Local Attractions & Links
There is plenty to see and do in the area, here are some suggestions :
In Faulkland :
Somerset Lavender Farm - Faulkland. We grow and harvest lavender for its essential oil on our own farm. Discover the wonders of Lavender and enjoy the sight of the fields in full bloom. Find out how we plough, plant, weed, harvest and distil the essential oil. Wander at will through our Lavender Garden where we trial over 20 varieties of Lavender. Breathe in the scent and notice the differing qualities of each plant, then rest awhile in the Rose Arbour. In the Lavender Field, see over five acres of Lavender, walk through the field and absorb the sight of more than 50,000 Lavender plants with bees humming, collecting pollen to make our honey.Our healing garden is packed full of useful herbs from the commonplace to more unusual varieties: Thyme and Lemon Balm, Arnica and Echinacea to name only a few. Sit on our camomile seat and take in the wonderful scent. Our Lavender Garden was planted in 2003 and the five-acre field in 2004. Our 2005 harvest was excellent and our Farm Shop is open Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm and Bank Holiday Mondays (closed Monday and Tuesday). Open for visitors from May 2006. Visit our website www.somersetlavender.com for further information.
In Bath :
This bustling city has something for everyone from shops and boutiques to the fabulous Pump Rooms where you can enjoy afternoon tea in splendid and unique surroundings.
There are Festivals and Entertainments including Bath's Theatre Royal which is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Britain. In Bath and North East Somerset there is entertainment all the year round with festivals of literature, music and film. Whatever the season you will find events that reflect the very high standing the area has as a centre for art and culture.
In Roman times Bath was called Acqua Sulis. The Roman Baths are nearly 2000 years old, built next to a hot spring where over a million liters of mineral water rise to the surface each day at a temperature of over 46 degrees celsius. The Romans thought this must be the work of the goddess Sulis Minerva hence the name. For further information on the Roman Baths and the Pump Room visit www.romanbaths.co.uk.
Bath Abbey is England's last great medieval church. It was dissolved in 1539 and now serves as a parish church. It is a cruciform building the size of a small cathedral, seating around 1200 people. Visit www.bathabbey.org for further information.
The Jane Austen Centre - This is a permanent exhibition that tells the story of one of Bath's most famous residents, author Jane Austen, and the effect that living in Bath had on her life and writing. The Jane Austen Centre has been created with the guidance of local members of the Jane Austen Society complimented with the input of other Jane Austen authorities. It aims to be not only informative but also exciting and illuminating. Visit www.janeausten.co.uk for more information.
The American Museum - This museum chronicles the American lifestyle and culture from the New England colonists to the Civil War period, featuring a replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon and an American arboretum. www.americanmuseum.org.
Bath Racecourse - Bath is home to 19 great flat race meetings in 2006, with a variety of weekday, weekend and evening fixtures. www.bath-racecourse.co.uk.
Other Locations :
Longleat – Discover the magnificent animals which roam the first Safari Park outside Africa. From the comfort of your own car you can see how you measure up to a giraffe, watch out for the zebras crossing, wander amongst the wallabies in wallaby wood and be enthralled by the majestic lions and tigers! Plus there is the fabulous Elizabethan house and gardens, a boat trip on the lake and of course the ever popular Pets Corner. This is a guaranteed fun day out for all the family and for all ages. www.longleat.co.uk
Wells – Wells is the smallest city in England and has one of the most beautiful cathedrals in England. The cathedral took 250 years to build and replaced the old cathedral pulled down by Bishop Reginal de Bolun around 1180. The stone to build the cathedral was brought from Doulting – a village near Wells. The cathedral has 400 carved figures on the West Front, an unusual clock on the North transept and a stunning and unique interior. Also in Wells you should find time for a visit to The Bishop’s Palace, Wells Museum and Wells Market which is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and where you can buy local produce. www.wellscathedral.org.uk.
National Trust - Green Farm is ideally situated for visiting many of the most beautiful and famous gardens in the South West including Hestercombe, Forde Abbey and East Lambrook. There is also Montacute House & Gardens, Stourhead, Barrington Court and Killerton. For further information on National Trust properties visit www.nationaltrust.co.uk
The village of Lacock and the Fox Talbot museum of photography. foxtalbot.dmu.ac.uk.
The history of coal mining in Somerset. www.radstockmuseum.co.uk.