Things to do in Nailsea: 5 places you should visit

Tithe Barn.

Tithe Barn. - Credit: Archant

From a local farmer’s market to a museum and theatre, we pick 5 fun things to do in the North Somerset town of Nailsea

It's not just the flowers that add to the town's colour. (Image by Neil Owen licensed under CC BY-SA

It's not just the flowers that add to the town's colour. (Image by Neil Owen licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

It might be just eight miles from the centre of Bristol, but a visit to Nailsea puts you right at the heart of some of North Somerset’s loveliest countryside. Whether you’re looking for unusual shopping, traditional pubs with pretty beer gardens, local art galleries and museums or just a different family day out, Nailsea has it all.

The Tithe Barn

Inside Tithe Barn.

Inside Tithe Barn. - Credit: Archant

The town’s oldest building is a beautifully restored 14th century Tithe Barn. Part museum and part stunning venue it screens the latest movies, stages concerts and theatre performances. Plus, you can go along at any time to take the architectural tour. It’s a fascinating look at some surprising local history and a must-see visit next time you’re in Nailsea.

Nailsea Tuesday Market

Nailsea Market. (Market Day by Neil Owen licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Nailsea Market. (Market Day by Neil Owen licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Shop Nailsea and whatever your taste the town will find something to tempt you. From big brand names the Crown Glass Shopping Centre to small shops on the traditional high street, you can go from supermarket to specialist in minutes. But if you’re looking for rural charm and fresh, local produce visit the Tuesday Market. Dozens of stalls selling fruit, vegetables, fish, bread, cheese and everything in between are set up in Somerset Square from 9am to 2pm every Tuesday. The atmosphere is bright and lively and you won’t come away empty handed no matter how hard you try.

The Blue Room

Discover local crafts at The Blue Room. (Nailsea glass darner by polyphemus_polly 128 licensed under

Discover local crafts at The Blue Room. (Nailsea glass darner by polyphemus_polly 128 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant


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The Blue Room is a community art and crafts gallery, workshop, exhibition space and shop where local artists and craftspeople share their work and their skills with Nailsea and the world. Drop in and look at what the talent’s been up to lately. Keep up to date on special exhibitions and events. Or discover your own inner creative at one of the many workshops and demonstrations throughout the year. Nailsea is the birthplace of legendary Nailsea Glass so it’s nice to see places like The Blue Room continuing the town’s fine artistic traditions.

Nailsea Farmers and Craft Market

Somerset strawberries for sale at the farmers market. (Punnet Mania by Charles Stirton under CC BY-S

Somerset strawberries for sale at the farmers market. (Punnet Mania by Charles Stirton under CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

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If you haven’t discovered Nailsea Farmers and Craft Market yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s held on the third Saturday every month in Crown Glass Place and Somerset Square from 9am. The Farmers Market is a great find for organic fruit and veg, delicious home made jams and preserves, flowers, fish, eggs, cheese and, of course, cider. The market stakes its excellent reputation on everything being locally grown and produced so the standard is exceptional. The Craft Market on Somerset Square showcases the talents of local artists and craftspeople. If you’re interested in original design and looking for something a little bit different, this is the place.

Backwell Lake

Backwell Lake. (Backwell Lake by Derek Lilly Nailsea-04-06-11_0213 under CC BY-SA 2.0)

Backwell Lake. (Backwell Lake by Derek Lilly Nailsea-04-06-11_0213 under CC BY-SA 2.0) - Credit: Archant

Just a few minutes drive from Nailsea town centre, Backwell Lake is one of the area’s famously unspoiled nature reserves. Perfect for a family walk with lots of wildlife to see – children will love the ducks and swans – and never fails to remind you that Nailsea’s location is totally idyllic.

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