While on your holiday, what better way to unwind and take it all in than a relaxing round of golf? There are three golf courses in the vicinity. Set against the glorious backdrop of Taunton's surrounding countryside, you can take in the scenery and enjoy an exhilirating game at the same time. So remember to bring your clubs.

Oake Manor Golf Club - 01823 461993
Vivary Golf Course - 01823 333875
Lyme Regis - 01297 442963
Cricket St.Thomas - 01464 302 31

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay Pigeon ShootingShaldon Shooting School is set in a deep valley on the edge of Exmoor. We offer coaching for individuals or groups of up to 30 people. No experience is necessary, all ages and abilities are welcome. We supply all the equipment you will need, and plenty of instructors so you are not waiting too long for your turn. We even send someone to meet you so you don’t get lost in the lanes on the way! Lunch can be arranged in a great local pub.

Website: Shalden Shooting School

Phone: 01398 331021

Essential Adventure

Leading provider of outdoor pursuits, adventure sports and team building throughout Devon and the South West. Activities include kayaking & canoeing, climbing & abseiling, coasteering, mountain biking, bush craft, caving and more...


Cycle Hire

Turner Cycles - Bike Hire

Phone: 01823 461155    


Website: Turners Cycles - Bike Hire


Abbotshood Cycle Hire

Phone: 01884820728 - 07958 916165 - 07904068555


Abbey Burton - Clay Pigeon Shooting

Welcome to Abbey Burton Clay Shooting. I offer professional coaching in Clay Shooting, Game Shooting and Archery to individuals and groups of all abilities, whether you're an experienced shot looking to have their technique fine-tuned or a newcomer to the sport looking to develop skills for safe and accurate shooting, all our welcome.

I am a fully qualified CPSA Coach, CPSA Safety Officer, Level 1 Archery Instructor and also a Great Britain competitive shot with many awards to my name at the age of 24.


Phone: 07789 480298


Hens with Pens

Don your beret and get creative at a hen party life drawing class in any part of the UK with Hens with Pens.

Class duration: 1.5 hours 

What hens get:

•   Tutor and model comes to you

•   Drawing materials provided

•   Retro swing music included

•   Berets and moustaches to wear for fun

•   No experience necessary – you don’t need to be able to draw already!

30mins: group drawing games/exercises 1 hour: life drawing from a male model

All of our tutors are experienced and qualified artists. You don’t need any experience and there’s no need to worry about your drawing ability – the idea is just to have fun!



Telephone: 0203 291 3651

Exeter Quad Centre

Quad Biking Exeter, Devon, is based 15 minutes from Exeter City Centre on the Escot Estate.  We have approx 10 miles of road, woodland and gravel quad bike tracks, our fully trained instructors will take you out on your safari for the ultimate experience.

Other activities available like Lasertag, Paintball, Clays and Segways

Website: Exeter Quad Centre

Life drawing

Life drawing and modelling - for Hen Parties and other all-female parties 

Both the female artist/tutor and the nude male model are experienced professionals, creating a fun relaxed environment. There is a healthy mix of life drawing tuition and guidance, enjoyable and challenging drawing games, and cheeky banter and naughtiness, including the opportunity for the girls to life model too!

The sessions usually last around an hour and a half, but a couple of hours is allowed. Most properties for large groups will be suitable as a venue, and the sessions can also be held outside when privacy and weather permits.

All drawing materials are provided, as well as the appropriate artist's beret, and the girls get to keep their sketchpads at the end. We also take photos and send to the hen.

We charge £24.00 per head all inclusive, based on a minimum number of 12. 


Tel/text: 07973 834876


Mackerel Fishing Trips

Let's go fishing - it's great fun! Nicks Boat Trips.

Mackerel fishing is a very popular family activity, it suits all ages and abilities. We provide fishing lines, advice and encouragement. We want you to have a memorable trip.


Phone: 0797 479 6002


Private Cocktail Bartender

Hire your own private cocktail bartender for your celebration. 

Three options available:

  • Personal Cocktail Bartender - A personal bartender to come to your home and make cocktails for you and your guests
  • Personal Cocktail Bartender and a Butler in the Buff
  • Cocktail Clinic - A personal fun training session to teach you about cocktails and how to make them.
  • All Inclusive Package - professional cocktail bartender for 2.5 hours, all ingredients based on 4 cocktails each, plastic glasses and menus. The perfect pre going out drinks party, hen party or just as a warm up before the party really starts!

