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How to Spend April in Somerset

30 March 2017

We’ve well and truly sprung into Spring and with the days lasting that little bit longer, there’s even more for you to do and see this April. We’ve scoured the local events and have found the top things to do for the month!

 

1st April – Hunt down some Cadbury Easter eggs with a twist… follow the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook and try not to get eaten by the crocodile or captured by pirates at Dunster Castle!

Easter-Egg-Hunt Dunster Castle

1st April – Get a taste of Somerset history at the Axbridge market in the 400 year old market square in the centre of the ancient town.

axbridge market

2nd April – Learn about the amazing world of flight and handle owls and other birds of prey with a bubble show for extra entertainment at The Helicopter Museum.

Birds of Prey

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th April – watch 2016 Premier League champions and league cup winners Somerset Rebels at Somerset Speedway

Somerset Speedway

15th April – With the very best views from the Grand Pier and optional upgrades to include a three course meal, experience this amazing spectacular fireworks display set out to sea.

Somerset Spectacular Pier Fireworks at Sea

15th April – Get the whole family together for a Gruffalo themed day out including an appearance from the Gruffalo himself, a woodland themed Easter Egg hunt, face painting, helter skelter and more at Minehead Railway Station.

Gruffalo themed day out

23rd April – You can’t go to the seaside without having fish and chips so why not hop on and enjoy a fish and chip lunch aboard a steam train excursion from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back.

Fish and Chip Special Somerset Railway

28th April – Indulge in some local produce and bag yourself a bargain at Burnham-on-Sea Farmers’ Market in the centre of this quaint seaside town.

Burnham on Sea Farmers Market

29th April – Step back in time with Taunton Garrison at the Living History Camp and experience what life was like during the Civil War with battle re-enactments and weapons demonstrations through the day at Dunster Castle.

Dunster Castle Civil War Weekend

30th April – An event for all dog lovers and an opportunity to raise money for Happy Landings Animal Shelter, the Festival of Dogs is a free event with a dog show, agility performance and a range of activities and stalls!

Festival of Dogs

 

 

Somerset’s Best Kept Secrets

02 March 2017

As we gradually approach the better weather and longer, lighter days, there is so much for you to see and explore so we thought we’d compile a go-to guide for those who want to escape to Somerset this year…

1. Explore the real life Frankenstein story at Fyne Court

Fyne Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. View one of the top 10 most beautiful lighthouses in the world at Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham On Sea Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Go back in time and fossick for Jurassic and Triassic fossils at Kilve

Kilve Jurassic Fossils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Catch a film at one of England’s smallest cinemas – The Roxy

The Roxy Cinema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Take in 360º views of the Somerset Levels at Burrow Mump 

Burrow Mump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hike over an extinct volcano in the Quantock Hills 

Quantock Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Visit the world’s oldest engineered road at Avalon Marshes 

Avalon Marshes Engineered Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Walk around the renovated barracks dating back to 1864 at Brean Down Fort 

Brean Down Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Be amazed by the artwork and craft of the artists at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Weston-super-Mare

Weston Super Mare Sand Sculptures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Grab your wellies for a walk around the UK’s largest wetland marshes in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Marshes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay, a romantic getaway or a fun-packed, family break – there really is something for everyone to do in Somerset.

 

14 things to do as a couple in Somerset this summer…

01 February 2017

With Valentine’s Day almost upon it and love in the air, we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you our 14 favourite things to do as a couple – and bring a little romance into your lives…

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Have a picnic in the park – grab some strawberries, a bottle of fizz and a blanket and head to Wimbleball Lake

 

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Soar over the Somerset Levels in a couple’s hot air balloon ride

 

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Explore the stunning City of Bath

 

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Relax in style in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa

 

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Take in a show at an outdoor theatre

 

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Watch the sunset over Burnham-on-Sea

 

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Enjoy Afternoon Tea with traditional English scones

 

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Go for a ride in a horse drawn carriage

 

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Hire a rowing boat and take to the water

 

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Unleash your creativity with a pottery making class

 

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Take a tour of Glastonbury Abbey

 

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Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting

 

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Go on a murder mystery tour

 

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Soak up some culture with a visit to the Victoria Art Gallery

5 things to do with the kids this summer at Lakeside Holiday Park…

04 January 2017

January Blues are well and truly underway, and like many of you, we’re thinking about the summer ahead here at Lakeside Holiday Park. It’s never too early to start planning for the warmer weather, and with the Park opening just in time for the Easter Break, there is no better time to book your stay – especially as we offer great discounts for early bookers.

In Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset and the surrounding areas, there really is something to do for everyone, but as we’re a family-based holiday park we’ve put together just a few of some of our favourite things to see, do and visit for kids of all ages.

West Somerset Railway

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An absolute MUST for train lovers – but also for those who enjoy a little culture, heritage and a chance to explore the great outdoors.

West Somerset Railway is the longest heritage railway in England, and is a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway, preserving the area’s rail and industrial roots. Take a ride in a steam train and experience the true nostalgia of visiting an elegant remnant of the past whilst travelling through some of the most exquisite Somerset countryside.

The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons travel along a 20-mile route linked by ten unique stations. The journey passes through the Quantock Hills and Exmoor, by villages and farms, and along the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel. With breathtaking views of distant South Wales, Church Towers, Dunster Castle and the Minehead seaside, this trip really is one to remember for a long time to come.

The nearest station to Lakeside is about an hour away in Watchet – visit for a sneak peek or start a day’s journey here, the choice is yours. The Railway operates a full timetable from April until the end of October, and runs on a limited schedule for the rest of the year.

