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around wedmore

Wedmore can be traced as a settlement back to Iron Age and Roman periods. In Saxon times it lay at the heart of a large and important Royal estate. It has a strong trading history and has been a centre for shops and markets since 1500. This tradition continues today and the village has an excellent range of clothing and food shops.

The architecture is lovely too. The village combines cottages and grand houses from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries and many excellent examples of Georgian and Victorian styles. There is a lovely fifteenth century church at the centre of the village called St Marys.

Wedmore is about 20 miles south of Bristol and 30 miles south west of Bath. Wells (with its famous cathedral) is 8 miles away to the east. The Cheddar Gorge is only 3 miles to the north and the Somerset Levels lie just outside the village providing a fantastic range of wildlife and bird watching opportunities - as well as miles of peaceful roads and tracks for bicycling or walking.

The Mendip Hills, just a few miles to the north are also an excellent place to walk or ride and officially designated as an area of outstanding beauty.

There are a number of golf clubs very close by including The Isle of Wedmore in the village and Wells, to the east.

Golf

There are four courses to choose from, all of which welcome non-members (subject to availability)

www.wedmoregolfclub.com 0.9 miles 01934712452
www.wellsgolfclub.co 9.6 miles 01749 675005
www.burnhamandberrowgolfclub.co.uk 10.5 miles 01278 785760
www.mendipgolfclub.com 13.5 miles 01749 840793

Equestrian

There are several stables nearby where you can have a lesson or a hack.

www.shiphamriding.co.uk 6.9 miles 01934 843522
www.burcottridingcentre.co.uk 7.5 miles 01749 673145
www.ebborlandsridingcentre.co.uk 7.3 miles 01749 672550
www.urchinwoodmanor.co.uk 11.3 miles 01934 833248
www.themendipstud.com (Western Style Riding) 5.5 miles 01934 751258
www.wellowtrekking.com 25.5miles 01225 834376

Paul Nicholls' (Kauto Star, Denman) racing stables in Ditcheat – tours available on Fridays. Advance booking required , email tour@paulnichollsracing.com.

Hunting

The Mendip Farmers’ Hunt welcomes non members. They hunt every Wednesday and Saturday during the season, and the Secretaries can help with horse hire for the day.

www.mendip.org

Shooting

www.brookbankshooting.co.uk/

Somerset’s only premier CPSA rated venue

www.mendipclays.co.uk

Mendip Shooting Ground, near Wells, offers clay pigeon shooting.

Fishing

Chew and Blagdon Lakes are regarded as two of the best reservoir fisheries in the country.

www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/lakes/chew.asp 15.2 miles 01275 332339
www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/lakes/blagdon.asp 12.8 miles 01761 462880

Tennis

Local courts bookable by the hour. Contact David or Jane Pottow on 01934 712186.

Pot Holing / Abseiling

www.cheddarclimbingcaving.co.uk

Suitable for all ages.

Hot Air Ballooning

There are a couple of companies operating locally, although not tested by us:

www.devonandsomersetballoons.co.uk
www.bristolballoons.co.uk/venues/somerset

On Your Bike

The 1 South West project is about ensuring you have great off-road cycling adventures in some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. 1 South West provides the information to help you plan and enjoy great adventures time and again.
http://www.1sw.org.uk/experience/

www.fennycastle.co.uk/bicycle-hire.php

Apple Heritage

Somerset is famous for its apple orchards and the strong tradition of cider making. Why not visit Burrow Hill, where we buy our organic cider vinegar?

www.ciderbrandy.co.uk/apples.html

Or another local cider producer in Mudgley

http://wilkinscider.com

Read about the traditions here:

www.lonelyplanet.com/england/southwest-england/somerset/travel-tips-and-articles/76082

Wassailing is an integral part of the apple calendar. The trees are sung to at a well-lubricated ceremony during the winter months, in order to encourage a good harvest the next year. The following article describes it, and local times , dates and venues will be available on request.

www.somersetfoodanddrink.co.uk/eatingout/3316/a-wassailing-we-will-go/food-news/

Walking and Bird Watching

We hold a number of walking guide books, leaflets and OS maps behind the bar for guests to consult or borrow.

