Email at info@dunstertithebarn.co.uk

TYTHE BARN CLICK
Tel:
01643
821246
DUNSTER WATER MILL
Stroll down the main street (watch out for the traffic!) past the church and the castle, and follow the signs to the watermill. This is a working mill (entrance fee) and next to it is a pretty little tearooms with garden by the mill stream.The West Country's finest working water mill, built in 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill overlooking Exmoor National Park, only minutes from Dunster Castle and High Street.
Dunster watermill Mill Lane, Dunster,TA24 6SL
Apr-Oct. Mon-Thurs and Sat-Sun  10.30am-5pm.
DUNSTER WATERMILL CLICK
Tel:
01643 821759
EAST LAMBROOK COUNTRY GARDEN
Margery Fish created this garden at East Lambrook which has become one of the best known in England. Whilst fairly small it has a feeling of covering more ground than it does. The design is informal with hardly a straight line. Her garden has been restored by new owners and is full of rare plants. Very strong on herbaceous it also contains the best collection of hardy geraniums in the country. There is an excellent nursery selling many unusual plants at very reasonable prices..
East Lambrook Gardens Nr South Pemberton, Somerset
 EAST LAMBROOK CLICK
Tel :01460 240328
Fax : 01460 242344

FORDE ABBEY & GARDENS

"One of the Top Ten Gardens in England" Maginficent 12th Century house, 30 acres of gardens, plant centre, gift shop, tea room, pottery exhibition, forge. Gardens open daily throughout the year 10.00-4.30. House open 1.00pm to 4.30pm on Tues to Fri,Sun & Bank hols. 26th March to end October.The Roper Family welcome you to their unique house and 30 acres of world famous gardens at Forde Abbey tucked away in the Somerset countryside. Founded by Cistercian monks over 800 years ago it became one of the richest and learned monasteries in the country. The Garden was developed in the 1800s and you can explore the many different aspects from spring bulbs, herbaceous borders along the canal, an amazing bog garden, arboretum, lakes and working kitchen garden.

Forde
                  Abbey & Gardens

Nr Chard
Signposted from A30 between Chard & Crewkerne and from the A358 between Chard & Axminster

FORDE ABBEY CLICK

Tel :01460 221290
GANTS MILL AND GARDEN
Tour the historic watermill and then take tea in the designer water garden.  Riverside walk and garden sculptures.An ancient mill surrounded by a garden with colour-themed planting. Sculptures are exhibited around the garden.
Arch, Gants Mill Garden Bruton
Mid May-Sep, Thurs, Sun and Bank Hols 2pm-5pm.
GANTS MILL & GARDEN CLICK
Tel:
01963 812393
GAULDEN MANOR GARDENS

Gardens contain a wide selection of roses, herbs, agapanthus and butterfly-attracting plants.
Gaulden Manor -- Somerset Tolland, Lydeard St. Lawrence,  nr Taunton
June-Aug,  Thurs and Sun 2-5pm.
GAULDEN MANOR
GARDENS CLICK
Tel:
01984 667213
THE GEORGIAN GARDEN
A re-created Georgian town garden, designed after archaeological work by the Bath Archaeological Trust. The original garden was made in the 1760s. In 1985 it was decided to make better use of the garden and the positions of the flower beds, paths and the trellis were located by excavation by the Bath Archaeological Trust. The garden features the beautiful variegated leaves and double flowers that were particularly popular in the Georgian period and follows the original layout – typically simple and formal. And although the plants that grew in the garden were not recorded, species known to have been used in town gardens of the period have been planted. Staff from the Council’s Parks Department try to keep the garden as authentically 18th century as possible. They do not use pesticides and they use an authentic Georgian roller to go over the gravel.The garden is open from 9am until dusk. Entry is free to everyone and the garden can be accessed via Gravel Walk in Royal Victoria Park.
 

Georgian Garden Gravel Walk,
 Bath,
Somerset,

THE GEORGIAN GARDEN CLICK


GREENCOMBE GARDEN
Greencombe is a post-war garden, having been started in 1946 by    Horace Stroud. It is a strip of 3.5 acres on the edge of ancient    woodland. The light comes from the north, with a sweep of sky down    to the Bristol Channel. To the south rise wooded slopes, that tumble   between high Exmoor and the sea.       The name comes from the combe  (or valley) behind, which is the    only one in this arc of hills with a sward of grass but no water. Since    September 1966 it has been in the care and custody of Joan Loraine    whose dedication to the garden has  produced what you see today.       Although most of these wonderful plants have been deliberately    planted in their present positions, the garden gives you the impression    that it occurred naturally and that the paths wander around the plants    that already existed, so natural is the layout. For at least the last 37    years Greencombe has been an organic garden using between 25    and 30 tons of home produced compost and leaf-mould each year.       The gardens contain four national plant collections: Erythronium    (small mountain lilies); Polystichum (the thumbs-up fern); Vaccinium    (Wortleberries world-wide) and Gaultheria (berries for bears).
Porlock,
 Somerset,  ,
 TA24 8NU

