South Somerset District Council is promoting a range of activities to celebrate English Tourism Week this year and you can be involved.
There is the opportunity to discover one of the most complete surviving twine works in England with a tour of Dawes Twine Works in West Coker on Tuesday 1 April. The Dawes Twine Works building dates back to the 19th Century and much restoration work has been undertaken to bring it back to life in recent months.
Enjoy a guided walk from Dillington House around Ilminster on Thursday 3 April. The 3 mile walk starts at Dillington and goes around Ilminster looking at some historical sites and buildings on the way. It includes a couple of ascents and descents but the views are worth it!
Then on Friday 4 April, be one of the first people to enjoy the photographic collection at South Somerset’s Community Heritage Access Centre. With over 4000 prints dating from the 1860s; there are plenty of hidden treasures to view. Also on the same day – a guided stroll from Yeovil around East Coker through the countryside with an opportunity to buy lunch at the Courtyard café.
South Somerset also has its own shortlisted Tourism Superstar. Dickon Allen of Montacute House has been shortlisted for the award after going above and beyond the call of duty to offer visitors a priceless experience. The winner will be announced on March 29, the first day of English Tourism Week.
Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said, “Tourism across Somerset has taken a knock with the recent flooding, but Somerset is open for business and we want everyone to know that. The excellent activities that you can get involved with during English Tourism Week are just a start. There’s so much you can do on your very own doorstep”.
Bookings are essential on all events. To book a place on any of the events, please phone Yeovil Tourist Information Centre on 01935 462781.