Activities

Boo Cottage Botanicals

Boo Cottage Botanicals is a small, independent, multi-award-winning business specialising in making handcrafted, natural skincare products and Nic & Ben offer soap making workshops.  https://www.boocottage.co.uk/

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All of our products are produced in our workshop in West Bagborough, Somerset and are handcrafted in small quantities to ensure products of the highest quality. Furthermore, the entire range has been certified and is fully compliant with EU legislation giving peace of mind to us and our customers. In addition to this we are members of the Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers which recognises companies and that are compliant with all the relevant legislation and who can confidently call their products skin safe.

All fragrances are hand blended using essential oils which have been naturally extracted from plants.  They are of the finest quality to ensure the fragrance lasts as long as the product does. We only use natural colourings in our soap, lip balm and bath truffles such as clays, herbs and spices for the most natural skincare products that you will love using.

We are passionate about our business, our natural products and our customer service.  We love talking to people about our products, helping you find products right for you, whether it’s for everyday use, an indulgent treat or the perfect gift for someone special. Get in touch!

Exmoor Adventures

Open all year round for a range of outdoor activities in stunning surroundings. www.exmooradventures.co.uk

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Exmoor Adventures Ltd was formed by Dan French in 2009 from a passion and love for outdoor activities and for Exmoor National Park, having grown up in the area.

With a fantastic team of permanent and freelance instructors, we operate all year round. Activities on offer include archery, coasteering, kayaking, mountain biking, orienteering, stand up paddle boarding, raft building, rock climbing, tree climbing and bike and electric bike hire or guided rides

We look forward to welcoming you on one of our activities!

Torres Cider Farm

A local cider producer with shop, café, animals and children’s play area, set withing a beautiful landscape.  https://www.torrecider.co.uk/

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Torre Cider Farm evolved from a pick -your-own fruit farm which sold mostly strawberries. The then owners, spurred on by the number of people asking if they also made cider, took the hint, got rid of the strawberries and planted most the six and a half acre orchard you see today.

Gemma and Neil moved to Torre Cider Farm in 2015 and have enjoyed expanding the number of historical and rare varieties of apples and using them to produce an ever-growing range of traditionally made ciders and apple juice. More recently they have begun to produce a very tasty perry, sold in aid of The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, and this has proved so popular the orchard will soon boast a growing number of pear trees too.

All our ciders are made from our own apples which are still hand-picked every autumn and pressed on site in our own pressing shed, before being bottled right here, so the food miles involved in our still cider production never actually reaches one.  For safety reasons our sparkling ciders do have to be bottled off-site but even this is done as locally as possible.

If you would like to learn more about the cider production process, we do have a self-tour available and the pressing shed contains a display all about the process too.

Lea Tippett Landscape Photography

If you would like a local field trip to practice your photography skills with a pro. Lea is an ambassador for Sigma. http://www.leatippett.com/

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CAPTURE THE BEAUTY BY LIVING THE MOMENT

I am a locally based Landscape Photographer living in Taunton. I run small photographic workshops and 1-2-1 tuition around Somerset and the Exmoor National Park area. I am a brand ambassador for Sigma-Imaging UK and have collaborations with Kase Filters UK, FLM Germany and Canson Infinity Fine Art papers.

My tuition matters for all manner of skill levels whether you are a complete novice, Intermediate, or at an advance level. During my tuition I will show you some of the most beautiful locations Exmoor and Somerset has to offer. These include Tar Steps, The Doone Valley, Porlock and Porlock Weir, The Valley of the Rocks or Waters Meet. Alternatively, you may like to photograph some of the more unusual coastline that Somerset has to offer such as the Jurassic Coast famous for its fossils and Geology.

There are so many interesting subjects to photograph around the area in which Steam and Stars is located. The wonderful West Somerset railway line from Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead runs directly past the Steam and Stars site. This also makes for a wonderful photographic opportunity to capture the passing steam trains transporting you back in time to the bygone age.

Landscape photography can be so enjoyable and very relaxing, being at one with mother nature while using your camera to capture these special moments. My tuition can be flexible in duration. I generally try to work on an eight-hour time slot giving clients enough time to learn new skills and to then put these skills into practice. I can personally pick you up, whether this would be at the Steam and Stars site or a place of your choice and take you around each location before returning you back at the end of the tuition. I have an eight-seater vehicle with plenty of space for luggage and of course camera equipment.  If you would prefer to meet me at a particular location this too can be arranged.

Any questions regarding my workshops please feel free to contact me.

Full day tuition (8 hours) £180
Small groups of two or more: £150 Each
Half days possible (4 hours) £90

www.leatippett.com

Email: lea.tippett@sky.com

Contact: 07853519581

 

Angling

www.wessexwater.co.uk or www.southwestwater.co.uk both sites are well worth a look. They give plenty of information on local fishing opportunities.  Alternatively speak with Trevor who will happily give you help and advice.

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§  Sea

Beware of the very fast running tide in the Bristol Channel. It is the 2nd highest tidal flow in the world regularly exceeding 12 metres at Watchet. You can easily be cut off by the tide. Make sure you read the tide table and heed local warnings.

There are numerous beach marks along the coastline. Check out Watchet jetty, Minehead jetty, Burnham-on-sea and Bridgwater Bay. Also Blue Anchor beach and Dunster beach along to Minehead.

Organised boat trips from Watchet (ScoobyDooToo, Seafire or Reel Deal), Minehead (Osprey, Fulmar II or Teddie Boy) and Porlock (Morgan M)

Craig, at West Coast Tackle on the harbour quay in Minehead, gives good advice on local marks and baits to use as well as selling tackle.

§  Fly

Nearby Clatworthy and Wimbleball reservoirs; Hawkridge reservoir near Bridgwater; the tiny East Lyn river at Lynmouth; and the Exe and Barle rivers in Dulverton.

§  Coarse

Follyfoot Fishery, North Petherton

Ridge Farm Fisheries, Taunton

Trinity Waters Fishery, Bridgwater

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