Leisure Activities: Things To Do Nearby
Tour Of Wessex at Somerton
Clanville Manor is about 10 miles from Somerton, which is the venue for the Tour of Wessex Cycling Festival, held on the May Bank Holiday. The tour of Wessex has been held near Castle Cary for a number of years and this is an ideal location in which to stay when you visit Somerset as a participant in the event.
For details of the Wessex Cycling Festival please see – The Tour of Wessex
Somerton is a lovely town centred around an old market place, with a number of pretty churches, tearooms, traditional pubs, antiques and walking routes.
The River Brue runs through the fields behind Clanville Manor – bring a pair of Wellington boots, or borrow a pair from the house, so that you can enjoy walking along its banks!
If you are lucky you may see one of the resident kingfishers, or a badger as it plays on the river bank. The picture below was taken with a camera phone – spot the baby badger just emerging from its sett on a Sunday last year, at Midday!
In the Autumn conkers can be collected beneath the many horse chestnut trees.
During the warmer months a private outdoor heated swimming pool is available for guests staying at The Tallet Holiday Cottage or Lone Oak Cottage. Please bring towels if you will be using the swimming pool.
The walled garden also has a children’s ‘Wendy House’, ride-on toys for younger children and a climbing frame. A track nearby gives access to the river with picnic areas on unspoilt river banks.
The chickens were free range for several years but we lost many of them to the local foxes, including our beautiful proud Welsummer cockerel.
We now have a fenced area for them near the car park, and they wait for children to feed corn to them! Children can also collect eggs from the nest boxes in the chicken house.
The farm encompasses a pond, an old orchard, several fields, beech and horse chestnut trees and in summer there are often new born calves and chicks.
This location is also ideal for touring the whole of the region. In Castle Cary, there is an excellent – Art Gallery – to explore.
The wider area’s many attractions include:
- Glastonbury Tor and Abbey
- Wells Cathedral
- Stourhead Garden and Alfred’s Tower
- Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves
- Montacute House and other National Trust properties
- Sparkford Motor Museum and – The Fleet Air Arm Museum – at Yeovilton
- Just over an hour-and no exorbitant park & ride- to Weymouth & Portland by train from Castle Cary, just a mile from Clanville Manor!
A public golf course is 2 miles away and the towns of Bath, Bristol and Salisbury are all within easy reach.
Please see also Glastonbury Festival Accommodation page.