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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



Boathouse Bulletin: April

06 March 2017

We’re back! Another season begins at Lakeside and we’re kicking off 2017 with a fantastic line-up for you at The Boathouse, including performances from hot new music, comedy and magic acts…

 We’re thrilled to welcome back SAMMY SHEPHERD on Saturday 1st April shortly followed by the return of KELLY SURETTI and MATT SUMMER the following week. We also have exciting new performances from vocal duo LA2 on Saturday 15th and Madcap Mayhem returns with MATT EDWARDS on Sunday 16th for some comedic magic tricks.

MUSIC BINGO will also be returning this season with our first evening on Friday 21st where you can sing along to win!

Don’t miss out on new acts performing live music from KARL MORGAN, FACE 2 FACE and exciting stunts from international magician and illusionist OLLIE COLLINS at the end of the month.

karma delacyLA2








We have an array of performances in April that are sure to delight and some new faces to The Boathouse too – be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside in April.


Sat 1st April

Male Vocalist

Fri 7th April

Female Vocalist

Sat 8th April

Vocal Entertainer

Tues 11th April

Guitar Vocalist

Fri 14th April

Upbeat Modern Vocals

Sat 15th April

Vocal Duo

Sun 16th April

Madcap Mayhem

Fri 21st April

Sing Along and Win!

Sat 22nd April

Vocal Performer

Fri 28th April

Guitar Vocals

Sat 29th April

Live Music Duo

Sun 30th April

Magic and Illusions

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.


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 – May

26 April 2016

The 2016 Season here at Lakeside is now well and truly underway, which means The Boathouse is alive and kicking once again! With not one, but TWO Bank Holidays this month, we thought we’d add some fresh new acts to the books.

For the May Day Weekend, we have AMANDA BROOKE starting off the celebrations on Friday 29th April, SYNCO on Saturday 30th – an all female magic and illusion show with a twist, and finishing off the weekend in style on Sunday 1st May is JAVA, a live music duo who are no strangers to keeping the masses entertained.

Other additions to the entertainment line-up are acoustic duo STATION 2 STATION, Female Vocalist CHARMAINE TRACEY who has over 6 years performing experience up her sleeve and LYNN SWEET who will be belting out all the golden oldies with style and panache. KELLY GRIFFITHS is another newbie who adds her own style to all your favourite hits, and last but by now means least, we introduce THE RULETTES – a polished and professional act who double up as both a tribute to The Beach Boy and a fantastic cabaret act.

We of course have Boathouse favourites MUSIC BINGO on the 7th May, and KARAOKE on Friday 20th. On top of all this, we welcome back familiar faces such as MATT SUMMER, BEAVER and MARCUS T to make sure May at The Boathouse starts off the summer with style.

See you on the dance floor.

Fri 29th April

Female Vocalist

Sat 30th April

Female Illusion Show

Sun 1st

Live Music Duo

Tue 3rd

Music Duo

Fri 6th

Sing Along and Win

Sat 7th

Male Vocalist

Tue 10th

Female Vocalist

Fri 13th

Power Vocalist

Sat 14th

Female Vocalist

Tue 17th

Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 20th

Your chance to sing live!

Sat 21st

Female Vocalist

Tue 24th

Female Vocalist

Fri 27th

Female Vocalist

Sat 28th

Guitar Duo

Sun 29th

60’s Live Music Group

Tue 31st

Upbeat Male Vocalist