BOATS, BOOKS, BEACHES & BUNS
Welcome to Somersetter number 14! We're back with more suggestions for things to do in this amazing, sun-soaked county (other than just trying to cool down in a paddling pool in the garden while reminiscing fondly about the snow we had in April).
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SPOIL YOURSELF IN A WONDERFUL VILLAGE CAFE
MES AMIS, BECKINGTON
12 Bath Road, Beckington, BA11 6SW . Open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday
Nestled in the heart of pretty Beckington, just ten minutes from Frome, this family-run restaurant and deli is a small but perfectly formed, gem. With its understated chic interior – which doubles as a homeware boutique – the French-inspired cafe specialises in simple ingredients and refined flavours. Subtly flavoured roasted gratins and quiches, accompanied by a rainbow of fresh, creatively concocted salad. And the puddings are really rather good too. For more info and sample menus, click here.
GET INSPIRED AND BUILD A BOAT
BRISTOL HARBOUR FESTIVAL
Central Bristol and all along the harbour. Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22. Free event.
Not quite Somerset but with so much great free fun stuff going on, it seems a shame to quibble. Billed as a weekend extravaganza of dance and music, theatre and circus, ships and boats, Bristol is celebrating the arts with all the spark and passion you’d expect from this inspiring, creative city. Across nine venues along the harbourside, there’s everything from spoken word to Punk Aerobics, contemporary circus to baby racing. Don’t miss Saturday’s quayside spectacle that is Young Shipwright’s Boat Race, as children build models of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter to race. For programme and times, click here.
BOOK NOW FOR TOP KIDS’ WRITERS IN BATH
BATH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FESTIVAL
Various venues in Bath, 28 Sept - 7 Oct 2018, Ticket prices vary
We're very lucky to have Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival on our doorsteps in Bath, and this year's looks like being another corker. There are dozens of shows available across Bath’s venues, featuring big-name children’s authors including Harry Hill, Chris Hoy, Lucy Worsley, Dermot O’Leary and Philip Pullman, plus special workshops such as Early Man Model Making and How To Draw The Beano. Reasonably-priced tickets for all of those - and much more - are currently available here. But don’t wait around, as things tend to sell out.
INDULGE IN SOME GARDEN THERAPY
MONTACUTE OPEN GARDENS
Montacute, near Yeovil, TA15 6UX. Saturday July 21 - Sunday July 22. 11.00am - 5.00pm. Adults £6, children free. Tickets and maps can be obtained on the day at Abbey Farm and the Village Hall.
This impossibly picturesque village is something of a star, having played leading location roles in historical dramas Wolf Hall, Sense And Sensibility and The Libertine. This weekend, wander around 20 or so cottage and country gardens, in the shadows of the National Trust’s imposingly grand Montacute House. There’ll be cream teas and light lunches on offer at the village hall, overlooking the lush gardens and orchards of the Elizabethan mansion. For more info, click here.
SEE SOME AMAZING ANIMALS PHOTOS
BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS EXHIBITION
Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT, 17th July – 25th August, 10am-5pm. Free (donations accepted)
This exhibition arrives in Glastonbury as part of a nationwide tour, through a partnership between Somerset Wildlife Trust and Red Brick Building. It showcases the beauty and diversity of the nation’s wildlife and winners include Somerset’s own photographer, Victoria Hillman .The exhibition is free to enter, but voluntary donations will be gratefully received and shared equally between the two organisations. No need to book, just turn up. For more info, click here.
CLAMBER ONTO SMALL BEACHES AND LUXURIATE IN SHADED WOODS
CULVER CLIFF AND WOODLAND WALK
Quay West Car Park, Minehead, TA24 5UN.
This moderate, 1.3 mile circular walk along Minehead’s seafront kicks-off at the Lifeboat Station before heading up the coastal path and through some steep, dappled and pretty woodland. As well as views of the Bristol Channel and across to Wales, the keen-eyed can spot WWII pillboxes while agile geologist can scramble over rocks for a peak at some wave-formed ripples in the sandstone cliffs. For detailed directions click here.
TAKE A ROCKING STROLL THROUGH WELLS
WELLS BUILDING STONE HERITAGE GUIDED WALK
Meet outside Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells BA5 2UE; Thu 26 July 2018, 10am–12:30pm
Did you know that the building stones on show across Wells tell of a 200 million year journey across the planet? Well, it turns out that they do. And geologist Doug Robinson is keen to tell you all about it on this guided walk around England's smallest city (dogs on leads welcome, but it’s over 15s only). Click here for more info and to register.
HEAD TO TAUNTON FESTIVAL'S FINAL HURRAH
TAUNTON LIVE’S BIG SATURDAY
Goodland Gardens, Taunton, TA1 4AA, Saturday July 21, 11am-7pm. Free.
This weekend, Taunton’s fourth annual, month-long Creative And Performing Arts Festival ends with this one last – free – hurrah. There’ll be bands playing across two stages, dance performances and creative workshops to inspire all ages. And amid the community arts and literary events, there’ll also be a children’s festival, where little minds will be encouraged to think big. For more information click here.
ENJOY FAMILY FUN ON THE PIER WITH CBEEBIES STARS
GRAND PIER KIDSFEST 2018
Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1AL, Saturday 21 July, 11am, £15
After a successful couple of years on Weston’s pier, the KidsFest returns for 2018 with the star attractions of Sid and Rebecca from CBeebies, with their It’s Time To Play show at 1pm. Your £15 ticket also buys you unlimited rides (and they have some good ‘uns - including Britain’s smallest ever rollercoaster), plus face painting, crafts, balloon modelling and other family fun. More info and tickets here.
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