Best experience and activity days around Yeovil, Sherborne and Bridport

Activities and interesting days out that span archaeology, natural habitat, and crafting. It is well documented that keeping the mind and body active is good for our health.

Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, near Glastonbury

Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve is part of the Avalon Marshes (a name coined to commemorate the area’s Arthurian heritage) in the Somerset Levels. It is flat terrain with easy walking and accessibility and some lovely hides. Over 60 different species of birds nest at Shapwick. The boom of the Great Bittern is part of the soundscape, and you are likely to spot large numbers of Eurasian Hobby in the summer months. It is not just a bird watching paradise; dragonflies, butterflies, water voles and otters also inhabit this wetland. The Avalon Marshes visitor centre is a good starting point from which to explore. It has toilets, a cafe, and an arts and crafts gallery. We thoroughly recommend the Shapwick Reserve as a wonderful place to explore nature and be absorbed by tranquillity. Our top tip would be to take a picnic and a decent pair of binoculars.

Roman villa tour at The Newt near Bruton

If you are passionate about history and taking a step back in time, then the newly opened Roman Villa experience on The Newt Estate won’t disappoint. Villa Ventorum (Villa of the Winds) is a re-imagining of a fourth-century Romano-British villa – the remains of which were found on the Hadspen Estate (now known as The Newt) in the 19th century. The Villa has been brought back to life through meticulous attention to detail with no expense spared, by a team of archaeologists, architects, engineers, and skilled craftsmen. It sits alongside the visitor’s centre and interactive museum, with the idea being to offer an educational and immersive experience into the life of Roman Somerset. It is clearly evidents that preserving historical accuracy has been at the forefront of this project and traditional techniques have been used for the reconstruction – from the wattle and daub floors to the painting of the frescoes. The visitor experience is designed to appeal to all age groups and levels of interest. There is an audio tour available in addition to VR technology, and the opportunity to taste Roman style street food at the end of the experience. As the villa is a 30-minute walk from the carpark, for those less mobile, the option of buggy hire is available. All the details in terms of booking and membership of The Newt can be found here.

Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

To gain an insight into ‘authentic Somerset’ past and present, we recommend paying a visit to this unique attraction. Dedicated to agriculture and farming life from the 1800s onwards, the Somerset Rural Life Museum is on the site of the former Abbey Farm in the shadow of Glastonbury Tor. There are the permanent Farmyard Galleries within the former farmhouse and outbuildings to explore, as well as the stunning 14th century Abbey Barn that was used by the monks of Glastonbury Abbey. Wandering around the site gives you a sense of the beating heart of Somerset through its people, industry, and culture. There is plenty to keep little ones amused, and if you are an older visitor, you will come away feeling enlightened about the journey local people have travelled during the last two centuries. The museum also has a busy schedule of courses and workshops – from informative talks about apples and lavender, to crafting events such as learning how to make a felted rug or weaving a willow basket. Not only inspiring, but also great for upskilling and forging social connections. The museum is wheelchair accessible, and there is a cafe and toilets on site.

The Jurassic Coastline

The name itself inspires awe and wonder – not surprising as the earth beneath our feet along the Jurassic Coast encapsulates millions of years of history. A UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches ninety-five miles along the southern coast spanning Dorset and Devon. It is recognised for its outstanding rocks, fossils, and landforms. Geology takes centre stage as the geological make-up reveals 185 million years of Earth’s history. It is well known for being one of the richest heritage sites for prehistoric remains. The South West Coast Path runs along the length of the Jurassic Coast and is a great way to experience the landmarks. Alternatively for a more accessible option, there is the Jurassic Coaster bus from which you can enjoy the stunning views from the top deck. We suggest taking time out at the pretty seaside towns of West Bay and Lyme Regis; perfect pit-stops for an ice-cream or to go fossil hunting.

The Golden Cap, near Bridport

If you love an expansive breath-taking view, then you would be hard pushed to beat the ridge of The Golden Cap in Dorset. The Cap rises to 191m making it the highest point on the south coast of England. It is not an easy climb, but if you can manage the undulating terrain and steep gradients, the cliff top offers magnificent views at every compass. If your mobility is less good, there is a 1-mile all-ability circular trail that goes through the woodlands of Langdon Hill Wood, and this surface is suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs. A point of interest is Thorncombe Beacon to the east of the Golden Cap where you can see a 16th century signal station (one of a series dotted along the English coast) that was built to warn of foreign invasion.  The Golden Cap is named for the distinctive yellow sandstone that forms a band of gold around the cliff top. Soothing meadows and abundant wildlife make up the flora and fauna of this area of outstanding natural beauty. It is a landmark not to be missed because the landscape is dramatic and invigorating – a testament to the transformative power of the natural world.

At Home Instead we love to support our clients to get out and about, and to help them fulfil their wishes. The impact that human connection has on wellbeing should not be underestimated, and our ethos is based on helping people maintain and achieve the life they desire. We can assist clients not only with daily tasks but also regular outings and special one-off trips. If you would like to find out more about our home care services in Yeovil, Sherborne and Bridport then please get in touch on 01935 577030.