Things To Do In Minehead
Minehead is the largest town in Western Somerset, and lies to the North on the coast of the Bristol Channel, yet very close to Exmoor National Park. Occupied since the Bronze Ages, it has now flourished into a thriving tourist hotspot.
Minehead is perhaps most famous for being home to one of the three remaining Butlins Holidays parks, but there are a number of other things about the town which make it so unique and special.
One thing is the South West Coast Path National Trail, which starts at Minehead, and continues along the coast until it reaches Poole in Dorset. It is Great Britain’s longest countryside walking trail. Couple this with the nearby Exmoor National Park with its miles of treks and trails, and this area of the country is an absolute walkers’ paradise.
It is also famous for the West Somerset Railway, which begins in Minehead. Originally opened in 1862 and closed in 1971, it was reopened in 1976 and is now a heritage railway. It travels almost twenty miles through other tourist spots Watchet and Bishops Lydeard. Because of its total length of almost 23 miles; going the full length only on special occasions; it is the longest privately owned passenger railroad in the country.
Besides these there are many other things to see and do in Minehead. Minehead is home to Somerset’s oldest golf club, the Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club, complete with 18 holes and fantastic views as you play; the Bristol Channel to the North and Exmoor National Park to the South. For extra convenience it is also within walking distance of Minehead’s town centre. As it is a beach resort, there are courses and rentals available for watersports such as sailing and wind surfing, along with less unusual watersports such as surfing and bodyboarding. And, like any seaside resort, it is decked out with amusement arcades, funfair style rides and gift shops galore.
As well as seaside fun, it has a beautiful park, Blenheim Gardens, at its centre. Perfect for summer days, not only is it a public garden but there is also an 18 hole putting course and café, along with a bandstand, where bands will still play in concert from time to time. Now filled with palm trees and beautiful flora, this park has won Britain in Bloom awards several times. Despite being at its busiest in summer, Minehead has something to offer all year round, which sets it apart from rival South Western counterparts.
On the 10th of August 2011 Minehead will be playing host to the famous red arrows as part of the Minehead Summer Festival. The Red Arrows, the world’s most famous aerobatic daredevil display team, and The Red Devils, the famous official team of the Parachute Regiment and the British Army, will be wowing the crowds at the spectacular event. The event takes place on Minehead sea front and starts at 11am.