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Visit the City of Wells in Somerset with its historic centre, the magnificent cathedral, and the unique moated Bishop's Palace.
It has a farmers market on Wednesday and Saturday where you can sample the delights of locally produced food and drink, all set in the beautiful old market square by the picturesque Town Hall. Fans of Hot Fuzz will recognise Wells as the set for the film
There are numerous cafes, pubs and restaurants, along with a cinema and good choice of supermarkets.
Wells hosts a Literary Festival mid October, a Comedy Festival in May, and World Class choral and classical concerts can be enjoyed all year round at both the Cathedral and Cedars Hall.
Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The scenic and tranquil Chew Valley lies 5 miles south of Bristol with a significant area forming part of the Mendip Hills AONB. The area offers sailing, fishing, walking, cycling, and small villages with numerous pubs to explore.
The Mendip Hills is well known for its limestone landscape of gorges, upland plateau, and caving systems. Cheddar Gorge is 7 miles from Shortwood Barn, and not only boasts a spectacular gorge, but also offers rock climbing, hiking, and the opportunity to sample its world famous cheese.
There are now a number of very good vineyards to visit which compliment the traditional cider farms
Wookey Hole is 5 miles, and its caves are well worth a visit. The nearby villages of Priddy and Charterhouse are renowned in the area for pot-holing and caving.
Glastonbury lies 12 miles to the South West of Shortwood Barn, and is steeped in myth and legend. A walk up the tour is highly recommended. In addition to the stunning scenery, it is also the venue to the globally popular Glastonbury Festival, held towards the end of June