Here at the Days Inn Taunton, we believe autumn is one of the best times of the year to explore Somerset. The changing colours make our countryside and coast look even more impressive and there is still lots going on around the county. Whilst the autumn can be cold, wet and murky, we’ve put together some ways in which you can stay dry, have fun and make the most out of the season in Somerset:
Why not shelter from the rain on board the West Somerset Railway? Enjoy a nostalgic 20 mile ride through the stunning Somerset countryside passing through the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, many picturesque villages and the coast of the Bristol Channel. This weekend from October 4th – 7th, the Autumn Steam Gala takes place. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the ending of long-distance steam trains over Somerset and Dorset and there will be a number of steam engines on display as well as plenty of fun activities.
Just because the weather’s a little chillier don’t let it stop you from discovering Somerset’s beautiful coastline. Wrap up warm and head to the Bossington and Horth Hills in Minehead to witness spectacular views across the Bristol Channel to Wales and see the Red Deer stags and Exmoor ponies. Visit Porlock Weir for a peaceful walk around the harbour and make sure you visit Kilve Beach, a Site of Special Scientific Interest with its impressive fossils and rock formations.
Dunster is one of Somerset’s most popular places to visit. The charming village is situated in the hills of Exmoor and alongside its listed buildings, an old water mill, the unique doll museum and a Yarn Market, the village boasts the ancient Dunster Castle. Owned by the National Trust, this castle is the ideal place for an autumn family day out having many gardens, restaurants, exhibitions and superb views across Exmoor.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum guarantees a thrilling day out for the entire family this autumn. Get up close and personal with Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft, step on board the first British Concorde and take a look inside the cockpit. Enjoy the fantastic Aircraft Carrier Experience where you will 'fly' on a helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal, witness an air sea rescue and experience the pace of a working flight deck. The children will love the Mini Marines adventure playground and you'll also find an on-site restaurant for a bite to eat.
If it’s a miserable day, hide away in one of Somerset’s well known caving attractions. Head to Cheddar where you can see some of Britain’s most incredible caves and take part in some exhilarating activities including cliff-top walks, rock climbing and abseiling. Alternatively, visit the Wookey Hole Caves in Wells to see more caves and attractions including arcades, mazes, museums, mills and the famous Witch of Wookey Hole.