Yeovil Local Information: 10 top things to know... more

  • 1. History

    One site of historic significance in Yeovil is the Hundred Stone. This stone sits at a crossroads at the highest point in Mudford Road, and was used as a meeting place as far back as the Saxon era. The ‘hundred’ was a group of representatives from communities across the area that held open-air meetings to discuss legislative matters. The last meeting at the stone took place...Read more in 1843. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Yeovil is a market town and the main town in the South Somerset district. It has a pedestrianised shopping precinct as well as open-air markets. The town also has many modern shops and attractions. Yeovil Town Football Club is a central part of town life and has regular fixtures at its ground Huish Park. There are many students living in the town and studying at The Universi...Read morety Centre, Yeovil, which is a partnership with Bournemouth University. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Yeovil Town Criers’ Competition is held every May and attracts competitors from across the region. This traditional event provides a great day out for people of all ages. Yeovil Town Road Running Club holds a series of popular annual running events in the town, including the Easter Bunny fun run and the Ninespring Series, which takes place in June in Yeovil Country Park....Read more The Dog Show at Yeovil Country Park is a popular annual event in June that includes displays, stalls and fun competition classes. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Monacute House is a 16th century mansion now owned by the National Trust. One of the highlights is the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, which has more than 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits from the National Portrait Gallery collection. Tintinhull Garden is another National Trust property including a 17th century manor house, gardens and exhibition. The Hayn...Read morees International Motor Museum in Sparkford, on the outskirts of Yeovil, has over 400 cars and bikes, including classics and super cars. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Yeo Leisure Park, in Yeovil, includes a Cineworld, a selection of restaurants, a bowling centre and a health club. Yeovil Country Park is a 127-acre park including rivers, lakes, waterfalls, open grassland, woodland and a children’s play area. Ham Hill Country Park is situated on the outskirts of Yeovil and covers 390 acres. The site is on an Iron Age hill fort and is a des...Read moreignated as a Local Nature Reserve. Many events take place on this site throughout the year. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The Quedam shopping centre in Yeovil is a popular shopping destination and attracts visitors from across the region. The rest of the town centre also has many high street names and independent retailers. Outdoor markets are held in the town centre on Tuesdays and Fridays, offering a wide selection of goods including food, fashion and gifts.

  • 7. Transport

    The A30 is the main road through Yeovil from the east and the west, while the A37 runs to the north and south of the town. Yeovil is approximately 130 miles from London, 40 miles from Bristol and 30 miles from Taunton. The nearest airport to Yeovil is Bristol airport, which is about 30 miles from the town centre and offers domestic and international flights.

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Octagon Theatre is an arts and entertainment venue offering a packed programme of events for all tastes and ages. Live events include music, comedy, dance, drama and more. The venue also has an art gallery. The Swan Theatre is an independent venue in the town and home to The Swan Theatre Company. Other local groups also perform in the theatre. The Red House Pub offers liv...Read moree music, karaoke and more. Live music can also be found at The Quicksilver Mail pub. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Church of St John the Baptist has hardly changed since it was built at the beginning of the 15th century. The building has many large windows, which have earned it the title of the ‘lantern of the west’. The Hundred Stone, in Yeovil Marsh, dates back to Saxon times, when it was used as the centrepoint for open-air community meetings.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Singer PJ Harvey was born in Yeovil and grew up on a sheep farm in the town. The singer, whose full name is Polly Jean, became the first person to win the Mercury Music Prize twice when she was given the award in 2011. She had previously won in 2001.

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