Days out in Somerset
Somerset is a paradise in the south-west. With coastline, hillscapes and old agricultural villages as your backdrop, families will revel in the natural beauty and historic tales waiting to be discovered. From inspiring walks to historic homes, action packed adventure days, to slow beach days in the sun, Somerset really does have something to offer for every occasion.
When you’re staying at one of our two Somerset Haven Parks we want you to experience the best that the county has to offer when you’re out and about offsite. You’ll find below a small collection of our favourite things to do in Somerset that will leave you with memories of fun, sun and adventure for years to come.
1. Build sandcastles on Berrow Beach and discover a shipwreck
Just 10 minutes by car from our Burnham-on-Sea Haven Park is a best kept sand-based secret. Berrow beach is surprisingly quiet for such a large and prominent part of the coastline, and is a great spot for families looking for a calmer environment away from the hustle and bustle.
The beach is also dog-friendly and as the second longest stretch of sand in Europe, your canine family member will delight in the space to run and splash in the sea. The true treat of this shoreline, though, comes at low tide when the sea draws back to reveal the shipwreck of the SS Nornen, which ran aground here over 100 years ago - a real piece of history right before your eyes!
2. Take to the climbing wall at Mendip Activity Centre
Hop in the car from our Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park and follow the A38 northeast to the far edge of the Mendip Hills and in just 30 minutes you’ll arrive at Mendip Activity Centre for a fun-filled family day out. Try your hand at rock-climbing or get outside for some watersports on the river.
There’s even an outdoor snowsports slope where you can try out skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing! Once you’ve worked up an appetite, why not relax and replenish in the beautiful Alpine Lounge? On the menu are a great range of alpine themed burgers and pizzas, alongside hot and cold drinks, and a kids menu for smaller appetites.
3. Explore National Trust Fyne Court House and Gardens
Only half an hour from our Doniford Bay site lies this beautiful and historic wildlife haven nestled amongst the Quantock Hills. It is a truly inspiring day out in Somerset for kids and grownups alike. Discover the history of the fascinating Crosse family who owned the estate and lose yourself in the wild gardens.
Other highlights include a Victorian folly, the boathouse and skyglade. If you’re feeling peckish after all your exploring, be sure to visit the tea room which serves hot and cold lunches, homemade cakes and hot drinks for the perfect pick-me-up.
4. Walk Ebbor Gorge in the Mendip Hills
This lesser known limestone gorge sits close to the southernmost tip of the Mendips Hills and is well worth the 40-minute car journey from our Burnham-on-Sea Park. The path around Ebbor will take you through woodland, over rocks, into caves, and present you with the most fantastic of views across the Mendip Hills. There’s even a route suitable for pushchairs, so it’s the perfect outdoor destination for families with little ones in tow. With free car parking to boot, you couldn’t ask for an easier and stress-free family day out.
5. Try out a new sport at Wall Eden Adventure Activities
There’s never a better opportunity than when on holiday to try your hand at something new, and Wall Eden Adventure Activities is sure to have something that takes your fancy. From kayaking to paddleboarding, archery to axe-throwing, there is no end of exciting new skills just waiting to be discovered!
Sessions with Wall Eden’s expert instructors are reasonably priced and can be booked ahead online - so what are you waiting for, your new hobby awaits! Wall Eden is only a 15-minute drive from our Haven Burnham-on-Sea Park, which gives you all the more time to enjoy one of the best days out in Somerset!
6. Test your puzzle-solving skills at Lock & Code Escape Rooms, Taunton
Can you and your family put your heads together and break the code to escape from prison, solve a high-proflile murder or locate a missing person..? Choose from three changing game options and book ahead online for an hour's noggin-testing, code-busting fun!
This Taunton escape room is a 40-minute car journey from both of our Somerset Parks, but well worth the journey, especially as you can spend the rest of your day exploring the bustling county town of Taunton - an unmissable day out!
7. Meet some rare animals at Tropiquaria Wildlife Park, Doniford Bay
Less than a 10-minute drive from our Doniford Bay Park is this esteemed and unusual zoo at Tropiquaria. The park is home to an aquarium, nocturnal and tropical animal houses, rescue animals and much more besides.
Get to know the animals up close by taking part in one of the daily animal encounters, where you’ll have the opportunity to hold or feed one of the protected species whilst you learn more about their lives and habitats. Little ones will also delight in the children’s play areas which boast two life-size pirate ships and an adventure castle to let their imaginations run wild!
8. Head back in time at Allerford Museum
Allerford Museum is set in the quaint old village of Allerford, just a 30-minute drive west from our Doniford Bay Holiday Park. The museum itself houses the West Somerset Rural Life Museum as well as a real Victorian School Room. Step back in time and experience Somerset as it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the school room you can dress up as a Victorian schoolchild and use the slates and toys that children would have used everyday in their lessons on this site. Venturing further into the museum you’ll find displays and artefacts that tell the story of this rural county and bring its history to life.
9. Explore the Great Wood in the Quantock Hills
The Quantock Hills lie just below our Doniford Bay Holiday Park and are an easy car drive away. The Great Wood is arguably one of the top highlights of the area and is stunning at any time of year - the perfect getaway for a quiet day strolling in nature and wildlife spotting. The Red Walk is a trail that will lead you through the towering Douglas Firs and the territory of both red and roe deer, which lucky walkers might just spot! Picnic tables are available in the woods for a sit-down and refuel at lunchtime.
10. Take your binoculars to Ham Wall Nature Reserve
Ham Wall is a great option for a free day out for outdoorsy families looking for an adventure. Just outside the village of Meare, and looking across Glastonbury Tor, this wetland reserve is looked after by the RSPB and is a great opportunity to spot some rare Somerset wildlife including water voles, bitterns and kingfishers. Be sure to check the website before you go, as the society also runs educational activity days for kids during the school holidays, so if you get your timing right you might be able to book onto a canoeing session, bug hunt or night-time adventure walk!