The Holiday Diary : Day 1 – Minehead and Dunster

Last week we were enjoying our holiday, we spent a week in Somerset enjoying some quality family time and exploring areas of the South West coast. During the course of the week I took over 1000 photos so with this in mind I am popping together a photo holiday diary of our week and adventures. 

We booked an apartment just outside Minehead, wanting to keep away from the hustle and bustle of the town (mostly Butlins) and enjoying some peace and quiet. We certainly got peace and quiet as our apartment was right on the edge of the Exmoor National Forest and with our own secluded garden we felt really comfortable in our surroundings.

On the Friday we spent majority of the day travelling down to our holiday, the traffic was rather poor so what should have been a 3.5hr journey in the end turned into a 5.5hr journey (including a lunch stop. We spent our first evening getting acquainted with our apartment before going out for food. The apartment was on the grounds of the house belonging to the couple who we rented it from, in fact we were staying over their garage but we were happily just left to our own devices with no interruptions. We bumped into the couple we rented the apartment from occasionally and they were so lovely and friendly. Inside our apartment were 2 bedrooms, 1 double room and the other room has 2 single beds in it. Other rooms included a living/dining room, a bathroom and the kitchen which greeted you when you walked in.

Somerset Day 1

The next morning we decided to make the most of some lovely weather we were being greeted with and spent time on Minehead beach whilst also visiting a neighbouring village, Dunster.

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Minehead Ferris Wheel on the seafront

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Cool spade decorations on the seafront – Minehead

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Lewis’s turn to play with the spade decorations – Minehead

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Thumbs up for day 1 – Don’t think I need to tell you where we are here 😉

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Jumping the waves – Minehead

Shortly after lunch we decided to head over to Dunster, we were eager to take a look around this Medieval Village and also the entrance to Dunster Castle (we were to head back here later in the holiday – Check out Day 4 – coming soon).


The Yarn Market – Dunster Village


A view of Dunster Castle overlooking the Medieval Village


We just had to stop for an afternoon tea, we were in Somerset after all!


Leah playing around taking shelter from the sun in her eyes.


Cheeky Monkey.


A view of St Georges Church taken from the Dunster Flower Garden by the grounds of Dunster Castle.

By the entrance to Dunster Castle there is an amazing flower garden, hosting a huge array of garden flowers. Armed with my 35mm fixed lens I couldn’t resist but capture a couple of these gorgeous flowers.



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After giving my camera a good work out we headed over to the Gallox Bridge which has a ford that the kids can play through and also watch various passing vehicles drive through it.


This pretty much sums up our adventures for day 1, on our travels back to our apartment of which we stopped for a meal in Minehead.

Come back soon for Day 2.

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