Time out in North Somerset

A guide to leisure and tourism in the district.

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North Somerset’s rich and varied landscape offers spectacular coastline with stretches of long golden sand, woodlands, beautiful open countryside in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the secluded Blagdon and Chew Valley lakes.  Abbots Pool, Jubilee Park, Trendlewood Community Park, Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve and Watchhouse Hill won Green Flag Awards for green spaces again in 2014.

We have a range of exciting leisure and sporting opportunities whatever your interest or level of skill including walking, cycling, horse-riding, sailing, sea or river fishing, water-skiing, windsurfing, kiting, canoeing, golf, gliding, caving, climbing and dry slope ski-ing. For more information download the Active Directory - a guide to physical activities and healthy living for adults in North Somerset .

There are attractions to suit all tastes and age groups across the district, from National Trust Houses (Tyntesfield and Clevedon Court) to farm attractions and the famous Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier. Please see the attached map for details of what’s on offer, and download leaflets on the Strawberry Line Walk and cycle path, the Family Explorer Walks and visit the Greentraveller Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB website.

The area also hosts a huge variety of events, large and small, throughout the year, including air shows, music concerts, the Enduro motorcycle beach race, national water-ski races, Sand Sculpture Festival, the spectacular Winter Illuminated Carnival, the North Somerset Agricultural Show and Ashton Court hosts the International Balloon Fiesta and Kite festival.

In September/October the Made in north somerset Festival takes place, an exciting programme of events to celebrate and showcase some of the best local food, drink, art and craft made in North Somerset. The thriving local art and crafts community is also showcased in the bi-annual North Somerset Arts week where over 300 artists open their homes and studios. There are also permanent studios including Clevedon Craft Centre, Barley Wood Walled Garden and a number of galleries across the area.

For more information about places to visit in Somerset and the West Country contact the Tourist Information Centre (TIC). Download a copy of the new handy-sized Weston pocket guide, which includes money off vouchers, event information and a useful street map.

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