GREENCOMBE GARDEN CLICK
Tel : 01643 862363
HADSPEN GARDENS
Five acres of mixed colour themed borders, ponds and meadows within the framework of a Victorian walled garden in the grounds of a country estate.A twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden in and around an old walled garden on a hillside. The planting is good. It is by Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour In Your Garden, followed by Nori and Sandra Pope, who have also written a book on planting design with colour. The most intensively cared-for part of the garden is within the old walled vegetable garden of Hadspen House. Since it is on a hillside, it looks less like a vegetable garden than other examples of this genre."
Hadspen Gardens Hadspen House, Castle Cary
Mar-Sept and Bank Hol Mon 10am-5pm.
HADSPEN HOUSE &
GARDENS CLICK
Tel:
01749 813707
HAMHILL COUNTRY PARK
Ham Hill Country Park
Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset
HANHAM COURT GARDENS
The garden of garden designers Isabel and Julian Bannnerman.
 Half way between Bath and Bristol, this unexpectedly rural mediaeval monastic enclave at the end of a tiny lane near the River Avon, has provided us with a remarkable opportunity to create, over fifteen years, a deeply romantic, scented garden. The 'Dell' is home to a stumpery such as the one we created at Highgrove for The Prince of Wales, with ferns, tree ferns, massed snowdrops, hellebores, dog tooth violets, violets and primroses, magnolias, wild rambling roses rampaging through trees, pools and stream. The formal garden is a fortified bastion with fountains, luscious borders of old roses and tree peonies, scented perennials and bulbs, lilies and daturas in pots, punctuated by buildings and doorways which lead out into the miniature parkland, orchard, wildflower meadows, and simple cutting and vegetable gardens.  Each month offers different delights; starting in April when under the magnificent Walnut tree, whose branches spread across a diameter of 94ft, ‘snakes head’ fritillaries stand in fragile thousands, to be followed by pheasant-eye narcissus and foaming cow parsley, and the house is draped in wisteria and yellow banksian roses.
Hanham Court Gardens, Somerset Hanham Court,
Ferry Lane,
Hanham Abbots,
Bristol,
Somerset,  BS15 3NT

Email info@hanhamcourt.co.uk

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HATCH COURT
Hatch Court is an elegant Palladian mansion set in an exceptionally fine park. The house has a good collection of pictures and furniture, a china room and a military museum.  A herd of fallow deer graze in the park and there are magnificent trees and wonderful views.The beautiful gardens at Hatch Court have been extensively restored the present owners.   The highlight is a huge working walled kitchen garden.  Before 1984 this productive garden was a complete wilderness but since then it has been brilliantly restored by Robin and Janie Odgers.
Hatch Court From Taunton go south-east on A358 for 5 miles.  Turn left for Hatch Beauchamp and left at village crossroads for garden.
HERSCHEL MUSEUM OF ASTRONOMY GARDEN
This Georgian town house was the home of William Herschel (1738-1822), the astronomer who discovered Uranus in 1781. This is a re-creation of the garden as it might have been in his time
Herschel Museum of Astronomy Garden 19 New King Street, Bath,
Somerset,   BA1 2BL

HERSCHEL MUSEUM OF ASTRONOMY GARDEN CLICK
Tel: +44 (0)1225 446 865
Fax: +44 (0) 1225 446 865

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS

50 acres of beautiful formal gardens and parkland boasting 3 centuries of garden history set the stage for Hestercombe Gardens.
The formal Edwardian Gardens, featuring terraces, pool and an Orangery were designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. These gardens were reunited in 1997 with Hestercombe's secret landscape garden for the first time in 125 years. The idyllic 40 acre Georgian pleasure grounds have been lovingly and meticulously restored and provide delightful woodland walks, lakeside views, classical temples and the Great Cascade.

Hestercombe Gardens

 Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG
four miles from Taunton

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS CLICK

Tel: 01823 413923
Fax : 01823 413747
HIGHER ORCHARD
Bed & Breakfast. Home produce breakfast, fantastic gardens and incredible views. Graham and Janet Lamacraft welcome you to their charming Victorian house in the unique medieval village of Dunster. Higher Orchard was built in 1864 on ground which was once orchard land belonging to the Benedictine Priory (founded around 1090) and is one of the very few Dunster properties with open views and off road parking.
 www.higherorchard-dunster.co.uk
Higher Orchard 30 St Georges Street
Dunster
TA24 6RS
01643 821 915
LADY FARM
Lady Farm garden has really been making a name for itself over recent years. It is a favourite with garden photographers and has all year interest. The 'prairie' and 'steppe' style plantings are a real highlight not to be missed but there is much more.  A shady hosta walk, with birch and hydrangeas, leads to a lake which has been created from a stream. This is surrounded by natural planting which blend into a wildflower meadow. A stream tumbles into a deep ravine before resuming to its natural course.
Whilst there is much to see the garden is designed to be low maintenance.
Lady Farm  Chelwood, Somerset
BS39 4NN

LADY FARM CLICK
 Tel+44 (0)1761 490770
LOWER SEVERALLS
An enchanting and original garden set in front of an 18th century hamstone farmhouse. Lower Severalls has an informal air with profuse herbaceous borders around the house and innovative features including a living dogwood basket, a wadi and scented garden. Nursery specialises in herbs, herbaceous perenials and conservatory plants.
Lower Severalls, Crewkerne
TA18 7NX

LOWER SEVERALLS CLICK
 Tel 01460 73234
KILVER COURT GARDENS
The original nineteenth century gardens were created for the workers of Kilver Court. The gardens were restored in the 1960s and opened to the public for the first time in 2008. There is a parterre, millpond and boating lake.  Kilver Court Gardens was first created by Ernest Jardine, MP of East Somerset, in 1880 and established what was known as ‘Jardine’s Park’, using the mill ponds as a boating lake and the surrounding gardens for the workers recreation. Fruit and vegetables were also grown to provide mid-day meals for the workers- a vegetable garden has newly been reinstated!

