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Events In Someset


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Being such a large and diverse country no matter the time of year there are always events, festivals and things to do and see in Somerset. Below are just few of the events that are coming up in the area. So much to see and do - even if you stay a whole year you still wont have enough time to see everything


16 August, 18:30

Adult £16.00 16+ years old


Tyntesfield and Immersion Theatre invite you to join us on the Croquet Lawn for Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice in Wonderland.

Bring a chair and a picnic, and spend a glorious summer's evening watching this fantastical, larger-than-life musical brimming with nonsensical fun and excitement for the entire family.

...why not come dressed up as your favourite character from Alice in Wonderland?


BS48 1NX
United Kingdom

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A staggering £1,000,000.00 worth of never before seen magical illusions have been shipped in from around the world, making this one of the West Country’s must see shows.
Making the show even more unique, and a world’s first, all the breathtaking magic and illusions are performed by ladies, with the victims to these ghoulish stunts all being men. Come and Watch if you Dare!! Show starts: 7.30pm Doors open: 7.00pm Tickets can be collected from 5.30pm at the ticket office next to the main car park.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 24th July
Saturday 27th July
Wednesday 31st July
Saturday 3rd August
Wednesday 7th August
Saturday 10th August
Wednesday 14th August
Sunday 18th August
Wednesday 21 August
Saturday 24th August 
Wednesday 28 August
Saturday 31st August

Show starts: 7.30pm Doors open: 7.00pm

Tickets can be collected from 5.30pm at the ticket office next to the main car park.


Ticket Prices:
Adults £9.99
Children £7.99 (3-14yrs)
Under 3yrs FOC (must be seated with a paying ticket holder)


The Quantock Belle operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead, recreating that wonderful, nostalgic atmosphere of the great days of steam.



The Quantock Belle operates on the scenic West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard (near Taunton) and Minehead, recreating that wonderful, nostalgic atmosphere of the great days of steam. Our diners enjoy good food and excellent company as the train wends its way through the beautiful Quantock Hills, past the ancient port of Watchet and along the coast to Blue Anchor Bay.

Whatever the occasion may be – a special anniversary or birthday celebration, a cosy dinner for two, or a Sunday lunch out – we are sure you will find dining on the Quantock Belle a delightful and memorable experience.

The Quantock Belle operates on a limited number of dates each year and is extremely popular. Advance booking is therefore mandatory. Your fare includes:

Return travel at your reserved dining table;
A three-course meal with tea or coffee served during the journey;
Value Added Tax, as applicable.
A comprehensive bar service, including a varied wine list and soft drinks, is provided to your table by our attentive liveried stewards throughout the day and charged towards the end of your return journey.

A vegetarian option (homemade gluten and dairy-free) is available as an alternative to all advertised menus but must be notified at time of booking.

We arrive at Minehead on conclusion of your main course where there will be an opportunity to take the sea air and have a leg stretch while our steam locomotive is serviced and readied for the return journey. Dessert is served soon after we set off again, followed by a continuous tea and coffee service. On selected Sunday lunchtimes during the Summer months we will offer a longer layover in Minehead (approximately two hours). These dates are denoted by an asterisk (*) in the schedule.

We are confident you will have a wonderful and memorable day out with us and we look forward to seeing you on "the QB" soon.

The Quantock Belle is also available for private charter. Please call the Catering Manager on 01643 704996 if you would like to discuss ideas for group outings or special celebrations.


Opening Hours


Season(31 Mar 2019 - 22 Dec 2019)


31st March (Mother's Day)

14th & 21st April

26th May

16th June (Father's Day)

14th July

18th August

1st September



3rd, 17th, 31st July

14th August



6th, 20th July

10th, 24th August



8th, 15th, 22nd December


For pricing please contact the West Somerset Railway on 01643 700398



Test your skills to see if you have what it takes to defend Dunster Castle from the English Civil War or perhaps join MI5 as the next James Bond.

Opening Hours

Season(28 Jul 2019 - 28 Aug 2019)

Road Directions

£4 for 8 arrow or 10 pistol shots, normal admission applies as well. 

