Shepton Mallet, Somerset

With a history stretching back to Roman times, Shepton Mallet lies in a dip in the beautiful Mendip Hills, 18 miles south of Bristol. It's still got that anicent market town feel, with a centuries oldmarket cross and a fine parish church with an quirky capped tower. Grab a bit of retail therapy at Kivler Court, have a relaxing amble through Collett Park where they have a vibrant community festival in June each year. Near by is the Glastonbury Festival site and The Bath & West Showground. If you're feeling peckish and you like Italian try La Tavola D'oro or take in some olde worlde charm in Blostin's little French bistro.

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