Parterre and Viaduct Kilver Street,
Shepton Mallet,
Somerset,   BA4 5NF
KILVER COURT CLICK
Tel: 01749 340417
LYTES CARY MANOR (NATIONAL TRUST)
Acquired by the National Trust in 1949, this manor house and grounds is located in the depths of rural Somerset. The Tudor great hall and 14th Century chapel are two of the most popular attractions here. The house was once the home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte and this former owner planted many of the plants still growing in the grounds. There are plenty of estate walks to enjoy the rich architectural and cultural history.A medieval/Tudor manor house once owned by a sixteenth century herbalist. The entrance forecourt has a central path flanked by yew topiary. A gate leads to a long mixed border designed by Graham Stuart Thomas. There are yew alleys and other compartments. Christopher Hussey described the garden as 'a necklace of garden rooms strung on green corridors'. Sir Henry Lyte, author of the Niewe Herball (1578), lived here.
Lytes Cary Manor Charlton Mackrell, Somerton,
Somerset TA11 7HU
Map
 LYTES CARY CLICK
 Tel :01935 843600
 
MILTON LODGE GARDEN
Mature listed grade II garden with views of Wells Cathedral and Vale of Avalon.  Mixed borders of roses, fine trees. Separate seven-acre arboretum. An eighteenth century house with an eighteenth century arboretum and a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden. The terraced garden was made in 1906, by Parsons and Partridge, and re-planted in the 1960s. Milton Lodge Gardens have good planting and fine views over Wells and its cathedral. The swimming pool was built in 1967 and contributes to the garden design. The soil is highly alkaline.

Old Bristol Road, Wells
Easter-end Oct.
Tues, Weds, Sun, 2pm-5pm

MILTON LODGE GARDEN CLICK
Tel:
01749 672168
 
MONTECUTE HOUSE
his outstanding Elizabethan house was built for Sir Edward Phelips, who was Speaker of the House of Commons. It retains many Elizabethan features, including decorative panelling and plasterwork, heraldic glass and a magnificent long gallery. It is now owned by the National Trust and used as an outpost by the National Portrait Gallery. The gardens were laid out at the same time as the house and feature two charming Elizabethan pavilions, a Victorian orangery and a restaurant in the stables.
Montacute House Montacute, Nr Yeovil, Somerset TA15 6X
Map
MONTACUTE HOUSE CLICK
Tel :01935 823289
MUCHELNEY ABBEY
 
This beautiful and ancient piece of architecture stands in the heart of the Somerset countryside and provides a fascinating visitor attraction. The ruins of the Tudor abbey are clearly defined and there is a series of interesting exhibitions that have been put in place by English Heritage who maintain the property. Here you can learn more about the past of the building and those who used it.
Muchelny Abbey nr Langport
Apr-Oct.  Mon-Tues 10am-6pm (to end of Sept);  Wed-Sun 10am-5pm (to end of Oct).
Map
MUCHELNEY ABBEY CLICK
Tel:
01458 250664
NUNNEY CASTLE
Small but very complete 14th century castle consisting of a compact tower with large round towers at the angles, surrounded by a deep moat, in distinctly French styling.
Nunney Castle Nunney, Frome
Daily during sunlight hours
NUNNEY CASTLE CLICK
Tel:
01373 467271
PARADE GARDENS BATH
Parade Gardens is one of the best examples of a Victorian Public Garden, in a very beautiful and very well-run city. The Gardens are beside the River  Avon, overlooking Pulteney Bridge and Pulteney  Weir. There is a  bandstand and the floral bedding displays are some of the best in Britain.
Parade Gardens Bath Bath, Somerset

PRIOR PARK LANDSCAPE GARDEN
One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the 'Wilderness' has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet.
Prior Park Landscape Garden Ralph Allen Drive, Bath,
Somerset,  BA2 5AH

PRIOR PARK LANDSCAPE
GARDEN CLICK

Tel : 01225 833422
THE RED LODGE GARDEN
A re-creation of a seventeenth century town garden. The trellis work at the Red Lodge Garden was based on a seventeenth-century design. 

The Red Lodge Garden Park Row,
Bristol,
Somerset,
 BS1 5LJ

THE RED LODGE GARDEN CLICK
Tel : 0117 9211360
SOMERSET LEVELS

At the heart of Somerset, lies a beautiful area called the "Levels and Moors", which has international status as one of the most important wetlands of its type in the world
Somerset Levels
Levels and Moors Office, Moorlynch Vineyard, Moorlynch, Bridgwater, TA7 9DD
Tel:
01458 210790

STOKE-SUB-HAMDON PRIORY

14/15th century farm buildings, formerly a priests' residence. Great Hall open every day during the summer.

