Octagon Theatre Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 422884
The Octagon was built in 1974 and opened as a multi purpose hall (The Johnson Hall). Within the first few years it became apparent that the venue was both more suitable and successful at staging performances than any of the other activities (ballroom dances, exhibitions, etc.) for which it was intended. From the outset the Johnson Hall became home to Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society who have regularly presented two musical productions each year.
Goldenstones Leisure Centre Brunswick Street, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 845888
The pace of modern living can place excessive demands on you and your family life as well as your health and well-being. At Goldenstones they realise how valuable your leisure time is and their aim is to provide you with a quality and value for money experience. The range of facilities is second to none and the Goldenstones environment encompasses fun, enjoyment, competition, relaxation and fitness for all ages and abilities.
Museum of South Somerset Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset (N/A)
The history of South Somerset can now be experienced in the splendid displays of the newly refurbished Museum of South Somerset. From Prehistoric and Roman occupations, through to agricultural and industrial revolutions, the Museum of South Somerset shows, in an imaginative and exciting way, what rural life and times through the ages was really like. Visitors will discover artefacts of a past and passing age set in scenes that recapture the atmosphere of their time. Housed in the former coach house to Hendford Manor, the Museum of South Somerset's modern displays draw upon many different collections brought together by Alderman WRE Mitchelmore, Mayor of Yeovil from 1918 - 1921. Over the years benefactors have donated other important collections, including those of fossils, firearms, glassware and costume.
Swan Theatre Park Street, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 845946
In 1967 the Brewery sold 'The Swan', a derelict Yeovil pub, to the local Dramatic Society. For seven years members worked to transform the pub into an attractive headquarters with facilities for rehearsals and set building. Performances still had to take place elsewhere, in hired halls. There was, however, space behind the building and, taking its courage in both hands, the society decided to build its own theatre right on the doorstep. Hours of voluntary work and reinvestment of profits into building and equipment have resulted in the Swan Theatre as we know it today. Tickets are on sale at South Somerset Information & Heritage Centre (formerly known as the Tourist Information Centre), on Yeovil (01935) 845946.
Yeovil Country Park Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, Somerset (N/A)
The park includes the areas known as Ninesprings, Penn Hill Park, Summerhouse Hill and Riverside Walk. There are rivers, lakes, waterfalls, open grassland, woodland and a children's play area. To get to Yeovil Country Park follow the brown signs to Goldenstones Leisure Centre. Parking, toilets and refreshments are available at Goldenstones. Designated disabled parking is in the play area car park, accessed from Addlewell Lane.
Bowlplex Old Station Road, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 434555
Mon - Fri: 10am till late Sat, Sun, All School & Bank Holidays: 9.30am till late No entry after midnight. Late Licensed bar. After 7.00pm, all under 18's must be accompanied by an adult of parental age to the minor.
Rug Ratz Stourton Way, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 476989
Rug Ratz Indoor Play Centre is Yeovil's premier activity centre for children of all ages.
Bucklers Mead Sports Centre St. Johns Road, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 431716
This small, friendly Sports Centre is situated on the east side of the town, based within a secondary school. It provides a safe and friendly environment for all.
Pot Doodles Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 429990
The “paint your own pottery” studio in Yeovil. A fabulous creative experience for people of all ages. Come and have fun decorating pottery. Choose from over 92 different blank shapes and decorate a plate, a mug, a bowl, or a jug using our wide range of over 26 different glazes. Let your imagination run wild and design a piece of pottery you will be proud of. Don't worry if you don't consider yourself artistic we have a wide range of stamps, sponges and stencils to inspire you and our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help. Once you have decorated your pot we glaze and fire the piece and it is ready to collect 4 to 5 days later. The pieces can also be used in the dishwasher and microwave.
Jungle Jungle Artillery Road, Yeovil, Somerset 01935 433833
Indoor adventure playgound The wildest indoor adventureland for accompanied children aged 0 to 11. Divided into specific areas, our specially designed jungle playground means that even the youngest can explore in a safe and secure environment.
