Attractions

Tv’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Tv’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies

Wolf Hall a new television series for the new year filmed a short distance from Withy Cottages at Montacute House and Barrington Court, National Trust properties will take centre stage in the six-part BBC dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s critically acclaimed Wolf Hall, starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and directed by Bafta-winner Peter Kosminksy.

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Clarks Village Christmas Shopping

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

Clarks Village Christmas Shopping

With over 90 stores and up to 60% off every day, you can enjoy a wide choice of fashion, home-ware, sportswear and gift ideas at great discount prices – outlet shopping has never been more enjoyable.

With new stock arriving daily, there is always something special to make your trip worthwhile. Clarks Village offers designer labels and famous names from the high street including GAP, Monsoon, Coast, Jaeger, Timberland, Joules, M&S, Next, Clarks and Whistles.

There’s also heaps to keep the kids entertained, with King Arthur’s Castle and an infant’s play area, plus our traditional authentic carousel. So, if you adore great brands, but dislike high prices, and enjoy a fun, family day out, you’ll just love Clarks Village. http://www.clarksvillage.co.uk/

Make a whole day out and visit Glastonbury just a couple more miles away, wonderful quirky town with lots of history and unusual shops. http://www.glastonbury.co.uk/pages/

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Drayton Street Fair – August

Posted on Sep 28, 2013

Drayton Street Fair – August

Every year on the first weekend after the august bank holiday Drayton hosts its hugely popular street fair. Hundreds of people come every year to shop at the wide variety of stalls, enjoy the various street perfomers, eat some great food and peruse the vintage cars on display.

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Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve

Posted on Sep 28, 2013

Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve

“Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve is not only a fantastic place to see wildlife, but a monument to the history and ingenuity of Neolithic man preserved through the amazing Sweet Track. It’s a unique window to the past and a place everyone should try to visit.” Main habitat: Peatland and reed beds Why visit: Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve is a superb place to watch wildlife. This magnificent wetland reserve is managed by Natural England and covers over 500 ha at the heart of the Somerset Levels and Moors. It’s an area that’s steeped in history, and an atmospheric landscape of great skies and endless horizons. Habitats include lush green wildflower meadows; still, dark ditches; damp, secretive fens, shady, wet fern woods; and open water, fringed with rustling reedbeds. Marvel at the huge flocks of starlings coming into to roost in winter and the spring migration of hobbies arriving from tropical Africa. Shapwick Heath is also the location of the Neolithic Sweet Track, the oldest man-made routeway in Britain. Star species: Otters, bitterns, marsh harriers http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/nnr/1006131.aspx  ...

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Margery Fish’s Garden – East Lambrook Manor

Posted on Sep 28, 2013

Margery Fish’s Garden – East Lambrook Manor

Margery Fish’s iconic cottage garden at East Lambrook Manor “In the development of gardening in the second half of the twentieth century no garden has yet had greater effect.” John Sales, National Trust One of the best-loved privately owned gardens in England created by the late Margery Fish, celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer. Her natural gift for combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner has created a garden of immense beauty and charm. The Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums. 2013 marks 75 years since Margery Fish and her husband Walter began the garden here.  ...

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Watch a flock of starlings form a Murmuration

Posted on Sep 28, 2013

Watch a flock of starlings form a Murmuration

Watch a flock of starlings form a Murmuration Every year between Autumn and February, Somerset starlings flock together over the Somerset Levels & Moors to create huge and magnificent starling murmurations. Surely one of nature’s best and most magnificent sights, the starlings form into sweeping ball like shapes in their thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands before flying down and roosting in the trees. Although the murmurations can be seen across the Somerset Levels, the best places to see them are at – the National Nature Reserves of Westhay Moor and Shapwick Heath and RSPB Ham Wall....

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