Have-a-go archery and Pistol Shooting at Dunster Castle
TA24 6SL
United Kingdom


Somerset Cider Festival, Grand Pier

The Grand Pier Limited, Marine Parade, BS23 1AL, Weston-super-Mare

29 Jun - 7 Jul 2019

Returning for 2019, the Grand Pier is proud to present it's Somerset Cider Festival - now running for 10 days between Saturday 29th June and Sunday 7th July!


The Somerset Cider Festival Bar will be open from midday on all dates, and will remain open until the Pier closes on weekdays, and until approximately 8pm on the Saturday and Sunday dates.

Opening Hours

Event starts at 12.00pm


Please note: £1 Grand Pier admission fee still applies
VIP Tickets £15.00




The Royal Navy International Air Day will take place at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset on Saturday 13 July 2019.

The Royal Navy International Air Day will take place at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset on Saturday 13 July 2019. RNAS Yeovilton, the spiritual home of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, will open their gates to up to 40,000 visitors to enjoy the magnificent five hour flying display, meet our Armed Forces personnel and see their equipment up close.

There will also be a huge array of educational ground attractions from interactive Service displays to engineering fairs and state-of-the-art defence technology exhibitions. Families will also be able to enjoy trade stalls, arena displays, helicopter pleasure flights, simulators and fairground rides.

For full details on various enclosure options visit https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/airday.


Admission Tickets will be available from the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre on Torquay harbour side from April.


26th October at Wookey Hole Caves & Atrractions

With Live Entertainment, access to the Play Barns and a delicious 2 Course Hog Roast Dinner, the evening is sure to be fast-paced packed full of Spooktacular Halloween treats and surprises!
Come dressed for the occasion (optional) and enjoy the ghoulish goings on! The evening begins at 5.30pm, please arrive 15 minutes prior to this to collect your tickets.

Wookey Hole Hotel Halloween Party Package: Why not extend your event and book a room at the Wookey Hole Hotel? Attraction tickets and breakfasts included for a family of 4 when booking the Halloween Party Package. This package includes: 1 night’s accommodation Entrance into Wookey Hole during your stay One round of Crazy Golf Continental Breakfast with the Witch of Wookey Hole Save over £100 on great local days out Two-course Hog Roast dinner and Entertainment Prices from £229 based on 2 adults and 2 children

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Driving With Dogs The Ultimate Survival Guide When Planning A Jounrney


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None of us who own dogs should ever attempt a journey to a new place without having this website saved to favourites. Its amazing its like AA route planner but from a dogs point of view.

You simply put in your post code and destination point and it plots out your journey and then gives you all of the local quick walks & dog friendly eating and drinking establishments en-route.

Lezlie and Jem who set up this awesome resource came up with the concept are a journey from hell when they were stuck on the M40 for hours in a hot car with their young rescue collie dog who was becoming very stressed. From the car they could see fields and foot paths but there was no way to get at them.

Not wanting to be ever in this situation again, they researched for books for short walks near motorways but there was nothing out there. Thus in 2005 they decided to make a small set of walks places and pubs with great food for their regular trips up and down the M40. The number of walks grew. By 2009 they had walked over 1'000 miles and written walks for just about every UK motorway junction, and that is over 400 walks.

Their brilliant website is a whole community of dog lovers and it provides an endless resource.

So when you plan your trip to us (!) you never have to worry that your four legged family members might get caught short on the way. Simply visit www.drivingwithdogs.co.uk and put in our post code of TA5 1SQ and let the magic begin.



There are several effective strategies to use before and during car travel with your dog to help calm and reassure her:


Exercise your dog about 20 minutes before your car trip. Activity stimulates endorphins (“feel-good” hormones) and will also tire her out; she might even settle down for a nap once you hit the road.


Bring her favourite dog toy. She’ll especially enjoy the recognizable smell of her plush toys.


Bring a familiar blanket with her dog bed, or grab something out of the laundry that smells like you (don’t choose something she’s likely to destroy in the back seat).


Keep the car comfortable. Regulate the temperature; crack the window or sunroof to allow in some fresh air (don’t allow your dog to hang her head out the window). Soothing music can also reassure your dog. If you plan to crate her, make sure the crate is level and flat, not listing to one side; cover it with a towel if that seems to calm your dog.


