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Things to do near Street, Somerset with the kids this summer!

Updated: Aug 1


The Summer holidays are upon us once again, so what is going on to entertain the little ones this summer? Here are some of our top picks for a day out with the kids!


Myth and Monsters, Museum of Somerset, Taunton (Tues-Sat, 12 July-29thOctober)

Delve into the imaginations of some of the world’s most captivating ‘monster’ illustrators who bring beasties to life in childrens’ books. This new family-friendly exhibition features 70 artworks, including images from Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo, Zog etc), Jim Kay (A Monster Calls) and Lydia Monks (What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn).


Young visitors are encouraged to make their own ‘monster in a jar’ at home (watch the video here) and bring their creation to the museum for the chance to be included in the exhibition.


Alongside the exhibition, drop-in, monster-themed craft activities are taking place throughout the school holidays, £2 per child. See the website for the full programme.


Wild Pottery at Ninesprings (28-29 July and 11-12 August)

Ever wanted to try your hand at pottery, or learn how to turn a bonfire into a pottery kiln? Head to Yeovil Country Park for a two-day Wild Pottery session where you’ll forage for firewood, get creative with clay, create a wildlife-friendly seed bomb, build a fire, try your hand at log splitting, and toast some treats too.


This two-day event takes place from 10am-12pm and is aimed at children aged 7-11, accompanied with a parent/adult. See website.


Creepy Crawly Crafting at Ham Hill (31 July) and Chard Reservoir (2 August)

Discover Ham Hill’s creepiest, crawliest creatures with a ranger-led toddler group (aimed at kids aged 2-5 years old, accompanied by a parent). Catch and release flying insects using a sweep net, make your own creepy crawly out of clay and twigs, and find a home for your beasties in the undergrowth.

Please see website.


Summer crafting at Glastonbury Abbey Museum

Get crafty at Glastonbury Abbey Museum with a packed schedule of making activities. Build a model of the lady chapel (11am, 23 July), make wiggly caterpillars (11am 27 July), flapping butterflies (11am, 29 July), a dream catcher (11am 2 August), a simple book (4 August), a medieval tile (9 August), a sock puppet (11 August) and more (see website for details).


Super Summer at Hestercombe Gardens (23 July-31 August)

Hestercombe is taking visitors around the world in 40 days…of the summer holidays. ‘Travel’ to famous landmarks across the globe on your adventures in the beautiful gardens and taste food from different countries. Each week is themed, with India up first (25-31 July), then Australia week (1-7 August), Egypt week (8-14 August), America Week (15-21 August) and finally, Italy week (22-28 August).


Activities during the themed weeks include yoga sessions, Mandala painting, meeting exotic creepy crawlies, aboriginal dot art boomerangs, an archaeological dig, writing in hieroglyphics, getting up close to birds of prey, punting on the pear pond and making Venetian masks. Website


Family trails at Bishop’s Palace, Wells (Throughout the Summer)

Stunning Bishop’s Palace and Gardens with its moat, lolling swans, drawbridge, Great Hall ruins and well pools, is hosting a summer holiday family trail (different each week). Collect from the Ticket Office, or download one from the website, and, when you’ve completed it, you’ll be rewarded with a prize on the way out! Website


Wookey Hole Caves

With a tour of the beautiful caverns, plus over 20 family-friendly attractions, a visit to Wookey Holes Caves just keeps on giving! Your kids will have a magical time, as they come face to face with roaring dinosaurs, a life-size King Kong and even a Witch. They’ll also get to enjoy 4D Cinema and to search for fairies in the Fairy Gardens, while you soak in the stunning views of Wookey Hole Pier.

Your family adventure continues at Monster Mill where you’ll find lots of fun, including soft play, mini golf and a Pirate Zap Zone. Try your hand at the ancient art of Paper Making at the Paper Mill and learn about the past at the two on-site cave museums. Be sure to check out the UK’s largest collection of penny arcade machines, too!


Been to Wookey Holes Caves before? Discover something new - marvel at the stunning formations in Chamber 20 and Tunnels, and enjoy a special Cave Light Show.

  • Family-friendly guided cave tour

  • Over 20 awesome attractions

  • Great value for money!

Website


Cheddar Treasure Hunt Trail (Throughout Summer)

The hunt for cheesy treasure is on! With its ancient market square, famous limestone gorge and the promise of something yummy to pop on a cracker, the Cheddar Treasure Hunt Trail is calling out for dairy-loving detectives.

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Before getting a slice of the action, download your route PDF. It’s essential to working your way around the trail with handy hints and tips leading you to tasty clues all over the town. These will be craftily disguised on signposts, monuments and more, so you’ll need a bloodhound’s nose to sniff em’ out!

The trail should take around 2 hours to polish off and begins at the entrance to Gough’s Cave, before winding through the scenic village streets. A trip here, however, would be wasted without a trip into Cheddar Gorge, so combine the two for a day full of fun. Say cheese!

  • A self-guided treasure trail

  • Crack codes

  • Explore Cheddar

Website


We hope this blog has inspired you to go out and explore in and around Street with your little ones this summer!


About Us:


Jabberwocky Children's Nursery is a Nursery and Preschool dedicated to providing the best that an Early Years setting has to offer in a colourful, spacious, purpose built environment. We believe in creating magical places for children and engaging children’s curiosity and imagination to inspire lifelong learning in a safe, loving, enabling environment. We embrace the fact that all children are unique and special and we strive to offer a programme of care and education that not only ensures children experience all areas of the ‘Foundation Stage Framework’ but that also appeals to every kind of learner.


​Jabberwocky is easy to get to from Street and also Glastonbury, Butleigh and Meare. So if you are looking for a Day Nursery in Street or looking for a Day Nursery in Glastonbury or other local Mendip Somerset towns then please come and see us!


Visit the Jabberwocky Nursery website at: www.jabberwockynursery.co.uk


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