At Essential Adventure, we pride ourselves in providing the very best in activity based events, including activity days, breaks & weekends.Whatever your occasion and whatever you have in mind, Essential Adventure is guaranteed to have something of interest for your event, whether it's a large all inclusive corporate weekend retreat, to a small relaxing family activity day!
Welcome to West Country Games, the crazy Stag & Hen weekend activity located 5 miles from Bristol.
Chard Reservoir is home to a wide variety of wildlife species and is especially godd for birdlife; there is always something to see.
Introducing our stunning collection of willow designs and willow products, all hand made in Somerset, England. Our collection includes traditional wicker and contemporary willow baskets, garden structures, exclusive willow gift ideas and practical additions for your home.
Wimbleball Lake Country Park
Days by the Sea
Mackerel fishing and deep sea fishing trips from Lyme Regis.
Lyme Regis is at the heart of the Jurassic Coast.
The ancient Cobb is the harbour and the whole area is very very picturesque at anytime of day and in any weather.
At the end of the Cobb you will find Harry May Boat Trips. Harry has two 24ft traditional wooden tripping boats that are used mainly for one hour mackerel fishing trips. The cost is £9 for adults and £6 for children, all tackle is included and everyone is shown how to catch a mackerel. From these trips thousands of fish have been caught by our visitors for barbecues on the beach and suppers at home.
Please phone 07974-753287 to ask about these trips or to book, we'll tell exactly how to find us.
Every morning weather permitting we leave the harbour at 830am and go deep sea fishing for three hours returning at 1130am. We aim to catch whiting ,pollack, scad,mackerel and sometimes manage black bream, gurnards, thornback skate and conger ells. The cost is £25 pp rod and bait included.
Please phone 07974-753287 the previous evening at 7pm to check on seats and the weather, we only go on these three hour trips in good weather.
We operate from the last week in March until the beginning of November.
The royal town of Lyme Regis is situated on the Dorset coast close to the Devon border . Here you can either build sand castles in the sand or take a boat trip out of the ancient harbour. Mackerel Fishing - Join a one hour boat trip from Cobb Harbour aboard KRAKEN, an MCA licensed passenger boat. Try to catch your supper and see the amazing Jurassic coast from the sea. Fishing equipment and bait provided. Every day from 9.00 am weather permitting - March - November. Contact Nick Williams on 0797 479 6002 for further details.
Farm Shops & Shopping
Welcome to the Somerset Cider Brandy Company and Burrow Hill Cider. Based on a farm in South Somerset, we sit amongst 160 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, a famous Somerset landmark with a single sycamore on top that looks out across the Somerset Levels.The farm has been pressing cider for the past 150 years and distilling the cider into Somerset Cider Brandy since 1989.
Clarks Village is the UK's first and foremost outlet shopping centre and has established itself as one of the premier shopping destinations in the country. With over 90 outlet shops to choose from offering up to 60% OFF rrp on a host of famous brands, plus regular entertainment and live events all set within a unique village environment, you have all the ingredients for a great day out!
We're a free thinking craft cider company that doesn't like being constrained. In fact we only like making craft ciders as naturally and as simply as possible - using the very best fresh apples, small batch techniques, wild yeasts and 100% juice.
The resulting ciders are hopefully full of depth, character and as near to perfection as we can get them.
Food & Drink
Home of Somerset Cider Brandy and Burrow Hill Cider.
House & Gardens
Beautiful Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, kitchen gardens and beautiful manor house
The echoes of the past haunt this now empty Tudor manor house, so beautifully restored in the 1920s by the Lyle family. They lived in style, installing a sprung dance floor; the winding mechanism can still be seen under the sweeping main staircase. What were once cow yards, pens and fields became delightful flower gardens, their design influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. The working stone-walled kitchen garden produces a variety of wonderful fruit and vegetables, which can be enjoyed in the restaurant, while the arboretum delights visitors with vivid autumn hues. Overall a place to relax and refresh the senses.
Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. Hestercombe offers a great destination for an exciting short stop or a wonderful leisurely day out. Walk the gardens, visit the Courtyard to enjoy delicious refreshments - or browse in our beautiful Gift Shop which is filled with interesting and unusual gifts, books and a well stocked plant centre.
Glittering Elizabethan mansion
Montacure House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16yh century for Sire Edward Phelips.
There are many renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays over 60 of the finest Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. The state rooms display a fine range of period furniture and textiles, including samplers from the Goodhart collection.
Montacute's formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate, which encompasses St Michael's Hill.
Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead features one of the world's finest 18th-century landscape gardens. A magnificent lake is central to the design, and there are classical temples, enchanting grottos and rare and exotic trees. The Hoare family history can be uncovered at Stourhead House, a majestic Palladian mansion housing a unique Regency library with fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, all set amid delightful lawns and parkland. Stourhead is at the heart of a 1,072-hectare (2,650-acre) estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for nature conservation.
Museums & Zoos
With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, At-Bristol is one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres
Located in the famous Bristol harbour, the new Bristol Aquarium is a must see attraction for the nature lovers. Come and admire our tropical sharks, the beautiful seahorses, and sid down and be amazed in our undersea tunnel.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
At Bristol Zoo Gardens you can enjoyd an amazing world of animals, all within our award-winning 12 acre gardens. With over 400 species and nine animal houses under cover, it's one of the best days out in Bristol whatever the weather.
A major attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground.
Tours of the brewery minimum of 15 people, no charge but donations to the Hawk and Owl Trust gratefully received.
Please contact Cotleigh Brewery on 01984 624086 to book a tour.
This museum has the largest collection of navel aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit.
The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220
As featured on the BBC's Animal Park. Get close to lions, tigers, and giraffe in the UK's first Safari Park; get lost in the Longleat Hedge Maze, take a sea lion escorted cruise on the Safari Boats, journey on the Longleat Railway, marvel at the treasures and heirlooms of Longleat House and much much more...your day at Longleat will never be enough! To best enjoy your day purchase the Passport Ticket to explore all of the attractions.
Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery. To complete your journey, visit the superb gift shop and the Stonehenge Cafe. Audio tour available in ten languages; easy disabled access; hearing loop and Braille guide available.
STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world. Steam is open 10:00-17:00 daily.
With new attractions, great new facilities and the classic glory of Britain's most spectacular underground caversn, the centuries-old site near Wells in Somerset has been given a brand new lease of life.
Places to Visit
You will fall in love with this ancient medieval Village on Exmoor. Dunster is an idyllic medieval village set in Exmoor National Park. With a wealth of heritage and history from the National Trust's 11th century Dunster Castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the high street. A focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, where the Atlantic ocean meets the Bristol Channel with nothing between it and America, a granite outcrop, three and a half miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoilt.
The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - Steam Train rides in Exmoor National Park, from Woody Bay Station, North Devon. The first phase in rebuilding one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways
Situated on the edge of Quantock Hills, the West Somerset Railway takes you from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with various stops on the way.
Take a journey of discovery, relive your childhood, or simply sit back and relax as you travel along one of Britain's Best and longest Heritage Railways.
Sport & Health
Bath Thermae Spa where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. Now in the World Heritage city of Bath you can enjoy Britain's only natural thermal waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago.
Thermae Bath Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.
Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club has one of the best courses in Somerset and is an ideal venue for the visitor. We welcome visitors as either casual green fee visitors (with a handicap) or as an organised society.