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Activities in Wells

There is so much to do in and around Wells that it is difficult to know where to begin, but perhaps the best place is in the city itself, and if you would like to learn more about its heritage then the guided tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Easter to the end of September come highly recommended. There are also guided countryside rambles available, taking you out of town and into the beautiful surrounding woods and fields.

If you are interested in choral music then a visit to one of the Wells Cathedral music concerts is an unmissable treat. The Cathedral has a choral tradition going back more than 800 years and the choir sings a whole range of music from the Renaissance right through to the present century.

Still on the subject of music, the Wells Operatic Society have been entertaining audiences for well over a century at the Little Theatre and is still as popular as ever.

Another kind of entertainment is available at the three-screen Wells Cinema in Princes Road.

If you are keen to do a bit of holiday shopping while in the area then Clarks Village on Farm Road, Street (just off the A39) is the place for you. With more than 90 outlet shops it has become established as one of the best centres of its kind in the country. In addition to the shops themselves there is also regular entertainment and live events.

Fancy something a little bit more active, but not too strenuous? Then how about paying a visit to the Fenny Castle Bicycle Hire and tearooms in the hamlet of Fenny Castle, near the village of Wookey, just on the outskirts of Wells itself. Here you will find a selection of bikes to suit all members of the family as well as tagalongs, trailers and even tandems. Having worked up an appetite you can then relax in the attractive licensed cafe, which serves breakfast, lunches and cream teas.

What could be better than gliding down the river on a Sunday afternoon? Or any other afternoon, for that matter. So why not hire a kayak? You can find an area most suitable for you, just a gentle paddle down a stretch of river or something livelier at the coast where you can ride the surf.

Then there are the Mendip Hills and Somerset Level activities which include caving, rock climbing, abseiling, gliding, hiking, cycling and horse riding. There are also several golf courses in the area and plenty of scope for bird watching and fishing.

If you want to do something even more adventurous you could take a hot air balloon flight from North Wootton, between Glastonbury and Wells, for some truly spectacular views.

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