2022 Somerset Secrets
Weston-super-Mare, the seaside heart of North Somerset, is a great British coastal resort on the wide sweep of Weston Bay with a clean sandy beach and level promenade. Based in a seafront hotel, you can easily explore the town and of course, the iconic Grand Pier with its state-of-the-art pavilion. Steeped in Victorian history, Weston-super-Mare is the perfect gateway to discover some of Somerset's wonderful attractions and secrets and also to sample and savour some of its epicurean delights
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, travel to Weston-super-Mare to check into your hotel for 3 or 4 nights with welcome tea & coffee on arrival. DBB
Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Weston-super-Mare with one or two included excursions
All weather attractions include the Grand Pier, the Weston Museum and the world's largest dedicated Helicopter Museum (entrances not included). There is a wide and varied programme of entertainment at the Playhouse Theatre and the Winter Gardens to suit all ages
Quintessential Gardens & Cider (4-Day tour visits the Gardens only)
Experience 50 acres of quintessential Somerset gardens near Taunton today. Spanning three centuries of garden design, Hestercombe Gardens offer a unique and varied combination of the Georgian Landscape Garden (designed 1750s), the Victorian Shrubbery and the Edwardian Formal Gardens hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The gift shop and art gallery (opening times vary) are located in part of the house (not fully restored). Later head to Sheppy's, a family-run farm that's been lovingly crafting award-winning Somerset ciders for over 200 years (5-day tours only). Visit the press house, vats and learn about the farm's history as well as the cider-making year before enjoying a fully tutored tasting of a selection of Sheppy's award-winning ciders.
Tyntesfield House, Cheddar Gorge & Cheese (5-day tours only)
Spend the morning at the ornate Victorian Gothic Revival house of Tyntesfield to explore the extravagant Grade 1 listed building and estate, built for William Gibbs (1790-1875), a merchant who made his fortune in trade with Spain and South America. The visitor route includes the vestibule, impressive library, the dining room with its fine oak panelling, the grand drawing room and the family's own chapel (accessed via a narrow spiral staircase). Return back to the coast via the Mendip Hills to the famous Cheddar Gorge with its dramatic cliffs rising 450 ft and stunning stalactite caverns (admissions not included).
Stop at the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company Visitor Centre to see cheese making 'live' at the only producer of cheddar left in the village of Cheddar. This independent small artisan cheesemaker uses fresh unpasteurised milk, from a local farm to preserve the original character of truly authentic Somerset Cheddar Cheese. This visit will not take place in August.
Return Day Head homeward via Marlborough to arrive early / mid-evening
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Smiths Hotel, Weston-super-Mare (May, July & September only)
Situated in a prime sea-front location with magnificent views across Weston Bay and beyond, 3* Smiths Hotel offers a warm welcome, friendly service and comfortable accommodation. There is a residents' lounge, restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace some entertainment most nights. All 50 bedrooms have been refurbished and offer private facilities (mostly with walk-in shower), TV and tea/coffee making. Single rooms are compact. There is a small lift
Grand Atlantic Hotel, Weston-super-Mare (June & August only)
Occupying an enviable location on the Beach Lawns seafront, just off Marine Parade, The 3* Grand Hotel Atlantic is a magnificent stone-built Victorian property complete with towers and turrets. The Grand Pier is just a five minute walk away along the pretty streets lined with cafés, pubs and restaurants. There are several inviting lounges and bar as well as a large restaurant. Guestrooms feature TV, tea / coffee making facilities and hair dryer. There is a lift