Excuses to stay at The Pilgrims (or What’s on around Lovington)

Hauser & Wirth Somerset  Well, what a stir this is causing!  Hauser & Wirth's new gallery is now up and running a mere 7 miles from The Pilgrims and it is STUNNING.  I realise we were there to check out the art but I couldn't take my eyes off the buildings - absolutely gorgeous.  And the art wasn't bad either.  The gardens - designed by Piet Oudolf of New York's Highline fame - opened in September.  

National Trust Houses and Gardens We have a wealth of gorgeous national treasures on our doorstep – from the intimate delights of Lytes Cary to the splendours of Stourhead or majestic Montacute

Wells Cathedral Concerts, exhibitions, talks and much more, as if you need an excuse to visit Wells Cathedral

Sherborne Abbey Sherborne is always worth visiting, and the Abbey especially so

Sherborne Castle(s) The ‘new’ castle is at http://www.sherbornecastle.com/

And the ‘old’ one is at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/sherborne-old-castle/

The Royal Navy’s Yeovilton Air Base and Fleet Air Arm Museum is 5 or 6 miles away as the Sea King flies http://www.fleetairarm.com/ or http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/yeovilton-airday

The spectacular and newly extended Haynes Motor Museum is 4 or 5 miles distant http://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/  

10 miles or so to the west you get onto the famous Somerset Levels, paradise for nature lovers (and photographers} and home of Brown and Forrest’s Smokery, the Somerset Cider Brandy Company and much more.  Try: http://www.bbc.co.uk/handsonnature/wetlands/somerset_levels.shtml or http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/explore-somerset/towns-and-villages/somerset-levels-and-moors-p500493

Smokery http://www.smokedeel.co.uk/

Cider Brandy http://www.ciderbrandy.co.uk/

Muchelney pottery http://www.johnleachpottery.co.uk/

The home of the cheese – Cheddar – with the famous Cheddar Gorge and its caves along with the nearby Wookey Hole is just beyond Wells http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk/ or http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cheddar-gorge/

For the intrepid golfer Wheathill golf club is on our doorstep http://www.wheathillgc.co.uk/

Glastonbury Apart from the iconic Tor there’s the Abbey, Chalice Well, a whole host of mysterious shops and, occasionally, a music festival.  Lots of links are available but this is one to start at, for the Abbey http://www.glastonburyabbey.com/index.php?&dx=1&ob=3&rpn=events&sid=43ef0425cfe4d362afd4521d07e8a643

Millfield School Why not combine picking up the kids at the end of term with dinner and a night at The Pilgrims?  Now that’s what I call a school run!  If you have links with the school you probably won’t need this one, but just in case, here it is http://www.millfieldschool.com/school-life/termdates.htm

Kings school Bruton http://www.kingsbruton.com/

Wincanton Races Have a great day at the races and then – have our a la carte after the horses.  All the information you need, except the names of the winners, is at http://www.wincantonracecourse.co.uk/fixtures.php?&ob=3&rpn=find

Bath & West Showground From Flea Markets to County Shows to Motorhome Exhibitions to Post Card Fairs there is always something going on at http://www.bathandwest.com/upcoming-events/3/ 

Dates and information for Somerset's famous Illuminated Carnivals is available at http://www.cispp.org.uk/ 

The excellent What’s on Somerset Magazine is here:  http://www.whatsonsomerset.com/ 

Take your pick of the goodies produced in the rural idyll that is sunny Somerset at one of the many regular Farmers’ Markets   http://www.visitsomerset.co.uk/explore-somerset/food-and-drink/somerset-farmers-markets

Clarks Village At Street – the factory outlet sales continue! To decide which bargains need bagging visit http://www.clarksvillage.co.uk/ 

Kilver Court Designer Outlet Shepton Mallet’s upmarket designer outlet is here http://www.kilvercourt.com/

And the Mulberry Factory Shop is here http://www.mulberryfactoryshop.com/#/storelocator

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