Affectionately known as Wivey’, this historic market town sits in the Brendon Hills on the edge of Exmoor; grand Georgian buildings and quaint cottages line the streets, there’s a remarkable red sandstone church, an open air pool that’s bustling in the summer, and an eclectic mix of shops, many still retaining their original Victorian frontage. It’s good to spend a few hours here browsing; there’s a handy supermarket in the Square, an excellent butcher, a chocolatier, and the popular Wivey Larder that’s packed with all sorts of tempting local produce. You’ll find plenty to interest you if you like antiques and interiors, and there are some very charming gift shops and galleries.
The community is thriving, with lots of events held throughout the year, and each September the town stages it’s vibrant street market and carnival.
Not many towns of this size can boast two breweries, but Wivey does, and so the pubs are sorted for local beer. Go and try a pint or two, and have a bite to eat at the Bear Inn or the White Hart Hotel; if you like European and Mediterranean food, book a table at Duende.
Wiveliscombe is surrounded by gorgeous Somerset countryside and there are plenty of good walks from the town; if that’s your thing, plan a circular to end up back at one of those pubs. Sometimes that combination of fresh air and good beer is all you need.
All information correct at the time of writing