Yeovil Railway Centre Yeovil Junction, Yeovil, Somerset 01935-410420
Much time was spent in continuing the renovation of the Transfer Shed with regular opening during Train Days possible in the summer. 2003 was to see a significant new steam presence at Yeovil in the form of Cathedrals Express (operated by Steam Dreams). Three excursions to Yeovil and three to Exeter were run from London using Mid-Hants based engines 73096 or 60009 'Union of South Africa', all of which involved our services. We also watered 34067 'Tangmere' on a trip to Okehampton on 4 October.
Montacute House Montacute, Somerset 01935 823289
Magnificent Elizabethan Ham-stone house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park.
Montacute TV, Radio and Toy Museum South Street, Montacute, Somerset 01935 823024
A nostalgic trip through the world of radio & television programmes guaranteed to bring memories of classic TV and radio flooding back.
Tintinhull Garden Farm Street, Tintinhull, Somerset 01935 823289
A 17th century house with a Arts and Crafts garden. The Eagle Court is thought to have been made in the eighteenth century but the other garden compartments were made in the first two decades of the twentieth century. It has a distinct 'Golden Afternoon' flavour. Captain and Mrs Reiss bought the house in 1933 and added the Pool Garden as a memorial to a nephew who was shot down over a Malta convoy during the Second World War. Penelope Hobhouse, author of Colour in Your Garden (1984) worked here from 1980 to 1993 and the garden is described by her in Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening (1994) The standard of the planting design is not now as good as in the photographs in her book.
Ham Hill Country Park Ham Hill, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, Somerset (N/A)
A 164 hectare (390 acre) Country Park centred on an Iron Age hill fort, which is managed by South Somerset District Council.
Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset 01935 840565
The Fleet Air Arm Museum will change your perception of aircraft Museums. The Museum has the largest collection of Naval aircraft anywhere in Europe together with the first British built Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit. The Museum's award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience is where the Museum meets theatre. You'll be 'transported' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL. On board the Ark Royal you'll see fighter aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing a Phantom strike fighter and a Buccaneer fighter-bomber. Outside, there is a children's adventure playground, a licensed restaurant and a shop, ample free parking and excellent disabled access.
Sherborne Castle Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 813182
Original house built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594. Splendid decorative interiors and collections. ‘Capability’ Brown lake and landscaped lakeside gardens. Home of the Digby family since 1617.
Viaduct Fishery Cary Valley, Somerton, Somerset 01458 274022
Set in the beautiful Cary Valley the Viaduct Fishery offers six generously stocked mixed coarse lakes catering for one hundred and forty anglers. We have thirteen acres of quality fishing on this peaceful twenty five acre site. Our excellent facilities include a full tackle shop, clean toilets, refreshments, ample car parking with easy access, tuition, tackle hire and limited disabled access. Lakes can be hired for club competitions and open contests are run throughout the year.
Sherborne Museum Church Lane, Sherborne, Doset 01935 812252
Sherborne Museum, with over 15,000 items of local history, is in the heart of the town close to five of the most ancient buildings in its history: - the Abbey - Sherborne School - the Almshouse - the Conduit - the Old Church House. Apart from a few purchases, the items have all been donated by local residents, and the displays are enhanced by models, illustrations and back-drops by local artists.
The Gryphon Leisure Centre Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 814011
The leisure centre is a dual-use facility alongside the Gryphon School, whose pupils use the centre throughout the day. The centre is open to the general public all day at the weekends and during the school holidays.
Lytes Cary Manor nr Charlton Mackrell, Somerton, Somerton 01458 224471
Lytes Cary Manor was once owned of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, and the house is surrounded by an enchanting garden. The borders are planted with mixed shrubs, perennials and roses. Hidden paths enclosed by high hedges lead to surprise views at Lytes Cary. Beyond a formal orchard, open lawns and statues lead to a shady tunnel of hornbeam and a secret garden. If visiting make time to see insides Lytes Cary Manor itself.
