Bridgwater, nestling quietly on the banks of the River Parrett, is at first glance like any other town, but it doesn’t take long to realise that there is more to this industrial town than meets the eye, much more….
Bridgwater’s history starts almost at the beginning with an entry in the Doomsday book. Throughout the following centuries it has played an important part in the growth of the area, in 1402 it was a major shipping port in the West Country and today it is a thriving industrial town attracting many new businesses and major retail parks.
Bridgwater’s social life is also thriving with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and clubs. It has many amateur drama & theatre groups who regularly perform at the local Town Hall and Arts Centre. It has a strong live music scene with local bands playing around the town almost every weekend. There are many Sports Associations, Clubs, and Health & Fitness centres. There are two museums, a cinema, ten pin bowling alley, snooker club and of course its own swimming centre complete with water shoots and wave machine.
The town is probably most famous for its Autumn Fair and Guy Fawkes Carnival, which if you are in the area at these times will certainly be a memory you will have forever.
As if that’s not enough Bridgwater is ideally situated on the M5 corridor, so the rest of the West is never far away. You have the choice of the local shopping in the neighbouring towns of Taunton, Weston and Street, or for the ‘non shoppers’ the impressive scenery and wildlife of the Quantock Hills are just a stones throw away. In contrast on the other side of the town the calm stillness of the Somerset Levels are well worth visit and of course the Seaside is never far away.
I welcome you to the town of Bridgwater, enjoy your visit!
Pip Martin - webmaster for the town of Bridgwater.