“An indoor jungle with tropical plants, free-flying birds and a 15-foot waterfall” - AA Inspector
Housed in a 1930s BBC transmitting station, the main hall has been converted into an indoor jungle with a 15-foot waterfall, tropical plants and free-flying birds. (Snakes, lizards, iguanas, spiders and tortoises are caged!) Downstairs is the submarine crypt with tropical aquatic life. Other features include landscaped gardens where two full-size pirate adventure ships are moored on the front lawn accessible to pirates of all ages. The park has an indoor playcastle for adventure and fun and a new outdoor princesses and knights castle and zipwire.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Ramp to pirate galleon
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10.30-5 (last entry 4.30); Oct daily 11-5 (last entry 4); Nov-Mar Mon & weekends 11-4 (last entry 3)
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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