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Revealing the best of Somerset: 6 family-friendly gems worth exploring during your next holiday

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When we think about providing our children with the best life has to offer, what does that involve? We think of all the times we have seen our little ones the happiest they have been. Muddied little wellies, breathless squeals, rosy cheeks, and sparkling eyes – they are the living examples of eudaimonia, the epitome of living well.

The breath-taking county of Somerset is great for creating those fond memories, whether you are looking for an immersive experience in one of the finest landscapes of England during the summer holidays, or you yearn for a last-minute weekend getaway. Here, we will share with you the best places to visit and stay in Somerset. Read on to find out how to make the most of your time in Somerset, whether you prefer relaxing or adventuring.

  1. Cheddar Gorge and Caves. We, of course, have to start with Cheddar Gorge, which came second only to the incredible Dan yr Ogof caves in the contest for Britain’s finest natural wonder. If you want to experience Cheddar in a new and exciting way, then Adventure Caving is a must! There are two different offerings for the caving experience, one that is open to adventurers from ages 13+ and then, another one for the younger 8+ explorers. What we love most about it is the chance to discover the uniqueness of the subterranean stalactite show caves with its mesmerising rock formations and learn about the ancient history and geology of the gorge.

  2. While your energetic kids are in a tow, then Cheddar is an ideal destination. You can enjoy some fun and games at Cheddar Crazy Golf or engage in some exhilarating cave climbing, which can help your youngsters engage with the natural world, but also build essential skills such as developing trust and self confidence. If your little ones aren’t quite ready for cave climbing adventures, then why not cycle or walk along the quaint Strawberry Line? A former railway line that runs through the scenic countryside and connects Cheddar with other towns and villages, it will give you a chance to appreciate the beauty and regional diversity of Somerset.

  3. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Spread over 90 acres of bucolic scenery, the Avon Valley Adventure and wildlife park is attractively situated by the riverside, providing a heavenly setting for family outings. Friendly animals await you – reindeers, alpacas, turkeys, and ferrets are some of the charming inhabitants you’ll encounter during your visit. In addition, you can play and explore in the huge indoor and outdoor play areas, which include slides, mini jeep safaris, miniature railway, climbing walls, mini golfs and go-cart!

  4. Warren Farm and Glastonbury Farm. We have so far spoken about wildlife parks, enchanting forests, mysterious caves. But what about the roof over your head that you will inevitably need when you are visiting Somerset? I don’t know about you, but we love combining nature with a little bit of luxury. Somerset breaks really are a treat for the senses when you blend it with the natural luxury of glamping, which means feathery beds, crackling wood, fresh air, and stunning views of the countryside.

🐶 Warren Farm in Cheddar Gorge could be the perfect spot for a family holiday with an outdoor playground for the youngsters, acres upon acres of unspoiled land, and did we mention it is dog-friendly too? With both canvas hideaways and log cabins, you can choose the best glamping option for your family break.

🍒 If you are looking for the cherry on top, you don’t have to search any further than the Glastonbury Hill Farm, close to a lush forest and where you will wake up to extensive views of verdant hills and valleys. Additionally, these tented lodges will provide you with unparalleled rustic comforts, only to be found in this enchanting family-friendly retreat.

5. The Bishop’s Palace. You won’t regret visiting the Bishop’s Palace, one of the most fascinating places in Somerset. Here, you can discover over 800 years of history and culture. A variety of activities are on offer for the whole family: from outdoor theatre to garden workshops to family crafting and storytelling.

📚 Did you know? Storytelling is a great way to engage children and adults alike, firing up their imagination and expanding their horizons.

🦉⛪ You can also admire the impressive episcopal chapel from the 13th century, which is a masterpiece of English Early style. If you are looking for a day out with a difference, make sure you catch the medieval falconry day, where you can see amazing birds of prey in action and learn about their role in the past. Then, trot towards the enchanting Dragon’s Lair Play Area to work out little legs!

6. Exploring the Mendip Hills. Finally, we must end on a natural note. Mendip Hills is one of England’s most diverse and charming landscapes, which is why it has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mendip Hills is a great place to visit with your family, providing a range of activities to suit different interests and abilities. Once you have had sustenance, an easy hike (such as the Mendips Circular) will reward you with spectacular sights and unique tree species not found anywhere else in the UK, such as the Cheddar pink.

This is England at its finest, and here? It never gets boring.