On your doorstep… places to explore in Wincanton

Each and every one of our city, coastal and countryside developments are carefully chosen for their location and all of the fantastic things to do on the doorstep. Wincanton in beautiful south-east Somerset, is a perfect example of this. Surrounded by countryside and close to the Dorset and Wiltshire borders, we can’t get enough of this delightful corner of the county.

Stepping out of your front door from our former Cales Reach development, take a gentle stroll into the historic market town of Wincanton, which is perfect for a meander around its independent shops, cafes and restaurants. While you’re there, make sure you pop into Hooga café for a cosy oat milk latte and a walnut brownie, as recommended by our Sales Advisor, Melody!

For something a little more energetic, sports lovers are in for a treat as Wincanton boasts an excellent sports centre where you can enjoy a swim, badminton and hockey, or try out the fitness suite. The large sports ground also has football and rugby pitches, a cricket square and tennis courts, offering something for everyone.

When you say Wincanton, many people automatically think of the races and when you visit, you will soon see why! The famous Wincanton Racecourse offers a fantastic day out with numerous fixtures and events during the year. If golf is your thing then you’ll love the 9-hole golf course which is located in the centre of the actual racecourse. 

For a day out which will appeal to all ages, head to Longleat Safari Park. As well as an exciting array of animals to see as you make your way around the park, the famous Longleat House and Gardens nearby, are also a super place to explore. While we are on the subject of gardens, the 16th century Sherborne Castle is not only fascinating to visit, it also has some wonderful gardens and a 50 acre lake, which are perfect for wildlife spotting.

If you can’t resist the chance to pull on your hiking boots before heading out for a long walk, visit Cranborne Chase AONB. We love this beautiful and diverse landscape, which overlaps into Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset! There are literally dozens of routes to follow here and if you fancy taking to two wheels or even travelling on horseback, your options are also endless!

For the foodies amongst you, Bruton is an excellent place to start. Dine in Matt’s Kitchen or the Chapel Restaurant, which is situated in a Grade II Listed 17th century former chapel. Alternatively, pick up some delicious cheese to take home with you at The Godminster Shop.

As we’re sure you’ll agree, whatever you’re in the mood to do, this charming area of Somerset has something to suit everyone.