Archive for May, 2016

Glastonbury… where there’s more than just a festival

31 May 2016

Glastonbury-Town-CentreGlastonbury. A word that makes most of us think of only one thing – the world famous music festival (22nd – 26th June this year), but there’s more to this small town in Somerset that one weekend a year.

There is so much more going on in Glastonbury than most people realise, the town itself is a joy to behold, and at just a 35 minute drive away from Lakeside, it’s well worth a visit during your stay. Steeped in history Glastonbury offers several authentic glimpses into rural Britain, first and foremost the stunning Abbey.


Glastonbury Abbey is considered to be the first Christian sanctuary in Great Britain. Legend has it that Saint Patrick once visited, as did Joseph of Arimathea and Saint David and it is also rumoured that King Arthur and his wife Queen Guinevere are buried there. The picturesque 37-acre grounds of the Abbey are truly beautiful, and provide the perfect place to enjoy a day of peace and tranquility. glastonbury-abbeyCostumed living history presenters are on hand to give guided tours, and in the new Visitor’s Centre, there is a Museum with items from the Abbey’s collection on display. The Abbey is open every day except for Christmas days at varying times throughout the year and has car and coach parking facilities on-site.

Entry fees are payable either at the gate on the day of your visit, or discounted tickets are available by pre-booking them online. If you so wish, you can also add a vo
luntary donation to the cost of your ticket – which helps fund conservation of the Abbey. Prices are as follows, shown as Gate Cost / Online Cost:

With Donation: Adults: £7.60 / £7.00, Students and Senior Citizens (Over 60): £6.60 / £6.00, Children 5-15 Years: £4.75 / £4.40 and Family Tickets (consisting of 2 Adults and up to 3 Children) are £19.60 / £18.00.

Without Donation: Adults: £6.90 / £6.00, Students and Senior Citizens (Over 60): £6.00 / £5.00, Children 5-15 Years: £4.30 / £4.00 and Family Tickets (consisting of 2 Adults and up to 3 Children) are £17.80 / £16.00.

The Abbey also hosts events throughout the year, and Saturday 11th June see’s a huge open day event in honour of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Entry to the event is free and runs between 4pm and 8pm.

glastonbury-torIf you enjoy walking and taking in some of nature’s finest scenery, Glastonbury Tor is about a 10 minute walk from the Abbey, which will take you past Chalice Well to the foot of the Tor.

Seen rising out of the Summerland meadows from miles in all directions, the Tor is situated atop a Holy hill and is thought to be the home of Gwyn ap Nudd – the Lord of the Underworld and King of the Fairies.Glastonbury-Tor-2 Recent speculation suggests that it is the remains of a three-dimensional Neolithic labyrinth – whether this is the case or not, the labyrinth circles the hill seven times and takes up to six hours to walk! Better get those walking boots buttoned up tight! The Tor bus stops outside the Abbey car park and takes you to the foot of the Tor, where you can walk up to the top as no vehicles are allowed and no parking is available. Ticket prices for the bus are £3.00 for Adults, £1.50 for Children (up to 16 years of age) or you can purchase a Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for £7.50. Entrance to the Tor is free, but donations are happily welcomed.

Another treat for those after a day outside is the Glastonbury Millennium Trail, a circular walking trail with markers that provide a tour of the town and its history. Explore the Pump House (built in 1752), St. John’s Church Tower with its Bagpiper which originate from the late 1400’s) and Gropecuntlene – a short cut to St. Benedicts Church. Originally called the Church of the blessed Saint John the Baptist of Northbinne, St. Benedicts Church was one of the seven local churches under the jurisdiction of the Abbey of Glastonbury.

There is also St Margaret’s Chapel, the Magdalene Almshouses (open to visitors) and the Quiet Garden – which has been part of Glastonbury Abbey since the 13th Century.

As Glastonbury was originally an island, the remnants of its surrounding water are still in evidence, with two springs mere feet apart at the base of the Tor. The White Spring is sweet with calcium and leaves a white trail and the second spring has a metallic taste from its iron content, and leaves a red trail where it flows.