The David Hall Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset 01460 240340
The David Hall, run by Petherton Arts Trust, is renowned for its range of top quality musical events. We also offer fine films, dance, drama and community activities. The acoustics are some of the best to be found anywhere and the hall, whilst old, is a favourite with many customers who return again and again.
Crackmoor Farm Maize Maze Crackmoor Farm, Oborne, Dorset 01963 251232
Comments from our visitors’ book : I think that is was the best part of the summer holidays and it’s only the start Sweet family – Very enjoyable even if I couldn’t find the middle and kept ending at the skeleton again. Ashfield family – very good fun (worn out the grandchildren for us!) Dawson family – Wet but still good!! Absolutely awesome Even in the rain – nice cake Happy Happy sunflowers on a dull day make the sun look like its shining. Thank you. Thank you very much for putting up with 40 kids It was great fun – Good friendly atmosphere Baird family – Wonderful time many thanks Great fun and we thought the scary farmer and the Skelton were great thank you. Nice afternoon – something different to do – and very nice scones Harding family – Wonderful afternoon sunflowers are so jolly. We had a lovely time. Thanks. Good idea list of questions beforehand and find the answers in the maize. Children really enjoyed it, the certificates are really good. Thanks Splendid fun – a bit bumpy for the wheelchair but otherwise find – Well done!
East Lambrook Manor Gardens East Lambrook , South Petherton, Somerset 01460 240328
A small 15th century manor house with a twentieth century cottage garden, made by Margery Fish. It is densely planted, with low clipped hedges forming compartments for herbaceous plants. Margery Fish had a particular interest in ground cover plants wrote a number of popular books based on her experience of making this garden. The East Lambrook Manor Gardens are being restored and hold the National Collection of Geraniums. There is a specialist plant nursery, tea shop and art gallery.
Crewkerne and District Museum Market Square, Crewkerne, Somerset 01460 77079
Crewkerne has a long and interesting history - its status as a Saxon royal Mint, its importance as a stopping place for travellers, and its prosperity based on the textile industry. The ancient Roman hill fort of Ham Hill is a few miles distant, and the town's more important buildings were constructed of stone quarried from the hill. There were some well-known personalities associated with the town. Admiral Hardy was educated a few hundred yards from the museum, and sail cloth for his fleet, including the Victory, were manufactured in the town. Founded in 1988, the Museum illustrates these things, but equally shows how ordinary local people lived and worked at various periods. Some of the latest graphic techniques are used to enliven the displays.
Targets Paintball Lillington, Nr Sherborne, Dorset 01749 344667
Targets Paintball has been in existence for fifteen years and has led the field in terms of innovative and state-of-the-art paintball games. We began when the paintball guns were six shot revolvers using 0.5" paintballs - boy did they sting when you copped one !! We progressed to the 10 shot "Splatmaster" then on to the Stirling pump action and finally to the Tippman semi-auto which we use today.
Cadbury Castle Cadbury Castle, South Cadbury, Somerset (N/A)
Cadbury Castle is the best known and most interesting of the reputed sites of Camelot. A hill-fort beside South Cadbury, down a small road which leaves the A303 at Chapel Cross, 1 1/2 miles east of Sparkford.
Haynes International Motor Museum Sparkford, Sparkford, Somerset 01963 440 804
The Haynes Motor Museum holds over 340 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
Thorney Lakes and Caravan Park Muchelney, Langport, Somerset 01458 250811
A warm welcome to Thorney Lakes - a haven of peace, quiet and relaxation, so relax, soak up the silence and live life at a gentler pace... A family run business established in 1993, the setting attracts a host of wildlife and regularly visited by otters, badgers, rabbits, deer and 70 species of birdlife (RSPB survey), including kingfishers nesting on site.
Muchelney Abbey Muchelney, Nr Langport, Somerset 01458 250664
This beautiful and ancient piece of architecture stands in the heart of the Somerset countryside and provides a fascinating visitor attraction. The ruins of the Tudor abbey are clearly defined and there is a series of interesting exhibitions that have been put in place by English Heritage who maintain the property. Here you can learn more about the past of the building and those who used it.