Brean Leisure Park

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One for all the family, this combined Theme Park and Water Park is ideal for those sunny summer days. With 5 miles of sandy beaches on the doorstep, the park is just 10 minutes away from Lakeside – meaning less travelling time and more time for fun and adventure. With rides, amusements, golf, live entertainment and over 40 fantastic attractions, Brean Leisure Park is the ultimate family day out.

Ice ‘N Cold

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The perfect accompaniment to a day in the sun by the sea is of course a deliciously cooling ice cream. Our favourite family run ice cream parlour ‘Ice ‘N Cold’ in Brean offers 34 different flavours – and a beach within walking distance. If you prefer, you can sit and enjoy a lovely cream tea with tea and homemade scones – a Somerset speciality!

The Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare

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30 miles away from Lakeside is the world-famous Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier. Considered to be the ultimate 21st Century indoor theme park with world-class rides and attractions, the Pier offers fun for everyone – regardless of age.

There are arcade machines, exciting rides and regular events, but if you are looking for a more low-key affair, how about a traditional afternoon tea in Edwardian-style tearooms?

Go Karting

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Whilst in Weston-super-Mare, why not escape for a few hours of adrenaline packed adventure and visit AJ’s indoor Go-Karting Centre? With a multi-tiered track layout, circuits, a café and an in-house laser tag arena, AJ’s is the perfect place to while away a few hours (and is a great option for those British rainy days).

These are just a few of the things that you can do during your visit to Lakeside, and there are plenty more besides! Visit our website today for a full range of attractions, and book your spot on the Park for your 2017 summer holiday.

Somerset: Cheese, Caves & Cider…

01 December 2016

burnham-on-seaSomerset continues to be a holiday hot spot year in and year out, and is loved for many reasons including its sunny beaches, spectacular views and family outings galore – but there are some things that really put Somerset on the map.

Lakeside Holiday Park, in the heart of Somerset is the perfect base for exploration – whether it be for a short break, a fortnights holiday or several visits throughout the season, there is more than enough to keep the whole family occupied. It is said that the early bird gets the worm, and in the case of your Summer 2017 holiday, this is certainly the case. Start planning, and book early for prime time deals, excellent location and access to a huge variety of attractions, events and outings. There are places to visit year round, but the real adventures begin from March 2017 onwards.
 

Cheese

cheddar-cheeseCheddar is the most popular type of cheese in the UK, and accounts for more than half of the cheese we purchase. The name ‘Cheddar’ was widely used to describe the hard cheese up until 2007, when a Protected Designation of Origin was created making ‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar’ the only true Cheddar cheese.

Only cheese produced from milk from the four counties of South West England, and manufactured in the traditional way may take on the name proudly.

The small town of Cheddar is just a 25 minute drive away from Lakeside, and is of course home to the famous cheese. Nowadays there is just one company in Cheddar that produces the cheese, and The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company are in fact the makers of ‘the only Cheddar made in Cheddar’. They make cheese every day of the year, and happily welcome visitors. You can watch any or all of the 7 hour process at any time of the day from the viewing gallery, or if you prefer (and are short on time) you can also watch the process from beginning to end on a 20 minute DVD that plays throughout the day.

You can visit at any time of the year, although they do advise to call ahead to avoid disappointment. From Easter until the end of August, staff are happy to show you round and answer any questions you may have. Admission is just £2.00 for Adults with a maximum of 2 Children (under 16) being free of charge.
 

Caves

cheddar-gorgeThere’s more to Cheddar than, well, Cheddar!

A 30 minute drive from Lakeside will get you to Cheddar Gorge. Britain’s biggest natural gorge is world famous, and has been named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – thanks largely to its spectacular views, 450ft high cliffs and stunning stalactite caverns.

A visit to Cheddar Gorge is a must for anyone planning to visit Somerset, no matter what the time of year. There are open-top bus tours, fantastic cliff top walks, and for the more energetic, the Cheddar Gorge Lookout Tower which is a 322 step climb to the top! Like climbing? There is caving and climbing available for beginners to seasoned professionals, with instructors on hand to help you and show you the best routes. Cheddar Gorge is a wonderful family day out, packed full of adventure, history and culture and lots to see and do. Entry is £19.95 for Adults, £13.95 for Children (aged 5-15) and Children under 5 are free.

LS-wookey2Cheddar Gorge brings a whole host of entertainment, but if caving is your thing and you want to ‘dig a little deeper’, then the Wookey Hole Caves are not to be missed. This mysterious network of caves have been around for millions of years, and were home to the Celts during the Iron Age. You can read much more about the caves in our earlier blog post, which provides full details.
 

Cider

somerset-ciderPerhaps Somerset’s most famous export, Cider has been a favourite drink in Britain for at least 2,000 years, and with over 400 different varieties of cider apple grown in Somerset alone, there is an endless choice available.

Originally enjoyed by the Romans around 55 BC, it has come on leaps and bounds with it now being made and manufactured around the world. During your stay at Lakeside, why not take the time out to visit one of Somerset’s most popular Cider Farm – Rich’s Cider, which is in Watchet near Burnham-on-Sea and just 10 minutes away from the Park.

The Rich family have been producing cider since founder Gordon Rich began pressing cider apples at Mill Farm, and specialise in Traditional Farmhouse Cider, and Farm Pressed Apple Juice – leading them to have been awarded ‘Best Drink Product of the Year 2015’ by Somerset Life, and recently been nominated in the Land Love Awards as ‘Britain’s Favourite Drinks Producer’. Open year round, you can watch the process, sample the wares and stop for a bite to eat at the Farm Restaurant. A must for cider (and apple) lovers everywhere.

These are just a few of the many popular attractions in and around Somerset, and with so much to see and do; it really is worth a visit. Not only will you have fun exploring caves, drinking cider, and sampling cheddar, the place is teeming with special events during the season.