Activities At Newton Surmaville

Children’s Activities

Children's Archery Practice

Like the face of a clock, there are fun places to visit and exciting things to do north, south, east and west of Newton Surmaville

Sitting equidistant between Exmoor National Park and the Jurassic Coast, Newton Surmaville is perfectly situated to offer all sorts of entertainment for children and teenagers.  Much of the activities are physically challenging or “outdoorsy” but being close enough to Bath or Bristol, there are more peaceful options that are easy to find. 

On the estate itself there is a trampoline, soccer, croquet, fishing, bike rentals, games room and two kayaks available for children to enjoy without travelling anywhere.

Young boys enjoying running together on beach coastline
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Children’s Activities

The Tunnel Tree Tops

24 miles south of Newton Surmaville is The Tunnel Tree Tops, an award-winning high ropes and zip wire adventure centre.  Perfect for all the family as it caters for 6+ year olds with a minimum height of 1.2 m and under 115kgs.  A visit here could be combined with a walk along the Jurassic Coast as this World Heritage site is only 2 miles away.  Visit the Heritage Centre in Charmouth

The Cheddar Gorge and Caves

30 miles north of Newton Surmaville lies this famous gorge and the spectacular, stalactite show caves that are part of this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

If you’re feeling brave, you can experience the Black Cat Freefall in the heart of one of the most spectacular show caves, or go adventure caving; climbing up the Mushroom Chamber, crawling through the Sand Chamber and descending over 40ft into the heart of the cave system.  This is an exhilarating experience and caters for children as young as 8 years old.

More generally you can walk in the footsteps of our ancestors exploring Cox’s Cave or climb Jacob’s Ladder to have a unique view of the Mendips and Somerset Levels.

Wimbleball Lake and Exmoor

45 miles west of Newton Surmaville lies Wimbleball Lake, nestled amongst the rolling hills of Exmoor National Park which offers all sorts of water-based activities such as kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing etc.  A visit here could be combined with a visit to the Tarr Steps on Exmoor.  Tarr Steps, the ancient clapper bridge dating back to around 1000 BC, crosses the River Barle and is one of Somerset’s most magical places. Paddle in the shallows, walk along the wooded bank or walk up Winsford Hill where you might catch a glimpse of the wild Exmoor ponies, or hear the call of the stonechat or even the grasshopper warbler.  

If planes, trains and automobiles are more your thing, you could make a day of visiting first the Haynes Motor Museum, just 10 miles north of Newton Surmaville, and then pop into the Fleet Air Arm Museum on your way back where you can step inside the first British Concorde, experience the thrills of a working flight deck, and witness a dramatic air-sea rescue on the Aircraft Carrier Experience…. This is an all-weather venue which means it’s a good thing for a rainy day.

Newton Surmaville is a dream home for a large house party

…or an intimate gathering of family & friends with lots of different spaces for guests to enjoy both in the house and throughout the property.

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The house has accommodation for up to 20 people in 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
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There are 5 impressive reception rooms, a cinema room, a children’s playroom and 62 acres of grounds & gardens.
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Location

The house is 75 minutes by car from both Bristol and Exeter Airports and 2 hours from London Heathrow. There is helipad at the house for those wishing to arrive by helicopter from London or it is just over 2 hours by train.

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