Priest's House Muchelney, Nr Langport, Somerset 01458 253771
A late medieval hall house, built by Muchelney Abbey in 1308 for the parish priest and little altered since the hall was divided in the early 17th century. Interesting features include the Gothic doorway, beautiful double height tracery windows and a massive 15th-century stone fireplace. The house is occupied and furnished by tenants.
Barrington Court Barrington, nr Ilminster, Somerset 01460 242614
An enchanting formal garden influenced by Gertude Jekyll and laid out in series of walled rooms, including the White garden, the Rose and Iris garden and the Lily garden. The working Kitchen garden has espaliered apple, pear and plum trees trained along high stone walls. The Tudor Manor House was restored in the 1920's by the Lyle family. It is let to Stuart Interiors as showrooms with antique furniture for sale thereby offering visitors a different kind of visit to a National Trust House.
Minterne Gardens Minterne Gardens, Nr Dorchester, Dorset 01300 341370
The Minterne Valley was landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. They contain an unique collection of Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, with Spring bulbs, Cherries, Maples and many fine and rare trees; the garden is noted for its Autumn colouring. Of particular note are the large plants of Magnolia Campbelli which flower in March and April, together with a profusion of spring bulbs. Many flowering cherries were brought from Japan in 1920 and the Pieris Forrestii with their brilliant scarlet shoots, originally came from Wakehurst. A very fine collection of Davidia Involucrata ( the pocket handkerchief tree) produce striking bracts in late May and early June, when the streams are lined with primulas, astilbes and other water plants. Over 1.5 miles of walks with Palm trees and towering Rhododendrons framed by tall Cedar and Beech trees, provide a new vista at each turn. The changing seasons make each visit to Minterne a memorable experience. There is free parking and picnic facilities available.
Perry's Cider Dowlish Wake, Ilminster, Somerset 01460 55195
Set in the picturesque Somerset village of Dowlish Wake, the cider mills and visitor centre still occupies the original family farm. Visitors can sample the atmosphere of old West Country life and the traditions of our working cider farm.
Burrow Hill Cider Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset 01460 240782
Visitors are welcome to view the copper stills, protected by armoured plated glass and 68 locks and seals (by order of HM Customs & Excise) in the distillery. In the ciderhouse there is cider and Cider Brandy to sample amongst the oak vats, barrels and presses - all the paraphernalia associated with 150 years of cidermaking. We are open every day (except Sunday) between 9am and 5.30pm
Huish Episcopi Leisure Centre Wincanton Road, Langport, Somerset 01458 251055
Huish Episcopi Leisure Centre is based just inside the entrance gate of Huish Episcopi Secondary School. The facilities include a large Fitness Room with modern equipment, where there are members of staff available to give help and advice. There are a large number of group exercise class held at various times of the day and evening; these include: spinning, pilates and aerobics. The facilities are available to casual users or you may wish to become a member and take advantage of the benefits that this brings. During the summer months, there is a very attractive, outdoor, heated, 25-metre swimming pool.
Henley Hillbillies Buckland Newton , Nr Dorchester, Dorset 01300 345293
Invite you to experience the countryside as never before on our 200acre estate in glorious Dorset. Ride a quad bike, shoot a clay pigeon out of the sky, slide a Mini Maverik through the bends or feel the exhilaration of handling a speeding hovercraft. All the activities we offer come with full tuition and women and men of any age are welcome as are children from the minimum age specified. We have a clubhouse serving tea and coffee and our Diamond, Gold and Silver packages include lunch or evening meal in a local inn. If you are coming from afar we can advise on overnight accommodation for you. We are open all year round and cater for corporate hospitality events, groups both large and small and stag and hen parties. So get a group together and give us a call. We look forward to taking you on a sporting day with a difference.
