Bridgwater, Somerset

Once a bustling port and famous for the part it played in the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, Bridgwater stands on the edge of the enchanting Somerset Levels, straddling the River Parrett. Stroll around the old quays, visit the Blake Museum, admire the elegant architecture in Castle Street, Kings Square and Cornhill; catch a performance at the vibrant arts centre. Every year in November the town comes alive with its illuminated carnival procession, the biggest in Europe; people flock to watch the colourful floats parade through the streets, culminating in 'squibbing' outside the town hall where over 100 fireworks held aloft on wooden blocks are let off simultaneously, a long trail of bright lights and an air of magical excitement. 
The shops range from big names to the quirky and independent; when you're hungry there's quite a choice of places to eat; try Green Olive Meze Restaurant, Grill and Bar for Mediterranean, Turkish and Greek food or Wild Rocket Cafe Grill Bar for steaks and a fantastic Sunday carvery.

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