12 Things To Do This Autumn
Somerset Life|October 2020
12 Things To Do This Autumn
Summer may have faded away, but now’s the time to celebrate everything that makes Somerset a unique place to explore in the autumn months, says Catherine Courtenay
Catherine Courtenay

1. SAMPLE LOCAL PRODUCE

Support Somerset’s food and drink producers with a visit to one of October’s eat: Festivals. The award-winning, town center-based events have been adapted to ensure that all Coronavirus safety measures are in place. On 3 October it’s eat: Minehead, where food and drink producers from across Exmoor will gather along The Avenue in town for the day. On Saturday 10th, it’s the turn of eat: Nailsea, with the best of Bristol and North Somerset in attendance. Then eat: Burnham on-Sea on Saturday 24 will be eat: Festival’s 50th event and it will be held in the organisers’ home town. It’s the largest eat: Festival in the calendar with a massive 100 food and drink producers filling the town centre. All three events run from 10 am-4 pm.

2. VISIT A MUSEUM

Reopening to visitors in mid-October, the team at Haynes International Motor Museum has been busy behind the scenes creating new exhibitions and a social distancing-friendly museum layout. New exhibitions include an exclusive Williams F1 space featuring some iconic F1 cars, a stunning new Ferrari display and an exhibition dedicated to the man behind the Haynes Manuals, the late John Haynes OBE. There is so much to do and see for both families and car enthusiasts alike. Book tickets in advance via him.co.uk

3. PICK A PUMPKIN

Get ready for Hallowe’en and find a farm where you can pick your own pumpkin. They hold an annual Pumpkin Festival at Farrington’s Farm in Farrington Gurney, where you can go into the field and select your own pumpkin and themed activities take place too, making for an entertaining trip. They sowed 40,000 pumpkin seeds in readiness for this year’s event, which they hope to run throughout October. Check the website for the latest info farringtons.co.uk

4. STARGAZING FESTIVAL

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October 2020