Bridgwater is a small town nestled in the heart of Somerset, boasting rich history and a friendly, local vibe.
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Adjacent to the Somerset Levels, this historic market town surrounds the River Parret and is a major port and trading centre, with a large industrial base. Not only is Bridgwater located in the charming Somerset hills, but this town welcomes the largest carnival procession in Europe, taking place each Bonfire Night and offering an exciting and colourful buzz that keeps locals and tourists visiting time and time again.
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For such a small town, Bridgwater has a variety of fine pubs and restaurants, most of which serve contemporary classics and a range of alternative cuisines, alongside a great range of traditional ales.
Shopping in Bridgwater
Bridgwater’s shopping facilities offer all the necessities to get you by throughout your stay. There’s the Angel Place indoor shopping centre just off the central precinct, with a range of high street names, alongside a variety of retail outlets on the main thoroughfare.
Every Friday the town holds its weekly Bridgwater Castle Market, offering a range of bric-a-brac and trinkets, clothing, fresh flowers and potted plants, and fresh produce and street food. Here you can pick up great value household items alongside your regular groceries.
If you’re looking for more extensive shopping choice, your best bet is to hop on a train to Bristol or Exeter, both of which are just an hour away and have everything a shopaholic could possibly want!
Many of the businesses in Bridgwater are related to industrial industries, predominantly engineering firms, and more recently, many businesses have been flocking to the area to work on the construction of the Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.
Transport in Bridgwater
Those working at the Hinkley Point power station will find Bridgwater an easy commute, with under a half an hour drive to the site. The town is just a short distance away from the M5 motorway, and an hour’s drive from either Bristol or Exeter. If travelling by train, the town’s station is central, with trains in under 45 minutes to Bristol and then further afield to London.
The surrounding Somerset Levels provide a delightful area to wander around with many walking trails nearby, particularly those alongside the town’s central River Parret. There are also frequent bus services to and from various spots around the South West if this is your preferred method of transport.
Things to watch out for
Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Night carnival is held annually on the 4th of November, when the town truly comes alight and is full of colour and vibrancy. Be entertained by live music, dancing, fireworks and the classic display of ‘Squibbing’ - whereby lots of large fireworks are set off simultaneously. Many people visit Bridgewater just to see this sight as it can be found nowhere else in the world.