Somerset Holiday Deals & Short Break Offers
Holiday Park Offer: Book early with Butlins for a top summer break from £95pp! Butlins have really packed loads in to their summer 2014 schedule – there’s some well known … more.
Expires: 18th May 2014
UK Caravan Park Deal: Grab a fantastic deal on your summer holiday! School’s out this summer and Haven Holidays are offering you great deals on fantastic summer holidays, from just … more.
Expires: 31st Aug 2014
UK Caravan Park Deal: Relax and enjoy Easter from just £149! Looking to get away from it all this Easter? Haven Holidays are offering a selection of fantastic caravan park … more.
Holiday Cottage Offer: Enjoy a great holiday at great value in Somerset, from just £212 Looking for a great value self-catering break in Somerset? Then make the most of superb offers … more.
Expires: 1st Jan 2015
Chester Hotel Deal: Get away with Macdonalds New Blossom Hotel in Chester from just £57.50pp Thinking of taking a short break with someone special? looking to find some quality time … more.
Expires: 30th Apr 2014
UK & Europe Cottage Deal: Looking for an Easter Cottage break then book with Cottages 4 You and save up to £100!! Easter is the perfect time of year to … more.
UK Caravan Park Deal: Save up to 55% on Spring breaks and 35% on other breaks in 2014 This Haven Holidays caravan park deal is all about booking early! With … more.
Expires: 31st Oct 2014
Somerset – Just say “cheese” and cider!
There is evidence that settlers appeared in Somerset during the Palaeolithic period and there are a number of archaeological sites in the caves of the Mendip Hills and at Cheddar Gorge. Bones have been found that date back to 12,000 BC and even a complete skeleton was discovered which is believed to be from around 7150 BC, which was given the name “Cheddar Man” (because of its location).
There are many other examples of these earlier times, but quite a few of later events in history, such as the Roman occupation, Anglo-Saxons and Normans. Somerset also witnessed a number of battles, especially during the English Civil War.
Industries in the area have varied over the years and included coal mining, agriculture, sheep and cattle farming (for wool and cheese production), basketry and apple orchards for cider.
Somerset is perhaps best known for its cheddar cheese and strong cider.
Reasons to visit Somerset
In addition to the scenery, there are many things to see and do in Somerset. The Brean Leisure Park is the largest in the south-west and ideal for a family day out. You may also find the following of interest: The Helicopter Museum (the only one dedicated to helicopters), West Somerset Railway Station (Britain’s longest ‘heritage’ railway), Wells Cathedral, Taunton Castle, Glastonbury Abbey (the burial place of King Arthur), The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddar Showcaves and Gorge, Dunster Castle, Butlins Family Entertainment Resort and The Bishop’s Palace in Wells (to name just a few).
Entertainment and Dining in Somerset
Entertainment can be found in theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs, and restaurants include the Demetris Taverna (Greek) in Weston-super-Mare, Reeves Restaurant in Dunster and the Clavelshay Barn in Bridgwater.
Accommodation in Somerset
There is no shortage of Guest Houses, self-catering apartments and B&Bs, and plenty of excellent locations for camping. Hotels include the Spears Cross Hotel in Dunster and the family run Harmony Poynt Hotel in Weston-super-Mare.