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OUT AND ABOUT IN MINEHEAD AND SURROUNDING AREAS Minehead is an attractive traditional seaside town with a lovely sandy beach. This vibrant and interesting coastal area boasts stunning scenery and offers fanstastic cycling and walking opportunities. It’s great too for just taking a relaxing stroll and taking in the sights! Minehead is a great location for discovering picturesque Somerset and Exmoor, so even if you book the caravan for ‘accommodation only’ dates or you simply feel like venturing out of the Butlins complex, there’s a good variety of things to see and do in the surrounding areas.  There is so much to offer, but the following are just for a little taster! The Beach - Minehead’s lovely clean sandy beach is directly opposite Butlins and it sweeps all the way round the coast up to the Harbour. It’s a good size so there’s plenty of room for all to enjoy. Take a walk along the Promenade all the way from Butlins over to the Harbour. The Promenade has a good flat surface so it’s ideal for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs and is pleasant to walk along. Minehead Town Centre – This is about halfway along the walk from Butlins to the Harbour. There’s a variety of traditional independent retailers and high street names providing a great balance of specialist shops, food stores, clothing and accessories, hair and beauty, jewellery, souvenirs,and of course ice-cream. There is also a Farmers Market held on certain days.                                                                                                                              Minehead Harbour – Take a stroll around the Harbour and see                                                                    the boats. The RNLI Lifeboat Station is here – you might even be                                                                   able to catch a glimpse of the lifeboat and her crew in training!                                                                   There’s several places along here for a drink and a bite to eat too,                                                                   including several tearooms and The Old Ship Aground pub which is                                                                   a traditional seaside pub offering a warm welcome and                                                                   homecooked food. Places to Eat and Drink – There are plenty of places to  eat and drink in Minehead ranging from cafes and tearooms, pubs and restaurants, takeaways, and fish and chips. The Hairy Dog is a family friendly pub serving food and great for entertaining children as it has a large outdoor playground, and the Duke of Wellington is in a traditional setting and serves good quality food at excellent value. A must is The Hobby Horse for a fabulous Sunday carvery at an excellent price. Supermarkets - Morrisons and Tesco are just along the road from Butlins so really handy for your holiday shopping, especially if you intend to eat in at the caravan or need a picnic for the beach. (McDonalds is really near too!) Days Out and Things To Do –   Fishing – Why not bring your fishing equipment and spend some time by the fishing lake at the Caravan Park. All free, no licence needed and spend as long as you like!                                                              Minehead Golf Course – Play a round of golf on this 18-hole course                                                              which is right next door to Butlins. Visitors are always welcome.  West Somerset Railway – Enjoy some time out to  yesteryear on historic steam and diesel locomotives. Leave from Minehead near the town centre and alight at some quaint villages along the way. Watchet and the Harbour – Watchet is an ancient harbour town with real character and some interesting shops. Take a stroll around the Marina or eat fish and chips sitting on the esplanade watching the boats going in and out. There’s a pub and the Harbour Masters shop is here too.                                                                                    Dunster Village sits just outside of Minehead. This                                                                                        unique village boasts a number of attractions and                                                                                       features including over 200 listed buildings, an ancient                                                                                       high street, The Old Yarn Market, a dolls museum, and                                                                                       much more. There are plentiful restaurants, pubs and                                                                                       tearooms, and the village has quaint unusual shops.                                                                                 
Watersmeet - Visit Watersmeet to the west of Minehead, about 1.5 miles to the east of Lynmouth, to experience a dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands - described as ‘a haven for wildlife and with breathtaking views’. Enjoy a  traditional cream tea at the National Trust tearoom and garden at Watersmeet House and buy gifts at the National Trust Shop.
Dunster Castle - Discover this ancient castle owned by the National Trust and take time to explore the sub-tropical gardens. Feel free to picnic in the grounds or maybe visit the tearoom. There’s also a shop selling unique items.
Lynton and Lynmouth - These 2 villages are known as  ‘Little Switzerland’ and are on the coast to the west of  Minehead. Take a drive up the famous Porlock Hill if you dare and travel through Exmoor - you might even see the wild ponies. The villages lie one above the other and are linked by a famous and ingenious Cliff Railway. Both villages have a good range of pubs, tearooms, restaurants and shops. There’s also a harbour, a Museum and much more! Experience a different pace of life in Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoy the magnificent scenery, the backdrop of cliffs, and the spectacular river - well worth a visit.
     We’re sure there’s lots more great places to add on here - let us know of any you’ve visited!
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