CEO and founder of Somerset Day on why he has such a love for the county
Its sheer diversity – wonderful countryside and coast, friendly people and incredible entrepreneurial businesses.
Friendly, welcoming and unhurried.
Woods, in Dulverton, for its great atmosphere, fantastic food and award- winning wine offering.
The Newt in Somerset – an incredible project creating wonderful gardens.
It’s on a scale that’s hard to imagine and is clearly one man’s vision and legacy. It reminds me of the landscaping projects undertaken by the great English aristocratic families, such as the Dukes of Devonshire at Chatsworth. It’s an ever-evolving project and you see a new perspective in each visit.
Taking in the glories of Exmoor and enjoying the food and company at Woods.
If you see an opportunity, seize it with both hands – you will always regret not doing so!
Somerset is often the county people pass through on their way to the West Country, but it has more to offer than any other county in the West Country. It is home to breathtaking scenery, and a long list of ‘ the best’, including, cider, cheese, the largest music festival in Europe, the longest Heritage railway in the UK, one of the largest illuminated carnivals in the world, the oldest residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe (Vicars Close, Wells) and much, much more.Somerset is the breadbasket of England, with 8,500 farm food and drink producers, more than in other county. It is the oldest county in England and predates any state in Europe. We have so much to be proud of and Somerset Day is an opportunity for communities, organisations, businesses and individuals to come together and celebrate Somerset as a place to live, work, play and learn.
With thanks to Jessica Chaffey, NewsQuest South West – Published in Somerset Living October 2019