Why we love Somerset in autumn

Somerset has plenty to offer in autumn, but the parade of illuminated floats at Bridgwater Carnival is undoubtedly a highlight. It takes place around Bonfire Night and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

  Culture and heritage

As the home of Glastonbury Festival, Somerset is known around the world for being a place with a thriving cultural scene. Apart from the world’s biggest music festival, there’s the fantastic Bridgwater Carnival and, of course, historic towns and cities like Bath. Visit the stunning medieval Bishop’s Palace, or take a stroll in the beautiful grounds at Hestercombe Gardens.

  Attractions

See Europe’s largest naval aviation collection at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, or head to Wookey Hole Caves to explore. For the thrill seekers, try some rides at the hugely popular Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, with a 300-metre indoor go-kart track, dodgems and robo-coaster. Interested in cars? Haynes International Motor Museum has some of the greatest cars in history – all under one roof.
Watch the sunset over the sea.
Take a stroll back through time.

  Food and drink

Somerset has always been famous for apples, ciders and cheddar cheese. These are well worth a try, but you’ll also find a wide range of great food – and quite often tasty local produce – at pubs, cafés and restaurants across the region. Make sure you visit the local farmers' markets too.

  Sport and outdoors

As rugby fans will know, Somerset is home to Bath Rugby Club, while the region’s cricket team calls the County Ground in Taunton home. You can also enjoy a number of other fun sporting days out in Somerset, like watching horse racing at Bath Racecourse or some motorsport action at Castle Combe Circuit.

  Music and nightlife

For a big night out Bath is your best bet, but you’ll find plenty of good pubs in towns and villages across the region. And when it comes to live music, you’re truly spoilt for choice – particularly if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket for Glastonbury.

  Shopping

Love a bargain? A trip to Clarks Village at Street is a must. For boutique shopping try Shepton Mallet’s Kilver Court, or simply browse the dozens of independent stores that can be found in the region’s towns and villages. You'll find markets selling local food and drink too.

Freedom Travelpass

Enjoy unlimited travel on all trains and most buses in Bath, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

Bikes

You can take your bike with you on the train if you have made a reservation.