Gartell Light Railway Templecombe, Nr Henstridge, Somerset 01963 370752
John and Christine Gartell, their family and friends look forward to welcoming you to the narrow gauge Gartell Light Railway. Step back in time to a more leisurely age and ride through the beautiful Blackmore Vale countryside along the route of the old Somerset & Dorset Railway. Our delightful half-size trains are operated in exactly the same way as their full-size counterparts, with every train movement governed by an array of semaphore and colour-light signals controlled by the signalman in two signal boxes. It is therefore no exaggeration to say that the Gartell Light Railway is a working museum of traditional railway practice. Visitors often tell us: "We live locally but we had no idea that the railway was here. We shall certainly come again. Everyone is so friendly and it's such good value for money." So come along and see for yourself.
Badger Watch Old Henley Farm, Buckland Newton, Dorchester 01300 345293
From our hide, enjoy the unique site of badgers emerging from their setts and foraging for food. The area is floodlit for perfect vision and visits from owls, foxes, rabbits and bats add to the spectacle which is available as of Tuesday 18th March 2008.
Ford Abbey and Gardens Ford Abbey, Chard, Somerset 01460 220231
Forde Abbey is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. More than 900 years of history and romance are encapsulated in this elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of exquisite award winning gardens. The amazing variety found in this stately home makes it a wonderful place to spend a day for all ages and an ideal destination for group visits. It is also a stunning venue for weddings, receptions and private celebrations of all kinds. However Forde Abbey is more than a museum piece. It is a family home and very much a living, working estate. South West Tourism's Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2006 & 2007.
Greenbank Swimming Pool Wilfrid Road, Street, Somerset 01458 442468
The Greenbank swimming pool in Street, Somerset is a lovely local outdoor pool. Check out their web site for details, pictures and and a history. It is close to the Clarkes Village Factory Shopping which may not be of great interest to swimmers but it could be a reason to visit Street - you can go for a dip while the shopahollics in your family get the bargains.
Strode Swimming Pool Strode Road, Street, Somerset 01458 443918
Main pool and learner pool, fitness room, sauna, viewing area, balcony. Access via steps or ramp. All facilities on one level. Ample access available from viewing area. Pool is main base for 'Mendip Mallards'. Operational poolside hoist is available.
Strode Theatre Church Road, Street, Somerset 01458 442846
Strode Theatre, mid Somerset's venue for live performances and film, is an integral part of Strode Collge. Built in 1963 and extended in 1998, it has 393 seats and offers opportunities for students to rehearse and perform and also to watch professional performances and films from all around the world. The Theatre is a busy place and is often at its liveliest when the rest of the College is quiet. Evenings, weekends and holidays are all times when the local community most appreciate the busy and varied programmes. Exciting Theatre The Strode Theatre bar is open on performance evenings, serving a variety of alcoholic and soft drinks, tea and coffee. Also on site are a rehearsal room and a meeting room, available for hire. For more information, please contact Strode Theatre directly, or visit their website.
Mill on the Brue Mill on the Brue, Trendle Farm, Somerset 01749 812307
They are a family run, not for profit, educational organisation which has been inspiring and educating children and adults for the last 25 years. They offer summer camps for unaccompanied residential children, school & youth trips, and outdoor activity days for all. Open from the end of January to the beginning of December, there are over 40 exciting, outdoor adventure and educational activities on our 20 acre site in the heart of beautiful Somerset.
Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve Chard Reservoir, Chard, Somerset 01935 4624
100 Acre Local Nature Reserve centered around the reservoir. Great bird watching opportunities on the water & in native woodlands. Visit the wildflower meadows in the summer to experience the massive range of butterfly & other insect life. Accessible trail with a hard surface though with some undulations and steeper parts at the far end. Disabled visitors recommended to be accompanied. Open all year, except for one part of trail during nesting season (1st March - 1st July). Entrance free, at Oaklands, on A30 just out of Chard towards Crewkerne. Angling, with separate access at north end of lake with wheelchair access. Ecoloo close to anglers car park. Angling permits purchased on site. Following severe wet weather parts of the circular walk can become washed out. Check conditions before visiting.
