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Chard Museum

Chard Museum exists to help today’s community uncover yesterday’s heritage, history and hidden stories. It is a small local museum based in Chard Somerset at the top end of the high street. It opened in 1970 and celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2020.

It is housed in a converted 16th-century thatched, listed building. It was originally four cottages. Later it incorporated the building next door, which had been the New Inn public house. The Skittle Alley from the New Inn shows an extensive display of tools used by craftsmen in earlier times.

cricket st thomas golf club

Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club

Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club is located off the A30 near Chard in Somerset. The club has over 80 years of history and provides members and visitors alike the chance to play on a beautiful parkland course with outstanding views across the surrounding countryside.


Charmouth & Lyme Regis Fossils

Charmouth Beach provides something for all the family. In summer, the expanses of sand and gently shelving waters make it the ideal family beach. In autumn and winter, the effect of storms and the waves on the cliffs create a haven for fossil collectors.

Charmouth Fossils have appeared on numerous television programmes and are displayed in museums worldwide. If you want to find out more or want to learn how and where to look, then visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

jurassic coast

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. It stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 96 miles. Chartered in 2001, the Jurassic coast was the second wholly natural World Heritage Site designated in the United Kingdom. Its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path.


Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort in west Dorset, boasting beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, fascinating history and a picturesque harbour, as well as plenty of activities, attractions and a varied programme of events to keep you entertained.

The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset Devon border. It is nicknamed “The Pearl of Dorset.” The town is noted for the fossils found in the cliffs and beaches, which are part of the Heritage Coast, known commercially as the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site


The Blackdown Hills

The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a tranquil and relatively isolated landscape on the border of Devon and Somerset. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage. For many, it epitomises the English countryside, with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes.

Whether you’re interested in history, would like to go out wildlife spotting, or simply want to admire the views, there are plenty of places to visit.


Forde Abbey

Home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years.

Through the centuries, it has played host to Cistercian monks at prayer, 19th-century philosophers and politicians, by misfortune implicated in the Monmouth Rebellion and more recently, the backdrop to the Hollywood adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd,’ starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge.

If any of Forde Abbey’s 12th-century Cistercian monks were to return today, they might well recognise their quarters, their kitchen and refectories, and their chapter house. It is rare to see so much of a medieval monastery preserved as an integral part of a private dwelling.

Responsibility for this wonderful home was inherited by the Kennard family in 2009. They continue to live here, farming as the Cistercians did over five hundred years before.


Chard Equestrian

Chard Equestrian is an all-weather equestrian venue which provides a training venue and showground for all equestrian disciplines and levels of horsemanship.

At Chard Equestrian, Jane and Sarah, and the rest of the team look forward to welcoming you. Our aim is to provide a friendly environment and are always willing to answer any questions you may have.

Set in glorious Somerset countryside with amazing views. Chard Equestrian is situated just off the A30 road on the Devon border, less than 15 miles from both Taunton and Yeovil.


Perry’s Cider

Perry’s Cider Mills have been making award-winning craft ciders since 1920 when William Churchill acquired the family farm and started making cider as a side line to his blacksmiths business. The company was later taken over by Henry and Bert Perry, his nephews who pushed the company forward and continued to experiment with craft ciders.

Montacute House

Montacute House

Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, the glow of ham stone, and surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Sir Edward Phelips was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house were a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

cheddar gorge

Cheddar Gorge

Britain’s biggest gorge, from the dramatic cliffs, rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns. This world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing. A great day out for families, nature and history lovers, and outdoor adventurers.

wookey hole

Wookey Hole

Wookey Hole Caves are a series of limestone caverns; Wookey Hole is a cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, England. The River Axe flows through the cave. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both biological and geological reasons.

somerset levels

Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are a coastal plain and wetland area of Somerset, South West England, running south from the Mendips to the Blackdown Hills.

The Somerset Levels have an area of about 160,000 acres and are bisected by the Polden Hills; the areas to the south are drained by the River Parrett, and the areas to the North by the rivers Axe and Brue.

The Mendip Hills separate the Somerset Levels from the North Somerset Levels. The Somerset Levels consist of marine clay “levels” along the coast and inland peat-based “moors” agriculturally, about 70 per cent is used as grassland, and the rest is arable.

fleet air museum

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 on RNAS Yeovilton airfield, and the museum has viewing areas where visitors can watch military aircraft (especially helicopters) take off and land. It is located 7 miles (11 km) north of Yeovil and 40 miles (64 km) south of Bristol.

chard nature reserve

Chard Nature Reserve and Resevoir

Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve is 88-acre open water, woodland and meadow site. A jewel on the eastern edge of the busy market town of Chard. As its name suggests, the core of the reserve is a large reservoir that is now home to a great range of wildfowl and other wildlife.


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