Somerset is a fantastic family holiday destination thanks to its mix of coast and countryside, attractions, and facilities. Here are the top 7 family holiday activities in Somerset at the moment.
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 (and Gym), Brean Golf Club, 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 make it the ideal Brean family holiday park / camping and touring destination.
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 too, 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.
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.
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 medieval 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) and Wells all in one day since they’re so close together and only a short drive from Brean.
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 from 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.
In North Somerset, Puxton Park is bound to appeal to those youngest members of the family looking for a fun day out. Puxton Park at Banwell, near Weston-Super-Mare and only a short drive through the countryside from Brean offers an adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides in 40 acres of countryside. The adventure park has an adventure 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.
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 and 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, plus many high street shops. Weston-Super-Mare also has a cinema, theatre, and even a Helicopter Museum!