CoolPlay Rivers Corner, Sturminster Newton, Dorset 01258 474666
The best place in North Dorset for kids to find new friends, meet their mates from school, burn off that pent up energy, get rid of the boredom blues and play with fun stuff in a safe environment. There's no need to book, just turn up and let the kids run free...while you chill out, reading the paper over a nice cup of coffee! You can book one of our party rooms to let your little ones have their birthday cake and goodies in the privacy of their own room, a great party experience. You can relax, watch them play and take all the pictures and videos you like without having to worry about the mess, how to entertain them and whether they're having fun...They ALWAYS have fun at CoolPlay!!
Glastonbury Abbey Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, Somerset 01458 831631
Romantic ruins and peaceful parkland - Once the greatest and richest Abbey in England. Now awe-inspiring ruins set in 36 acres of parkland, ponds, orchard and wildlife areas. Visit and be moved by its tragic history.
Glastonbury Tor Glastonbury, Somerset 01985 843600
Glastonbury Tor is a conical hill in Glastonbury, England, which is topped by a 14th-century church tower. Rich in legend and mythological associations, Glastonbury Tor may have been a place of ancient ritual and it was certainly a place of pilgrimage for Catholics in medieval times. Today, it is a popular destination for visiting tourists, Grail theorists, ley-line enthusiasts, and those who make the climb to enjoy its sweeping view of Somerset countryside.
Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton, Somerset 01823 490249
The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre is the home of P. H. Coate & Son, founded by willow grower and merchant Robert Coate in 1819, and still run by the Coate family today. When Kathleen Boobyer, daughter of well known willow grower and furniture maker Edmund Boobyer, married Percy Coate in 1940, the joining of the two families created the present company.
Cricket St Thomas Cricket St Thomas, Chard, Somerset 01460 30111
The Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas - top year round attraction in the southwest for the conservation of wildlife including one of the UKs' best lemur collections. Open all year round, its a great day out.
Bridport Arts Centre South Street, Bridport, Dorset 01308 424204
Based in the heart of the West Dorset market town of Bridport, the historic venue has a 200-seat theatre, three gallery spaces plus a café and bar.
Bridport Leisure Centre Brewery Fields , Bridport, Dorset 01308 427464
Run by Bridport & West Dorset Sports Trust Ltd as a strictly non-profit making organisation, Bridport Leisure Centre aims to offer a wide range of recreational facilities and activites to the people of West Dorset with a view to improving their quality of life. As well as the general public, the Centre caters for schools, clubs, local organisations and societies. It attracts over 1/4 million customers every year and plays a vital role within the community. So, whether you're looking for an energetic workout, a relaxing swim or a competitive game of squash, Bridport Leisure Centre provides a range of facilities and activities within an enjoyable and friendly environment which cater for both the individual and family alike.
Highlands End Holiday Park Eype, Bridport, Dorset 01308 422139
Highlands End is ideally situated just 500 metres from a lovely unspoiled beach, the park is at clifftop height overlooking the sweeping Lyme Bay. The Heritage Coastline offers wonderful walking in each direction with exceptional views that are truly spectacular, largely over National Trust land and farms. The leisure facilities offer a wide range of activities to make you feel healthier and more relaxed no matter what the weather they include an indoor heated swimming pool*, sauna/steam room*, gymnasium*, games room, children's play areas, tennis court* and pitch and putt*. A Fishing Lake * is available to use at our Golden Cap Holiday Park (* additional charge). Highlands End also offers a fully licenced bar with a wide choice of bar food for all the family and includes a comprehensive and interesting display of Fire Service Memorabilia. There is a shop for everyday groceries, drinks, frozen food and caravan accessories and this provides a good service to our guests, our Tourist Information gives comprehensive details of the attractions and places of interest in the local area.
Somerset Pro Karting The Airfield, Westonzoyland, Somerset 01278 691953
This is an Outdoor circuit with an overall length of 700 metres. The minimum height for drivers is 4'4".
Stourhead Stourhead, Nr Mere, Wiltshire 01747 841152
Stourhead is a quite stunning English landscape garden by Henry Hoare 11 in the mid 1800s. Take a walk around this great landscape park which takes your breath away. Children will love the grotto - just wait and see!
