Somerset Christmas

January 2, 2017

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

cathedral sanctuary with vaulted ceiling and scissor shaped arch

Wells Cathedral

We had a very pleasant Christmas week in Somerset. It wasn’t snowy, but we did get a couple of frozen days with fog and frost. Rupert took us to Bruton and Wells.

coastline and wooden pier

Clevedon Pier

We roamed around Clevedon on Christmas day.

poster for theater performance


Boxing Day involved going to Weston-super-Mare to see the pantomime. The cast was talented, but a pantomime is an acquired taste. I think you have to grow up watching them to find them enjoyable. Per Wikipedia: “Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.” It also involves popular songs with rewritten lyrics and a baking skit involving pie in the face.

TIntern Abbey medieval stone ruin

Tintern Abbey

We went up through the Wye River valley stopping to see the Tintern Abbey. It was a very cold day and everything was beautifully frosted.

medieval cathedral on a foggy day

Hereford Cathedral

We stayed overnight in Hereford meeting with more friends. The next day we were off to Ledbury and caught a train to Oxford. One night in Oxford was too short, but we tried to make the most of it.

medieval church

St Michael at the North Gate, 11th century


Somerset – part one – 109 photos

Somerset – part two – 76 photos

Somerset – part three – 14 photos

Tintern – Hereford – Ledbury -Oxford – 328 photos



  1. I truly enjoyed my Christmas with you, your presence ensured I made the effort to lay on a proper English Christmas, including tree with baubles.

    The highlight for me was attending Choral Evensong in the Choir of Wells Cathedral, bringing back memories of childhood and family, when all religious mumbo-jumbo was drilled into us by rote, hence this atheist singing along without a need to follow order of service!

    Rather disappointed to see your Yankee readers will get the impression a traditional English Christmas does not include “stockings” before breakfast, with “present unwrapping” before lunch, accompanied with crackers, day completed with the appearance of rather merry neighbours, thus giving us four harmonious nationalities under one roof, including the proud father of a two time Olympic Silver Medal winner(Beijing/Rio)!

    You also seem to take issue with English sizing! Our cars are small, because they fit our country roads, we have a tendency to make do with what we inherit rather than bulldozing highways across our green and pleasant land! As for lift sizes I would dare to utter “when in Rome”!

    Maintaining the pedantry I would point out we call our Cathedrals by the city they are located in, hence Wells Cathedral, not by their adopted Saint!

  2. Love traveling with you. So many good surprises in your holiday. Not enough cats…. smile.

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