Somerset

Autumn in Somerset

A beautiful time of year when mists hang low over the Somerset Levels and trees parade cloaks of burnt orange, honey and ruby leaves, autumn in Somerset is a real beauty. With an abundance of autumnal walks, festivals and attractions to look forward to, you’ll need little excuse to wrap up in snuggly layers and head out into crisp air, ready to rediscover this magical season. 

Somerset’s Autumn Colours

Home to a diverse array of landscapes, Somerset’s autumn transformation is quite the sight to behold. One of the best places to see these amazing colours is Dommett Wood, home to ancient trees of all shapes and sizes, including oak, some of the first trees to change their colour in autumn. Other fantastic places are Swell Wood Nature Reserve, the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Forde Abbey and Prior Park Landscape Gardens.

Traditional Pubs and Cosy Cafes 

Who doesn’t love sipping a well-deserved drink or tucking into a hot plate of food after a day out and about? With the autumnal chill fuelling appetites, you can treat yourself to a dribble-worthy slice at the quixotic Periwinkle Cottage Tea Rooms in Selworthy, a taste of Italy at Castello in Frome and gourmet bites at the Queens Arms in Corton Denham. Of course, if you fancy heading straight back to your luxury self-catering cottage, our Somerset retreats are perfect for kicking back with a bottle of Somerset cider.

Sight-Seeing 

From the dramatic faces of Cheddar Gorge to the healing Roman Baths, and from the iconic Glastonbury Tor to the romantic Stourhead House and Gardens, sight-seeing in autumn is a real treat. With fewer crowds, fine weather and a whole host of attractions to visit across the county, all generations will find something to fall in love with. Use our Somerset guides to glean inspiration or discover a new favourite, taking lots of photographs to fill albums at home. 

Atmospheric Walks

With feet wrapped in thick socks and thick boots, head out to explore the Somerset landscapes on foot. For coastal panoramas, the 3-mile Brean Down walk takes you 300ft high above the surrounds, rewarding hikers with views over the Bristol Channel and Somerset coastline. For a real leg pumper, head into the Quantock Hills and bask in the rolling greenery and incredible views of this glorious Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Other great walks can be found in Exmoor National Park, along the Strawberry Line and around the county’s plethora of estates and gardens.

Festivals

One of the best things about autumn in Somerset is all the brilliant festivals taking place. For Bonfire Night, particularly popular events take place in the form of Bridgwater Carnival and fireworks on the Grand Pier in Weston-Super-Mare. Meanwhile, Halloween festivities take place all over the county at the end of October, with especially lively celebrations in the cities. Late in the season sees the start of the county’s Christmas markets too, where streets come alive with happy throngs and the scents of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mulled wine, anyone?

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