Contact Details


Phone: 01179415825 

Portrait Photographer


Why not celebrate your family gathering with a photo-shoot with award-winning portrait photographer Emily Fairweather? Emily knows the Sleeps 12 properties well, choosing stunning natural backdrops for your family portraits & providing beautiful natural photographs to remind you of your happy holiday.

Emily will produce contemporary black and white images and vibrant colourful photos using natural light and gorgeous rural backgrounds at your Sleeps 12 property, garden and surrounding countryside. A typical shoot will last around an hour and will take place in two or three different parts of the garden/house – wherever the best light is. She’ll do large family group portraits and then a variety of smaller family shots in any combination you like! 

Within two weeks of the photo-shoot I will select and edit around 75-100 of your images.  These 100 images will be securely stored on your own private gallery on my website to share with your friends and family. You can then choose the images you’d like to have as digital files, framed prints & canvases or in a stunning album. I have a range of British bespoke products & will bring some display samples with me. For my full product range please see my website. 

Prices start at £195. For more information please call Emily on 01984 667 281/07958 763029 or email her at



PHOTO-SHOOT, 10x8” PRINT & 5 digital images : £195

and includes : 
Travel to Sleeps 12 property. One hour Photo-Shoot with Emily Fairweather.  All post-production of around 100 images from the photo-shoot and hosting of them on a private gallery on Emily’s website. Your choice of 5 high resolution jpegs and 1 x 10x8” art quality print. If you would like to purchase any of the other images you can upgrade to Option 2 or click on the product tab above for a full product range list.


PHOTO-SHOOT, 2 10X8” PRINTS & 75-100 digital images : £350

Includes all of Option 1 plus all 75-100 images as high resolution digital files and two art quality prints at 10x8” 

Crafty Hen Parties

The Crafty Hen offers fun craft workshops delivered by professional crafts people for hen parties. Our flock of friendly tutors will help you make many things to use and wear, perhaps even for the wedding or hen weekend.? We tailor your workshops and parties exactly to your needs and the group requests. We come to your accommodation and provide all materials and equipment as well as expert tuition.

We can offer sessions in making garters, nipple tassels or customising knickers. There is also a range of jewellery making workshops to choose from. Why not select one of the most popular activities from flower crowns, knicker customisation, facinator making, cocktail rings, ceramic painting and gater making! You can even make your own bunting, why not work together and use this to decorate your wedding.? With some of our workshops we can offer vintage options, you can incorporate vintage fabrics and antique lace into your creations.?

The Crafty Hen is now also offering baby shower and Christmas workshops too. The range is so diverse you are sure to find an activitiy to suit your group. 

Contact Details


Phone: 01179548002


Pot Doodles

Pot Doodles has gone mobile. Welcome to Pot Doodles the "paint your own pottery experience" that has now gone Mobile! At the end of 2008 we took our fantastic Pot Doodles "Paint your own pottery experience" MOBILE. Rather than you come to us we now come to you in our unique "Doodle Van". Pot Doodles will visit your home, school, club, hall or other venue for:-

Birthday Parties For All Ages!

Hen Parties

Contact Details


Belly Dance Workshops & Performance

Belly Dance Workshops & Performances

Professional Artist Shema has 14 year's experience of teaching & performing
acrossthe UK, Europe, US, Canada and the Middle East.

Book Shema to perform or run a class at your "Sleeps 12" property for an elegant
professional & glamoropus addition to your hen party, private party, wedding or anniversary.

Also available Henna & Live Music

Contact Details


Phone: 07805354312




Butlers in the Buff

Charming, innocent and just a little cheeky!

Experts in etiquette, “Butlers in the Buff” will transform any party or event – whether it’s a corporate event, a birthday celebration, hen night or just a girl’s night in - into a truly memorable evening.

Operating nationally, they have a range of Butlers on offer. So wherever the event, you will be provided with the perfect butler! And if you would prefer them to wear something other than their pinny, the Butlers can tailor their outfit to match the party’s theme. How about a topless Butler in trousers, or even a kilt?!

