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28/05/2024

Somerset is a fantastic family holiday destination thanks to its mix of coast and countryside, attractions, historical sites, and fun-filled activities.

Whether you’re seeking educational outings, outdoor adventures, or simple relaxation by the sea, this guide to the top seven family holiday activities in Somerset will help you create unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

Top 7 Family Holiday Activities in Somerset

Somerset is a fantastic destination for family holidays, offering a range of activities to keep everyone entertained. From exploring the natural beauty of Exmoor National Park and the mysterious Wookey Hole Caves to enjoying the thrills of Brean Theme Park, there’s something for all ages. Somerset truly has it all for an unforgettable family adventure.

1. Brean

The popular Somerset holiday resort of Brean, with its sandy beach, bustling coast road, shops, arcades, cafes, and entertainment, packs a huge amount of family fun options into a small space.

Often referred to as Brean Sands, Brean has it all: the Brean Splash Waterpark (with swimming pools and gym), Brean Golf Course, Brean Play, The Tavern and Bucket & Spade, Brean Theme Park, entertainment venues, pubs, eateries, and restaurants, and a traditional beach holiday complete with donkey rides.

Holiday Resort Unity’s position, huge choice of accommodation, facilities, and entertainment (including themed weekenders) make it the ideal Brean family holiday park and camping and touring destination. For so many people, summer family holidays in Brean are something both to look forward to and to look back on as place for making fantastic memories

2. Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole, near Wells in Somerset, at the foot of the spectacular Mendip Hills, offers your family an incredible day out in a limestone cave/cavern complex, complete with stalagmites, magical tales, and the legend of a witch!

Other exciting ways to give your family a memorable day out (and keep the kids busy and happy) include Wookey Hole’s 20 other attractions, such as the mirror maze, animatronic dinosaurs, a fairy garden, a real hand-made paper mill, pirate-themed mini-golf, a live circus show, and even a Victorian penny arcade.

Somerset is packed with many different attractions, and for those looking for kids' activities in Brean or places to visit near Brean as part of family days out, Wookey Hole fits the bill and is only a short drive inland (with some beautiful countryside to see on the way).

3. Cheddar Gorge and Caves

Only a short drive from Brean, near Wookey and cut into the Mendip Hills, is the breath-taking Cheddar Gorge, within which are the amazing Cheddar Caves. The National Trust’s Cheddar Gorge, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and England's largest gorge at 400ft (122m) deep and 3 miles (4.8km) along with its shops and cafes, is a wonderful day out for all the family.

As well as the scenery, you and your family can visit the museum and learn about the early cave dwellers (Cheddar man), climb up ‘Jacob’s Ladder,’ and visit the stunning limestone Cheddar caves. Cheddar offers a fun and educational day out all in one.

A family day out to Cheddar Gorge and Caves is something that's very popular with those living in the area, let alone visitors to the area, because they are spectacular natural wonders that appeal to all ages.

4. The ‘City’ of Wells

Close to Wookey and Cheddar, and 21 miles south-east of Weston-Super-Mare is the tiny but historic city of Wells. Home to the famous Wells Cathedral, the medieval Bishop’s Palace, and Gardens, the incredible ‘Vicar’s Close’ (the only complete mediaeval street left in England), as well as a high street packed with interesting shops and cafes (and a market on Saturday morning) it’s certainly worth a visit.

Staying at HRU in Brean means that you could take in Wookey, Cheddar (and Axbridge), Glastonbury Tor, and Wells all in one day since they’re so close together and only a short drive from Brean. For family days out near Brean while staying at HRU, Wells should be on any list as a charming, historic stop-off.

5. The West Somerset Railway

Along the coast from Brean towards the seaside resort of Minehead and running along the Bristol Channel Coast between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead is the famous West Somerset Railway.

Run by steam train enthusiasts, this unique and charming railway offers you and your family the opportunity to take a trip back to the past and enjoy the beautiful Somerset countryside on a real steam train.

