5 places to visit in North Somerset: and what to do when you get there

Red Arrows in the sky above Weston-super-Mare. (Getty Images)

Red Arrows in the sky above Weston-super-Mare. (Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images

Whether you want beautiful gardens, a free day out or an interesting place to take the kids - North Somerset has fantastic towns and villages to explore. We chose 5 worth a visit this summer

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Tyntesfield

Why visit? For a range of family events.

What you need to know: If the spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house and gardens aren’t enough reason to visit Tyntesfield, the National Trust have plenty of events planned too. TYNTtots is fun, games and a little bit of history for the under 5s once a month until June 16th. Unpack your kilt for the grand Tyntesfield Ceilidh on May 15th. Or, for the foodies among us, The Food and Craft Market is back on May 3, June 7 and July 5 2015. There’s even a Victorian Falconry weekend May 30-31 2015. If you’re feeling energetic , Feel Good Friday is an ‘all welcome’ run round Tyntesfield estate every Friday morning until July 10. And that’s before we even mention the furniture making, concerts, activity days and musical evenings.

Reenacters in costume from Napoleonic Wars.

Reenacters in costume from Napoleonic Wars. - Credit: Archant

Banwell

Why visit? For the North Somerset Reenactment Festival

What you need to know: Pitch a tent or just go along for a great family day out to the North Somerset Reenactment Festival at Court Farm Country Park, Banwell. Taking place on 30 - 31 August , a weekend of jousting, battling and dressing up to bring the past to life is what the festival is all about. If you ever thought history was boring, this could be the event to change your mind.

Grab a bite to eat at The Ethicurean. (The adventurists afternoon tea by The Adventurists under CC B

Grab a bite to eat at The Ethicurean. (The adventurists afternoon tea by The Adventurists under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant


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Wrington

Why visit? For the Barley Wood Walled Garden

What you need to know: The Ethicurean restaurant, located here, marks itself out as a purveyor of ‘entirely seasonal, local and ethical British produce’. But while you’re waiting for a table - booking is essential - you shouldn’t miss the beautiful walled garden. With its arts and crafts workshops, interesting heirloom and heritage planting, special events and open days and the atmosphere of all-round ethical tranquillity, Barley Wood Walled Garden is definitely a reason to be in Wrington this summer.

Dig for Victory. (047-IMG_4917 by Nicholas Blake under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Dig for Victory. (047-IMG_4917 by Nicholas Blake under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

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Wraxall

Why visit? For the Dig for Victory Show

What you need to know: This festival of all things British, stiff-upper-lip and 1940s became so popular it had to move it to a bigger venue in 2014 - and 2015’s event is shaping up to be just as good. Again, it takes over the North Somerset Showground on June 13 -14 for a whole weekend of dancing, singing, eating, drinking, playing and reminiscing in true 40’s style. Even if you don’t remember the good old days, you’ll be astonished by the accurate re-enactments, delighted with the fashions, tempted endlessly by the UK’s best vintage shopping and possibly even a little misty-eyed at the sight of so much nostalgia.

Weston Air Festival. (Wing walkers weston air festival 2014 by Tempus Volat under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Weston Air Festival. (Wing walkers weston air festival 2014 by Tempus Volat under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Weston-super-Mare

Why Visit? For the Air Festival and Armed Forces Day

What you need to know: Weston Air Festival returns to North Somerset this summer on June 20 and 21. This year’s highlights include the Red Arrows’ thrilling aerial acrobatics on both days, impressive displays by the immense Avro Vulcan Bomber, and performances from Britain’s brightest and best military bands and choirs. Plus, a huge range of eating, drinking and entertainment options across the entire weekend. The popular funfair with its giant inflatables, rides and stalls is back, promising to be bigger and better than ever. And the powerful opening ceremony will be an event in itself.

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