Horse racing enthusiasts will find there’s much more to Somerset than Wincanton race course. If you’re visiting the area on race day and wondering what to do in Somerset before or afterwards, the county has so much to offer. From discovering ancient historical sites and exploring in the beautiful natural scenery to indulging in a spot of retail therapy, make the most of your time in this unique part of England.
Visit Haynes International Motor Museum
Petrolheads will be amazed by the largest collection of some of the greatest cars from all over the world at Haynes Motor Museum. There are over 400 cars and motorbikes dating back to the dawn of motoring in the late 1800s and classic cars from the 50s and 60s, as well as gleaming Rolls Royces and Bentleys and world-famous supercars too. There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained, from go-karts for the little ones to talks and activities held throughout the day.
Soak up some history at Glastonbury Abbey
The town made world-famous by the festival is steeped in history. Glastonbury Abbey has held legendary status since Medieval times and is believed to be the earliest Christian foundation in Britain. The legendary King Arthur is said to be buried at Glastonbury Abbey, and many myths and legends of Avalon and Joseph of Arimathea centre around the ruin.
Today the structure is a popular tourist destination offering a variety of activities to visitors, from wildlife tours to concerts and theatre. Why not make a day of it and explore the many historic sites within the town, such as Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Well?
Update your wardrobe at Kilver Court
If you’re looking to update your style or grab yourself some bargains, Kilver Court Designer Outlet is the place for you. With over 40 designer brands at up to 70% off, you could pick up a whole new outfit to wear to the races! Kilver Court also features a stunning public garden in the heart of Somerset, meaning it’s a far cry from a soulless shopping centre. Add to that a delicious restaurant featuring locally sourced seasonal dishes, and you’ve got everything you need for a great day out.
Explore Wookey Hole Caves
Enter a hidden underworld at Wookey Hole Caves. The incredible limestone caverns were created as water eroded the limestone rock over thousands of years. Explore the caves on a guided tour, where you’ll see amazing stalactites and stalagmites, underground pools and cavernous chambers, as well as learning about the different ways humans have used the caves for over 45,000 years.
Head to the beach
If you’re wondering what to do near Bournemouth, a trip to the seaside is not to be missed. The soft sandy Boscombe beach stretches over 1km and makes an idyllic location for a day out. Take a stroll along the pier to enjoy the sea air, build sandcastles, sample delicious local ice creams, paddle in the waves or simply watch the world go by from a deckchair. The quaint and colourful beach huts make for the perfect backdrop to a quintessentially British day out.