Visit the Westonzoyland Pumping Station including the Museum of Steam Power, with restored engines seen working on steaming days or head off into the surrounding countryside of the Mendips and Somerset Levels. The highlight of the year comes in November for Bridgwater as the finale to the Somerset Illuminated Carnivals takes place around firework night. Don’t miss a dazzling display of illuminated floats and music that stems from a celebration of Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot.
Bridgwater’s Blake Museum offers the chance to learn about the area’s history with a wide variety of ever-changing exhibits ranging from weaponry and armour to scale model vehicles. n and around Bridgwater you’ll find plenty of historic interest. Town trails take you from medieval to Georgian history and architecture and there are a series of blue plagues across the town highlighting particular places of interest.
Out to the south east of Bridgwater you’ll find sites that played important roles in the Battle of Sedgemoor including the battle site itself at Westonzoyland. For more exploration of the countryside around Bridgwater pick up The River Parrett Trail that takes you through the heart of the Somerset Levels up to Bridgwater Bay. The arts are very much alive in Bridgwater too. The Bridgwater Arts Centre is a community arts venue for theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.