Talk to your vet about pheromones. These are chemicals animals release which affect other animals of the same species, usually through smell. A female dog releases a pheromone that calms and reassures her newborn puppies; its synthetic version is available in a spray or collar, and has been shown to help anxious dogs during car travel.


Experiment with homeopathic remedies. The efficacy of these is less documented, but some dog owners swear by them. Made from the essences of flowers and plants, they’re worth a try.


Anti-anxiety pressure wraps have been shown to help anxious dogs in stressful situations.


Use a dog restraint in the car; some dogs feel more secure if they’re crated or buckled in.


Failing these strategies, talk to your vet about medications to help your dog with travel anxiety. Examples are antihistamines, anxiolytics, sedatives, or a neurokinin receptor blocker called Cerenia®, which stops the vomiting reflex in a dog. But be advised that over-medicating an anxious dog can make her lethargic for days after you reach your travel destination; that’s no fun for anybody. Only a veterinarian is qualified to weigh in on which meds are right for your dog’s specific needs.


Did you know you could be breaking the law in the UK if your dog isn’t "suitably restrained" when travelling by car?


If you’re not familiar with Rule 57 of the Highway Code, now’s the time to brush up. It states that drivers are responsible for making sure dogs (or other animals) are suitably restrained in a vehicle so they can’t distract or injure you - or themselves - during an emergency stop.


There’s a good reason for this. A 32kg dog, such as a Labrador, will be thrown forward in a 30mph crash with such sheer force that it would weigh the equivalent of 100kg – a phenomenon safety experts call ‘canine cannonball’.

What’s a suitable restraint for dogs in cars?

Unfortunately, vets have witnessed a number of dangerous restraints being used by some owners, including passengers simply holding the animal on their lap, putting them in a cardboard box and even putting a chain or rope around its neck.


And vets agree with the Highway Code, which states a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are the appropriate ways of restraining animals in cars.


Often, dog owners will allow smaller pups to travel in the cabin area of their car. In this case, it’s essential to use a harness. These fit around the dog’s chest and then attach to a seatbelt.


This prevents dogs wandering around dangerously and it keeps them secure under heavy braking or in a crash. Prices for reputable brands start from less than £10.


The Quantocks & Coast

The Quantocks Hills which are just steps away from your cottage are stunning at anytime of year. With 9,500 acres of open moorland, deep steam laced wooded combes and wild romantic Jurassic coast line you really are in for a treat. Because this area of England is such a secret, if you see anyone else on your "hill" it would be a rarity.



The video below is of our "family" outing on Sunday 30th June to Dunster beach. On a lovely bright windy afternoon we packed 2 horses, 2 German Shepherds and 2 of us in to the lorry and headed for the large Sandy beach of Duster. We had a fab ride and as you can see the dogs also loved it. The only thing I did not love so much was cleaning all the tack after. Salt, sand and leather do not make good bed mates!


Dog Friendly Beaches

Of Somerset

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Somerset has 25 beaches listed where dogs are allowed and a further 6 where dogs are restricted. This means that there are only 3 beaches in the whole of Somerset that dogs are banned from. Listed below are all of our local beaches - which luckily are dog friendly.


The beach of Kilve lies about halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater in the heart of the Quantocks. The shoreline is mostly rocky with plenty of rockpools to explore towards low tide. One of the best features of Kilve beach is the large grassy area behind the beach which is ideal for picnics.

Like neighbouring Lilstock there is mcuh of geological interest at Kilve. The cliffs here are formed from oil-rich shale and layers of yellow, brown blue lias in which fossils can be found. Kilve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) so removing fossils from the cliffs and bedrock is prohibited.


Type of beach = Rockey but good dog walks along the cliff

OS grid ref.

OS Grid Ref ST 1434 4444


This pebble, rock and sand beach, with many fascinating rock formations, sits on the Somerset coast, where the Quantock Hills meet the sea. From here there are views out across Bridgewater Bay towards the South Wales coastline. 

The beach is backed by unstable cliffs with visible bands of blue lias, shale and limestone. When the tide goes out, a large expanse of wave-cut platform is exposed. This area is full of rockpools which are teeming with interesting marine wildlife. 

This stretch of the coast features tall Jurassic cliffs and many interesting fossils can be found here, including reptile remains and ammonites.

