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Top3: Great days out in Somerset

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Home to majestic rolling hills, a rich and surprising history, and a wealth of exciting activities for the whole family, Somerset is a county just dying to be explored. We've selected three fantastic days out that are sure to put a smile on the face of someone you love.

Ham Wall RSPB Nature Reserve

RSPB Ham Wall, Meare, Ashcott, Glastonbury BA6 9SX

Nestled in the heart of the Avalon Marshes you will find a gem of natural beauty and fascinating species protected and cared for by the RSPB.

The unique 265-acre site provides the perfect habitat for hundreds of species amongst its reedbeds, open waters, grasslands, and woods, including bitterns, swallows, swifts, martins, hobbies, owls, ducks, grebes, kingfishers, tits, egrets, and more, depending on the season.

Closer to the ground, eagle-eyed visitors can spot otters, water voles, shrews, and Iberian water frogs – though you may hear the frogs before you see them!

With engaging and educational family activities throughout the year, and a pushchair-friendly main path, Ham Wall offers a great opportunity for everyone to appreciate the stunning natural beauty of Somerset.

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Go Ape Haldon Forest

Bullers Hill, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XR

Go Ape Haldon is the gateway to fun and adventure on the moors. Located just 15 minutes outside Exeter, nestled in 3,500-acres of woodland, there’s something to delight all comers.

A great location for thrill seekers and family adventurers with hilltop-to-hilltop zip wires and daring high level crossings. You may be deep in the forest but the 360-degree views from your treetop vantage point are spectacular.

With many walking and cycling trails, it’s a busy park popular with mountain bikers and walking groups. Bike hire is available at the site.

There is a children’s play area and a number of trails to entice the children into the forest, including the Discovery Trail featuring lots of fun features, regular resting points, and the promise of stunning views along the Jurassic Coast. It’s also a great trail for beginner cyclists!

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Space Adventures

34 Frobisher Way, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6BB

Little ones! Get ready to blast off for excitement at this Taunton interactive and immersive indoor play centre.

With three individually dedicated areas based upon age, the out-of-this-world play space is certain to delight children aged from zero to two, two to four, and four to 12 years old.

Explore the space-themed soft play and futuristic role-play village, both designed to help children expand their dreams in an environment that encourages escapism and fun.

Parents and carers can relax on planet Earth while the space invaders explore the universe!

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