Things to do over half term

11 October 2017

Halloween Spooktacular at Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Halloween Spooktacular at Cheddar Gorge & Caves

The ghosts of Gough’s Cave have come out to play…

This year Cheddar Gorge & Caves has teamed up with the world-famous, Natural Theatre Company so you can meet a gaggle of ghouls, gossiping amongst the shadows in Gough’s Cave. Stumble across creepy and cheeky characters from the cave’s fascinating history.

21 – 29 October 2017

11.00am -3.00pm

Fright Nights – selected dates.

https://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-spooktacular

Pumpkin Fest at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Pumpkin Fest at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

We’re super pumped to invite you to Noah’s Ark for our first Pumpkin Fest this autumn Half Term. From the 21st – 28th October.

https://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/events/pumpkin-fest

 

Spooky Pumpkin Trail at Dunster Castle

Spooky Pumpkin Trail at Dunster Castle

Wander the gardens and solve the clues to complete the spooky trail. If you make it back you can claim your prize.

21 – 29 October, 10.00am – 4.00pm.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

Halloween at Crealy Great Adventure Park

Halloween at Crealy Great Adventure Park

Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year at Crealy and we can’t wait to welcome you for our most spooktacular event yet!  We will also be handing out over 30,000 free pumpkins to every child throughout the half term week and will be holding our annual pumpkin carving competition live on stage with great prizes to be won. What’s more, our Show Team will be performing their all-new Halloween Show live on stage for your entertainment.

21 – 29 October   10.00am – 5.30pm

https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/halloween-at-crealy

Dino Day at The Museum of Somerset

Dino Day at The Museum of Somerset

Dinosaur activities and craft, meet the expert, stories and dressing up

22 October

10.00 am – 5.00 pm

https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

October Half Term Creepy Critters week at Puxton Park

October Half Term Creepy Critters week at Puxton Park

Running from 23-27 October Puxton Park is putting on a fright fest of creepy critters throughout the week.

Tuesday – The Creepy Crawly Show (www.thecreepycrawlyshow.co.uk) 2.00-3.00pm and 3.30-4.30pm
Wednesday – Crocodiles of the World (www.crocodilesoftheworld.co.uk) 12.00-12.45pm, 1.00-1.45pm,   2.00-2.45pm, 3-3.45pm

Thursday – Slithering Snakes from our Animal Team – 11.30am, 3.30pm
Friday – Beautiful bugs from our Animal Team – 11.30am, 3.30pm

https://www.puxton.co.uk/events

 

 

Things to do in October

27 September 2017

Farmers Markets

Local markets are a great way to buy local, fresh, seasonal food and drink – it’s a great way to meet the producer and find out more about the products you are buying.

Axbridge 7th October 9.00 – 1.00

Bridgwater every Friday 9.00 – 2.00

Burnham-on-Sea 27th October 9.00 – 1.00

Taunton every Thursday 9.00 – 3.00

Wells every Wednesday 9.00 – 2.00

Weston-super-Mare 14th October 9.00 – 12.30

Somerset villages: 9 of the prettiest to visit.

With historical pubs, quaint tearooms, iconic landmarks and thatched cottages, Somerset is home to some of the country’s most beautiful villages. Click on the link below to see nine of the prettiest to explore in the county.

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http://www.somerset-life.co.uk/out-about/places/somerset-villages-9-of-the-prettiest-to-visit-1-5009593

Country and Western Festival in Brean

Country & Western Festival in Brean

Friday 29th September to Thursday 5th October.

http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/whats-on/country-and-western-festival-in-brean-p2196883

Eye-opener tour and tea at National Trust Fyne Court

Eye-opener tour and tea at National Trust Fyne Court

4th October and 18th October 2.00 – 4.00.

Please wear shoes suitable for walking and be prepared for inclement weather.  The walk may be uneven and hilly in parts, there are steep steps leading to the library.

Booking Essential – £10 per person, to include an afternoon tea in the library.
Fyne Court, Broomfield, Nr Bridgwater, TA5 2EQ

01823 451587

Avon Gorge Cruises and City Dock Tours

 Avon Gorge Cruises with Bristol Packet Boat Trips

For more information and October dates click on the link below.

http://www.bristolpacket.co.uk/october.html

 

Our Favourite Autumn Attractions in Somerset

26 September 2017

The approaching autumn means an end to the summer. We’ll be swapping golden days for golden leaves and cold drinks for cold winds. All is not lost however, no matter the weather there’s plenty to see and do in Somerset!

The weather may be turning colder, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do! Enjoy Somerset this autumn with Lakeside Holiday Park!

The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum can be found just outside of Weston-super-Mare – making it a short drive down the M5 from Lakeside Holiday Park! It features a collection of over 100 helicopters from around the world, from Russia and America to central Europe and the UK.

The museum is run by a team of passionate volunteers who work tirelessly to care for the museum’s aircraft and undertake all of the conservation work themselves.

The Helicopter Museum also holds many special events, including classic car shows, open cockpit days and air experience flights. The latter of which can be booked directly with the museum for your chance to take a flight in a modern day chopper!

Cheddar Gorge Caves

It may be tempting to hide away in towns – or at the very least, indoors – when the weather is on the cold side, but buildings aren’t the only places with walls and ceilings! The show caves at Cheddar Gorge stay at a steady 11 degrees, no matter the weather outside – making them cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

The show caves offer the chance to explore ancient natural structures and learn more about the natural history of the area, as well as the prehistoric humans that once lived there. Be sure to enjoy the “Dreamhunters” exhibit, a 30-minute experience that brings ancient history to life!

