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WINTER TOURING CARAVAN AND MOTORHOME PITCHES IN SOMERSET

Take in the best of Winter 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.

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ENJOY A WINTER TOURING BREAK

Our adult only touring park and holiday lodges for hire are open all year in Somerset. With great access from main roads and the temperate climate of South Somerset, we make an ideal touring destination all year round.

Our hardstanding pitches for caravans and motorhomes are nestled amongst trees on a level site and are all served with 16 amp electric hook-up. We also have 13 fully serviced touring pitches available.

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THE PERFECT TIME FOR MULLED CIDER

Whilst Somerset is traditionally known as the "land of the summer people", there's still lots to see and do as the nights draw in across the West Country.

 

Somerset is famous for traditional country life and winter is a great time to enjoy some of the spoils of the summer seasons. With cider brewed at farms all across the county, you'll find many pubs warm their own mulled cider for the colder months.

Another great tradition for this time of year is a cheese board and, fortunately, you can't find anywhere better than Somerset for local cheese! We're famous for Cheddar, but you'll find many small farms creating sheep and goat cheese across the county, with much of it being sold at fantastic artisan food markets.

ENJOY WINTER GARDENS

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. The structural grasses look stunning against the backdrop of the Radic Pavillion, which used to be sited at the Serpentine Gallery.

If you are looking for woodland and formal seasonal gardens, we'd recommend The Newt in Hadspen. Having gained a reputation as one of the most special reasons to visit Somerset, you can also enjoy Victorian greenhouses with tropical plants and excellent locally grown produce for a special lunch.

We are also fortunate to be near to many National Trust gardens and properties across Somerset and Dorset, including Stourhead, Montacute and Lytes Cary. During winter, many of the National Trust properties put on light displays from November onwards.

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TOP SUNDAY ROASTS

For the best pub lunches, 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.

TREAT YOURSELF!

Visit Michelin starred Osip in Bruton for a fabulous seasonal meal. Osip has just been voted the 7th best restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide, who have released their Top 20 Most Exciting Places to Eat just in time for Christmas.

With exceptional food grown and sourced locally, you're really in for a treat with lunch or dinner booked here! There's a good reason it's in all the hottest magazines and one of the "must visit" places in Somerset.

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GO TWITCHING

Time your visit to Somerset from November to March to see the Avalon marsh murmurations. With millions of starlings migrating from Northern Europe, you'll see them dancing across the sky above the marshlands.

This year, BBC's Countryfile have chosen the Somerset Levels as one of their top picks for starling watching this season. In particular, they recommend visiting Westhay National Nature Reserve and there is also Ham Wall Nature Reserve within a short drive.

FOUR SEASONS GARDENS

Visit RHS Chelsea Flower Show sponsor The Newt in Castle Cary and take in their brand new Four Seasons gardens. Their Head Gardener will be operating a guided walking tour of the Winter garden at dawn on 25 January, culminating in a locally produced breakfast in their Garden Cafe.

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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

JOIN US FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2023

Join us for Christmas 2023 and New Year's Eve going in to 2024! As an open all year caravan park, we're very popular during the festive season, with three pubs within a short distance. Take a look at Somerset independent markets, ice skating, National Trust garden lights and the Wincanton Boxing Day horse races!

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Campervan Magazine have chosen us as their top Somerset campsite in their "Destination of the Month" article for November.

"Nestled in the heart of the West Country, Somerset is an enchanting blend of natural beauty and historic charm.

The undulating Mendip Hills offer an array of walking routes, and cyclists can explore scenic tracks and roads across the country.

Wells boasts a stunning cathedral, Bishop's Palace, shops, and dining. Discover enchantment in Wookey Hole caves, rugged grandeur in Cheddar Gorge, and mystique in Glastonbury.

Trendy towns like Bruton and Frome offer a contemporary cultural vibe, while the traditional holiday resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead offer classic British seaside pleasures."

STAY: Long Hazel Park offers a tranquil escape for nature enthusiasts. With spacious pitches and pristine amenities, it's the perfect base for exploring Somerset's picturesque landscapes and charming villages."

SOMERSET ILLUMINATED CARNIVALS

November is traditionally Somerset illuminated carnival season, with the North Somerset Guy Fawkes Circuit featuring enormous processions.

This Somerset tradition is a must see, with Conde Nast Traveller Magazine picking it as one of the top worldwide events for 2022. You'll have even seen a Somerset carnival float feature in the Queen's Jubilee procession.

If  you are looking for accommodation for the Somerset Carnivals in November, our touring pitches and holiday lodges are available. Take a look at our Somerset Carnival page for more information and dates.

