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A Marvelous time at Somerset, UK

by Lakshmi Menon
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

During my last trip to UK, I had an amazing opportunity to visit Somerset in South West England, which I'd like to share with you.

Over a winter weekend we planned a visit to one of the most popular family holiday destinations of Somerset, Daniford Bay. After booking a holiday home online, well in advance, we embarked on our journey in the car. We were four in number – my son-in-law, daughter, grandson and myself. The weather was very cold, and we were covered ourselves with warm clothes from head to toe.

After a long drive, we reached there at the Doniford Bay Holiday Park. It was almost 7.30 p.m. The security staff greeted us with a smile. We collected the key of the holiday home allotted to us from the Reception and went inside. It was a beautiful two bed room accommodation. All the necessary utensils were also there in the kitchen. We looked around our holiday home which would be our home for the next four days.

After a while, we came out to see the beauty of the place, but it was already dark and couldn’t see and enjoy much. Then we went to the Entertainment Club and spent some time there, amidst many other holiday makers. We had a real good time there, dinner over there, and then returned to our holiday home.

(This photo of Doniford Bay Holiday Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor.)

The next day early morning we were eager to come out to see the beauty of the place. Our holiday home was in the top of the park and hence the view of the sea was stunning from there. The whole area was so beautiful and tranquil. The park was immaculately clean and tidy. There were many white caravans in the Holiday park, filled with people.

We took a long stroll in the park enjoying the
chilly breeze and went up to the sea side. Since it was too cold we came back soon to spend our time in the play area where my little grandson enjoyed to his heart’s content. We also met another Indian family there who too had a child with them.

There were many indoor games in the entertainment area for the kids and grownups, and each area was packed with kids. The fun stars were also doing a great job, and it was another great entertainment for the kids playing and singing with them.

The older kids were having great fun enjoying the rides in the splashing slides. Some other kids were playing in the Tennis and Multi-sports courts with the elders.

There were indoor heated pools in the park where our little boy was introduced into the pool. It was his first experience in the pool and he enjoyed playing in the water, along with his father and other kids. The swimming pool was well maintained and supervised.

The next three days, we visited several nearby attractions, such as the small harbor town Watchet, Weston-Super-Mare, Minehead, Exmoor etc. We saw the majestically standing Dunster castle from our car. Since we were late to reach there before its closing time, we had to be satisfied by watching it from outside.

The highlight of the trip was a journey in the steam engine train which took us through the countryside, covering a total of 10 miles. It gave us a great opportunity to see the life in the countryside.

(This photo of Doniford Bay Holiday Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor.)

Sandy beaches were nearby, but due to cold we preferred to avoid the beaches. We took our little boy to the nearby farm where we saw some animals and birds of rare variety. The farm was very small, but it was really entertaining to our boy.


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May 27, 2014
Thanks Pushpa
by: Lakshmi

Thanks Pushpa for reading and commenting on this travelogue. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed reading it and my travelogue brought back your memories. Why not make an attempt to jot down some of those journeys from your memories now? I'm sure it will be quite interesting. Memories do matter:)

May 21, 2014
A Marvelous time at Somerset, UK
by: Pushpa Raghuram

Dear Lakshmi,

Enjoyed reading about the peaceful and relaxed time you had at Somerset.

Thanks for sharing. It took me back to my visits to UK and the memories linked with them.

Pushpa Raghuram

May 05, 2014
Thank you
by: Lakshmi

I’m glad that you liked my travelogue. You're most welcome to join me in the virtual journey. It is really a pleasure to know that others are joining with you, which is a motivation to write more.

Usually, I keep a scribbling pad with me during my travels to note down the information of what I see and experience. At a later date, when I go through these notes, memories of the trip come flooding to my mind. I will keep posting them as the time permits:)

May 03, 2014
by: NuggehalliPankaja

Your travelogue takes one's breath away! I think I will read it quite a few times, for I plan to travel
with you without the hassles of passport -visa.

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