This is just a short overview of some of the spectacular sites to be found in Glastonbury. There is so much more to see and discover – such as Chalice Well, one of Britain’s most ancient wells, and Wearyall Hill, where Joseph of Arimathea set his staff in the ground for it to sprout and become the Holy Thorn.

So whether you are visiting Lakeside, or are taking a trip to the festival, make sure you take the time to experience all the amazing and unique features of this lovely spot in Avalon.

Boathouse Bulletin – June

31 May 2016

The sun has got his hat on and we’re all coming out to play at The Boathouse this June! Fresh from two fun-filled Bank Holiday weekends last month, our entertainment line-up returns to normal with 3 fantastic acts each week.

We add another 3 new acts to our bill, with DAVE CURTIS making his debut on Saturday 11th playing songs from the 1950’s all the way through to modern day hits. Fresh faced young vocal duo BEN & TOBY provide the entertainment on Friday 24th and ANDY OAKLEY will make you laugh until you cry on Saturday 25th with his easy-going comedy show that is set to be a hit across all ages.

Not forgetting of course the return of some of our favourites here at The Boathouse – TRENA MARIE is back on Saturday 4th belting out hits and getting everyone singing and dancing along, STATION 2 STATION on Tuesday 14th who proved hugely popular last month and MAT ROBERTS is set to serenade on Tuesday 21st.

MUSIC BINGO is on Friday 3rd and everyone’s favourite KARAOKE is taking over the fun and frolics on Friday 17th. With fresh new faces and old favourites taking to the stage, make sure you head down to The Boathouse during your stay at Lakeside. We have drinks offers, great food and children’s entertainment to boot! We look forward to welcoming you.


Fri 3rd June

Sing Along & Win!

Sat 4th June

Female Vocalist

Tues 7th June

Vocalist & Keyboard Player

Fri 10th June

Female Vocalist

Sat 11th June

Guitarist & Vocalist

Tue 14th June

Live Music Duo

Fri 17th June

Your Chance to Sing Live!

Sat 18th June

Female Vocalist

Tue 21st June

Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 24th June

Vocal Duo

Sat 25th June


Tue 28th June

Guitarist & Vocalist

25 reasons why Somerset is the absolute worst – honestly, don’t even bother.

06 May 2016

1. For some reason, people seem to think Somerset is this fantastic place to visit…


The Medieval Tower Windmill in Chapel Allerton


2. I mean… are they for real? They must have rocks for brains.


The view of the Somerset Levels from Ham Hill near Yeovil


3. Just look at this eyesore!


Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor National Park


4. And this. Who wants to look at this?


The view from the Quantock Hills


5. In reality, everyone hates it there – especially kids.


Triangulation Point on the Little Solsbury Hill


6. There’s nothing to see.


Glastonbury Abbey


7. No history…


The Roman Baths, with Bath Abbey in the background


8. Or culture…


Wells Cathedral


9. No quaint little Landmarks to visit.


The Holy Glastonbury Thorn with Glastonbury Tor in the distance


10. Or big ones for that matter, I mean what’s the point in this thing?


St Michael’s Tower at Glastonbury Tor overlooking the Somerset Levels


11. No one has even heard of this place!


Cheddar Gorge


12. The local neighbourhoods may as well just be demolished.


Portishead, near Bristol


13. This place in particular. Ugh.


Fossils on the rocky coast near Kilve


14. Can you imagine having to live there?


A thatched roof cottage in Selworthy Village


15. I bet it’s awful.


Packhorse Bridge in Allerford


16. Their way of life is so boring.


A narrow boat on the Kennet and Avon Canal


17. And nothing ever happens there. Literally nothing.


Glastonbury Festival


18. I mean, you really would struggle to find anything to do in the day.


The West Somerset Railway, Watchet Station


19. Or anywhere to go.


Minehead Harbour


20. Night-time is even worse, you would be bored out of your brains.


The City of Bath at night


21. Why anyone would want to visit is beyond me.


The sunset over Clevedon Pier


22. The beaches are a mess.


The sunset over the wooden lighthouse on Burnham-on-Sea beach


23. There’s no wildlife.


Native Exmoor ponies


24. And everything is just. so. ugly.


A river near Taunton


25. Nothing to see here…


The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare


Seriously. Just stay at home, and be thankful we warned you in time.