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The Local Area

minehead beach

Minehead is the perfect place from which to explore the South West Coastal Path, Exmoor, and the surrounding area. With a beautiful sandy beach on the doorstep. Somerset is packed with tourist attractions.


There is a good selection of shops and a large market behind the steam railway station twice a week during the high season.

Minehead Beach

The town centre has a wide choice of pubs and restaurants, all within walking distance of Butlins.

  • For a family meal in a pub with a play area for the kids, we recommend the Hairy Dog on Minehead High Street.
  • Nearby Mullions Restaurant serves an excellent A La Carte menu and offers a very warm welcome.
  • For sports fans, the Queens Hall pub on the promenade has a 26 foot TV screen and shows all the major events. It also serves food and has a children's play area downstairs to keep the children occupied during the match.
  • For a very good carvery try The Beach Hotel adjacent to the Railway Station offers superb quality food with proper roast potatoes.
RNLI raft race Annual RNLI Blue Anchor to Minehead Raft Race
This popular race takes place in August and attracts rafting teams from across Britain as they compete to finish the five mile course. New to this year is a two-tiered event, with two races running simultaneously - one for the more serious competitors, starting from Blue Anchor Beach, and the 'Fun & Fancy Dress' race, starting from Minehead (golf club end). It is not only a major summer event in the area but it is also one of the biggest of its kind in the country and it has become somewhat of a tradition to close with a spectacular firework display on Minehead harbour.
minehead harbour Minehead Harbour
Sail from Minehead’s historic harbour on the pleasure steamers Balmoral or the Waverly for a day, an afternoon or an evening cruise along the Bristol Channel.
Minehead Golf Club Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club
Situated next to Butlins the second oldest club in the county of Somerset. (discounted fees for Butlins guests)
Regal Theatre Regal Theatre
Run and supported by volunteers, The Regal Theatre is Minehead’s only live theatre and provides entertainment throughout the year. There is a theatre bar, which is open before all performances and during intervals.
Riding Stables Riding Stables
There are many local riding schools for both novices & the more experienced.
South West Coastal Path The South West Coastal Path
The South West Coast Path National Trail is 630 miles long and, on average, will take between seven and eight weeks to walk the coast from Minehead to Poole Harbour, in Dorset. To reach the Somerset end of the coast path, take the train to Taunton and the 28 bus service to Minehead, proceed along the sea front towards the sculpture of a pair of hands holding a map, past the harbour and follow the new re-routed path from Culvercliff up onto North Hill.
West Somerset Coastal Path West Somerset Coast Path
This newly-developed route runs west from Steart to Minehead and links up the River Parrett Trail with the Somerset end of the South West Coast Path. The route is twenty miles in length and passes through the Quantock Hills, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are also a variety of circular walks that start close to the West Somerset Coast Path.
West Somerset Railway West Somerset Railway
Reopened in 1976, the WSR is Britain’s longest preserved steam railway. Steam and heritage diesel locomotives operate from Bishops Lydeard, near the county town of Taunton, along the Quantock Hills to the West Somerset coast, terminating at the resort of Minehead. There are ten stations over twenty miles, with various railway museums, signal boxes and station buildings, which have all been restored to their Great Western heyday, en route.

 

Nearby Attractions

To name a few the list goes on and on!