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GO ICE SHOPPING AT CLARKS VILLAGE

Clarks Village in Street is a great place to start your Christmas shopping, with designer discounts to be had at every turn. There's over 90 stores to choose from, with prices up to 60% off RRP, so you'll find something for everyone on your list! With camping and homeware stores, we bet you'll end up coming back with something for your tourer or tent too!

Most famously, Clarks Village has a huge Clarks shoes outlet. The Somerset brand was established in Street in 1825 and are a great souvenir of your stay in Somerset!

CHRISTMAS AT STOURHEAD

Tried and tested by our campers in 2021, the Christmas display at Stourhead is one of the must see events of the winter! Coming back for 2023 with new installations, the National Trust property is set to be lit up from 24 November all the way through until January 2024.

Taking place after dark, the trail takes approximately 90 minutes to enjoy from start to finish in the wonderful gardens of Stourhead House. There's also food and drink vendors along the way to make the most of your evening.

With some dazzling displays, make sure to take your camera along for some great Christmas snaps!

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INDEPENDENT SHOPPING

With so many great creatives in Somerset, it's the perfect time to go visiting markets and snapping up some presents!

Every Tuesday - Castle Cary Market

4 - 5 November - Christmas Artisan Market, Wells

Tuesday 21 November - Wincanton Christmas Fair

23 November - 10 December - Bath Christmas Market

Sunday 3 December - Frome Independent Market

Saturday 9 December - Langport Vintage Market

Sunday 10 December - Shepton Mallet Flea Market

WREATH MAKING

We're particularly partial to a festive wreath at Long Hazel and fortunately, so are lots of florists across Somerset. There's some great wreath making workshops on this winter to learn some invaluable skills:

Throughout December - The English Florist, Stalbridge

12 - 14 December - Foraged Festive Decorations, The Newt, Hadspen

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JOIN US TOURING OR IN A LODGE FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR!

As an open all year touring caravan and camping park, we are also open for Christmas Day and New Year. In fact, we're open over the whole holiday season for an adult only holiday.

We currently still have availability for a Christmas break, whether you are looking to get away from it all or would like to use us as a base to visit friends and family in Somerset and Dorset. We're within a short distance of many pubs and restaurants if you'd like to push the boat out and enjoy Christmas dinner cooked for you, or many of our guests attempt a full roast in their caravans! Our shower block is fully heated in the winter too.

Our holiday lodges are also available for hire for a Christmas or New Year break.

CHRISTMAS CAROLLING

Join in with some Christmas carolling in the build up to the main event.

RNAS Yeovilton will be holding Carols Under Concorde with the HMS Heron Royal Navy volunteer band in early December. There'll be mince pies and mulled wine on arrival whilst you enjoy festive songs under the wings.

Roth Bar and Grill in Bruton will be welcoming back their Cocktails, Curry and Carols nights on 21 and 22 December - so popular, they've announced two date this year! Join them for some exceptional food - they're listed in the Michelin Guide - and great fun around the piano.

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NATIONAL TRUST CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS

It's not just Stourhead joining in with the National Trust Christmas fun! Nearby Elizabethan mansion, Montacute, have  their own winter celebrations.

With events running from 18 November through to 3 January, Montacute have a highly decorated plan for the house, courtyard and garden.

Visit the Grade 1 listed building just outside of Yeovil, which also houses the National Portrait Gallery's South West collection in the longest "Long Gallery" in England.

TREASURE HUNTING

The monthly Haynes Motor Museum car boot sale will be held on 1 December. Held in Sparkford at the museum, just half a mile from us, the car boot is an outdoor event and dogs are welcome too.

If you're in the mood to go bargain hunting for collectibles, the Giant Flea Market is back at the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet on Sunday 10 December. You'll find over 200 stands of home, garden and living wares.

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WINCANTON BOXING DAY RACES

Spend a day at the races at Wincanton on Boxing Day. One of the most popular events in the Wincanton horse racing calendar, the course is part of The Jockey Club and always features young up and coming horses.

Tickets are just £10.00 and well worth a visit, with Wincanton race course just 8 miles away from us.

ENJOY SOME CULTURE

Visit the current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Bruton in the style of a traditional Kunsthalle. The exhibition, named "Gruppenausstellung", features over 20 artists exhibited in a traditional Swiss style which celebrates the gallery's heritage.

The exhibition is free to enter and has three "acts" with regular changing artworks and film. You'll find artworks from Turner Prize winning Martin Creed, as well as Pipilotti Rist, Phyllida Barlow and Jenny Holzer.

The rear of the gallery features a 1.5 acre garden by Piet Oudolf, the garden designer famous for New York City's The High Line.

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