There is no parking at the beach, but cars can be left in the historic village of East Quantockhead. From here it is a half-mile walk along the footpath to the coast, with steep steps leading down the cliffs. 


The village has some delightful thatched cottages, a duck pond and an old mill. There are tearooms in nearby Kilve village.


Post Code TAF 1EJ

OS Grid ref ST 1427 4440


This is a sand & shingle beach


Post code TA24 6LD

This wide, sand and pebble beach is backed by a golf course and holiday village. From the beach there are views along Blue Anchor Bay and out across the Bristol Channel towards the South Wales coastline. 

Located on the edge of Exmoor this area is popular with walkers - the 25-mile long West Somerset Coastal Path passes through the beach. In addition the delightful West Somerset Railway Line passes close by and gives visitors to the area an opportunity to step back in time and experience the joys of travelling through the beautiful Quantock countryside on an old fashioned steam train. 

There are a choice of pay-for parking areas close by, but it is also possible to drive vehicles right next to the beach, providing easy access to those with mobility problems.


Postcode TA24 6TH

OS grid ref ss 99724555

Minehead's north-facing sand and shingle beach was almost completely washed away in 1990 by a violent storm. A multimillion pound project to replace the beach and the sea wall was completed in 2001. 

Good for swimming, kite-surfing and windsurfing, with easy access to amusement arcades, the terminus of the West Somerset Railway and the start of the South West Coast Path.


TA24 5QR

OS grid ref SS 9738 4644

Brean (South) is part of a six mile beach said to be the second longest stretch of sand in Europe. Sand dunes, horse riding and a marshland that attracts many different types of seabird. 

Beware dangerous mud flats at low tide. 

Vehicles can park on the beach in designated areas.


Postcode TA8 2RS

Os grid ref ST 2951 5622

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Local Dog Friendly


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The majority of the pubs in this area of Somerset are dog friendly. Both the Hood Arms in the village and the Plough in at Holford are within walking distance. Below are some of our other favourite ones where dogs are allowed.


Address: 32 Church Lane, Bicknoller, TA4 4EL
Tel: 01984 656234

Fantastic pub. Perfect stop when you are walking on the Quantocks! Large courtyard, large garden out the back and handmade dog treats on the bar. Great food, and a friendly welcome

Address: Crowcombe, TA4 4AD
Tel: 01984 618631 
Web: www.TheCarewArms.co.uk

Traditional busy family run village pub, the main bar is 600 years old with flagstone flooring set in an area of outstanding beauty and situated at the foot of the hills. Also has B&B which dogs are allowed to stay in for a small charge. It serves basic pub food and some more sophisticated dishes plus lots of fresh fish dishes

Address: 42 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, TA5 1NG
Tel: 01278 733544 
Web: www.the-ancient-mariner.co.uk

Pets are welcome in every area of the pub (although restricted to 'resident dogs' in the restaurant for breakfast). All 10 luxury rooms at the on-site hotel are pet friendly. There is a wash station for muddy paws/boots. Our customers comment independently that the reception the animals get is second to none and we do our best to accommodate everyone. We serve home-cooked food, including special dietary requirements and have the largest vegetarian menu found locally. Our food may not be really fancy but you will receive well cooked, wholesome food that is sure to satisfy. Come and give us a try, park in our private, 45 space car park and sample our famous Steak & Ale Pie.

Telephone: 01643 821555

Email: enquiry@luttrellarms.co.uk

Luttrell Arms Hotel,
Exmoor National Park,
TA24 6SG


Named after the famous medieval manuscript ‘The Luttrell Psalter’, our beautiful à la carte restaurant combines the historic legacy and character of the Luttrell’s ancient architecture with the very best of today’s British hospitality and cuisine.


We believe in using local produce that is 100% traceable, involving as few food miles as possible. Our team of chefs create inspiring menus with an emphasis on beautifully cooked, seasonal produce.

Address: Combe Florey, Taunton, TA4 3HZ
Tel: 01823 432267 

Good food, award winning cellar with fine ales, log fires and award-winning garden. Bar open all day, every day and they adore dogs. Beautiful and very old thatched pub.

