An extremely historic town in the middle of Somerset and in a fold in the Mendip Hills is Shepton Mallet. Have a light stroll around Shepton Mallet Park – feed the ducks at the lake or wander along the promenade. The town is the location for the Bath and West Showground, promoting a wide range of shows and events throughout the year. Shepton Mallet is a great base for a holiday. Visit the nearby Wookey Hole Caves, Britain’s most famous caves with beautifully lit lagoons under hundreds of years old stone and rock and learn about the Witch of Wookey.

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Indulge in a spot of golf at Mendip and spent the day teeing off in the great British sunshine. Or better yet visit Longleat, the exotic animal adventure park allowing incredible, up close encounters with some of the world’s largest creatures that would not be possible in the British wilderness. The caves, fairground museum and other family attractions at Wookey Hole are near-by and well worth a day out. Ride a steam train at the East Somerset Railway a few miles outside the town, or, if transport is your thing, a few miles further south choose between the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton or the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford. Shepton Mallet and its surroundings holds so much delight for a family holiday that a week just doesn’t seem long enough.