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Explore Somerset

If you are looking to explore Somerset, the award-winning The Cross at Croscombe B&B makes a great choice. The pretty village of Croscombe lies in the heart of the county making it a great base from which to roam.

(Croscombe has made the short-list in the inaugural ‘Village of the Year’ competition run by Somerset Live. Judging and voting takes place over the next few weeks!)

This large and diverse county has many fantastic attractions. All the places listed below are just a short drive away. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, so come and explore Somerset.

The Visit Somerset ebook is packed full of ideas and amazing imagery. Download a copy here. For more ideas, take a look at my blogs;  Places to go in Somerset, Outdoor activities in Somerset and What to do in Somerset.

Explore the local area

Enjoy beautiful coastlines, picturesque villages, stunning countryside, historical cities, ancient monuments and a host of family attractions.

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The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

There are a number of fabulous gardens nearby. One of my regular customers is Flora Garden Tours. They use The Cross at Ccroscombe as one of their places to stay while they explore the host of gardens in Somerset.

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Listed below are just a few of the fantastic trips you could take.

explore somerset and enjoy…

Gorgeous gorges

Running through Somerset are the Mendip Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are made up of steep slopes, undulating hills and spectacular gorges which overlook the Somerset Levels. Cheddar Gorge is the most famous, but Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole are also fine examples.

If geology is your thing, the Mendip Rocks! festival takes place from 6 July – 31 October 2018. Lots of walks, tours and special family events.

The National Trust’s Top of the Gorge festival takes place at Cheddar Gorge 14 – 16 June 2019. The weekend includes plenty of actvities and entertainment.

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Cheddar Gorge

Architecture, history, & wildlife

Keen ‘Twitchers’ should head to the Somerset Levels. This area is home to an amazing array of wildlife. The incredible aerial displays by thousands of starlings are an amazing sight. There are lots of RSPB reserves near to Croscombe, these include Ham Wall.

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The Somerset Levels by Nick James


Wells is a beautiful city full of historic buildings and amazing architecture. It’s just a couple of miles from Croscombe. Wells is renowned for its magnificent Cathedral, the moated Bishop’s Palace and Europe’s oldest continuously occupied residential street, Vicars’ Close.

Wells also plays host to a vibrant market on Wednesdays and Saturdays which showcases a wealth of local produce. The long established farmers’ market has won ‘Best South West Farmers’ Market’ in the Taste of the West awards.

The city also has a fantastic concert hall, Cedars Hall. This state-of-the-art performance centre is situated in the grounds of Wells Cathedral School. Cedars Hall hosts many special concerts. The autumn and winter schedule is packed with a diverse range of events.

events IN WELLS

Wells Art Contemporary runs from 6 to 21 October 2018. This year, the awards received 1397 submissions from 26 different countries! Short-listed works will be on display at the Bishop’s Palace (10am – 6pm).

Wells Festival of Literature runs from 19 to 27 October 2018. Now in its 26th year, the festival attracts a fantastic range of speakers. The festival’s aim is to provide informative and inspirational talks designed to celebrate the written word. This year, speakers include; Tony Walsh, Antonia Fraser and Alan Titchmarsh. Booking essential!

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Pic: Nick James

Candlelight Christmas Concerts with Wells Cathedral Choir. Wells Cathedral 20 & 21 December.
So atmospheric. If this doesn’t give you a Christmas tingle nothing will! Book your tickets early.

Buy some Christmas presents at the Bishop’s Palace Christmas Artisan Market. 9 – 11 November.

Little ones can visit Santa in his grotto at the Swan Hotel in Wells. It’s all part of Wells Reindeer Parade which takes place on Sunday 9 December.

Wells Comedy Festival is on at numerous different venues in Wells May 24-26 2019.

If you can’t wait that long for your comedic fix, Long Paws Comedy Club in Wells has regular events. Past acts have included; Russell Howard, Sara Pascoe and Stewart Lee.

Find out more about the events, attractions and activities in Wells. If you would like a guided walk around Wells you could take a self-guided tour or get in touch with Siobhan at Wells Walking Tours.

The independent and specialist shops make the small city of Wells a shopping haven. If you can’t find what you are looking for in Wells, the shopping outlets at Clarks Village and Kilver Court are well worth a visit.

events CLOSE BY

The Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet has events on all year round and is just 5 miles away from The Cross at Croscombe.

Yeovil Literary Festival runs from 25 to 29 October 2018.


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The lovely village of Mells is just 10 miles from The Cross at Croscombe. Mells has beautiful walks, great places to eat and large dollops of architectural genius on display. Read my handy guide to Mells.


Wedmore is around a dozen miles from The Cross and is a lovely village steeped in history. In 878, King Alfred rallied his Somerset troops and defeated King Guthrum. The Treaty of Wedmore was subsequently agreed. Read my guide to Wedmore.

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St. Mary’s Church & the war memorial in Wedmore


Wookey Hole with its world famous caves and numerous onsite attractions is a firm family favourite.

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The Festival of Light at Longleat

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (in Wiltshire I know, but only 16 miles from Croscombe!) also makes a great day out. Catch Longleat’s Festival of Light on selected dates from 9 November 2018 – 6 January 2019.

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Sit back, relax and chug through the beautiful Somerset countryside on one of West Somerset Railway’s amazing steam trains. The special ‘Santa train’ needs to be booked well in advance!


Somerset’s famous carnivals (and probably the largest illuminated processions in the world!) take place during November. Three of the carnivals; Glastonbury, Wells and Shepton Mallet, take place just a few miles from The Cross at Croscombe.

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Pic: Nick James

Dates for 2018 are as follows;

            Bridgwater Saturday 3 November 7pm

            Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea Monday 5 November 7:30pm    

            Weston-super-Mare Friday 9 November 7:15pm          

            North Petherton Saturday 10 November 7:00pm

            Midsomer Norton Monday 12 November 7:30pm     

            Shepton Mallet Wednesday 14 November 7:30pm         

            Wells Friday 16 November 7:00pm

            Glastonbury Saturday 17 November 7:00pm       

explore Bath, Bristol & Glastonbury

Glastonbury is famous for its music festival and Abbey. Stretch your legs and walk up to the iconic Tor to admire the view for miles around. The town is full of colourful characters, alternative and mystical shops and great vegetarian and organic restaurants. Find out more about Glastonbury’s connection to King Arthur, Guinevere and even the Grail.

Red Sky, Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

The cities of Bath and Bristol are only 22 miles away from Croscombe. Both are well worth a visit as you explore Somerset.

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The Roman Baths in Bath

explore Bruton

The small, ancient town of Bruton is just 10 miles from Croscombe. People travel from miles around to visit the pioneering gallery and multi-purpose arts centre. The gallery is currently exhibiting nearly 100 pieces by Alexander Calder under the title, ‘From the Stony River to the Sky‘.

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There are also plenty of places to eat and drink in this thriving town.

explore more of somerset’s great markets

The fantastic Frome Independent Market takes place on the first Sunday of the month. The dates in 2018 are; 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December. It’s one of my favourite Somerset markets. Happy shopping!

The Cheese & Grain in Frome hosts a wide range of events all year round; comedy, concerts, festivals, gigs and markets to name but a few. This not for profit, social enterprise has been going for 20 years. It aims to promote Frome’s social, cultural and economic life. Enjoy Frome Chocolate Festival on Sunday 18 November. 9am – 4pm.

Somerset really does have it all. For a comprehensive list of the other major events in the county Visit Somerset.

I hope to be able to welcome you to The Cross at Croscombe soon. Do come and explore Somerset!

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