Address: Winsford, Exmoor National Park, TA24 7JE
Tel: 01643 851455 

It doesn't get more idyllic than this. Ancient thatched-roof inn (dates from 12th century) opposite the village green with a gentle brook running along in front. Dogs welcome in all bar areas where a limited, but excellent, menu is available - home made pies, home-cooked hams, pates and the like.


Dog Heatstroke

Survival Guide

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With the summer season upon us we thought this doggie heatstroke might be useful. I had to use it last year as Slap (our little old Staff) spent an entire day out sun bathing (we thought she was upstairs in her bed) by early evening she was very ill and without this guide I think we might have lost her.

This guide was written by PET MD

Instead of sweating, dogs eliminate heat by panting. They do have some sweat glands in the footpads, which help with heat dissipation, but only minimally. When panting isn’t enough, a dog’s body temperature rises. This can be fatal if not corrected quickly.


Excessive panting and signs of discomfort indicate overheating in dogs. A dog overheating may also be unable or unwilling to move around. 


Other signs of heatstroke in dogs include drooling, reddened gums, vomiting, diarrhea, mental dullness or loss of consciousness, uncoordinated movement, and collapse. 

Any hot environment can cause heatstroke in dogs, but the most common cause is a careless action by a pet owner, such as leaving a dog in a car or forgetting to provide water and shade to pets that are outdoors.


Some dogs are more prone to developing heat exhaustion, especially dogs who are older, overweight or brachycephalic (Pugs, Bulldogs and other flat-faced breeds). It is important to be aware of the ambient temperature and take appropriate preventative measures.


Dogs with thick fur, short noses or those suffering from medical conditions such as laryngeal paralysis and obesity are predisposed to heatstroke. Even dogs who enjoy constant exercise and playtime—like working dogs such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds—should be closely monitored for symptoms of heatstroke in dogs, especially on hot days.


It is essential to remove the dog from the hot environment immediately. Do not give the dog aspirin to lower its temperature; this can lead to other problems. If the dog is unconscious, make sure no water enters the nose or mouth as you follow these steps. 

  1. Put your dog in the bathtub. Or, find a hose—and make sure to let any hot water out of the hose first before hosing your dog down. If you cannot submerge your dog in water, place a towel on his back and continue to soak the towel and your dog in cold water.
  2. Run a cool shower over your pet, covering the whole body—especially the back of the head and neck.
  3. Do not submerge your dog’s head in the water. Keep the head elevated to prevent aspiration pneumonia.
  4. Call your veterinarian or the nearest emergency animal clinic and tell them you are on your way! They will tell you what to do next based on your dog’s symptoms and how far away you are from the clinic.
  5. Let your dog drink as much cool water as he wants without forcing him to drink.

The following steps should also be taken, regardless of whether the dog is conscious, appears to recover well, or was only mildly affected:

  1. Check for signs of shock. Your veterinarian can walk you through what to look for.
  2. Take the dog’s temperature every five minutes, continuing water-cooling until your dog’s temperature drops below 103°F (39.4°C).
  3. If the dog’s temperature drops a little more—to around 100°F (37.8°C)—don’t worry. A slightly low temperature is a lot less dangerous.
  4. Treat for shock if necessary.
  5. Get immediate veterinary attention. Heatstroke in dogs can cause unseen problems, such as swelling of the brain, kidney failure, intestinal bleeding and abnormal clotting of blood. On the way to the veterinarian, travel with the windows open and the air conditioner on.

Treatment will consist mostly of replacing lost fluids and minerals. This may extend to secondary conditions, which your vet will be able to identify. With cases of heatstroke in dogs, these treatments are recommended: intravenous fluid therapy and monitoring for secondary complications such as kidney failure, development of neurologic symptoms, abnormal clotting, changes in blood pressure and electrolytes abnormalities. 

Heatstroke in dogs can be prevented by taking caution not to expose a dog to hot and humid conditions. This is especially applicable for dogs with airway diseases and breeds with shortened faces.


While traveling in cars, make sure that dogs are kept in  that offer good ventilation, or use a and never leave your dog in a car with the windows closed, even if the car is parked in the shade. When outdoors, always make sure your dog is in a well-ventilated area with access to plenty of water and shady spots.

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