Cheltenham is the Home of Jump racing
A theatre of excellence that really can elevate you to a sporting high.
Cheltenham is at the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. This is the place where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. It's the place where the most important races are run. This is where many stars of the future go through the sale ring. But most of all, this is the place where the equine and human champions forge their reputations.
As always, there is much to look forward to in the season, 16 exciting days of top class Jump racing. Hundreds of thousands of racing fans come to Cheltenham every year, but you don't need to be an expert to have the time of your life.
The wide variety of experiences ranges from the relaxed feel of the meetings in October and April, to the heady excitement of The Open and the family fun of New Year's Day.
However, the focus of any jumping season is always The Festival. The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing's crown. It is four days of magic, magnificence and madness, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. It features a cast of the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 260,000 people, all of whom are determined to have the time of their lives.
Crealy is a great family day out with something for all ages, from soft play for toddlers to death slides for Dads!
Situated in the grounds of Verbeer Manor in Cullompton, Devon - this is by far the Dads' favourite of adventure parks.
At Essential Adventure, we pride ourselves in providing the very best in activity based events, including activity days, breaks & weekends.Whatever your occasion and whatever you have in mind, Essential Adventure is guaranteed to have something of interest for your event, whether it's a large all inclusive corporate weekend retreat, to a small relaxing family activity day!
Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. Appealing to a wide age range, customers are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor.
Welcome to West Country Games, the crazy Stag & Hen weekend activity located 5 miles from Bristol.
Taunton Race Course
Set in the heart of the Somerset countryside we are England's youngest jumps racecourse and stage around fifteen racemeetings each season. Our visitors enjoy national hunt racing featuring some of the biggest names in the sport; but we're not just about racing as we boast excellent facilities for conferences, meetings, parties and events. Taunton Racecourse is also the perfect venue for your wedding reception.
Chard Reservoir is home to a wide variety of wildlife species and is especially godd for birdlife; there is always something to see.
Haldon Forest Park is a great forest park. With trails for a short walk, or hire a bike and discover the cycle trails or join in the fun on the Play Trail. Alternatively sign up for the Go Ape high wire adventure course or if an experienced mountain biker, take to the Freer Ride Trails. Something for all the family.
Introducing our stunning collection of willow designs and willow products, all hand made in Somerset, England. Our collection includes traditional wicker and contemporary willow baskets, garden structures, exclusive willow gift ideas and practical additions for your home.
Wimbleball Lake Country Park
Days by the Sea
Exmouth beach on the East Devon coast - where there is loads to do around this sandy beach. From trampolines, mini trains, large slides, ball parks, etc.
Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips from Lyme Regis.
Lyme Regis is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast.
The ancient Cobb is the harbour and the whole area is very very picturesque at anytime of day and in any weather.
At the end of the Cobb you will find Harry May Boat Trips. Harry has two 24ft traditional wooden tripping boats that are used mainly for one hour mackerel fishing trips. The cost is £9 for adults and £6 for children, all tackle is included and everyone is shown how to catch a mackerel. From these trips thousands of fish have been caught by our visitors for barbecues on the beach and suppers at home.
Please phone 07974-753287 to ask about these trips or to book, we'll tell exactly how to find us.
Every morning weather permitting we leave the harbour at 830am and go deep sea fishing for three hours returning at 1130am. We aim to catch whiting ,pollack, scad,mackerel and sometimes manage black bream, gurnards, thornback skate and conger ells. The cost is £25 pp rod and bait included.
Please phone 07974-753287 the previous evening at 7pm to check on seats and the weather, we only go on these three hour trips in good weather.
We operate from the last week in March until the beginning of November.
The royal town of Lyme Regis is situated on the Dorset coast close to the Devon border . Here you can either build sand castles in the sand or take a boat trip out of the ancient harbour. Mackerel Fishing - Join a one hour boat trip from Cobb Harbour aboard KRAKEN, an MCA licensed passenger boat. Try to catch your supper and see the amazing Jurassic coast from the sea. Fishing equipment and bait provided. Every day from 9.00 am weather permitting - March - November. Contact Nick Williams on 0797 479 6002 for further details.
Farm Shops & Shopping
Barleymow's Farm Shop and Restaurant, near Chard in Somerset, has set a new standard for farm shops - modern, clean, spacious premises, friendly staff, family activities, and a truly wide choice of delicious fresh local produce. For the children there is ice cream, our big outdoor playing area, a smaller play area in the restaurant and activities throughout the year such as our Maize Maze and Farm Adventure play area in the summer and pumpkin carving at Halloween!
Welcome to the Somerset Cider Brandy Company and Burrow Hill Cider. Based on a farm in South Somerset, we sit amongst 160 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, a famous Somerset landmark with a single sycamore on top that looks out across the Somerset Levels.The farm has been pressing cider for the past 150 years and distilling the cider into Somerset Cider Brandy since 1989.
Clarks Village is the UK's first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out!
We're a free thinking craft cider company that doesn't like being constrained. In fact we only like making craft ciders as naturally and as simply as possible - using the very best fresh apples, small batch techniques, wild yeasts and 100% juice.
The resulting ciders are hopefully full of depth, character and as near to perfection as we can get them.
Food & Drink
Home of Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider.