The Somerset Space Walk Bridgwater Canal, Somerset (N/A)
The Somerset Space Walk was opened on the 9th August 1997 by the British Astronomer Heather Couper. Since then many, many people have walked the walk. What has been their reaction? Well many people has meant many reactions but one theme has remained constant. People were suprised by what they saw and what they felt.
Max Gate Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 262538
Novelist Thomas Hardy designed and built Max Gate, and he lived in the house from 1885 until his death in 1928. It was during his period at Max Gate that Hardy wrote several of his most popular and enduring novels, including Jude the Obscure, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, and The Mayor of Casterbridge, in addition to over 900 poems.
Dorchester Arts Centre School Lane , Dorchester, Dorset 01305 266926
Dorchester Arts Centre runs regular courses and workshops in a variety of activities from lantern making to Indian dance. Dorchester Arts Centre also organise educational work with local schools and community groups. Children’s refreshments are available at shows specifically aimed at children. A full bar including soft drinks is available at other performances.
The Keep Military Museum Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 264066
The artefacts, weapons, uniforms, medals and of course the stories of the soldiers and their families and much more are on display over three floors. Computer and digital presentation, realistic battle environments, together with exhibitions, tell the tales of courage humour and sacrifice of the soldiers and their families who have served in the regiments of Devon and Dorset for over 300 years.
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset 01297 560772
The picturesque sea side village of Charmouth is located on the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast. The beaches around charmouth are world famous for the amazing fossils that can be found washed out of the cliff. ENTRY TO THE CENTRE IS FREE!! But as a charity, donations are welcome.
Dorset County Museum High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 262735
Today visitors to the Museum can find out about local writers,history, archaeology, geology and the natural sciences in one of the Museum's many galleries. There are also video displays, activity carts for children and an audio-guide to take you round the exhibits. The Museum is housed in a beautiful, gothic-style building, which dates from 1884. Its diverse collections include Roman mosaics, original Thomas Hardy manuscripts and fossilised dinosaur footprints. And behind the scenes there is a great deal more… The Museum is an ideal place to come if you are visiting Dorset, and a great place for local people to find out more about where they live.
The Teddy Bear Museum Antelope Walk, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 263200
Dorchester's unmissable family museum. From the earliest teddies to todays TV favourites they're all waiting to meet you. The museum's charming period shop is probably the best in the south!
The Terracotta Warriors Museum High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 266040
This small but inspiring exhibition on the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor of China's famous Terracotta Army brings together all the wonder of the discovery of these amazing treasures of ancient China.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 269 571
A spectacular recreation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures. This internationally acclaimed exhibition spans time itself. Extensively featured on television throughout the world. Full school service plus specialist Egyptian shop including books.
Peat Moors Centre Shapwick Road, Glastonbury, Somerset 01458 860697
A visit to the Peat Moors Centre is the perfect opportunity to fire the imagination of both young and old. Travel back in time to prehistoric Somerset and discover first hand how our ancient ancestors made their homes in the centre of an extensive wetland.
The Dinosaur Museum Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset 01305 269741
Britain’s original award winning Dinosaur Museum located in Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, only 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast.
Shepton Mallet Outdoor Pool Shaftgate Avenue, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 01749 342126
The Shepton Mallet outdoor swimming pool is open during the summer only. Call for more details.
Kingston Maurward Gardens Nr Dorchester, Dorset 01305 215003
Kingston Maurward House was built in 1720 with the gardens being laid out in the style of popularised by Capability Brown; they consist of a matrix of small gardens, tree trails, lakeside walks and a walled garden. The animal park has an interesting collection of animals. There is a large play area for children, space for a picnic and the visitor centre and has a variety of plants and gifts for sale.
East Somerset Railway Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset 01749 880417
The East Somerset Railway currently operates a 2.5 mile (4 km) preserved railway on standard gauge between Cranmore and Mendip Vale. Prior to the Beeching Axe, the line ran from Witham to Wells, where it met the Cheddar Valley line and Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

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