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Somerset 2019 (Part 1) – Haynes Motor Museum

This year, instead of heading out of the UK, we visited Somerset, there were a few places we had talked about wanting to visit, and having limited time off work, it seemed the perfect choice to have a break away, on a bit of a budget. We booked a B&B in the village on Montacute and headed up on the Friday, to return on Sunday, filling three days with about as much activity as we could! 

It’s been over a year since Stu and I had a holiday together, and around the beginning of May seems to be our regular choice, last year I headed to Spain with a friend, which I blogged about here, and in the past at this time of year we’ve visited Prague and Disneyland Paris! Though we weren’t heading abroad, we knew we’d have a great time!

We’ve been to Somerset several times, and love it. Whether we’re checking out historical sites, exploring Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole or having fun at Longleat, there have been some amazing weekends away in the past.

Leaving in the late-morning on the Friday, as this weekend was not about rushing around! We headed to Haynes International Motor Museum, in Sparkford, near Yeovil in Somerset.

Stu is a huge car fan, and having been together 8½ years I’ve caught the bug, and of course I’ve blogged about attending local car shows before, (and probably will again because they’re some of my favourite days out every year) so Haynes is a great day out for us both.

There are sections of the large museum filled with so many different cars, and it’s great fun exploring. Somerset 2019 - Haynes International Motor Museum (13)We began by visiting “Cafe 750” on site, for some tea and cake, because (in case you hadn’t noticed) it’s kinda my thing. There is a beautiful seating area outside, though it was absolutely pouring with rain, so we stayed inside, where there is also lots of seating!Somerset 2019 - Haynes International Motor Museum (1)There is plenty of food and drink to choose from, and the story of how Cafe 750 got it’s name is great too! It just shows how much thought goes into the whole museum.

From the first cars, to modern sports cars, Haynes has something for everyone, as a couple that like a range of vehicles we love the opportunity to see so many under one roof!

You can find out all about many of the cars in the museum, and more, and there is plenty to do for younger visitors too, including a chance to dress up, an area to get hands-on and you can find spots to do brass rubbings of some of your favourite cars throughout the museum! On top of that there are indoor and outdoor areas for kids to let off steam!

Stu loves the Dodge Charger, and I’m a big fan of “ridiculous” American cars, like this El Camino:

I think both of us love the Red Room the best: Somerset 2019 - Haynes International Motor Museum (2)

We spent a good couple of hours looking around, and of course stopped off in the gift shop too, which has something for everyone – even if you’re not there for the cars.

After checking out all the things to see at Haynes, and realising the weather had become appaling! We headed out to find the B&B in the village of Montacute.

By the time we got there the rain was like a memory (which was pretty surprising only a few miles down the road!) and we arrived at – which was to be our home away from home for a couple of days!

We were surprised and delighted to find ourselves with a little apartment, as opposed to a bedroom and bathroom, and after visiting the local pub – for some dinner, we got back to the B&B and chilled on the sofa and watched a film, before heading to bed.

Check out my next post to see what we got up to the next day!

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