Things to do in Glastonbury and Somerset
There is so much to do in the local area that you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The SusTrans Route 3 is the Long distance National Cycle Network route connecting Land’s End in Cornwall to Bristol. Middlewick is a stop along the way.
We are also a great base for the annual Tour of Wessex which takes place on the last bank holiday weekend in May.
There are many cycle routes in the area, see Where to Cycle in Somerset and Sustrans websites for more ideas. For young children the paths along the Avalon Marshes are a nice safe place to learn how to cycle.
Walking and Bird Watching
With the Avalon Marshes on our doorstep here in Glastonbury.
Attractions within Walking Distance
The Tor is a leisurely 20 minute walk from us and then a little climb to reach the top, but well worth it for the fantastic views. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, sunrise and sunset are even more spectacular.
Tor is an ancient word for hill and this hill is considered by many to be one of the most sacred sites in Britain.
Glastonbury is a name you hear almost everyday. Many people connect it to the world famous Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, but this is only a relatively recent addition to the colourful history of Glastonbury and the surrounding land.
Gog and Magog
Gog and Magog are 2 ancient oak trees. They are the last 2 remaining oaks of what is believed to have originally been a Druidic avenue that ran up the base of Glastonbury Tor. The row of trees were cut down in 1906 to clear way for farmland.
They are located adjacent to our property, just a 5 minute stroll from the complex. Past the E-den’s and across the back field.
Chalice Well & Gardens
Chalice Well is one of Britain’s most ancient wells, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the Tor and Chalice Hill. For over two thousand years this has been a place where people have gathered to drink the waters and find solace, peace and inspiration.
Many legends are attributed to this ancient well where the waters flow ceaselessly at a steady rate and temperature that never varies.
Hidden away in the centre of this ancient market Town are the awe-inspiring ruins of what was one of the largest and richest Abbey’s in England. Set amongst 36 acres of beautiful Somerset parkland and ponds, to tempt the nature lover in all of us. The Abbey ruins are magnificent, spend an afternoon wandering through the remains of this ancient building, filled with history, legend and myth…
Wearyall Hill is a long narrow ridge to the south west of Glastonbury. On the hill is the site of the original Holy Thorn. This was said to have blossomed from the staff of Joseph of Armithea, whom legend says had visited Glastonbury. The tree was seen as sacred, blossoming at Christmas and Easter, marking the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Within 15 Minutes from Middlewick Holiday Cottages
Greenbank Swimming Pool Following the wishes of Alice Clark, Greenbank Pool was commissioned by her nephew Bancroft Clark to provide swimming facilities to the residents of Street, particularly to women and children, as men were inclined to swim naked in the River Brue! Since opening on the 30th of April 1937, over four and a half million people have come and enjoyed Greenbank Pool and the pool welcomes many new customers each year.
Shoe Museum. The Shoe Museum, based in Street, Somerset, houses more than 1500 shoes from Roman to modern day. The Museum also tells the story of Clarks from its beginnings in the early 19th century.
Clarks Village – discount village with over 90 outlet stores, restaurants and cafes, plus plenty to entertain the whole family.
Hecks Cider – The Hecks family have been making traditional Somerset farmhouse cider in street for 6 generations, since 1840.
Nearby Nature Reserves
Ebbor Gorge – woodland walk with excellent spring flowers, summer butterflies and autumn colour. Limestone outcrops and towering cliffs surround the gorge itself.
RSPB Ham Wall Wetlands – home to water voles, otters, bitterns and kingfishers. October–January sees huge starling roosts dancing in the sky.
Avalon Marshes Shapwick Heath – a major wetland nature reserve (400ha) of the Somerset Levels and Moors. The reserve is a haven for wildlife and a monument to the history and culture of Neolithic man, who came to this area 6000 years ago and made this their tribal homeland.
Westhay Moor – on a bright, crisp day Westhay Moor is a beautiful place to explore with its shimmering lakes and reed beds, birds singing and signs of spring all around.
Kings Castle Wood – the ancient iron age hill fort reserve of King’s Castle Wood is a peaceful haven packed with wild flowers in spring and summer and just a walk away from the beautiful historic city of Wells, the smallest city in England.
Within 45 Minutes
Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B) – The Mendip Hills – 30 minutes to 1 hour from Middlewick- go meandering around this vast area of outstanding natural beauty. http://www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/ Cheddar Gorge, Ebbor Gorge, Wookey Hole and much mole are all in this beautiful area with its spectacular views.
Cheddar Showcaves, Gorge and Cheese Tour –
Cheddar Showcaves & Gorge – 30 minutes – Cliff walk and illuminated caves – great family day out. http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/
Cheddar Cheese tour – 30 minutes – visit the the only cheesemakers left in Cheddar. You can watch the various stages as they transform their rich, local milk into award winning authentic Cheddar Cheese every day of the week throughout the year. http://www.cheddargorgecheeseco.co.uk
Wookey Hole Caves – 20 minutes – Large and beautifully lit cave complex. http://www.wookey.co.uk/
Fleet Air Arm Museum – 30 minutes – Europe’s largest naval aviation collection. http://www.fleetairarm.com/
Other Ideas Within 45 Minutes or so
Burnham on Sea is 15 miles away and is a beautiful drive through the Somerset Levels. The beach there is spectacular and great to walk dogs on. There are nature reserves to be visited along the way or stop in at Wedmore for lunch at the Swan at Wedmore or the George at Wedmore Pub for some great food.
Royal Bath & West showground – 20 minutes – Founded in 1777 The Royal Bath & West of England Society are a Somerset based registered charity that aims to encourage agriculture, the arts and commerce. The Society owns the Royal Bath & West Showground, a 240 acre site near Shepton Mallet, which is home to a series of world class shows and events in Somerset throughout the year.
Lytes Cary Manor – 30 minutes – former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte; here visitors can learn about his famous 16th-century plant directory, Lytes Herbal.
King John’s Hunting Lodge – 35 minutes – this early Tudor timber-framed wool merchant’s house (circa 1500) provides a fascinating insight into local history.
Haynes Motor Museum – 35 minutes – the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220
Aerospace Bristol Concorde’s final landing spot and where much of it was built. Visit Aerospace Bristol and enjoy a hands-on family flight through aviation history. Discover aeroplanes, helicopters, space rockets and satellites.
Stourhead – 45 minutes – World-famous 18th-century landscape garden, it’s magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees.
Stembridge Tower Mill -30 minutes – built in 1822, this is the last remaining thatched windmill in England.
City of Bath – OK, just over 45 minutes and perhaps an hour but definitely worth a visit – a World Heritage City with Roman baths, amazing architecture and excellent boutiques, bric-a-brac and tea shops.
Exmoor National Park – two thirds of this beautiful national park is in Somerset. Beautiful scenery and wildlife abound. A full day out from Middlewick but well worth the effort. Our favourites places are Dulverton and Dunster.