 

Stoke Sub Hamden Priory
North Street,
 Stoke-sub-Hamdon TA14 6QP
STOKE SUB HAMDEN PRIORY CLICK
Tel: 01935 823289
TINTINHULL HOUSE GARDEN
A seventeenth century house with a Arts and Crafts garden. The Eagle Court is thought to have been made in the eighteenth century but the other garden compartments were made in the first two decades of the twentieth century. It has a distinct 'Golden Afternoon' flavour. Captain and Mrs Reiss bought the house in 1933 and added the Pool Garden as a memorial to a nephew who was shot down over a Malta convoy during the Second World War. Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour in Your Garden (1984) worked here from 1980 to 1993 and the garden is described by her in Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening (1994). The standard of the planting design is not now as good as in the photographs in her book.
Farm Street, Tintinhull
, Somerset,   BA22 8PZ

TINTINHULL HOUSE GARDEN CLICK
Tel : 01935 823289
TOWN TREE NATURE GARDENS
Twenty-two acres of landscaped gardens and ponds, including wild and cultivated plants, visiting waterfowl, seven-acre lake.
Town Tree Nature Garden Town Tree Lane, Martock
10am until one and a half hours before sunset.
TOWN TREE NATURE GARDEN CLICK 
Tel:
01935 823203
TYNTESFIELD GARDEN
A Victorian Gothic-Revival house and garden . There is a working kitchen garden. Tyntesfield is a recent National Trust acquisition (2002) and restoration and conservation work is still ongoing.

Kitchen Garden, Tyntesfield Garden Wraxall,
Somerset, 
BS48 1NT

TYNTESFIELD GARDEN CLICK
Tel : 0844 800 4966
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL BOTANIC GARDEN
In 2006, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden was moved from the previous site at Bracken Hill to The Holmes. The garden will focus on four themed plant collections: Plant Evolution, Plants of Mediterranean Climate Regions, Useful Plants, Local Flora and Rare Native Plants.
University of Bristol Botanic Garden The Holmes,
Stoke Park Road,
Stoke Bishop,
Bristol,
 Somerset, BS9

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL BOTANIC GARDEN CLICK
Tel : 0117 331 4906.
WAYFORD MANOR
The garden at Wayford Manor was designed by Harold Peto in 1902 and surrounds a manor house. There are terraces, pools and topiary, partly on the site of an Elizabethan garden. It is a good example of the Arts and Crafts style with a transition from a terrace in front of the house to an 'informal' wild garden.  The manor is well maintained and well planted.  A rock garden was added in the 1930s and there are several pools with lush planting in the lower part of the garden.
Wayford Manor Garden Crewkerne,
Somerset, 
 TA18 8QG

WIMBLEBALL LAKE
Wimbleball lies just within Exmoor National Park.  Its 374 acres of water and 500 acres of surrounding woodland and meadow offer recreation for all.
Wimbleball Lake Brompton Regis, nr Dulverton
All year round.
WIMBLEBALL LAKE CLICK
Tel:
01938 371372
YEOVIL COUNTRY PARK

This diverse 88 acre Country Park is located on the south and eastern edges of Yeovil. The park includes the areas known as Ninesprings, Penn Hill Park, Summerhouse Hill and Riverside Walk. There are rivers, a lake, open grassland, woodland and a children's play area.

Yeovil Country Park
Yeovil Country Park, Park at Goldenstones Leisure Centre, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1QZ
 YEOVIL COUNTRY PARK CLICK 
tel: 01935 462932

Station
SOMERSET & NORTH SOMERSET
RADIO STATIONS
BBC Somerset Sound

talk;Somerset Sound news and sport; contemporary and oldies  am1566
BCR FM
adult contemporary music; news and information   fm107.4 (Bridgwater, Somerset)
Ivel FM
adult contemporary music; news and information  fm105.6 (Yeovil,Somerset and West Dorset) fm106.6
HEART
Orchardfm
top 40 chart and adult contemporary music  fm102.6 (Somerset) 97.1 (Yeovil) 96.5 (Taunton)
 listen live on our audio pages   address & telephone number  Visit Heart's other official website
Visit the Unofficial Heart site

Star 107.7
adult contemporary music; oldies   fm107.7 (Weston-super-Mare, N. Somerset and Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset)  address & telephone number  This station was previously known as WFM
Quay West FM
adult contemporary music; oldies   fm102.4 (Watchet, West Somerset)  fm100.8 (Porlock, West Somerset)  listen live on our audio pages

BRISTOL & BATH and NORTH EAST SOMERSET  
RADIO STATIONS
Bath FM
adult contemporary music; oldies   fm  107.9 (Bath, Bath and North-East Somerset)
BBC Radio Bristol
talk; news and sport; contemporary and oldies  fm  94.9 (Bristol)   fm 95.5
 fm
104.6 (Bath, Bath and North-East Somerset) am  1548 (Bristol)   dab  also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area    listen now to BBC Radio Bristol news & sport on our audio pages

