We live in Somerset and have been lucky enough to discover some of the best local attractions for families. So I decided it would be useful for other families visiting the area to be able to find days out in Somerset all in one place! Sometimes it can be hard to find the best days out with kids especially if you don’t know the area.
15 Days out with kids in Somerset:
Cowtastic Playbarn in Farrington Gurney. This is a huge softplay with different areas for each age group. They do great food and they now do family food nights on Thursday and Fridays so you don’t pay to play only for food. Opposite is The Farm Park, an outdoor play area and animal section plus trailer rides during the summer months. Also on site is a large farm shop, café and little shopping village.
Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford just off the A303. They have a large selection of amazing cars and bikes. They also have a large play area outside with loads to do for kids of all ages including mini go karts, a digger area, soft play and lots of ride-on toys. For children over 12 years there is now a separate Go-karting area. The on site café serves great food and there is a large gift shop.
Cheddar Gorge in Cheddar. Explore Britain’s largest Gorge and visit Gough’s cave. You can take a tour on the open-top double decker bus and visit the museum. There are also some great walks along the beautiful cliff tops and you can climb the look out tower if you fancy climbing the steps!
Ninesprings Country Park in Yeovil. This is a lovely 127 acre country park with woodland area, Lake where you can feed the ducks and a brilliant play area. There is also space to have a picnic or play ball games. There is a café by the car park and dogs are welcome.
Ready2climb Adventure Zone in Yeovil. A great climbing centre suitable from 4 years and over. They also offer slightly more difficult climbing called Top Rope climbing for 6 years and over.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard. The are a wonderful sanctuary providing many animals including dogs, cats, horses, cows, donkeys, chinchillas, rabbits, pigs and more! They also rehome animals in need of a new home. They have a café, nature trails and children’s play area.
Nunney Castle in Nunney near Frome. I love it here, Nunney castle ruin is a stunning medieval castle surrounded by a moat. My kids loved watching the fish swimming in the moat! It is free entry and there is parking just a short walk away. There are shops and a café and pub in the village.
Dunster Castle in Minehead. A magnificent ancient castle with subtropical gardens and stunning views toward the Bristol channel. The castle was transformed into a country home in the 19th century. It is only a ten minute drive from Dunster beach or you can head into Minehead.
Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton. A fantastic Museum for all ages with so much to see. They even have a flight simulator so you can experience flying a Merlin Helicopter.
Glastonbury Tor As you probably guessed is in Glastonbury! It is a large hill with St Michaels tower at the top and stunning views. It isn’t very pushchair friendly so I would advise taking a baby carrier if you have small children. Glastonbury is an interesting town with plenty of places to eat and is also only a short drive from the town of Street, where you’ll find Clarks shopping village.
Brean Theme Park in Brean Sands. This is a great place for kids of all ages and it is where the Sooty show is filmed! It is free to enter the park and you can either buy a wristband or pay per ride. You are also only a few minutes from the beach too!
Water Adventure Play Park in Weston-Super-Mare. Located right opposite the beach and only a short walk to the Grand Pier, you won’t be short of things to do! The water park is suitable for kids of all ages and there is a large wooden play area that also has a toddler area. The park is open all year round but there is seasonal charges between 8th April and 13th September of £2.
East Somerset Railway near Shepton Mallet. Enjoy a ride on the steam train or have a ride on the miniature railway. There is also a café and shop on site. They even run “Driver for a tenner” on selected days for children 5 years and up if your kids fancy finding out what it’s like to be a train driver! Always check the timetable on their website as it varies depending on the time of year.
West Somerset Railway Starts at Bishops Lydeard and finishes at Minehead but you can get off at any of the stops along the way. We had a fabulous day going to Minehead on the steam train and returning on the diesel train. It is only a short walk from Minehead Station to the beach so we spent the day building sandcastles and in the arcades. It is a great day out!
There are so many fantastic days out in Somerset but these are some of our favourite. We are also lucky to be near Bristol that has some great options for days out with the kids. I’ll be adding a list of attractions in Bristol soon.
Enjoy your days out!