Drive just a short way out of the centre of Bath and you’ll find green hills and patchwork fields, bursting with things to do on a day out in Somerset. Fashion and farming sit neatly alongside local history, contemporary art spaces and a very cosmopolitan café culture. Find out how Somerset has cultivated its own unique charm, and the most enchanting places you can visit to find it...
Shepton Mallet and Kilver Court
Nestled between the hills of the Mendips and the market town of Shepton Mallet you’ll find Kilver Court Designer Outlet Village. Home to luxury brands like Mulberry, Toast, Rapha and Whistles all at discounted prices, the charming restaurants, tranquil gardens and nursery make it a beautiful place to find a fashionable bargain.
With over three acres of landscaped gardens to explore, spend your time following the pockets of flowers along the hidden pathways and discovering quiet secluded spots. Sit down for a fresh, locally sourced lunch at one of the eateries, and explore the treasures and gifts in the Great House Shop – Kilver Court is the perfect place to shop, relax and take time to enjoy the moment.
Bruton and Hauser & Wirth
Not far past the pretty village of Castle Cary you can discover the buzz of Bruton, a small Somerset town and hipster retreat. It’s in a picturesque spot where ancient stepping stones cross over the River Brue, and the fourteenth-century church sits at the foot of the surrounding wooded hills.
Hauser & Wirth, a destination for art, architecture and immersion in the rural landscape, is on the edge of Bruton, at Durslade Farm. A pioneering world-class gallery and arts centre, it has a dedication to contemporary creative pieces. Find time to peruse the shelves of the bookshop for limited edition artworks, explore Piet Oudolf’s perennial meadow and grab a bite to eat at the Roth Bar & Grill restaurant.
Wells and The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens
It’s easy to find your way to the medieval city of Wells from Bath – did you know that it’s also the smallest city in England? The narrow streets with confetti-coloured houses lead to the impressive and statuesque Cathedral at the heart of the city. With its own micro-pub and collection of unique shops, Wells is a friendly place where vintage finds are hidden amongst a lively café culture.
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens are a secluded oasis, protected within the walls of ancient ramparts and surrounded by the moat that’s also home to a resident family of swans. The flagstone drawbridge and portcullis promise adventure, taking you into the 14 acres of gardens, and there are tales of dragons to hear, and arboretums to explore.
Kilver Court, set up by Mulberry founder Roger Saul in the 1970's, is the ideal place to check out the latest fashion, lifestyle and interior trends, all located in the heart of Somerset. The regenerated textile mill is home to the world-famous Mulberry Factory Shop, plus over 50 other designer brands offering fantastic discounts all year round, and with plenty of space to relax, with lunch or a coffee, it's the perfect destination for a day's shopping.
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