SeaQuarium Weston

The Weston SeaQuarium can be found on Weston’s own seafront and features a stunning selection of freshwater, marine and tropical species from all seven seas! The SeaQuarium features over ten different zones of the scaly, the slimy and the downright frightening!

Come face-to-face with some of the most ancient creatures on the planet in the EvoZone as you meet relatives of the first animals to walk on land. Explore the ocean depths while staying dry with the aquarium’s spectacular underwater tunnel – letting you get up-close with an array of British marine life.

New for 2017 is the “Fantastic Phobias” exhibition. This new creepy exhibition will test your bravery with a selection of freaky beasts – from creepy crawlies to rodent intruders. So step on board the SS SeaQ and face your fears!

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum

The village of Westonzoyland is located a few miles outside of Bridgewater and is home to the area’s oldest steam engine. Once used for ground drainage, the 1831 steam-powered pumping station is now home to over 25 different steam engines and pumps that helped power a variety of machinery.

The museum also features a café and bookshop as well as a small narrow-gauge railway. The WZLR railway was originally installed to demonstrate a typical maintenance railway that was often used by river authorities and peat works. In more recent years the railway has taken on a more central role and is used to transport firewood for special steam days – where the old boilers are stoked once more!

There’s all this to do and more in Somerset this autumn and the best thing about all of these great attractions? They’re all just a short distance from Lakeside Holiday Park – making it the perfect hub for your Somerset break this autumn!

Some Old Favourites for September

31 August 2017

Farmers Markets

Axbridge, Saturday 2 September, Market Square 9am – 1pm
Wells, every Wednesday, Market Place 9am – 2.30pm
Taunton, every Thursday, High Street 9am – 3pm
Bridgwater, Every Friday, Fore St, 9am – 2pm
Weston-super-Mare, Saturday 9 September
Burnham-on Sea, Friday 29 September, High Street 9am – 1pm

Markets & Car Boots

Brean Leisure Park, every Saturday and Sunday – open air market
Brean Leisure Park, every Tuesday – car boot
Brean Warren Farm, every Wednesday – open air market
Burnham-on-Sea Speedway Stadium, Thursday – car boot

 

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College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

Open daily 9.00 – 5.00

www.bristolzoo.org.uk/

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Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house and estate near Wraxall, North Somerset, England. The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets, who had owned estates in the area since about 1500.

Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol BS48 1NX

Open daily 10.00 – 6.00

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield

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Temples, lakes and formal beds, joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 8LG

Open daily 10.00 – 6.00

https://www.hestercombe.com/

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Wells with the cathedral, bishop’s palace, Vicar’s Close and weekly market.

www.wellssomerset.com/

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Glastonbury, known for its ancient and medieval sites, is rich in myth and mysticism. Glastonbury Tor is linked to Arthurian legend and overlooks the Somerset Levels. Said to be King Arthur’s burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century.

https://www.glastonbury.co.uk/

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Over 90 famous name stores offering up to 60% off, so you’ll find a fantastic range of men’s, women’s and children’s fashions and footwear plus gifts.

https://www.clarksvillage.co.uk

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Clevedon Pier was built in the Victorian hey-day to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales.

http://clevedonpier.co.uk/

Garden Centres

Sanders Garden Centre
Bristol Road
Brent Knoll
Burnham-on-Sea Somerset TA9 4HJ

Open:
Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Restaurant:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/stores/sanders-2176/

Hutton Garden Centre
6 Banwell Rd, Hutton, Weston-super-Mare BS24 9UB

Open:
Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.30 – 4.30
http://www.huttongardencentre.co.uk/

Banwell Garden Centre
Castle Hill, Banwell BS29 6NX

Open:
Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5.30
Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.00 – 4.30

http://banwellgardencentre.co.uk/

Cheddar Garden Centre
Draycott Rd, Cheddar BS27 3RU

Open:
Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Restaurant:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/stores/cheddar-2249/

Cadbury Garden Centre
Smallway, Congresbury BS49 5AA

Open:
Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Restaurant:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/stores/cadbury-2254/

Monkton Elm Garden Centre
Monkton Heathfield, Taunton TA2 8QN

Open:

Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.15 – 4.15

http://www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk/

 

Boathouse Bulletin: September

30 August 2017

The weather might be on the down turn, but we’re keeping the entertainment hot at the Boathouse the September!

We’re welcoming back a whole host of old friends this September, including the fantastic cabaret headliner LYNN SWEET who’s kickstarting the month with her repertoire of iconic numbers.

Also returning to the Boathouse are Michael Buble and Robbie Williams Tribute artist MAX HUTTON, female vocalist SAMMY JO and comedian ALLAN ROBERTS to name just a few!

We close off the month by introducing a new face to Lakeside, SAM SOUTHALL, who’ll be here to entertain you for the first time – I hope you’ll all make him welcome!

Boathouse Bulletin September

With a wide range of shows at the Boathouse this Autumn season, we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! Be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside this September.

Fri 1st September

LYNN SWEET
Female Vocals

Sat 2nd September

MAX HUTTON
Male Vocals

Fri 8th September

RHOD LEWIS
Guitar Vocalist

Sat 9th September

CAZ KRELLE
Female Vocals

Fri 15th September

MUSIC BINGO
Sing Along and Win

Sat 16th September

ALLAN ROBERTS
Comedian

Fri 22nd September

SAMMY JO
Female Vocalist

Sat 23rd September

TRENA MARIE
Famale Vocals

Fri 29th September

SARAH YEO 
Guitar Vocals

Sat 30th September

SAM SOUTHALL
Male Vocals