Things To Do

Experience amazing attractions, stunning gardens and historic houses, miles of cycling and walking routes, incredible local menus and cider, charming market towns and villages, and of course, acres of rolling countryside, nature and wildlife. 

Our Things to Do Guide is also great to for planning days out in South Somerset and beyond, and is free to download to your phone or tablet.  South Somerset is a great place to stay as there's so much to do, and close by too, so we've included some other places nearby that we think you'll enjoy too. 

Similarly, based on visitor feedback, you'll find website listings here for the wider areas that border South Somerset to make it as easy as possible for you when planning your time here. 

Things to Do Guide

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Coates English Willow, Willow & Wetlands Visitor Centre

Arts & Crafts
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Group Bookings
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Coach Parking
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access
Coates English Willow , Taunton, TA3 6HY

Willow is as traditional to Somerset as cheese and cider although perhaps not so much is known about it. At the Visitor Centre the Coate family has thoughtfully put together displays and collections to tell the fascinating story of willow.

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Crewkerne

Market Towns & Villages
Crewkerne Local Information Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 7LN

Crewkerne is rich in history and heritage and the name Crewkerne derives from the old British ‘cruc’, meaning a hill and ‘aern’, a house or storehouse, and locals still refer to Crucaern.

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Crewkerne & District Museum & Heritage Centre

Museums
  • Family friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Free Entry
Crewkerne & District Museum & Heritage Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 7LP

Crewkerne has a long and interesting history. It once had the status of being a Saxon royal mint, was an important stopping place for travellers and its thriving textile industry brought prosperity. Founded in 1988, the museum illustrates these things, but equally shows how ordinary local people lived and worked at various periods.

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Crewkerne Aqua Centre

Leisure Centre
  • Family friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Open All Year
  • Partial Disabled Access
Henhayes Lane, Crewkerne, TA18 7LZ

Community Leisure Centre - Open to members and the general public. Swim, gym and studio classes.

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Dawe's Twineworks

Museums
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access
94A High Street , Yeovil , BA22 9AU

The only surviving Victorian Twineworks with original working machinery.

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East Lambrook Manor Gardens

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
  • Coach Parking
  • Partial Disabled Access
Silver Street, South Petherton, TA13 5HH

The iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish.

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East Somerset Railway

Attractions & Experiences
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Picnic Area
East Somerset Railway, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4QP

A characterful railway which runs through the Mendip Hills near Shepton Mallet. The train journey takes approximately 40 minutes over the five mile round trip.

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Eastfield Local Nature Reserve

Countryside, Nature & Wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • Free Entry
Sedgemoor Hill, Langport, TA10 9DL

Eastfield Local Nature Reserve is a small, south facing, grassland site alive with insects and butterflies in the summer months.

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Attractions & Experiences
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Shop
  • Toilets
Wambrook, Chard, TA20 3DH

Set in 72 acres of stunning countryside Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a great place to come and explore.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

Museums
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Coach Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access
RNAS Yeovilton , Yeovil , BA22 8HT

A major attraction in South Somerset and a great place for a day out. You'll fly by helicopter to the replica of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.

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Flip Out Somerset

Indoor Activity Centres
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
Unit C, Wellington, TA21 9JQ

Flip Out Somerset is a state of the art trampoline adventure park, situated just 1 mile from Junction 26 on the M5 motorway. The arena is 36,000 square feet and is packed with exciting equipment that allows us to provide a host of different courses.

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Forde Abbey House and Gardens

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
  • Coach Parking
Forde Abbey House and Gardens, Chard, TA20 4LU

Historic beautiful, award-winning gardens and a dog friendly day out. A South West treasure on your doorstep.

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