The medieval village of Dunster

Having lived in South Somerset for most of my life, it’s rare that I venture north of the county so I was delighted to get the opportunity to go to Dunster and it felt like a proper break being somewhere totally new for me. I was taken aback by the beauty of this medieval village…

Space Adventurers, Taunton!

We loved our time at Space Adventurers, it was like landing in the soft play of the future! It was a great set up for both the kids and adults, and my kids age 4,6 and 8 all had a blast! The first thing I noticed were the amazing slides, the soft play here really…

Find your Christmas calm!

How do you maintain a sense of peace and calm at Christmas time? I must admit I usually prefer Halloween or Easter as they are much more low key celebrations. But there is no denying that Christmas is a magical time with the scent of pine needles in the air, spiced mulled wine, the kids…

Carymoor

Carymoor Enviromental Centre is a unique, magical place which combines a working landfill site with beautiful nature reserve and much much more. My youngest daughter affectionately refers to it as “Forest School” as we booked ourselves in for three Friday sessions of Carymoor fun. I’ve also taken my eldest two, but that was a few…

Best rural play parks in South Somerset

It seems that we will be needing to avoid contact with people just a little longer and with that in mind we have been nipping out in the car to find rural, village play parks that are much quieter than some of the play parks in Yeovil where we live. Many times we have been…

The story of Ninesprings

How many towns do you know that have a country park right at their heart? Yeovil Country Park is 127 acres, it has five main areas, with Ninesprings being the most popular and accessible part. Ninesprings includes a woodland hillside, grassy area and water. Within Ninesprings there is a large Victorian pleasure gardens (according to…

Life in the slow lane

We’ve been living a very simple, local existence in lockdown. At the weekends we go exploring in the country lanes that I probably would never have explored. Here’s a few country walks we’ve discovered in Yeovil, off the beaten track. 1. Placket Lane. Just before Yeovil Road turns into Sandhurst Road there’s a country lane…

Schools out! holiday activities for kids

I hope you enjoy my list of things to do in South Somerset for kids – it all takes a bit of research to find activities, especially budget friendly ones and some indoor ones for when it’s raining, here goes! Ham Hill events There are some really fun events for kids, run from the ‘rangers…

An American flavour in Yeovil!

Yeo Leisure Park is a thriving part of Yeovil. It’s great to see so many people enjoying this part of town, particularly as the high street is doing less well with many closures. When I was growing up I’d have loved to come here to the bowling or the multi screen cinema. This corner of…

6 reasons to visit East Coker

I was lucky enough to grow up in the pretty village of East Coker. When I was younger I didn’t always see it that way, and it seemed a long way into the nearest town, although Yeovil is only three miles away. One thing I always have loved is being connected to nature, I used…

The perfect woodland winter walk

The woodland of Yeovil Country Park makes for a fabulous walk anytime of year. But there’s something about getting a breath of icy fresh air at Christmas time which is really special. For me, Christmas day is for hibernating, eating and drinking! By Boxing Day (which is also my birthday) it feels good to venture…

Yoga by candlelight

Yesterday evening I went to a class run by Lunasana Yoga, aka my good buddy Rachael, in Westfield School Hall, Yeovil. It was such a serene, peaceful thing to do in the run up to Christmas. Rachael sussed that everybody would be feeling tired and frazzled in the run up to Christmas so the yoga…