Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Five active family days out in Somerset

School's out for Summer...so what are we going to do today? Over the past eighteen months we've had lots of fantastic days out in our local area. Somerset is a beautiful county. There's something for everyone, coastal areas, farmland, hill walking and tons of pretty towns and villages. As a family we're happiest when making the most of the great outdoors. So I wanted to put together a list of our top five favourite active days out in Somserset. And the best thing? Most of them are free. You just need to grab your walking boots, a picnic and get out there!
five active family days out in somerset school holidays
1) Tobogganing at the Mendip Snowsport Centre in Somerset
I spotted on Facebook that a friend had taken her daughter to the Mendip Snowsport Centre to try out the tobogganing slope. It looked like great fun so I promptly went online and booked a session for Magoo. It was only £4 for an hour of tobogganing, which is a real bargain. A perfect way to have some fun in the school holidays.
You can find more information in the the full blog post here
five active family days out in somerset tobogganing
2) Walking on Wavering Down on the Mendips in Somerset
Wavering Down, Crook Peak and King's Wood are a truly special place to spend some time. When I was a child growing up in Somerset, Wavering Down and Crook Peak were places I often walked with my own Mum and Dad. It's not any easy walk, steep in parts, it climbs to one of the highest points of the Mendips. But the views are reward enough for all your hard effort.
More photos and the full blog post here
five active family days out in somerset walking on wavering down on mendips
3)Discovering Steart Marsh wetland nature reserve
Having never visited Steart Marsh...it feels like some sort of hinterland in my mind. I grew up in Somerset, but never visited this part of the county. I have to say, I am a complete convert to this stretch of the coast. It is beautiful and it seems to be a well-kept secret. The WWT and Environment Agency have clearly invested in the area. There are brand new hides dotted around the wetlands, lots of information on birds you may see, a pristine toilet block located in one of the car parks, wide footpaths suitable for buggies, bikes and wheelchairs and stunning views almost everywhere you look. Perhaps I shouldn't even be telling anyone about it? Well, I'll let you in on a secret, it's an amazing place to visit...go and see it!
To see more photos and read the full blog post click here
five active family days out in somerset steart marsh wetlands reserve
4) Spring has arrived at Court Farm in Somerset
I wrote this blog post back in Spring when we went to Court Farm Country Park to feed the lambs. But Court Farm is lovely any time of the year. There are always animals to feed, milking displays, a large wooden outdoor play fort, trampolines, zipwire and plenty of places to have a picnic.
You can find more information in the the full blog post here five active family days out in somerset court farm
5) Breathless at Brent Knoll
Brent Knoll is a unique place. Anyone travelling on the M5 to Devon and Cornwall may have spotted it as they pass Weston-super-Mare and travel further into the South West. It looms up out of a landscape which is predominantly flat (well, they aren't called the levels for nothing). It is 449 ft above sea level and once you've got to the top, there are 360 degree views all around you. Jaw-dropping views of the beautiful countryside and coastline at the top make the steep climb more than worthwhile.
To see more photos and find out more, head on over to the full blog post
five active family days out in somerset brean down
So that's my list of five active family days out in Somerset. I hope you get to visit some of the places mentioned above in the Summer holidays or at any time of the year. I hope this post shows you some places you haven't heard of before. Entertaining children doesn't have to cost the earth and you don't need to visit glossy theme parks to have fun. Enjoy!
I'm linking up with these lovely blogs who support outdoor adventures with children:
'Let Kids be Kids' over on letkidsbekids.co.uk
'Whatever the Weather' over on www.lifeunexpected.co.uk
'The List' over on youbabymemummy.com
'Country Kids' over on www.coombemill.com



















13 comments:

Baby Isabella said...

You know what? We've never been to Somerset! After reading this we're putting it on our list! Thanks for sharing on #LetKidsBeKids x

Karen Bell said...

I wish I was closer, it all looks so beautiful and fun. I love the look of that tobogganing
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKisd

Jenny Eaves said...

Lots of fantastic places to visit, the WWT site looks amazing, I bet you saw loads of birds. The tobogganing looks fun too. You're lucky to have so many fab places to visit nearby!

Thanks for linking up to our linky #Whatevertheweather , it's a pleasure to have lovely posts like this. :) x

Sara Murray said...

These all look like fabulous places to go and make the most of the summer :)

Chloe Ciliberto said...

What beautiful pictures! These places sound so lovely. We're thinking of holidaying in Somerset soon so I'm bookmarking this list. I didn't know you could do things like toboganing in the UK! I'm going to google to see if there are any dry slopes near me. I'm such a big kid I'd love to do this. :-D Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

Chloe Ciliberto said...

What beautiful pictures! These places sound so lovely. We're thinking of holidaying in Somerset soon so I'm bookmarking this list. I didn't know you could do things like toboganing in the UK! I'm going to google to see if there are any dry slopes near me. I'm such a big kid I'd love to do this. :-D Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

Coombe Mill said...

I'd say all these places beat the glossy theme parks! I don't think I can chose a favourite, I'd love to visit them all. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

Claire Ridewood said...

We too are a Somerset family! We love the tabogganing place and have visited some others on your list but never tried Court Farm... Might head that way next week! Thankyou for the ideas. #countrykids

Afamilydayout said...

Brent Knoll sounds like a perfect motorway stop - it's the kind of place I'd like to visit to get out and stretch my legs. I haven't explored Somerset much so thanks for suggesting these places. #countrykids

Aby Moore said...

Ooh what a great pick of days out. That is such a reasonable price for the tobagganing! Not sure I would do it though :) Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

Mary @over40andamumtoone said...

Lots of good ideas there, I've pinned it for future reference #CountryKids

pixiedusk said...

I am from North Somerset! Love to see this list as we want to go to many places this summer. Court Farm would be first on our list hopefully next week! #countrykids

sam r said...

Such q beautiful part of the country, I am so envious of.how much free stuff is on your doorstep X

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