Somerset is known as the “Land of the Summer People” from ancient times and many of the events and traditions in the county reflect this place of contrasts. The country has a windswept coastline with long sandy beaches and yet the rugged beauty of Exmoor is a major visitor attraction to the area.
In summer the famous Glastonbury Festival is part of the very essence of this county and brings many famous music artists to the area. Somerset and the area around Glastonbury is known for the amount of ley lines which are traditional Celtic mystic routes.
The beaches of Minehead and Weston Super Mare are a favourite family holiday destination thanks to the beaches, amusement arcades and good hotels in the area.
For horse riding and walking try Exmoor with its dramatic beauty and scenes that inspired the Lorna Doone book. The villages of Porlock and Dunster have retained their historic charm. Walks lead out to the Valley of the rocks, and Heddon’s Mouth or to the peak at Dunkery Beacon.
Visit Malmsmead for the natural history centre to learn more of the wildlife in the area. Dramatic Cheddar Gorge is a favourite climbing spot as well as the location of the famous cheese making centre. The county town of Somerset, Taunton is best known for its famous cricket ground and for the castle. At Wells the beautiful cathedral is the highlight of the town with its famous west front of 365 medieval figures.
It is in autumn when the apples are picked and made into cider that the carnival season starts and from Bridgewater to Minehead the towns of Somerset have the most extravagant and fun displays of carnival in the South West. Somerset may be the land of summer but is attractive to visitors all year round with so much to see and do.