The Somerset & Exmoor Coast Festival

21st to 29th September 2024

The Somerset and Exmoor Coast Festival is a celebration of our unique and diverse coastline bringing together events that offer everything from running, walking and outdoor activities to art, music, and performance alongside the food, flavours and hospitality that make this coast of surprises so welcoming.

In 2024 the Somerset & Exmoor Coast Festival is growing with new events joining the line-up, and even more activities to choose from. Once again we’ll feature a selection of coastal walks and arts events and we will have some extra special celebrations that you won’t want to miss.

As Somerset’s coastal businesses start gearing up for this year’s festival we’ll be adding events that offer everything from music to cream teas, craft gin to glorious sunsets, and performances to Porlock Bay oysters – all in the truly beautiful surroundings of the Somerset and Exmoor coast.

2024 events are going live now

Afternoon Tea Train
West Somerset Railway
Thursday 26th September
Festival accommodation offer
Yarn Market Hotel
Available on any dates subject to availability
Self-guided ghost walk of Dunster
Dunster village & Dunster Castle
21st-29th September
Somerset Coast Challenge – 80 Miles in Eight Days
Brean - Highbridge - Bridgwater - Steart - Burton - Watchet - Minehead - Porlock
22nd to 29th September
Meet at 9am each day
Somerset Coast Challenge – Marathon
Bridgwater Docks
Saturday, 21st September
Somerset Coast Challenge – 100km Ultra
The Adventure Centre, Minehead
Saturday, 21st September

If you are a local accommodation provider, or a business thinking of organising an event or promotion during the Somerset and Exmoor Coast Festival, visit the Festival Partners page to find out how to get the most out of participating in the Festival

Highlights of the 2023 Festival …

All this takes place along the route established by Somerset’s coastal National Trails, the King Charles III England Coast Path and the South West Coast Path.

This 80 mile stretch of coast boasts the Quantock Hills National Landscape, the first in the UK, and the Exmoor National Park, while from Brean to Blue Anchor these shores are protected as Areas of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Areas of Conservation and protected wetland sites.

To the north is one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in Europe, while at the heart of the Somerset coast, geological formations create natural pavements and stratified cliffs, while fossils appear embedded in the cliffs and loose on the shore.

Walking this diverse stretch of coastline is a journey through time and history alongside cutting edge climate change mitigation projects, hidden coves, historic port towns and the gentles slopes of Somerset’s coastal farmlands.

The Quantock Poetry Trail in Watchet
Chris Jelley reads to walkers at the Minehead Parks Storywalk
Local authors read their work in Minehead
Festival walkers ready to set out on the Incline walk from Roadwater
The launch of the Quantock Poetry Trail
Discovering nature with Nigel Phillips at Kilve
Paul Karensa performing A History of (Very) Old Radio
Walkers picnic at St Audries waterfall
Flowers and walkers at the Minehead Parks Storywalk
Bridgwater Bay Nature Reserve
Walkers discovering botanicals with Dryad Gin's Becky Wright
Blue Anchor Beach
Taking a break on the Exmoor Lookouts and villages walk
Local authors read their work in Minehead
Walking the Quantocks & Coast Circular
Watchet Poemscape
Minehead Parks Arboretum Storywalk
Meet your Local Authors
Iron Ore: Brendon Hills to Roadwater
Watchet’s dog friendly beaches
Quantocks Poetry Trail Launch event
Kilve Nature Walk
A History of (Very) Old Radio
Quantocks & Coast Walk
Minehead Parks Arboretum Storywalk
Stert Point part of the Somerset Wetlands National Nature Reserve
Dryad Gin Botanical Walk
Blue Anchor Beach
Exmoor Lookouts and Villages Walk
Meet your Local Authors
Quantocks & Coast Walk

For your #SomersetExmoorCoast experience find the right walk in our Festival Walks section, search for one of the many events and promotions in What’s On and find your own Somerset bolt hole in our Where to stay guide, there’s everything from campsites, glamping and luxurious shepherd’s huts to quaint cottages, cosy B&Bs and historic hotels.

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until the Somerset & Exmoor Coast Festival!

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