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Safe and Sound Shooting

Muddy says: Family-run clay pigeon shooting and more for the whole family – kids, teens, adult novices and experts – near Pensford, just outside Bristol

Clay pigeon shooting

Godminster

Muddy says: You may already know their famous organic cheddar cheese but check out their awesome cheese celebration and wedding cakes, flavoured vodkas and other food and wine gift boxes.

Cheese

Hestercombe Gardens

Muddy says: 50 acres of magnificent historic gardens and grounds spanning three centuries, with food, art, shopping and fun family events all year round

Culture

Somerset country house with steps lit up at night

North Cadbury Court

Muddy says: This spectacular 16th century country house set in 1,500 acres of Somerset countryside could be yours, all yours!

Accommodation

American Dream Wedding Cars

Muddy says: Rock up on your wedding day in an iconic vintage Cadillac, Buick or Riley classic car. Glam-or-ous or what?!

Wedding cars

Hidden Woods

Muddy says: Forest fun in a beautiful woodland activity centre halfway between Frome and Bath, for kids (and adults) of all ages

Activity days

wedding dress

Sassi Holford

Muddy says: Bespoke wedding gowns, evening dresses and occasion wear, designed and handmade in Somerset by one of the UK's leading bridal wear designers

Evening dresses and occasion wear

The Barn

Muddy says: Cutting edge treatments, state-of-the-art products, holistic therapies and luxurious rustic retreat, all rolled into one at this beauty salon in Somerset's Mendip Hills

Beauty

Bath Boutique Stays

Muddy says: The best way to discover a city is to live like a local; a local living in a gorgeous luxury house or apartment slap bang in the middle of the coolest part of town, that is.

Hen parties

Channel Adventure

Muddy says: All kinds of exciting activities on the sea, on rivers and on dry land – from stand-up paddleboarding to moonlit runs – for kids of all ages and adults

Activity days

Averys Wine Merchant

Muddy says: Bored of supermarket plonk and feel like you’re grown-up enough to get a bit more knowledgeable about what you’re filling your wine o’clock with? Follow us…

Wine

Another Little World

Muddy says – Relax, lie back and enjoy the ultimate organic beauty experience from head to toe (and all the bits in between), in this haven of calm near Corton Denham, south Somerset

Beauty

Buff Urban Day Spa

Muddy says: Three floors of luxury hair, beauty and spa treatments with a roof top hot tub and fizz to boot. Well, that's me booked in, then.

Beauty salon

Secret Valley

Muddy says: Yurts, tipis, wigwams, lodges, tents and shepherd's huts ... take your pick at this friendly family-run glamping site in the beautiful Quantock Hills

Fun Finder

Middle Stone Farm

Muddy says: Nature lovers: come chill in a luxury safari lodge, deckhouse cabin or cottage (with your own hot tub) on a Somerset farm between Exmoor and The Quantocks

Fun Finder

opulent gardens fountains palm trees

ECT Travel

Muddy says – from 5 star luxury trips to Singapore's exotic gardens to a knitting workshop in the Shetlands and bespoke tours for like-minded friends, this Bath-based tour operator has you covered.

Bespoke holidays

The Holcombe Inn, Holcombe

Muddy says: A 17th century inn with Michelin-listed restaurant, 5-star boutique bedrooms and a Tranquilty Garden just for adults ... yes please!

Fun Finder

georgian building bath

Suit the City

Muddy says – Need a beautifully made bespoke suit, shirt or jacket that fits perfectly but without the Saville Row price tag? You've come to the right place

Bespoke suits

Kilver Court Designer Village

Muddy says – If you're into designer fashion, interiors and other lifestyle stuff, a visit to Kilver Court Designer Village is like being a kid in a candy store.

Accessories

Maunsel House, nr Taunton

Muddy says – Somerset has many old manor houses in which to hold a wedding, party or special event but none as spectacular – or eccentric – as the 13th century Maunsel House

Civil wedding ceremonies

The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Muddy says: An historic 4-star hotel with a timeless English country hotel atmosphere – and possibly the most spectacular wisteria in the UK.

Bars

giant floating obstacle course on a lake with corfe castle ruins in the background

Dorset Waterpark

Muddy says – bouncing, sliding and splashing around on giant inflatable obstacle courses on two idyllic woodland lakes is the best fun ever – and the kids might like it too.

Days Out

Grand bedroom with ornate furniture with Wells Cathedral through the large window

Swan Hotel, Wells

Muddy says: This 4-star independent hotel has been in the Michelin Guide since 1911, has over 100 gins in the bar – and one of the best views in the whole of the West Country.

Bars

Hannah Marchant Illustrates

Muddy says: beautiful greetings cards and wedding stationery, all hand painted, designed and printed here in Somerset - choose from Hannah's existing designs or commission bespoke

Bespoke stationery

Sleeps 12

Muddy says: A fab selection of properties in Somerset and beyond, sleeping 12 or more. Many have private pools, hot tubs, games rooms – all of them perfect party houses.

Accommodation

Bride with floral headdress

Amber Pritchard at Little Thatch Florist

Muddy says: Amber creates stunning innovative flowers for every occasion.

Florist

The Yurt Retreat

Muddy says: Nestled at the foot of a medieval castle site, with four spacious luxury yurts and a stunning tree house surrounded by beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife, The Yurt Retreat is Adult Glamping at its finest.

Fun Finder

Emily Fairweather Photography

Muddy says: Award-winning photographer Emily Fairweather specialises in natural and fun images of families and children in vivid colour and striking black and white, as well as stunning natural photographs of weddings in a unique and personal style.

Photographers

Deborah Johnson Photography

Muddy says: 15 years' experience as a professional photographer under her belt, makes her the ideal person to approach with your photographic assignments

Photographers

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