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Things to do in and around Minehead
Minehead is a beautiful Edwardian seaside town with a heritage steam railway and local markets on Fridays. It is also the start of the South West Coast Path. The town is full of shops, cafés and restaurants. It has a 15th century church and ancient traditions such as the May Day Hobby Horse.
Places of Interest
- • Dunster Castle (8 min drive from Minehead) - An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Great for walks and picnics. Don't forget to see the 18th century working water mill in the gardens of the estate.
- • The West Somerset Railway - Take a ride on Britain's longest heritage steam railway and explore the stunning Somerset countryside.
- • Blenheim Gardens - a large (around 6 acres) park right across from our B&B. A great place for a picnic or a stroll whilst enjoying the beautiful display of bedding flowers in spring and summer. Musical events through July and August offer modern concerts on Saturdays and traditional brass band performances on Sundays.
- • The Birthplace of Arthur C. Clarke - Arthur C. Clarke, best known as the author of "2001: A Space Odyssey" was born in Minehead just a few doors down from our B&B on 13 Blenheim Road. Why not visit and see if you can spot the blue plaque above the door.
- • The Church of St Michael - The Anglican Church of St Michael in Minehead was built in the 15th century. It is a Grade II listed building.
- • Cleeve Abbey (14 min drive from Minehead) - Cleeve Abbey is a large English Heritage medieval monastery located near the village of Washford. The abbey was founded in the late twelfth century as a house for monks of the Cistercian order and is in remarkably intact condition with many rooms to explore.
Walks / Hikes / Sports
- • The South West Coast Path - Minehead is the start of the South West Coast Path which spans 630 miles of the coastline and is the longest national trail in the UK.
- • Walks around Minehead - Whatever your age or ability there's a route to suit. Ranging from a gentle stroll along the promenade to the rugged coastal path and walks on North Hill for the more adventurous.
- • England's Tallest Tree (13 min drive from Minehead) - Standing 61.3m high the splendid Douglas Fir can be found on the Tall Trees Trail on The Dunster Estate just 100 metres from the previous title holder (which came in at 60.02m). The estate, owned and managed by the crown is just over a mile from Dunster village and offers a network of waymarked trails for walking and cycling. The Tall Trees Trail is smooth and wide and suitable for wheelchairs too.
- • Channel Adventure - Channel Adventure is based in Minehead and provides a diverse range of outdoor, active and adventurous activities across Exmoor.
- • Minehead Golf - Minehead has its own seaside golf course that is open all year round.
Local Markets & Farm Shop
- • Minehead Farmers Market - Every Friday from 8:30am until 2pm there is the bustling Minehead Farmers Market. Here you can buy fresh local produce directly from the people who produce it, right in the centre of town.
- • Minehead Country Market - Every Friday from 9am until 11:30am indoors in the Quaker Meeting House on Bancks Street in Minehead.
- • Stuart Lowen Butcher & Farm Shop - Local meat and produce. The shop is located next to Tesco in Minehead on Hawksworth Road.
- • Toucan Wholefoods and Café - A natural health store and café that sells local produce.
- • The Sailors’ Hobby Horse (April 30th to May 3rd) - Every year the hobby horse along with its accompanying musicians parades Minehead as a part of an old May Day custom which has continued for hundreds of years.
- • Minehead Steampunk Festival (4-6 May) - Based on Victorian Science Fiction and Fantasy, dressing up optional but great fun - with live entertainment over the 3 days based around Old Hospital. Also Saturday and Sunday Steampunk Cabaret Shows at the Regal Theatre, tickets £16 from their Box Office and Website. Lots of great acts coming to Minehead, including France's top steampunk band, Victor Sierra.
- • Dunster Festival (24-27 May) - Join us in the gorgeous medieval village of Dunster over the last weekend in May for four days of wonderful chamber music, with world-class artists performing in awe-inspiring venues.
- • The Dunster Show (16 August) - Agricultural Show taking place on the lawns below Dunster Castle. The dramatic backdrop is a perfect setting for a family day out with bands, demonstrations, crafts and trade stands providing quality entertainment for all. The Show also boasts a competitive showing atmosphere with a wide range of classes for horses, cattle and sheep attracting competitors from all over the country.
- • North Hill Big Adventure (late August) - There will be chance to see a parade of World War II vintage military vehicles and learn about the hidden history of North Hill, including the old radar station which will be open to the public especially for this event.
- • Forties Weekend (14-15 September) - Step back in time with The Living History Mobile Museum in partnership with the West Somerset Railway for a weekend of West Somerset in the 1940s.
- • The Regal Theatre - The Regal Theatre stands in the centre of Minehead, and is loved by the people of West Somerset for its wide ranging programme of professional and community entertainment that includes drama, film, comedy, dance, music and performance of all kinds. There are also occasional displays of work carried out by local artists.
Zoos / Animals
- • Exmoor Ponies (10 min drive from our B&B) - Drive or hike up to North Hill and see if you can catch a glimpse of the famous Exmoor ponies.
- • Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre (12 min drive from Minehead) - Fly owls and hawks to your gloved hand, ride barefoot horses over Exmoor National Park, see the flying displays and visit the tea garden.
- • Victorian explorers with Exmoor Zoo at Dunster Castle (25 July) - Get up close to a variety of animals, big bugs and creepy crawlies and learn all about the Victorian age of exploration.
- • The Bats of Horner Wood (4 September) - Fifteen of the seventeen known species of bat can be found in Horner Wood. Learn more about bats from an expert ecologist and take a fascinating evening stroll along the valley bottom, beside the Horner Water, watching for emerging bats as they forage in and around the tree canopy. With the aid of sophisticated bat detectors, you will also get the chance to hear them as they hunt for flying insects. 1-1.5mls. No dogs.
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