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Events and Things to Do

From dramatic coastlines and seaside resorts to bustling market towns and picturesque villages with panoramic views, Somerset West and Taunton offers a landscape full of variety and discovery.

The list of events and things to enjoy in your leisure time is seemingly endless and so diverse. You are guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy, whether you want to discover what’s on your doorstep, are planning a fun family day out or booking a romantic weekend getaway.

From Minehead to Taunton, each town within the Somerset West and Taunton district offers you a unique shopping experience unlike any other. Whether you are on the lookout for an independent shop, the county’s finest crafters and makers, a popular town-centre chain or simply want to sample the best cuisine in the area, there are plenty of places to find it in West Somerset and Taunton.

As you might expect from an area that prides itself on its fantastic produce, there is a wonderful choice of quality local food and drink producers, as well as award-winning restaurants, cafes and fabulous farm shops, all overflowing with locally sourced goodies.

From the autumn tradition of spectacular carnival displays, to festive Christmas markets, bumper apple harvests and fine food festivals, to independent markets and quirky performances, there are many enjoyable and unique events taking place throughout the year. There is also an abundance of literary and arts festivals, with many new galleries and up-and-coming artists finding their home here.

For those who are looking to get active, the area is home to a full range of stunning landscapes, with rivers and coastlines, green rolling hills, cliffs and beaches, all of which are just waiting to be explored by you.

With so much to experience, see below for inspiration on itineraries and things to do, or visit the Somerset West and Taunton Events and Things to Do searchable database to find out what’s on.

There is so much to explore in Somerset West and Taunton

The district of Somerset West and Taunton is home to a diverse assortment of beautiful towns and villages, with lots of surprises waiting to be discovered.

From independent shops, delis, bakers and butchers, to historic landmarks and monuments, stunning beaches, green spaces and lakes, covering a wide range of landscapes, there’s so much to explore.

From browsing one-of-a-kind shops, to eating in award-winning restaurants with locally sourced produce, there’s a something for everyone to enjoy.

Somerset West and Taunton Council is delighted to share this video it has produced using the ERDF Welcome Back Fund to inspire you to rediscover these wonderful towns.

ERDF Welcome Back Fund

To support the safe and welcoming return to high streets and visitor destinations to help build back better from the pandemic