Bristol is the largest, most dynamic City in the South West of England. It is steeped in history and second only to London for its rich maritime heritage; still celebrated today with the annual Harbourside Festival.
The City of Bristol also proudly boasts of the legacies left by Isambard Kingdom Brunel by way of the refurbished SS Great Britain, Temple Meads Train Station and Bristol's most recognised landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Bristol's newly transformed shopping district includes Cabot Circus which houses over 25 restaurants and cafes as well as big brand stores such as Harvey Nichols and the UK's third Showcase Cinema de Lux.
Slightly more traditional are the City's three markets; the Harbourside Market, St Nicholas Market and the Tobacco Factory Market. Bristol's cultural quarter, Stokes Croft, offers a wealth of artist studios' keep your eyes peeled for a Banksy and unusual shops; Park Street was recently nominated for a Google award as the UK's hippest street and Christmas Steps Art Quarter is full of fascinating independent traders and artisans, whilst Old Market has a great number of specialist traders - pick up anything from climbing equipment to wigs! Not forgetting, of course, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, a two storey purpose built centre to the north of the City.
Bath was declared a World Heritage site in 1987, housing such historical gems as Queen's Square, the Royal Crescent, Parade Bridge, The Circus, Royal Victoria Park, Theatre Royal, the Assembly Rooms and Pulteney Bridget - not forgetting, of course, the most notable world famous old Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel also left his mark in Bath with the Box Tunnel, created whilst working for the Great Western Railway.
Regeneration of the City's shopping district now gives six great areas to shop in; Upper Town is filled with hidden boutiques, Milsom Quarter is full of great designer chic, the Central Area is full of intriguing alleyways and passages as well as favourite High Street stores. The creative hub of craft and curio shops is in the Artisan Quarter whilst the Western Area has a wonderful mix of independent shops and the Green Park Station Market. Finally, SouthGate is Bath's newest shopping development and, with the opening of the new Thermae Bath Spa, breathes some modern life into such a wonderfully magical City.
Weston-super-Mare is a renowned seaside resort and home to the newly re-built Grand Pier; the ultimate indoor theme park housing world class rides and attractions.
The town has plenty of venues to visit, including the SeaQuarium and The Helicopter Museum. You can take a day trip on the Paddle Steamer Waverley or MV Balmoral from Knightstone Island to a number of destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn estuary or why not take a trip in Weston's very own 40 metres tall Observation Wheel providing breathtaking views across the bay.
Weston hosts annual events from the televised live beach concert, T4 on the Beach, to the Motocross Enduro event Weston Beach Race. You can also watch in amazement as sand artists chisel away creating complex designs for the Sand Sculpture Festival, or take a donkey ride along the beach in traditional style.
Weston is also your last chance to see the carnival procession and, as it's the last port of call, provides a spectacular finale to the carnival circuit.
Wells is the smallest city in England and home to the famous 13th century Wells Cathedral; the Cathedral still retains over 300 of the original medieval statues and has the original medieval 24 hour clock face and complicated mechanical figures.
This pretty market town remains remarkably unspoilt with its narrow streets and other historic buildings such as the moated Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Vicars' Close and St Cuthbert's Church. Burcott Mill, a traditional Victorian watermill, is one of only 50 fully working watermills operating in the UK producing organic wholegrain flour.
The twice weekly market still thrives today selling local produce and goods and a host of high street and boutique stores line the main street. Wells is also part of the carnival circuit and provides the most spectacular backdrop to this traditional procession.
Glastonbury (or Isle of Avalon), world renowned for the Glastonbury Festival, is steeped in magical myths and legends; from Glastonbury Abbey - believed to be the possible burial place of the legendary King Arthur - to The Tor, one of Somerset's most mythical landmarks and again associated with King Arthur.
The sacred Glastonbury Thorn at the foot of The Tor is thought to have sprouted into a bush when Joseph of Aramathea thrust his staff into the ground and the Chalice Well is thought to be of Druid origin and blessed with healing powers.
Today Glastonbury is a colourful and unique town with a great mix of people from all backgrounds and spiritual beliefs. The small town offers plenty of gifted healers, counsellors and therapists with a host of New Age shops and is a High Street like no other!
Just a stone's throw away in Street is the purpose built factory shopping complex, Clarks Village with over 90 stores offering designer labels and famous brands at knock-down prices.
Wookey Hole is an extraordinary area known for its beauty, prehistoric archaeological finds and, of course, the Wookey Hole Caves carved out by the River Axe.
A great day out for all the family full of tales and folklore; the site where the legendary Witch of Wookey was turned to stone, a 19th century Paper Mill, Victorian Penny Arcade, Magical Mirror Maze, the Wizard's Castle play area, Enchanted Fairy Garden and the Dinosaur Valley. The Cave Museum houses all the history of the caves, archaeological excavations, artefacts and cave diving.
Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Cheddar Gorge & Caves is another fascinating must for any prehistoric, walking or climbing enthusiast. Explore Britain's biggest gorge, previously home to spooks, cannibals and witches!
Delve deep in a series of spectacular underground caves, see Gough's Cave with Britain's biggest underground river and the discovery site of Britain's oldest complete 9,000 year old skeleton, or discover the awe-inspiring views from the top of Jacob's Ladder - only 274 steps to climb! Failing that, sit back in one of the cafes and relax sampling some famous Cheddar Cheese from the local factory, unbeatably delicious Cheddar Strawberries and Cider.
Cheddar Reservoir is also open for sailing, coarse fishing and wind-surfing, or you are welcome to walk the perimeter.
Chew Valley Lake
Chew Valley Lake provides a great home for a variety of wildlife and is world famous for its scenic beauty and trout fishing. It is the biggest lake and a great place for bird watching or sailing.
Construction of this site took place back in 1950 by drowning 16 farmhouses, 11 houses and 2,000 acres of land... you can still see some of the roofs today when the water's a little low.
The lake has motorboats for hire; bank fishing and wading are allowed around most of the perimeter.
Blagdon Lake needs no introduction to the dedicated still water trout fishermen! The lake covers 440 acres and its long narrow shape is ideal for boat and bank fishing. There's also a number of rowing boats available for hire on the lake - peace and quiet whilst you enjoy your day on the lake with no engines to disturb you.