To go alongside my little trip around Somerset posts I thought I would also talk about a few of thee traditionally Somerset things you probably don’t know about this little county in the South West of England.
Glastonbury Festival – the festival is not actually held in Glastonbury, its held in Pilton but Glastonbury has more of a ring to it! The festival is usually held every year and involves a long weekend full of entertainment from artists worldwide, camping and sometimes mud baths if it happens to rain.
The Wurzels – Quite possibly the most famous band to come from Somerset, and the longest running as they started in 1966! With songs like I am a Cider Drinker, the Combine Harvester and The Blackbird they have played all over including at the Glastonbury Festival and I don’t think they ever struggle to sell tickets to their shows.
Cheddar Cheese – in the little village of Cheddar there are caves where some Cheddar cheese is made. At the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Factory you can sample the various types of cheddar they make and also watch the cheese being made by hand. I think that you haven’t had real Cheddar Cheese unless its made in Cheddar.
The Battle of Sedgemoor – The Battle of Sedgemoor was fought on 6 July 1685 and took place at Westonzoyland. It was the final battle of the Monmouth Rebellion and followed a series of skirmishes around south west England between the forces of James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth and troops loyal to James II.
Coleridge Cottage – The cottage was the home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Coleridge wrote Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Frost at Midnight amongst many other poems. He also apparently convinced William Wordsworth to move to the Quantocks from Dorset!
That’s just a selection of the great things, people and places from my home county of Somerset!