Classic Gold 1260
oldies and easy listening  am  1260 (Bristol and Bath and North-East Somerset)   dab  also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area    listen live on our audio pages
Kiss
contemporary dance and classic dance anthems  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area.    listen live on our audio pages
GWR FM 
top 40 chart music .  fm  96.3 (Bristol)  fm  103.0 (Bath, Bath and North-East Somerset)
 DAB  Bristol's GWR FM also available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol
   and Western Bath areas  DAB  Bath's GWR FM also available on local DAB digital radio, in Eastern Bath and    and West Wiltshire areas    listen live on our audio pages    address & telephone number    Visit GWR FM's other website

Passion 
melodic MOR & world music; talk and green issues.  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area.    listen live on our audio pages
 Star 107.2 
adult contemporary music; soul and r&b; jazz; dance; classic rock.  fm  107.2 (Bristol and Kingswood, South Gloucestershire)    address & telephone number
The Storm
modern rock music from the last ten years.  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area.    listen live on our audio pages
Vibe FM
See the regional listing for further information and links
Xfm 
new rock, dance and indie.  DAB  available on local DAB digital radio, in the Bristol and Bath area.    listen live on our audio pages

SomersetDOG FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION  IN SOMERSET
Doggie Friendly
This page has been added for dog lovers visiting Wessex as an extra service for visitors and to promote the wonderful work of the Bella Moss Foundation.
Please click through to their pages and give to help our animal friends
SOMERSET
Doggie
                              Friendly
The Old Dairy
Bason Bridge
The Old Dairy, Churchland Farm,  Newmans Lane, Bason Bridge, Somerset. TA9 4RJ
 www.churchlandfarm.com/

The Old Dairy is a self-contained annex of the main farm house.  It has a sitting/dining room with a double sofa bed, a well equiped kitchen, mezannine floor that can accommodate 2-3 single beds or 2 singles and a cot, a double bedroom and shower room through the bedroom.
Churchlands Farm sits in 12 acres on the river Brue and guests have access to the whole area, though please shut the gates.  There are lovely walks in the area, a beach within 10 minutes drive and the Quantock & Mendip hills are short drives away.  At the end of the day there is a hot tub to soothe aching limbs and a BBQ available.  Bed linen and towels are provided as are dog bowls and beds for your dogs. We have our own dogs and horses and sheep and cows graze the boardering fields.  You can walk the river bank or indeed fish the river with the right license.


01278 773839
Doggie
                              Friendly
Chalet 73
   Blue Anchor
Chalet 73, Blue Anchor Beach, Blue Anchor, Nr Minehead, Somerset TA24 6LG

Fully equipped spacious two bedroom chalet on the beach overlooking the sea, available all year round. With kitchen, shower room, lounge with TV, DVD player and bed settee. The area is unspoilt with beautiful coastal walks to Dunster and Minehead. Exmoor and the Quantock Hills are close by for lovely scenic walks.Adjacent to West Somerset Steam Railway.  Many pubs and cafes in the surrounding area also welcome dogs.
01823 443011 / 077 020 289 93
Doggie
                              Friendly
Chalet on the beach   Blue Anchor
Chalet on the beach , Blue Anchor, Nr Minehead, Somerset TA24
http://www.blueanchorbeach.co.uk/
Self-catering studio accommodation for 2 - 4 on the beach at Blue Anchor, West Somerset.When the tide is in, the waves are within a few yards of the patio doors of this spacious studio accommodation.  The well-equipped, open-plan, airy chalet is in a stunning location, literally ON the beautiful, dog-friendly beach at Blue Anchor. The ‘conservatory’ is an ideal dog room, with good views of the beach, other canines etc.  Enclosed, small paved area for outdoor sniffing and observation.
01285 711779
Doggie
                              Friendly
The Hen House
Bridgewater
The Hen House

The Hen House,Sherwood - Goathurst , Bridgewater - Somerset - TA5 2DG
 www.bluedoorcottages.co.uk/TheHenHouse.html
Well behaved dogs are welcome at the Hen House.  Set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills and surrounded by fields and mature forestry commission woodland there are walks in every direction from the Hen House and yet it is only 10 minutes drive from Junction 24 of the M5.

The Hen House is a small barn conversion/cottage on one level which sleeps 4 comfortably.  Although part of the five acres of wilderness garden surrounding Sherwood, The Hen House stands in its own walled and fenced yard and has a separate entrance from the road.  The Hen House has a comfortable open-plan lounge/dining area with a well equipped kitchen, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room.  The Hen House is fully double glazed, well insulated and has electric heaters in the bedrooms and central area.  Its south-east orientation and four sets of French doors, gives the Hen House a very light and open feeling.  There is a set of garden furniture and a barbecue.