House & Gardens
Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and beautiful manor house
The echoes of the past haunt this now empty Tudor manor house, so beautifully restored in the 1920s by the Lyle family. They lived in style, installing a sprung dance floor; the winding mechanism can still be seen under the sweeping main staircase. What were once cow yards, pens and fields became delightful flower gardens, their design influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. The working stone-walled kitchen garden produces a variety of wonderful fruit and vegetables, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant, while the arboretum delights visitors with vivid autumn hues. Overall a place to relax and refresh the senses.
Enjoy over sixty acres of beautiful gardens with their soft sweeping lawns, elegant water features, fragrant English borders and Formal Gardens.
Cothay Manor, a 15th century medieval manor, is open, by appointment, for group visits. One of Somerset’s finest historic houses, Cothay is surrounded by twelve acres of magically romantic gardens that are open to the general public Wed, Thurs, Sun and B/Hols, 2pm-6pm
One of England's best loved privately owned gardens created by the celebrated plantswomen, the late Margery Fish.
Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. Hestercombe offers a great destination for an exciting short stop or a wonderful leisurely day out. Walk the gardens, visit the Courtyard to enjoy delicious refreshments - or browse in our beautiful Gift Shop which is filled with interesting and unusual gifts, books and a well stocked plant centre.
Would you give away your family home for your political beliefs? Sir Richard Acland did with his estate, one of the largest the National Trust has acquired at 2,590 hectares (6,400 acres) with 20 farms and 200-plus cottages. Killerton House, built in 1778–9, brings to life generations of the Aclands, one of Devon's oldest families. The historic fashion exhibition, 'Elegance', explores the fabulous and luxurious dress of the past 200 years. The gem of Killerton, beautiful year round, is the garden created by John Veitch, with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees surrounded by rolling Devon countryside
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, built in the lush landscape of mid Devon, Knightshayes Court is a rare example of the work of the eccentric and inspiring architect William Burges. Built for the grandson of pioneer lace-maker John Heathcoat in 1869, the house is an exciting architectural experience, with extraordinary 'medieval' romantic interiors, rich decoration and ceramics. The vast garden, which was the Heathcoat Amory family's great passion, is renowned for its rare trees, shrubs and seasonal colours. The restored and fully productive organic kitchen garden is a treat for everyone who enjoys local produce.
Glittering Elizabethan mansion
Montacure House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16yh century for Sire Edward Phelips.
There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection.
Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael's Hill.
Museums & Zoos
A major attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground.
Tours of the brewery minimum of 15 people, no charge but donations to the Hawk and Owl Trust gratefully received.
Please contact Cotleigh Brewery on 01984 624086 to book a tour.
This museum has the largest collection of navel aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit.
The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220
As featured on the BBC's Animal Park. Get close to lions, tigers, and giraffe in the UK's first Safari Park; get lost in the Longleat Hedge Maze, take a sea lion escorted cruise on the Safari Boats, journey on the Longleat Railway, marvel at the treasures and heirlooms of Longleat House and much much more...your day at Longleat will never be enough! To best enjoy your day purchase the Passport Ticket to explore all of the attractions.
Sheppy's are proud to share with visitors from far and wide their beautiful farm and orchards, and to show you as much as possible of how and where they make their delicious ciders.
With new attractions, great new facilities and the classic glory of Britain's most spectacular underground caversn, the centuries-old site near Wells in Somerset has been given a brand new lease of life.
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Steam Train rides in Exmoor National Park, from Woody Bay Station, North Devon. The first phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways
Beer Heights Light Railway Peco Model Railway Exhibition Spectacular Themed Gardens Stunning Views over Lyme Bay Summer season of Children's Entertainment Play Areas Crazy Golf
Journey from Seaton, gateway town to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast through two nature reserves alongside the Axe estuary to historic Colyton, Devon's most rebellious town.
Situated on the edge of Quantock Hills, the West Somerset Railway takes you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with various stops on the way.
Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's Best and longest Heritage Railways.
Sport & Health
Bath Thermae Spa where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. Now in the World Heritage city of Bath you can enjoy Britain's only natural thermal waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago.
Thermae Bath Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.
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Come to multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK!
Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club has one of the best courses in Somerset and is an ideal venue for the visitor. We welcome visitors as either casual green fee visitors (with a handicap) or as an organised society.
Try Something New!
The Argentinean tango holds a unique place in couple dancing. It is a social dance that can be enjoyed at many levels. It is relatively easy to master the basics of form and improvisation and yet great subtleties of feeling and fast, playful footwork can be explored as you progress. In its highest form it is capable of expressing the most profound longings that people can have about their lives, and each other. Why not organise some after dinner tango lessons with Tango Oblivion
The Devon and Somerset Gliding Club is the largest gliding club in the South West and has allowed its members to enjoy the magic of gliding for more than 50 years. We have a fleet of club gliders, good club facilities and a team of BGA qualified instructors who provide training to help new members let slip the surly bonds of earth and dance the skies on laughter-silvered wings. The club is open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, weekends and on public holidays. We offer trial lessons and flying courses for the aspiring glider pilot, as well as conversion or advanced courses for experienced pilots. Whatever your skill level and flying experience, Devon and Somerset Gliding Club (DSGC) is the place for you, and the challenges and rewards keep on coming, whatever level you reach.
Go Segway! at Haldon
You can also find us on our sister site for the latest Segway tour information and updates.