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A carnival of colour in Bridgwater

Resting between the Mendip and Quantock hills, Bridgwater is the perfect spot for exploring the West Country. The town itself is an ideal starting point, with its historic buildings, canal and unique shops. Every November, the Guy Fawkes carnival lights up the streets with music and fireworks, and is thought to be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Outdoor fun and games

Middlemoor Splash, a huge water assault course that opened in May 2017, is great fun for groups. Why not try your luck at wakeboarding and waterskiing while you're there? If you prefer a more sedate pace, the Walled Gardens of Cannington offer beautiful blooms, a wildflower meadow, sub-tropical walks and a cosy tea room.

Plenty for culture vultures

Learn about Bridgwater's heritage at the Blake Museum, with exhibits from the Stone Age to the present day. It's free to visit. Coleridge Cottage, nestled in the Quantocks, was the home of romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. See where he penned some of his greatest works, including The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Looking for accommodation in Bridgwater? Travelodge Bridgwater M5 is conveniently placed just off the motorway, while our Taunton hotel is also a great base for exploring Somerset.