We can offer residents an exclusive birdwatching and wildlife experience. Stephen Moss (local naturalist, author and TV producer, of Springwatch fame), will take small groups (of 2 or more) on a variety of personally guided walks. Please see the click here for details. Booking required.

If you wish to join a guided walk, contact the Mendip Ramblers, either on 07768 556735 or visit their website

www.mendipramblers.co.uk

Follow the following link to see a walk described recently in The Times (we hold a printed copy of it behind the bar)

www.christophersomerville.co.uk/?p=417

For guests with an interest in ornithology, we would like to draw attention to the Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve. It is here that the natural phenomenon of the starling murmuration (see Youtube clip below) takes place, all through the winter months.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh-QHGkeaUQ&feature=related

See this website below for details of how to find out when and where the birds are roosting.

www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/nnr/1006131.aspx

Art and Crafts

Somerset has a thriving artistic community. This is celebrated annually during Somerset Arts Week in September

www.somersetartworks.org.uk

You can even learn to weave with willow on a day course held locally in the Somerset Levels

www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk

Pampering

Spa and beauty treatments are available in Street (approx. 11 miles away)

www.mbeautyinsomerset.co.uk

And also at Badgworth (4.5 miles)

thebarnsomerset.co.uk

Shopping

Wedmore has a number of delightful independent shops which you will discover on a stroll through the village.

Further afield you might want to try:

The quarterly antiques markets held at The Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet

www.bathandwest.com

The Mulberry Factory Shop, Shepton Mallet

Clarks Village – a retail outlet park.

And a weekly car boot sale held on Sunday mornings in Cheddar.

For larger, high street shopping and city attractions, Bath and Bristol are approximately 30-40 minutes drive away.

Local Attractions

Nearby Wells is the smallest cathedral city in England. You can hear evensong in the cathedral daily. For times visit

www.wellscathedral.org.uk/worship/general-services-calendar/

There are also regular concerts held in the cathedral.

Other places of interest in Wells include The Bishop’s Palace, the Museum and the historic market place (with a fresh produce and craft market held there every Wednesday and Saturday).

Glastonbury (often associated with the famous music festival, which is actually held a few miles down the road in Pilton) is well worth a visit. Dominated by The Tor (a National Trust monument which affords wonderful views across the county to the Bristol Channel on a clear day), it has been a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years. Visit the ruined abbey and also the many shops and cafes which line the main street. For further information see.

www.isleofavalon.co.uk

The National Trust has a number of properties in the county of Somerset. Lytes Cary Manor, Barrington Court and Montacute House are the nearest, but there is also the magnificent Stourhead a little further away.

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-global/w-localtoyou/w-wessex.htm

In Shepton Mallet there is KilverCourt, with beautiful gardens, Sharpham Park Farm shop and café.

www.kilvercourt.com

Music

Wedmore holds an annual opera event. It will run 11th-14th July in 2012, and will see the staging of a brand new opera, Eleanor, with music by John Barber and libretto by Peter Cann.

www.wedmoreopera.com

Wells Cathedral School is one of only four music specialist schools in the country. Pupils and staff perform frequently. For a programme of events see the link below.

http://www.wellscathedralschool.org/wells/index.php?option=com_jevents&view=cat&task=cat.listevents&Itemid=142

The Cheese & Grain in Frome is an exciting music venue, with a varied programme of concerts.

www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk

For Children

The caves at Wookey Hole make a good wet weather outing.

http://www.wookey.co.uk/

Or try the Cheddar Gorge

www.cheddargorge.co.uk/

There are public swimming pools at Wells and Street.

For a really fantastic day out visit @Bristol, a museum with over 300 hands-on exhibits.

www.at-bristol.org.uk

Brean Leisure Park is another popular destination with a variety of rides to suit all ages

http://brean.com