VISIT A LIGHTHOUSE & THEN BUY ONE…
Hello again! First up, we owe you an apology (well, it's not really our fault, but…). In last week's Somersetter we told you about the amazing rope swing at Heaven's Gate on the Longleat Estate. Well, alas, we visited it a couple of days ago only to find they've only blumming gone and cut down the swing! In fact, they've even cut down the branches which held the swing! A terrible pity. But we're sorry if you wasted a journey there.
Anyway, while we have your attention, we'd like to ask YOU something. What's your absolute favourite place in Somerset? We're planning to start running some readers' suggestions alongside ours. So, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your top tip and a few lines about it. Thanks!
WALK OF THE WEEK
HORNER WOOD ANCIENT TREES WALK
Holnicote Estate, Selworthy, Minehead, TA24 8TJ
Part of the National Trusts Holnicote estate near Minehead, this is a tidy two-mile circular walk though one of Britain’s largest ancient oak woods. Mossy, gnarly and at this time of year, flecked with the unmistakable hue of bluebells, it is also thought to be one of the most beautiful forests of its kind. It is home to deer, adders and a magnificent 500 year old oak. For detailed directions, click here.
LIGHTHOUSE OF THE WEEK
BURNHAM-ON-SEA LOW LIGHTHOUSE
Burhnam-on-Sea actually has three lighthouses, but the only one which still flashes (every 7.5 seconds) is the Low Lighthouse - aka the Lighthouse on Legs. Built in 1832, the rather lovely wooden square tower is a Grade II listed building which you’ll find on the northern edge of the town’s wide open beaches. And if you enjoy your bracing walk to it, one of Burnham’s two previous lighthouses - now both residential dwellings - has just gone up for sale. The eight-storey tower is yours for a cool £525,000. (Photo credit: Steve F, from Wikipedia)
TEA ROOM OF THE WEEK
COLE MANOR TEA ROOMS
Cole Manor, Bruton, BA10 0PJ. Open Tuesday to Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10am-5pm. 01749 813676.
This sweet, family-run manor house tea room is prettily perched on the River Pit. With five acres of verdant manicures lawns it is a most quintessentially English place to enjoy a cup of Earl Grey and a slice of home-baked Victoria Sponge. So lie back against one of the lush blooming trees, take in the country views and pretend to be Alice in Wonderland – before she drifted down that troublesome rabbit hole. For more info or to make a reservation, click here.
SHOW OF THE WEEK
CHANGE MAKER – SARAH PERRY AT BATH FESTIVAL
Masonic Hall, Old Theatre Royal, 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath, BA1 1JU. Sunday May 20, 1pm-2pm. Tickets £10.
Author Sarah Perry won Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, for her inspired and beautifully crafted second novel The Essex Serpent. With her third, hugely anticipated book on the way, Perry swaps the pen (or most probably laptop!) for a mic to talk about her thoughts, ideas and all that sparks her imagination as part of the ongoing Bath Festival. For tickets and more information, click here.
MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP OF THE WEEK
GLASTONBURY ABBEY GREGORIAN CHANT WORKSHOP
Glastonbury Abbey, The Abbey Gatehouse, Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EL. 01458 832267. Saturday May 19, 10am. £10 per person. Booking essential.
Learn the art of Gregorian chanting at this day-long workshop in honour of St Dunstan’s Day. Suitable for beginners or experienced singers alike, the day includes short sung meditations based on the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services and leads to an informal performance of the day’s “Dunstan” chant in the stunning Glastonbury Abbey. For more info click here.
PUB OF THE WEEK
THE PRINCE OF WALES, HAM HILL
Ham Hill, Stoke Sub Hamdon, TA14 6RW. 01935 822848. Open 8.30am - 11pm. Breakfast served 9am-11am daily. Food Served Mon-Thu & Sun: 12pm-9pm; Fri & Sat: 12pm-10pm.
This hugely welcoming country pub, near Yeovil, sits high on the hill above Ham Hill Country Park. The food is good and there’s a great beer garden which hosts a pizza oven and ice cream hut once the weather warms up. If you need further recommendation, former patrons include Kasabian and (aptly) Prince Charles, who graced this fine establishment with their presence on the same day! So who knows who you might bump into. Click here for more info on the pub.
BOOKING OF THE WEEK
CARA DILLON'S CHRISTMAS SHOW
Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, BA11 1BE, 16 December, Tickets £25
Cara Dillon is one of the UK's foremost folk singers – you may have spotted her on TV recently singing at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where she was up for Folk Singer of the Year. She also happens to be a Frome resident. Thus, when Dillon announces a hometown show, tickets tend to fly. And she's done just that, with a performance at Frome's Cheese & Grain scheduled on 16 December as part of her Christmas tour. Tickets for her festive show in the same venue last year sold out well in advance (and the show was magical). Click here to book if you don't want to miss out on this year's.
And that's all for issue number nine. Remember, you can HELP us out by forwarding this email to friends who might want to sign up too. And if you have Somerset suggestions, then please do email us or drop us a note on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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