So, let our lovely butlers take the stress out of entertaining, sit back and enjoy the view while your butler tops up your drinks and waits your guests hand and foot.

Butlers in the Buff provide a premium, highly professional, bespoke service that is at once truly decadent and truly sophisticated.

Special Offers for Sleeps12 

Fantastic rates for Sleeps12 customers only!

Prices start from £139.00 for 1 butler for 2 hours. Please conatct Emily in the office for more details on this offer. Or call Butlers in the Buff direct on  01275395336

Imaginate Events Fun Casino & Poker Hire

Casino nights are the latest and fastest growing entertainment suitable for all ages and can be provided in various combinations to accommodate your event or venue.

All tables are full size with all relevant equipment, chips, croupiers and fun money with a prize for the highest roller.

A choice of tables are available and can be booked from just one to as many as you require. We can advise on how many tables and the types of games subject to the number of guests, timings and budget.

Our croupiers will teach and advise anyone who has never played the games before and even show you some inside secrets the casinos don’t want you to know!

Roulette, Blackjack & Texas ‘no limit’ hold’em Poker

Other services available include Race nights, Giant games, Arcade hire, Music, Giant Slot Car tracks and lots more.

Contact Details



Phone:  01823 667923 or 07549893033


The Gin & Sin co.


The Gin & Sin Co are an independent, family run Mobile Gin bar based in Somerset.

We are available for hire for weddings, parties and business events for which we offer a range of drinks packages tailor made to meet your individual requirements.

We have our signature menu of carefully selected Gins & Tonics, Gin cocktails and Prosecco. You will also find us at various local festivals, Country fairs and shows, village fetes and street parties.

Website The Gin & Sin co.


Taxis - Hatch Green Coaches

Contact Details


Phone: 01823 480338

Taxis - Max's Minibus Hire

14, 16 & 21 Seater busses available 

Contact Details


Phone: 01823257180

Taxis - Knight Brothers Travel Ltd

15,16,18 & 24 Seater busses available

Contact Details


Phone: 01823442205

Taxis - County Taxis

Contact Details

Phone: 01823 666333

Taxis - A1 Taxis

Contact Details

Phone: 01823 332211

Taxis - A Cabs

Contact Details


Phone: 01823 241124 - 07900 900093


Tilda Rose Floristry

Sarah is inspired by a love of floral forms and playing with colour, texture and shape but most of all by the guaranteed lift that an arrangement of flowers can give. Her relaxed approach to her floral designs mean that she creates colourful, loose and lively natural arrangements that have that country but vintage feel.

Whether you are looking for an arrangement to decorate the home (or home from home), for a special occasion or event, wedding day flowers or personal sympathy or flowers ...... 

Take a look at her facebook page.

Website: Tilda Rose Floristry

Phone: 07585110972

Cottage Flowers

Angie Blackwell and her team of qualified florist's are continuing to develop and expand their individual approach to flowers and design, teaching floristry at various venues and running informative and creative workshops.

Give us a call to order, we deliver flowers and plants locally.

Website: Cottage Flowers

Phone: 01460 53020

Eating Out

The Candlelight Inn

Food is served from 12:00 - 2:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 in the week and from 12:30 - 2:30 and 7:00 - 9:30 at weekends. Closed Mondays. Booking is advisable at weekends. Our menu changes daily. We smoke our own fish, make our own ice cream and grow our own vegetables (weather permitting!)

Location: Bishopswood 

Website: Candlelight Inn

Phone: 01460 234476

The Eagle Tavern

Welcome to the Eagle Tavern which lies close to the Devon and Somerset border on the edge of the Beautiful Blackdown Hills. Inside this traditional country Free House you will find wooden beams, log fires, very local ales and a warm welcome for all the family. Famous for the quality of our Carvery, we also offer a very extensive menu of freshly prepared classic pub food, snacks and steaks and grills. Outside, as well our large car park, there is a children's play area set within a large very garden which even has its own football pitch. We have a heated patio area for alfresco dining when the weather is not so good. The surrounding area has many footpaths making this a popular destination for walkers. Dogs are allowed in our bar and gardens as long as they remain on a lead . Although renowned for food, The Eagle Tavern is still a real country pub and you are just as welcome to drop in for a a pint of real ale or a glass of wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee.

