autumn caravan pitches in somerset
Take in the best of Autumn in Somerset with our open all year touring park and holiday lodges for hire. We are open all year with hardstanding pitches for your motorhome, campervan, caravan, RV or Fifth Wheel on our adult only, five star touring and camping park.
Premier Parks have named us one of their top picks for an adult only Autumn getaway in 2024!
As an adult only caravan site, you won't find anyone trick or treating, but we have got lots of autumn ideas whether you fancy something naughty or nice during your stay!
Somerset has been fortunate to welcome Indian summers and mild autumn weather for the past few years and we are equipped for all weathers at Long Hazel Park. Our hardstanding pitches for caravans and motorhomes are nestled amongst autumn trees on a level site and are all served with 16 amp electric hook-up. We also have 10 fully serviced touring pitches available.
Somerset is famous for cider, where the apples are traditionally picked in the Autumn to make next year's cider. Our nearest cider farm is a little over a mile away and makes a great autumn walk. You will be able to try local ciders at the farm before purchasing.
We'd recommend picking up some local Somerset cheeses at one of the many surrounding farm shops to compliment your cider! Somerset isn't just famous for cheddar cheese, there's also wonderful soft, goats and sheeps cheeses produced locally!
There are plenty of beautiful gardens to visit across Somerset, with the Oudolf Field at Hauser and Wirth in Bruton being one of the best suited to all seasons. The gardens are free to visit and border one of Somerset's most famous art galleries.
For a five star day out, we also recommend a visit to The Newt, where the grounds range from acres of woodland to tropical indoor conservatories.
We are also fortunate to be near to many National Trust gardens and properties across Somerset and Dorset, including Stourhead, Montacute and Lytes Cary.
Visit The Newt's Apple Day, held on 19 and 20 October 2024 to to raise “awareness not only of the importance of orchards to our landscape and culture, but also in the provenance and traceability of food”.
Apple Day is one of The Newt's most exciting weekends, with cider making displays, live music and tractor tours through the orchards.
Situated 4 miles away in Castle Cary, The Newt is the sponsor of the Chelsea Flower Show and has a 300 acre estate that you can visit with formal gardens, woodland and lots of Somerset activities.
For chilly autumn days, we're within two miles of three local country pubs, each known for their Sunday roasts and roaring fires. Our nearest pub, The Sparkford Inn, is just 100 yards away from our entrance with a Sunday carvery. In the next village of Queen Camel is The Mildmay Arms, which has been voted one of the best Sunday roasts in Somerset. We also recommend The Camelot at South Cadbury, at the bottom of the hillfort.
For a Sunday lunch a little further afield, we'd recommend Roth Bar and Grill in Bruton with farm to fork food or an Italian inspired lunch at The Old Pharmacy, also in Bruton.
There are lots of great autumn walks and cycle routes to take across Somerset in September and October. We recommend a visit to King Arthur's Camelot at South Cadbury, which is just two miles away. Not only will you see the leaves on the trees turning orange and yellow, you'll see some of the best views across Somerset and Dorset.
In keeping with Hallowe'en, you may also be lucky enough to see the ghosts of the Knights of the Round Table, who are said to be seen charging down to the spring beside Sutton Montis church. A little further afield, you'll be able to visit the graves of King Arthur and Guinevere at Glastonbury Abbey.
For the adventurous holidaymaker, supernatural Somerset doesn't stop there! A visit to Wookey Hole caves will bring you face to face with a witch who was thought to live in the caves over 1000 years ago. Legend has it, the Witch of Wookey was turned to stone by a local priest and she now stands in the deepest of caves!
For more spooky happenings, you can also visit Shepton Mallet prison, which provides ghost tours of the old cells. Dating from 1646, a woman known as The White Lady haunts the cells after murdering her lover and being sentenced to death herself.
We have installed bat boxes around the peripheral of our caravan park. Local nature studies have detected 12 different types of bats in the surrounding area, including two types of bats in the adjacent trees and hedgerows.
We installed four bat boxes to help house these bats as part of our David Bellamy Special Species Challenge, which will help support the Pipistrelle bats which were thought to be roosting in our Reception roof on our caravan park. In the evenings, you'll see tiny bats flying over the touring park, foraging for food.
If you're in the market for a new motorhome or caravan, we'd suggest a visit to the The South West Motorhome and Campervan Show at Shepton Mallet Showground!
