OCTOBER TOURING CARAVAN PARK, SOMERSET
With lots to see and do in Somerset this October, it's an ideal time to take a touring caravan or motorhome break. From pumpkin festivals to traditional Somerset carnivals, there's fantastic free events. If you're looking for something a little more spooky around Hallowe'en, we've got some great ideas exploring cathedral architecture and a Glastonbury ghost tour.
It's not just touring accommodation we've got on offer - there's holiday lodges available for hire too, sleeping up to four adults, they make an ideal place to spend a weekend and visit the county.
Premier Parks have recommended us as one of their top suggestions for a getaway this autumn!
Ask a Somerset resident what their favourite time of year is and they'll likely give you the same answer: carnival season! Join us for the Somerset tradition of carnival - the largest illuminated carnival in the world.
Our nearest procession is Castle Cary carnival, happening on Saturday 14 October as part of the Wessex Grand Prix circuit. Expect tractor-towed comedy and entertainment weaving through the historic small town.
There's also carnivals in North Somerset in November, with Shepton Mallet on 15 November; Wells on 17 November and Glastonbury on 18 November.
There's tours of the sculptures of Wells Cathedral throughout October. The "Carvings and the Carvers" tour will explore one of the most remarkable collections of medieval carvings in England, including the famous West Front.
Specialist guides will teach you about the you training, tools and material used by the carver.
“Wells is the best place in England to enjoy and study stiff-leaf capitals. Stiff-leaf foliage was an English speciality anyway; capitals of stylized foliage as beautiful as those of Wells do not exist anywhere outside England. They make the crocket capitals of France look dull. Wells presents us with the whole gamut of stiff-leaf.” - Pevsner, 1958
Join in on a Glastonbury ghost walk until 31 October, held in the ancient streets of Glastonbury where you'll attempt to track down paranormal activity.
You'll get a chance to try out ghost hunting technology and equipment and be led to the most haunted spots around the town. Known to be the burial ground of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere, you may even be lucky enough to bump in to their ghosts near Glastonbury Abbey.
Tours can be booked at https://extours.co.uk/
Visit Hauser & Wirth, Bruton on Sunday 29 October to join in with their annual pumpkin festival, courtesy of adjoining restaurant Roth Bar & Grill.
The world-renowned art gallery is currently hosting a traditional European kunsthalle exhibition, featuring some of the most famous modern artists. You can join in the celebration with pumpkin carving competitions and pumpkin-themed food cooked over fire.
October is also the perfect time to visit the Oudolf Field garden adjoining the gallery, one of the key gardens in the "New Perennial" movement chosen for their beautiful colours and structures.
Sparkford Village Race Night 2023 will be held on Saturday 14 October, at the Sparkford Inn, just 100 yards along the High Street.
Make a night of it at the local pub and join in with the racing. Tickets are priced at £15
Virtual horse racing will be shown on screen with the opportunity to bet on these exciting races.
You can catch real horse racing at nearby Jockey Club racecourse in Wincanton on 19 and 29 October when the jump season begins.
Learn about the Witch of Wookey Hole during their halloween spectacular 21 - 29 October and see where Somerset's most delicious Cheddar cheese is matured.
The Wookey Hole museum shows real life footage of deep divers in to the caves and you'll be treated to a spooky circus show. Wookey Hole also has a nostalgic throwback, with a penny arcade to play and for those looking for a mystery, there's a 4D Scooby Doo Experience with a story to solve!
Yeovil Literary Festival runs from 20 - 26 October at Westlands Leisure Complex and this year features talks from The Great British Bake Off's Matt Lucas and Michael Ball.
Somerset residents Sarah Beeny and Dragons Den Deborah Meaden will also be giving presentations about their key topics: property development and money. Naturalist Chris Packham is also presenting his new book, Earth, which accompanies a new BBC series.
Local favourite Sir Terry Pratchet will also be represented by his former assistant. For any enthusiasts, we'd recommend combining your stay with a visit to the Discworld Emporium in Wincanton.
There's so many fantastic music events on in Somerset this October to suit all tastes:
6 October: A Country Night in Nashville, Westlands, Yeovil
Bach and Trevelyan, Ilminster Arts Centre
7 October: Mossie Martin - Traditional Irish Music Workshop, The Charlton Inn, Shepton Mallet
12 October: Beercat Collective Secret Folk Supper, The Emporium, Yeovil
14 October: Under the Apple Tree Song After Song, At the Chapel, Bruton
20 October: The Music of ABBA by Candlelight, Wells Cathedral
If you're looking for a laugh this October, there's also some fantastic comedy gigs:
7 October: That'll Be The Day featuring music and comedy from the 70s and 80s, Westlands, Yeovil
12 October: Simon Brodkin from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
20 October: Paul Sinha from The Chase's Comedy Showcase, Cedars Hall, Wells
Don't miss out on one of the final Giant Shepton Mallet Flea Markets of the year held on 8 October at the Royal Bath and West Showground. You can even take the bus from Sparkford High Street (100 yards from our entrance) to the showground.