01278 662544
Doggie
                              Friendly
Huntstile Organic Farm
 Bridgwater
Huntstile Organic Farm,
                    Somerset Huntstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Nr Bridgwater TA5 2DQ
http://www.huntstileorganicfarm.co.uk/
Nestled in the foothills of the Quantocks, Huntstile is a 250acre working farm producing organic cereals and herbs. The 15th century farmhouse has many original features and is set in its own grounds. Warm and welcoming offering superb B&B and self-catering accommodation.
01278 662358
Doggie
                              Friendly
Th Duck Chalet Beach Chalet Park,
Dunster
The Duck Chalet, Dunster Beach, Chalet Park, Dunster, Nr Minehead,Somerset
 www.beachchaletholiday.co.uk/
The Duck Chalet is the perfect setting for a relaxing traditional seaside holiday and is also an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding scenic countryside and coastline by foot, cycle, steam train, bus or car. The self catering chalet is situated in a tranquil area of the well maintained Dunster Beach Chalet Park. It overlooks Hawn Lakes, a nature reserve and has views of Dunster Castle and the wooded slopes of Exmoor to the rear, and a few yards away to the front is Dunster Beach and the Bristol Channel. With no through road and a strict 10 mph speed limit, it is a safe place for children to play. The beach is sand and pebble with safe bathing.
01225 783485 or 07960673383
Doggie
                              Friendly
The Yarn Market Hotel
Dunster
Yarn Market Hotel

The Yarn Market Hotel ,High Street,  Dunster,  Somerset,  TA24 6SF
Email: hotel@yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

 www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/index.htm
Our family run hotel offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for you to unwind.  Our restaurant offers a variety of dishes to cater for all tastes. All rooms are en-suite with colour TV and hot drink making facilities. four-poster and superior rooms are available for that special occasion.  B&B from £35 per person per night and half board from £50.  Children and pets welcome. In the Exmoor National Park so a wonderful walking area.  Group/Party bookings welcome and conference facilities available.  Open all year including Christmas and New Year. We are a completely non-smoking hotel.

  01643 821425
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Hindon Organic Farm
Exmoor
Exmoor farm bed and breakfast holidays

Hindon Organic Farm, Nr Selworthy, Exmoor, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 8SH

http://www.hindonfarm.com/
Email: info@hindonfarm.co.uk

Real Farm - Real Food - Relax......on our award winning 500 acre organic stock farm in the stunning location of National Trust Holnicote Estate within Exmoor National Park.  18th century charm with 21st Century Style & Comforts.  Wonderful walks direct from the door to the moor and SW coastpath.

Organic, free range and local produce breakfasts - own homemade sausages and bacon, fresh baked bread, free range eggs, honey on the combe.... Food Hero's.  Hot tub under the sky to relax.  Recommended by many dogs. Free dog bone.

01643 705244
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Thorney Farm Holiday Cottages,  
Langport
Thorney Farm Holiday Cottages, Gothic House, Muchelney Langport, Somerset TA10 0DW
  www.thorneyfarmcottages.co.uk/
In the Heart of the Somerset Levels Countryside in Muchelney we have 4 custom built holiday cottages. The cottages are in the grounds of Gothic House, a lovely example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture. There are beautiful gardens and farm animals. There are many walks to enjoy from the doorstep and around the area.
01458 253886
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York Cottages
Lower Langford
York Cottages, Langford Road, Lower Langford, North Somerset BS40 5HU.
 www.yorkcottagebandb.com/dogfriendly.html

 Email: yorkcottage@hotmail.co.uk
We invite you and your dogs to a relaxing stay at our dog friendly bed and breakfast in the village of Lower Langford, North Somerset, at the foot of the Mendips. York Cottage is ideal for dog friendly holidays and the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors with your dogs in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is perfect for long country walks with your dogs.The beach at Weston-super-Mare and the rest of the Somerset Coast is around 20 minutes away while Cheddar Gorge is also on our doorstep.

01934 862 441 or 07796 144 138
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The Old Cider House
Nether Stowey
Organic Holidays - The Old Cider House, 25
                    Castle Street, Nether Stowey. TA5 1LN The Old Cider House,  25 Castle Street , Nether Stowey   Somerset TA5 1LN   
 http://www.theoldciderhouse.co.uk/en/pages/Default.aspx
Email: info@theoldciderhouse.co.uk

The Old Cider House is a 4 star bed and breakfast in the heart of the Village of Nether Stowey, Quantock Hills, Somerset. With its five en suite bedrooms, owners Ian and Lynne welcome guests looking for a relaxing bed and breakfast break in their period guesthouse. If you’re looking for accommodation in the Quantocks then Nether Stowey is the ideal village location.The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey, Somerset  is one of the most dog friendly bed and breakfast guesthouses in the  . It is so difficult to find a dog friendly hotel or B&B in Somerset stating dogs allowed rather than no dogs allowed! So, if you are looking for hotels that accept dogs – look no further.
01278 732228
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Sunshine Caravan Stolford
Sunshine Caravan, Sunshine Cottage, Stolford, Somerset,UK, TA5 1TL
http://www.magicspool.co.uk/stay_at_magics.htm
E-mail info@magicspool.co.uk
Sunshine Caravan is set within its own grounds with views across open farmland in a quiet lane in Stolford village, Somerset. Within close proximity are the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, the Somerset Levels and the North Somerset coastline.

