Make the most of what the county has to offer
With half term looming, it's time to start planning what to do with your kids while they're home from school.
The February half term can be a difficult one to plan due to the unpredictable weather, but there's a variety of fun and interesting activities on offer regardless of your budget or the age of your kids.
You don't have to travel far either; there are countless attractions in the local area so planning your day out couldn't be easier.
Wookey Hole Caves, the legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey, is a great day out for all the family.
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You can wander through the prehistoric valley of the dinosaurs featuring King Kong and relax in the magical fairy garden. As well as the old favourites such as the Victorian Penny Arcade, Hall of Crazy Mirrors, Pirate Zap Zone, Soft Play Areas and the World of Miniature, there's now the new Wookey Hole Circus Show which will be performing in the Wookey Theatre. If you want to make a weekend of it then check into the new 58 bedroom hotel situated next to all the attractions! For more information visit www.wookeyhotel.co.uk.
Another great family day out is a trip to your local museum; the children can get completely engaged in the day and you may even learn something new yourself. Most organisations offer reduced prices for families so forget about the cost and immerse yourself in the day.
Alternatively if you fancy learning a little more about the beautiful area we live in, there are numerous tours available which are both informative and fun.
Guided walks are perhaps the most intimate way to learn about mid-Somerset's architecture and history and with alternative tours tailored for younger family members, all ages should be kept entertained.
If you'd like to exercise your muscles as well as your brain then another try a more athletic activity such as a bike ride along your local cycle route. Rides along the river or through the woods offer some gorgeous scenery and intriguing places to stop off for a bite to eat. A bike ride or indeed a walk will certainly tire everyone out and is completely free of charge, just be sure to wrap up warm.
If you bring along a pocket book of British wildlife then the kids will have something to focus on and won't get bored while a camera can extend the life of any outdoor activity as you try to get the perfect snap of a flock of birds, a creepy crawly or a beautiful view.
What's more, when you arrive home the kids can make a collage of their day using their photos.
For those with younger children you might prefer a trip to the park followed by a family meal in town once the kids are worn out.
If you put some thought into it you can keep the whole family entertained with a planned day out and with plenty of special family offers at this time of year it needn't be a huge cost either.