Attractions around Thorney Lakes and Caravan Park Include
The Parish Church
Completed in the early 15th century, the perpendicular style church was built by the Abbots of the neighbouring abbey.
Of interest is the ceiling, with tudor painting of uninhibited angels and the stained galls from around 1200 AD.
Around the altar floor, tiles are from the 12th Century lady chapel of the abbey.
Open daily and serving teas and cakes on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 during the summer.
John Leach, oldest grandson of Bernard Leach and son of David Leach, continues the family tradition in the tranquil setting of his own pottery.
He works with one other master potter, Nick Rees, and a student – hand throwing and wood firing a range of stoneware pots.
Open all year, Monday to Saturday: 9am - 1pm, 2pm – 5pm.
It was once a wealthy Benedictine Abbey and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538.
Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory- the only one of its kind in Britain.
The 16th century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life.
Open daily 1st April to 30th Sep from 10am – 6pm and 10am to 5pm in Oct.
Somerset Cider Brandy
Based on a farm in South Somerset, they sit amongst 160 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, a famous Somerset landmark with a single sycamore on top that looks out across the Somerset Levels.
The farm has been pressing cider for the past 150 years and distilling the cider into Somerset Cider Brandy since 1989.
Open every day except Sunday, 9am-5.30pm.
Haynes Motor Museum
The UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
Just 30 minutes from Thorney Lakes Caravan & Camping, Haynes Motor Museum is a perfect outing for the whole family.
Fleet Air Arm Museum
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is devoted to the history of British naval aviation. It has an extensive collection of military and civilian aircraft, aero engines, models of aircraft and Royal Navy ships (especially aircraft carriers) and paintings and drawings related to naval aviation. It is located onRNAS Yeovilton airfield, and the museum has viewing areas where visitors can watch military aircraft (especially helicopters) take off and land.
Relax, soak up the silence and live life at a gentler pace…