When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. The world-famous landscape garden has at its centrepiece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees, and offers a day of fresh air and discovery.
Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’, and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.
The fields here used to be arable farmland, but now they are being looked after so that they are ideal for wetland birds and other wildlife.
We have put in structures to keep the water levels high and have created miles of new ditches and shallow water-filled gutters, and dug out numerous shallow pools or ‘scrapes’. Now you can see lapwings, snipe, curlews and redshanks nesting here in summer, as well as yellow wagtails, skylarks and meadow pipits.
The NNR consists mainly of restored peat fields and water-filled compartments containing islands with areas of reeds and bulrushes. There are areas of poor fen and also an old fragment of acid mire that is being restored.
“Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve is not only a fantastic place to see wildlife, but a monument to the history and ingenuity of Neolithic man preserved through the amazing Sweet Track. It’s a unique window to the past and a place everyone should try to visit.”
Phil Holms, Senior Reserve Manager
The Somerset Levels and Moors are unique, timeless and tranquil. They are dotted with heritage sites, historic towns and echoes from the past; bursting with wildlife under vast skies and home to a vibrant farming, business and arts community.
The market is held in the pedestrian centre of town towards the top of Middle Street in the section between M&S and Waterstones. Times: 9am- 2pm Market dates: The 4th Saturday of each month Overview: This is a busy and vibrant town centre setting for an outdoor canopy market launched in April 2010. With approximately 17 stalls with a huge range of choice and variety.
New location by the Market Cross in the Market Place! Dates for 2013: 26th January, 23rd February, 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May,22nd June,27th July, 24th August, 28th September,26th October,23rd November,21st December Times: 9 am-2pm Overview and other information: Now in its 15th year this was the 1st farmers market established in the county of Somerset! Good selection of produce and a very interesting town to explore!
Cheese & Grain Market Hall, close to town centre ,follow the signs for the car park. Forthcoming markets in 2013: 12th January, 9th February, 9th March,13th April,11th May, 8th June,13th July, 10th August, 14th September,12th October,9th November,14th December. Times: 9am-1pm Overview and other information: A huge range of produce with up to 38 stalls in the historic Cheese & Grain Market Hall venue which boasts an excellent onsite cafe. Voted the best farmers market in Somerset in 2009 & 2010 in the Taste of Somerset Awards and Frome itself was voted the best food town!