There’s plenty to keep you occupied in and around Wincanton. Wincanton Racecourse lies between Wincanton and Bruton and makes a fun day out. It also has a pay and play golf course if you want to escape the shops. Not to be missed is the Wincanton Carnival, one of the Somerset Guy Fawkes Illuminated Carnivals that take place in Autumn.
Wincanton Tourist Attractions
Wincanton is a town that has varied fortunes after being based around the weaving industry but became run down when that declined. The town was rejuvenated in the 1800s by the increase in stage coach trade – Wincanton was a stop on the London to Exeter route. Later the introduction of the railways added to the town’s prosperity.
Coaching Inns are one of the predominant historic features of Wincanton and many can still be seen although not used for their original purposes – some have been converted into houses, apartments or shops. For Terry Pratchett fans you’ll find The Cunning Artificer on the High Street that acts as a Discworld Emporium selling all kinds of Discworld related products. If you like antiques then there are several antique shops to browse. There are also plenty of chapels in the town serving a variety of denominations.
Wincanton Racecourse is located between Wincanton and Bruton on the B3081. It has a full fixture programme throughout the year and has undergone modernisation over the last few years. Wincanton Racecouse has three enclosures The Premier, Grandstand and Course Enclosures. All have disabled facilities and food and drink outlets. You can also hold special events, weddings, parties and functions or conferences and seminars at the course.
Alongside the Racecourse is Wincanton Golf Course; a nine hole parkland golf course with club house and pro shop. Visitors are welcomed and race/golf packages can be organised.
Wincanton Local History Museum
You can find out more about the town’s history from the museum near the Dolphin Inn. It is run by the Wincanton and District Museum and Historical Society and houses a Victorian kitchen, artefacts from lcoal farms, documents, posters and photographs illustrating the social history of Wincanton.