Animal Farm Park Animal Farm Adventure Park
Set in 23 acres of lovely Somerset countryside with views across the Levels to the Mendip Hills. This is a perfect setting for a fun-packed family outing. Children's play areas, shop, tea room, countryside walk. Hold and feed rabbits, chicks, guinea pigs and other pets. Undercover play area featuring slides, soft play and modular play areas. Special event days featuring characters such as Scooby Doo and Bob the Builder.
Barle Valley Safari Barle Valley Safaris
A spacious 110 Land Rover takes leisurely trails of discovery through steeply wooded valleys, by clear rushing rivers and over the dramatic windswept moors. Using seldom frequented tracks and ancient bye ways inaccessible by car, we search out the elusive red deer and famous Exmoor ponies in their natural environment. Your driver describes the many aspects of the countryside while pointing out fauna and flora along the way. There are stops to look at things of interest and plenty of opportunities for photography. A typical tour lasts about three hours and is suitable for all age groups.
Blue Anchor Railway Museum Blue Anchor Railway Museum
Museum of small exhibits dedicated to the Great Western Railway, particularly in the West Country, at a working 'period' railway station on Britain's longest preserved railway. Housed in former 'down' platform waiting-room.
Cider Cider
Viewing of cider-making in season. Video of traditional and modern cider making, orchards and apples. Cider-tasting from oak barrels. Walk through orchard and tree nursery. Collection of farm wagons and traditional cider-making equipment. Various farm animals. Farm shop. Coffee, lunches, cream teas, tearoom.
Cleeve Abbey Cleeve Abbey
One of the few 13 century monastic sites left with such a complete set of cloister buildings. Also home to 15 century wall paintings of St. Catherine and St. Margaret.
Culbone Church Culbone Church
This is the smallest complete parish church in England where regular worship is still offered. It is 35ft in length: the chancel is 10ft wide and the nave is 12ft 4ins wide. Walls are 2ft thick. Seats 30. Parts of the building are Saxon - Saxon window, Norman font, 15thC pews with 17thC large box pew, leper squint, oldest bell in West Somerset.
Dunster Castle Dunster By Candlelight
Annual Dunster by Candlelight festival takes place on the first Friday and Saturday in December. Friday marks the beginning of the festival with the now famous Lantern Lighting Procession, starting on the steep at about 5pm and continuing through the medieval village until all lanterns have been lit. During the evening a variety of shops and restaurants are open, including street stalls and entertainers, such as the West Somerset Morris Men, Carol Singers and a Brass Band .Please note that there will be no parking available in Dunster Village during the two evenings while the festival is on but Park & Ride buses are usually provided from about 4pm until late. Please follow the signs for Park and Ride (Minehead).  
Dunster Doll Museum Dunster Dolls Museum
Over 900 dolls from around the world based on the collection of the late Mollie Hardwick. A unique display of dolls of many periods with many costume and foreign dolls, immense variety. Established 1971. A visit will bring back childhood memories. Also a dolls' house, Britain's garden, christening and baby gowns, 20 costumed 'sasha' dolls, some dolls' furniture and crockery. Illuminated displays, and recent additions.
Exmoor Food Festival Exmoor Food Festival
The Exmoor Food Festival is held in October.  The Festival covers a wide range of events such as food fairs to Exmoor banquets, and from a farm walk to the chance at making Indian breads and dishes made with local ingredients.  There are horse-rides across the moor, chocolate making and a visit to a local brewery to see how beer is made.
Somerset and Dorset Railway Museum Somerset & Dorset Railway Museum
A collection of memorabilia pertaining to the Somerset and Dorset Railway. The trust consists of over 900 members, and was founded in c1966, the year of the railway's closure. The Trust is based at Washford, where a museum has been formed in the station building, with a large, purpose-built shed housing items of railway stock. There are also larger exhibits around the sidings.
The Coleridge Way The Coleridge Way
Walk in the footsteps of the Romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Opened in April 2005, the 36-mile long Coleridge Way starts at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey, where Coleridge once lived. The trail takes you from the Quantock Hills to Porlock on the coast of Exmoor, passing through wild heath land, wooded valleys and the beauty of the Brendon Hills. A keen walker himself, Coleridge reputedly walked the complete route in one day!
The Old Mineral Line The Old Mineral Line
The Old Mineral Line runs from Watchet to Washford and was once used to transport  mined iron ore, from the Brendon Hills, back into the port of Watchet to be shipped to Wales. Although closed in 1910, the route of the old track can still be traced on foot. The Old Mineral Trail starts at the Esplanade at Watchet and continues past the Paper Mill, through the fields, to Washford Station.
Tropiquaria Wildlife Park Tropiquaria Wildlife Park
A 1930 BBC transmitting station, now converted, with jungle atmosphere. Snakes, lizards, spiders, plus exotic fish from the oceans of the world and creepy crawlies downstairs. Also home of the Shadow Puppet Theatre, sparkling entertainment for all the family. 2 full-size adventure pirate galleons to play on and a brand new play castle for indoor fun . Also a radio museum, adventure fort and wildlife park. An exotic day out for all ages whatever the weather.
Watchet Boat Museum Watchet Boat Museum
A comprehensive display of the local Bristol Channel flatner fishing boat and accessories. There are several activities for children of all ages to enjoy. Free Admission. Closed Friday and Monday.

 

Links

www.visitsomerset.co.uk
www.minehead.co.uk
www.watchetcarnival.org.uk (August)
www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk (November)
The Butlins Minehead Website
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