01278 652460
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Castle Hotel
Taunton
Book the Castle Hotel in Castle Green, Taunton,
                    Somerset, England Castle Hotel ,Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 1NF 
 http://www.the-castle-hotel.com/

Email Castle Hotel
  Located in the heart of Taunton, just 2 miles from the M5, the Castle at Taunton has been welcoming travellers to the town since the 12th century. Run by the Chapman family for 55 years, the Castle has in this time won an array of awards testifying to the excellence of the kitchens and the warmth of the hospitality from a Michelin star to \"Best out of town\" in Tatlers 2002 Restaurant Awards.
Phone: +44 (0)1823 272671
Fax: +44 (0)1823 336066
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Farthings Country House Hotel
Taunton
Book the Farthings Country House Hotel in
                    Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, Somerset,
                    England Farthings Country House Hotel , Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6SG
http://www.farthingshotel.co.uk/
Farthings is an elegant 18th Century Country House Hotel situated in the heart of the Somerset countryside. Set in a quiet and peaceful location, yet only 5 miles from Taunton (M5) and Ilminster (A303). The hotel overlooks the village green and enjoys 3 acres of private and peaceful gardens. With a wonderfully relaxing and informal atmosphere it is the perfect place to unwind.
 01823 480 664
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Flat In
Watchet

FLAT
                    NEAR WATCHET MARINA - 1ST FLOOR ON RIGHT HAND SIDE  www.blueanchorbeach.co.uk
Spacious, comfortable self-catering one-bedroom flat for up to 5 people in the centre of the quaint town of Watchet. Just behind Post Office in Watchet, this flat is lovely and airy with great-sized rooms. Literally 1-2 minutes’ walk from the beautiful marina. Really well placed to enjoy all that historic Watchet has to offer, especially those dog-friendly steam trains, cafes and pubs!Staying at the Flat with dogs is no problem; we’ve stayed there with various dogs over the years, including a Labrador puppy! Car park 20 yards away ideal for early and late ‘visits’, with poo bin near the entrance. West Street beach, harbour, marina and great walks nearby.
01285 711779
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Courtland Guest House   Weston-super-Mare
Courtland Guest House - B&B -
                    Weston-super-Mare - Somerset Courtland Guest House, 41 Severn Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset BS23 1DP
http://www.courtlandwsm.co.uk/index.htm
Situated in the quieter, Whitecross Village area, close to Clarence Park and Seafront.  Complimentary tea, coffee and doggie chews. No stay too short!!
01934 621117
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Arden Cottage
Williton

Arden Cottage, 33 Long Street ,Williton Somerset TA4 4QU

http://www.ardencottagebedandbreakfast.co.uk/index.html
Email: enquiries@ardencottagewilliton.co.uk

Sympathetically restored Grade II listed thatched cottage, set in secure gardens.  We have a special 'dog room', which used to be the corn drying room.

 We are near a vets, pet shop and park for morning walks.  We are ideal for a relaxing weekend retreat.  Close to the Quantocks, Blue Anchor and Watchet for walking.  We also offer alternative therapies for those requiring additional de-stressing!

01984 634090
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Catwell House
Williton
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http://www.catwellhouse.com/
e-mail: catwell@catwellhouse.com
Catwell House is a secluded spacious 17th Century country house offering quality bed & breakfast accommodation. Nestling between the famous Quantocks and the Exmoor National Park with fantastic views.

Telephone: +44 (0)1984 639565

Fax: +44 (0)1984 639013

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Stilegate
Williton
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                    cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Stilegate, Staple Close, West Quantoxhead, Taunton, Somerset  TA4 4DN
http://www.stilegate.co.uk
E-mail: stilegate@aol.com

This Award winning Bed & Breakfast is in a superb location with unbroken views towards Exmoor National Park and the Brendon Hills. Situated minutes from the glorious Quantock Hills this modern home offers the best in Somerset hospitality
Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1984 639119
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Burrow Farm Cottage
Wootton Courtenay

Burrow Farm Cottage, Burrow Farm, Wootton Courtenay, Minehead, Somerset TA24 7UD

http://www.burrowfarm.co.uk/

email: stay@burrowfarm.co.uk

Self-catering Burrow Farm Cottage is part of a lovely thatched Grade II listed farmhouse in the pretty village of Wootton Courtenay approximately 2 miles from Dunster Castle and about 5 miles from the sea at Minehead. Nearby walks on Exmoor National Park and the dog friendly beach at Dunster. 

wo bedrooms for up to five people with bed linen and towels provided. Children welcome and free accommodation for rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. Private garden for exercising your dogs. Short breaks out of season. No smoking.

+44 (0) 1643 841833
SOMERSET COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & HORSE SHOWS
ALEC's SOMERSET
OUTDOOR EVENT GUIDE 2006

prepared by Lance Publications, Park House, Park Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3DL email: info@showmans-directory.co.uk  website: www.showmans-directory.co.uk The full  Directory is available from them.
This section is included in memory of the late Alec Davey of R.Bromley & Co. Ltd- the wine  merchants, to commemorate his 25 years entertaining all at the major events (1962-1987). Read about him CLICK HERE
Alec Davey

Show Title
Venue
Organiser
Website
  WEST COUNTRY GAME FAIR
The Westcountry Game Fair has four halls with countryside shopping, plenty of bargains, advice and countryside entertainment. An indoor arena based in the Showering Pavilion hall will host a wide variety of countryside entertainment from ferrets to falconry, gundog displays to wildfowling. An outdoor Arena located near the visitor entrance will host many exciting displays all with a country element including Racing Terriers, Wildfowling, Fly Casting, Falconry, Hunt Parade (Sunday only) and Much More.
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
Sandra Turner, Contour Exhibitions & Events, Brindfield, Black Dog, Crediton, Devon , EX17 4 QU.  Tel: 01884861177 Fax: 01884 861155 email:
 sales@contour.uk.net
WEST COUNTRY
 GAME FAIR CLICK