Location: Buckland St. Mary

Website: The Eagle Tavern

Phone:  01460 234292

The Five Dials

Managed by Head Chef Kirsty Earnshaw, our kitchen produces fresh seasonal food with daily changing specials board.Emphasis is placed on keeping flavours simple and unpretentious with fresh fish daily from Brixham and meat, game and vegetables from local suppliers.


Location: Horton Ilminster (5.2 miles)

Website: The Five Dials

Phone: 01460 55359

Hix Oyster & Fish House

Hix Oyster & Fish House overlooks the harbour in Lyme Regis and boasts the most stunning panoramic views across the Jurassic coast – this is easily one of the most picturesque spots to enjoy fresh British fish seafood.
The Fish House is an informal, light and airy dining room with simple white wooden tables and chairs. Here the focus is on sourcing and serving the best produce we can find and doing as little to it as possible so that you enjoy the real flavour of great British ingredients.

Location: Lyme Regis (14.5 miles)

Website: Hix Oyster & Fish House

Phone: 01297 446910

The Tytherleigh Arms

Welcome to the Tytherleigh Arms, a family run 16th Century Coaching Inn. Whether you are joining us for a drink, a light lunch or a full meal, we offer a warm welcome, fantastic food and friendly, professional service 7 days a week.

Location: Axminster (5.9 miles)

Website: The Tytherleigh Arms

Phone: 01460 220214

The Castle Taunton

Why not hold a celebration at the amazing Castle at Taunton?

The Castle at Taunton is a historic hotel located in the heart of the busy market town, and yet step inside and you are transported into a world of calm and tranquillity.

Its four private dining rooms offer a variety of sizes and styles to suit every occasion from intimate family gatherings to larger celebrations for up to 80.

Food has always remained a number one priority at the Castle, and fresh produce is always sourced locally and prepared by the most skilful of chefs. You’ll find a good selection of wines, and knowledgeable, courteous staff.

The Castle’s two restaurants work on the same ethos. The relaxed brasserie, BRAZZ offers homemade fishcakes and pies, salads and steaks, and is perfect if you’re looking for a buzz. Castle Bow, the flagship restaurant offers the very best of cooking in a more intimate restaurant and caters for a maximum table size of eight. Both restaurants are available for exclusive use.

What options are avaliable?

Function Menus
Both Canape and Function menus avaliable please contact us for more details. 

The Penthouse
With panoramic views across Taunton and the surrounding hills, the Penthouse, with its own rooftop garden, is the perfect place for up to 12 people to dine or 30 people to enjoy pre-dinner drinks.

The Wisteria Room
Located on the ground floor, the Wisteria room can accommodate up to a maximum of 24 people on one oval table or 30 on three round tables.

The Garden Room
Located on the ground floor, the Garden room is perfect for 30-50 people depending on layout.
30 can be seated on one large oval table, or up to 50 on round tables.

The partition between the Wisteria and Garden rooms can be removed to form a large ‘L’ shaped room catering for a maximum of 80 guests, alternatively The Music Room can accommodate 70 banquet style in a rectangular room.


Recent Testimonials

We really enjoyed our stay at The Castle and hope to return next season. The private dining room was wonderful, food was terrific, and a good time was had by all. Your morning crew does a great job of getting breakfast ready quickly. Thanks so much, Hal

It was a wonderful evening, really enjoyed and appreciated by all of us. Something that we will all remember for time to come.
Service was discreet and efficient, food nicely presented and wines well-chilled! Weather perfect!!!
Thank you and your colleagues for all you have done to make it such a special occasion. We will be back as soon as we can find a suitable excuse!!! Matthew & Claudia

We are writing to thank the entire staff of the Castle Hotel for the great success of our birthday function in the Penthouse. Everything was so good that it not only came up to our expectations, but exceeded them. All arrangements ran like clockwork and the Penthouse was laid out beautifully. Your hospitable waiter (Rui) gave us every care and attention. Mr & Mrs Astin

With plenty of options The Castle at Taunton is perfect for both large or intimate celebrations. Contact the events team for more details: 01823 328303 or email