The Willow & Wetlands Visitor Centre is owned and run by the Coates family who have been growing willow and basketmaking here for nearly 200 years. Guided tours are available to show visitors how the willow is harvested, processed and used to make baskets and coffins. There are some lovely walks by the river and through the willow beds. Refreshments and light lunches are available at The Lemon Tree. Basketware is on sale at the shop. Other outlets are also on site.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year including BHs, Mon-Sat 9.30-5. Optional guided tours are available weekdays (not BHs) at 11 & 2.30 (charged). Lemon Tree Coffee House open Mon-Sat 10-4.30
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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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