 
IDEAL HOME & GARDEN SHOW
BATH RACECOURSE
 close to Bath, Bristol and Junction 18 of the M4
Apple Tree Exhibitions,Pound Lane Office Suites, Pound Lane, Exmouth, Devon EX8 4NP  Tel: 01395277002 Fax: 01935 277008
email
appletree.x@btinternet.com
BATH IDEAL HOME CLICK
 
BIKE SHOW SOUTH WEST
Preparations are at full throttle for this year's Bike Show South West - all geared up to appeal to motorbike fans nationwide and definitely a major Spring happening event.
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Miss. Kim Munden, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN Tel: 01749 823260 Fax: 01749 823260 email:
 swcc@ukonline.co.uk
SOUTH WEST
BIKE SHOW CLICK
 
BATH SPRING FLOWER SHOW
The inaugural Bath Flower Show was commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the Botanical Gardens (in 1987), a stone's throw away from the showground, and well worth a visit for its beauty and peace.The Show’s appeal is not just to the gardener. Nobody could fail to be impressed by the quality and sheer beauty of the Floral Art Marquee display by members of the area’s Floral Art Clubs.
Royal Victoria Park, Marlborough Lane
Bath BA1  2LZ
SarahGiovannini, Show Secretary, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Lower Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4ET  Tel: 01225 477010  Fax: 01225 480072 email: sarah-giovannini
@bathnes.gov.uk

BATH SPRING FLOWER
SHOW CLICK

 
NORTH SOMERSET SHOW
There will be lots for all the family to see and do.  The thrilling tractor pulling competitions will be taking place throughout the day and for power of a more majestic nature, the Radford Heavy Horse display team will the impressing everyone with their muscial drive.  For races of the smaller variety, Cyril the Squirrel and his terrier racing team will be having lots of fun and the Severnside Dog Club will be running dog agility competitions all day.  Elsewhere on the showground will be the pony club games, tug-of-war, farm animals, horses and hamsters, trade stands and delicious locally-produced food to eat.
Bathing Pond Fields, Wraxall, (on B3130) near Bristol
Miss Katie Hutchings, Hippisley's Farm, Wick St. Lawrence, Weston-Super-Mare, Noth Somerset BS22 7YG Tel: 08456 342464 Fax: 01934 514764  email:
 office@nsas.org.uk
NORTH
 SOMERSET
SHOW CLICK

 
GRASSLAND UK
Over 40 acres of working demonstrations
Over 100 static Trade Stands
Technical Advice
Financial Advice
Clamp Loading
New this year - Seminars
 Bridge Farm & Bagborough Farm adjoining Bath &West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Rachel Hann,Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN
 Tel: 01749 822200 fax: 01749 823169
email:
 info@bathandwest.co.uk
GRASSLAND CLICK

20/05/06-
21/05/06
WESSEX SHOW
is now in its fourth year and promises to be bigger and better than in previous years. Over 150 classic and vintage vehicle entries have been received.There will be entertainment throughout each day (until around midnight on the Saturday),  Jennings Mighty Fun Fair' will be at the show again offering a wide variety of rides and family fun.Some of the main arena events include Semtex, the Motor Cycle Stunt Team, who will give two shows each day, The Frome Dog Agility Display Team, and a hands-on Fire Engine display. You will be able to see the Wild WWest displays and the American Civil War camps.
The show is held at the West Woodlands Showground, two miles south of the Market Town of Frome, Somerset

David McCance, 34a George Street, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8QB Tel: 01985 216644 Fax: 01985 217400 email: david@wessexshow.co.uk
 
WESSEX
SHOW CLICK

26/05/06-
29/05/06
BATH CANINE SOCIETY SHOW
The Bath Canine Society will hold its annual champion Dog Show .  Owners will be flocking down for the show to vie for the prestigious title of best in show. The successful class winners from this year's show will also qualify for Crufts 2007, officially the largest dog show in the world.
Three Shires Field
Bannerdown
Bath
Miss.G.Waring, High Frith,Bathford,Bath BA1 7TP
 Tel: 01225 858626 fax 01225 852740

31/05/06-
03/06/06
ROYAL BATH & WEST SHOW
The premier show  for Somerset, Wiltshire, and Dorset. It used to travel to all the counties but is now permenantly based at Shepton Mallet
Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet
Alan Lyons, Showteam Manager, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6QN Tel: 01749 822200 fax: 01749 823169 email:
info@bathandwest.co.uk
 
ROYAL BATH &
 WEST CLICK

17/06/06
LIONS CLUB OF ILMINSTER  SUMMER SHOW
Ilminster's main fete of the year. Includes main show arena with music, maypoles, and local schoolchildren. Trade Stands and a great car boot sale. Proceeds for charity.12midday-4.30pm
Sarahmead School, Ilminster
Martin Smith, Stratton Mead, Over Stratton, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5LF