Places To Visit



01984 640688

Tropiquaria is a small zoo near Watchet and is a must for children and adults alike. The main building, once a radio station, is home to a myriad of tropical creatures and wonderful fish. In keeping with the site’s history, there is also a radio museum. Two full size pirate ships provide an adventure playground for kids of all ages, plus puppet shows and indoor play areas for wet days.

Torre Cider Farm
01984 640004

Farm shop

A Great Family Day Out.
Learn all about cider making on a tour.
Take some cider home from the shop.
Have tea and cakes in the tea rooms and
visit the animals.

The Bakelite Museum

01984 632133
The Bakelite Museum is housed in a Grade II listed water mill in Williton; owned and run by Patrick Cook. The collection includes everything from crockery, through radios, cameras and phones to a caravan and even a coffin!

There is no specific website but more info on the following links website one, website two
Orchard Wyndham
Near to the Bakerlite Museum is Orchard Wyndham. The house is open for guided tours from May to September and it is a fascinating trip.

There is evidence of occupation of the site from Roman and Saxon times.
The estate was originally called “Orchard”, possibly a corruption of the Saxon family name “De Horcherd”. In 1448 it then passed into the hands of the Sydenham family of Coombe Sydenham, and was known as Orchard Sydenham. Elizabeth Sydenham inherited the house and in 1528 married John Wyndham of Felbrigg Norfolk. The name of the house changed when Sir William Wyndham, the Member of Parliament for Somerset 1656-1658 and for Taunton 1660-1679, was made a Baronet in 1661, of Orchard, Somerset. The house has remained in the same family ever since.
To visit contact the estates office for dates and times 01984 632309
Local Walks

Parish Walks
01984 641531
John Crothers
John has produced a splendid collection of 8 walks in the parish.
Each walk is detailed, informative and gives historical references as well as illustrations.
John sells the walks for in aid of the Air Ambulance Service as a set of 8 or individually at a £1.00 each.

Blue Anchor Bay

Blue Anchor Bay beach is a 5-10 minute drive from Nettlecombe and is a mixture of pebbles and sand. It is a beautiful bay overlooking the Bristol Channel and across to Wales. There is plenty of room for ball games, sand castles and dog walking as well as rock pools but beware the deep mud in places.
This website will give you details of all the facilities.

Porlock Weir Aquarium
Delightful small set up with loads to see and helpful information. I was advised by the owner that all the fish and crustacea on show were caught in the Bristol Channel and will be returned to the sea.
West Somerset Steam Railway

Plants, Gardens & Gardeners

Elworthy Cottage Garden
Jenny Spiller’s specialist nursery for herbaceous perennials and clematis and one acre plantsman’s garden, situated at the eastern end of Exmoor National Park. The garden has been developed to blend sympathetically with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and to encourage wildlife.
Elworthy is one of our adjoining parishes.
Elworthy Cottage Plants
01984 656427

Other gardens
Several local gardens are in the Yellow Book, the National Garden Scheme, and are open regularly through the summer, website.