What’s more, you can get off at several stops along the 90-minute route to experience other attractions, such as Dunster with its famous castle and Watchet with its beautiful harbour.

6. Puxton Park

In North Somerset, Puxton Park is bound to appeal to the youngest members of the family looking for a fun day out near Brean. Puxton Park at Banwell, near Weston-Super-Mare and only a short drive through the countryside from Brean, offers an adventure park with child friendly soft play, aerial climbing, and slides in 40 acres of countryside.

The adventure park has an area for climbing, a miniature railway, an animal zone, a water pursuits area, and more. There is also a restaurant and farm shop on-site so the family can eat there and take some local produce back to Brean.

7. Weston-Super-Mare

Just 6 miles from Brean is the North Somerset seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare. Buses run regularly from Brean, just outside HRU, to Weston-Super-Mare in the summer months.

Weston is packed with attractions such as its beautiful sandy beach, the Grand Pier with its amusement arcades and rides, pirate golf, lots of restaurants, cafes, and shops, the Sovereign Centre shopping arcade, and many high-street shops. Weston-Super-Mare also has a cinema, theatre, and even a Helicopter Museum!

Family Accommodation Options

When planning a Somerset family break, choosing the right accommodation is essential for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. HRU offers a variety of family-friendly accommodations tailored to meet the needs of families across our holiday parks, with something for everyone.

Holiday Homes and Lodges

  1. Modern Static Caravans: HRU’s modern static caravans are perfect for families, offering various sizes and modern amenities. They come with fully equipped kitchens, cosy living areas, and comfortable bedrooms.
  2. Lodges: The lodges provide a luxurious stay with spacious interiors, contemporary designs, and private outdoor spaces. We even offer lodges with private hot tubs, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring Somerset.
  3. Dog-Friendly Caravans: Travelling with pets? HRU has dog-friendly caravans, ensuring your furry family members can join in the holiday fun.

Unique Accommodations

  1. The Beach Bungalow: This unique accommodation offers stunning views and direct access to the beach. The Beach Bungalow is an excellent option for families looking to enjoy the seaside and all its activities.
  2. Camping Pods and Cabins: For a glamping experience, HRU's camping pods and cabins offer the charm of camping with the comforts of a cabin. These are great for families seeking a more rustic yet comfortable stay.

Accessible Accommodations

HRU also provides accessible accommodations designed to cater to the needs of guests with mobility issues. These accommodations are equipped with features such as ramps, wider doorways, and accessible bathrooms to ensure everyone can enjoy a hassle-free holiday.

Brean Country Club Lodges

The lodges at Brean Country Club offer a premium holiday experience with stunning views of the golf course and countryside. Guests can enjoy the club’s amenities, including dining and entertainment options.

Camping and Touring

  1. Camping and Touring Pitches: For families who love the outdoors, HRU’s camping and touring pitches offer well-maintained spots with electric hookups, free heated shower blocks, and family bathroom suites. These pitches provide an excellent base for exploring Somerset.
  2. Seasonal Pitches: For longer stays, HRU’s seasonal pitches offer a convenient and comfortable option. These pitches provide all the necessary facilities and easy access to HRU’s attractions and amenities.


Plan Your Family Friendly Holidays In somerset with HRU

HRU provides the ideal base for your coastal family holidays, offering a variety of comfortable accommodations and fun-filled amenities. From exploring local attractions and enjoying on-site activities to sampling Somerset cider and local produce, HRU ensures a memorable experience for all.

Ready to book your next family adventure? Contact HRU today to learn more about our offerings and start planning your perfect getaway.

Book your stay with HRU now and start planning your unforgettable family adventure in Somerset!

Key Takeaways

  • Somerset provides an idyllic setting for family holidays with its combination of beaches, countryside, and cultural sites.
  • Holiday Resort Unity provides a range of family accommodations and attractions that ensure a comfortable and fun stay for all ages.
  • Planning your trip to Somerset means anticipating a balance of adventure, relaxation, and educational experiences.
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