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SPRING IN TO SOMERSET!

We're looking forward to a fun-filled Spring in Somerset for 2024! With Winter over, it's time to dust off your tourer and head out for the first camping holiday of the year. We've got hardstanding pitches of all sizes to suit your RV, motorhome, caravan or campervan, so choose from either a fully serviced pitch or a standard hardstanding and let's start planning your holiday! Our adult only caravan park has been crowned the winner of the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2022-23 for best regional Camping and Caravanning Park.

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WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?

From 1 January to 31 October 2023, you can hop on a Somerset bus and travel for just £2! Our nearest bus stop is just 100 yards away on Sparkford High Street, taking you to Castle Cary; Bruton; Somerton; Shepton Mallet and further on in to North Somerset. It's perfect for visiting the county and gives our motorhome and RV owners much more freedom to explore during their holiday! The best part is that you can enjoy a local Somerset cider during your adventure and not have to worry about driving back to your tourer!

Somerset buses also accept bus passes, so if you're a bus pass holder, you'll travel free of charge.

VISIT THE BEST SOMERSET SPRING GARDENS

We're very fortunate to be within such a short distance of many wonderful gardens in Somerset, which will be springing back in to life this Spring! Visit the National Trust gardens of famous Stourhead and Montacute and the lesser-known Lytes Cary Manor.

 

For RHS members, we'd suggest visiting The Newt at Hadspen on a Tuesday, where you'll get in free of charge. With some of the best gardens in the UK, The Newt are also the sponsors of the Royal Chelsea Flower Show.

For an accessible day out, we'd highly recommend Hauser and Wirth Somerset. Situated on the outskirts of Bruton, it's one of Somerset's best attractions, featuring a free to visit garden and world-leading art gallery.

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SOMERSET VINTAGE & CLASSIC TRACTOR SHOW

Stay with us for the Somerset Vintage & Classic Tractor Show on 28 & 29 January at the Shepton Mallet Showground.

 

With over 200 tractors on show, with some ranging from the 1920s, this one is a must see for agricultural and motoring fans!

 

Our local bus route takes you directly to the show.

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SNOWDROP FESTIVALS

Enjoy the first flowers of the year with Somerset snowdrop festivals. These little white bells have festivals dedicated to them, both within easy reach of our park:

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Visit Chelsea Flower Show sponsor garden, The Newt (4 miles) on 8 and 22 February to join their snowdrop walk around the estate from the perspective of a bumblebee, culminating in a delicious breakfast farmed on the estate. To book visit https://thenewtinsomerset.com/whats-on#seasonal-workshops

You can also enjoy our own on-site snowdrop festival. In 2023, we planted hundreds of snowdrops across our tenting area and 2024 will be the first year to see them on site.

START PLANNING FOR WARMER WEATHER!

It'll be Spring before we know it, and although we're open for Winter holidays, we also have availability throughout the rest of the year from week-long trips to weekends away!

 

Some key dates for your diary are:

Easter Bank Holiday 29 March - 1 April

Early May Bank Holiday - 3 - 6 May
Spring May Bank Holiday - 24 - 27 May
August Bank Holiday - 23 - 26 August

Visit The Newt, just outside our nearest town of Castle Cary (4 miles). The Newt are sponsors of the Chelsea Flower Show and have an estate of over 300 acres, including formal gardens and woodland, along with a Georgian manor house, cafes and restaurants, a cider bar and farm shop.

In 2023, The Newt planted four new seasonal gardens which are now open for exploration in full for the first time. Their Spring gardens feature the best plants of springtime. You can visit as part of a Newt membership, or join the head gardener on 18 April for a guided tour of the Spring gardens.

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SPARKFORD MARKET

Sparkford's independent market launched last year with great attendance! Held at Haynes Motor Museum, just half a mile away from us, the markets will be held one Saturday per month from 10 am to 3 pm. Featuring local food, drink and Somerset-made wares, the Sparkford market is the sister market to the award-winning Taunton Independent Market/

Haynes Motor Museum is also home to a monthly car boot sale on the first Saturday of every month.

MEET YOUR 2024 FITNESS GOALS

Did you set yourself a New Year's resolution of improving your fitness? We've got great ideas for dog walks and cycle routes around Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. There's ideas for all types of routes, from short walks to a cycle route spanning 330 miles!

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SPEND A DAY AT THE RACES

It's a very busy Spring in the horse racing calendar for our nearest racecourse at Wincanton. At just 7 miles away, we're the nearest 5 star touring park as your base for a great day at the races! The Wincanton races usually see younger, up and coming horses, including many by local trainer Paul Nicholls.

You'll find racing dates throughout January - April on our What's On page.

JOIN US FOR A THREE DAY WEEKEND!

Get in quick for a fully serviced Bank Holiday touring pitch! The Early May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and August Bank Holiday dates are all available to book on our online booking system.

We currently have camping and touring pitches available, with our fully serviced pitches going quick!

Early May Bank Holiday 3 - 6 May

Spring May Bank Holiday 24 - 27 May

August Bank Holiday 23 - 26 August

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EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

The Early May Bank Holiday falls from 3 - 6 May 2024, an ideal time to take the first touring trip of the year!

SPRING MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Join us for the start of Summer at the final May Bank Holiday of the year from 24 - 27 May 2024

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY

Enjoy the summer Bank Holiday in Somerset from 23 - 26 August 2024

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SOMERSET IS ONE OF CONDE NAST'S BEST PLACES TO GO!

Luxury travel writer Conde Nast Traveller has named Somerset as one of their 12 Best Places to Go in the UK in 2024.

They say Somerset is "due its moment in the sun" as a staycation destination for 2024 thanks to being the South's most talked-about county. The fantastic farm-to-fork food and art galleries have particularly caught their eye. They also suggest The Newt gardens at just 4 miles away near Castle Cary, where you can visit free with an RHS membership on a Tuesday or purchase a yearly pass to see the gardens in each season.

TOP TRAVEL DESTINATION OF WELLS

The UK's smallest city of Wells has been named the top tourist destination in the country. The Which? Travel survey of inland towns and villages chose Somerset's only city as their best to visit.

The city scored five stars for attractiveness and tourist attractions including its cathedral, and four stars for scenery, shopping, food and drink. It has featured in TV and film productions including Hot Fuzz, Dungeons and Dragons and Wolf

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HAUSER & WIRTH GALLERY, BRUTON

Visit internationally renowned gallery Hauser & Wirth in nearby Bruton for their new exhibition, from Saturday 27 January – Sunday 28 April 2024. The exhibition focuses on 23 contemporary artists, using their work to "address and confront notions of identity, consciousness, humanity and representation".

Hauser & Wirth have a number of galleries worldwide, situated in Switzerland, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York. The Bruton gallery was opened in 2014, restoring several farm buildings and an associated farm and has featured exhibitions from Turner Prize winners such as Martin Creed, and important female multimedia artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Pipilotti Rist.

This new 2024 exhibition has already been deemed "one of the best exhibitions to visit this year" by the Telegraph's art critic.

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