With all things motorhoming and caravanning related, you can catch the show on 8 - 10 September 2024. We're fortunate to have a bus route to the Shepton Mallet Showground just 100 yards from our caravan park in Sparkford, so you can leave your tourer at home for the day!
We are an ideal place to stay all year round for events at the Shepton Mallet Showground, with our 2024 availability already on our online booking system.
Long Hazel Park is a great base to explore all the surrounding National Trust properties in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. With 15 houses, gardens and areas of natural beauty to visit, you'll have lots to see and do during your stay!
Take a look at our National Trust page:
Premier Parks have chosen us as one of their best escapes for a late summer break! Visit us in September and October through our online booking system. All of our availability for autumn breaks 2024 is online and regularly updated.
We've been chosen as one of the Premier Parks Top 100 sites for the third year in a row and are very fortunate that they've chosen our lovely surroundings to represent their top sites this year! We're also one of just a handful in Somerset and are very proud to be the only VisitEngland Five Star Touring and Camping Park in South Somerset.
To book in with us this September or October in your touring caravan, motorhome or RV, take a look at our availability at our online booking system:
In Japanese culture, "momijigari", or "leaf peeping", is the Japanese tradition of visiting areas where leaves have turned red in the autumn. This involves making a trip to hills and valleys to appreciate autumn foliage in the fall.
Whilst areas for this are few and far between in the UK, Stylist Magazine suggests one the best places to see this is the King Alfred's Tower Walk at Stourhead in nearby Wiltshire.
If you're looking for Japanese foliage in particular, you may wish to visit the new Japanese garden at The Newt at Hadpsen, near Bruton. It is free to visit with an RHS membership on Tuesdays, or yearly passes are available to purchase at the gate.
For the best places to kick Autumn leaves and collect conkers, we'd also recommend Montacute House, near Yeovil. This Elizabethan manor was built in 1598 and is the South West outpost of the National Portrait Gallery
Autumn is the perfect time to go sunset spotting around Somerset.
We'd recommend a visit to Cadbury Hillfort at South Cadbury with a trip to The Camelot Inn at the bottom. If you don't fancy walking all the way, there is a car park at the bottom of the hillfort.
Another great viewpoint is Ham Hill, another nearby Iron Age Hillfort, famous for being a Somerset hamstone quarry and the source of a lot of the honey-coloured houses in the area.
In October, Durslade Farm in Bruton are holding their annual Pumpkin Festival. As one of Somerset's best food
and art destinations, they really know how to hold a festival!
You'll be treated to live music, outdoor cooking featuring their harvest of autumn pumpkins and pumpkin growing competitions, so make sure you bring your crop along! There's even pumpkin carving workshops so you'll have the most stylish lantern in the neighbourhood. Best of all, the event is free to attend.
2024 date TBA
No tricks, just treats! We've got lots of Somerset recommendations:
Pick up some luxury chocolate from The Chocolate Society during your stay in Somerset. You'll find their bars in most good farm shops around the county (Durslade at Bruton, Teals at South Cadbury, The Newt at Hadspen) with lots of great autumn and winter flavours.
Visit Cam's Kitchen in Queen Camel (1 mile) for home baked delights on offer in their cafe, Tuesday to Saturday each week. You'll find a regularly changing seasonal menu.
Read about Muddy Stilettos' choice of the best bakeries in Somerset and Dorset to visit while you're here:
October marks the start of Somerset Illuminated Carnival season, with processions held across the county in October and November. Our nearest Somerset carnival is in Castle Cary, just four miles away, and features some of the biggest floats up close.
If you are looking for accommodation for the Somerset Carnivals in October and November, our touring pitches and holiday lodges are available. Take a look at our Somerset Carnival page for more information and dates.
There's still lots of great things to see and do in Somerset this September and October! For foodies, we'd suggest:
Horrell & Horrell Dining Experience on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in September https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/horrell-horrell-dining-experiences-2267629
Frome Cheese Festival on Saturday 14 September
eat:Festivals in Yeovil on Saturday 21 September
Seen as one of the top food and drink destinations in the UK, you can receive deliveries to your caravan or motorhome on site, or check out our food and drink recommendations.
Visit the famous Giant Shepton Mallet Flea Market on 13 October for the penultimate market of the year. The flea market has over 250 stalls, with homeware, clothing, garden furniture, art, music, lifestyle products and much, much more!
You can travel to the flea market using our local bus, which stops 100 yards away from our entrance on Sparkford High Steet and drops you right outside of the Bath and West Showground.