Enjoying sport in West Somerset
West Somerset has a rich sporting history and here at our Minehead holiday cottages we like to see our guests embrace that.
Whether you like football or rugby, are into sailing or a keen angler, we like to think Exmoor has something to offer you – which is why we’ve decided to put together five of our favourite sporting activities in and around Minehead.
Cricket is such a popular pastime around these parts the area has its own league.
The West Somerset Cricket League is 50 teams strong and made up of five divisions. That means on summer weekends there’s always a game to catch somewhere near to our Minehead holiday cottages, as long as the weather allows it.
Teams involved include Minehead, Timberscombe, Dunster and Porlock, while there are also a few teams based nearer to Taunton.
While standards in the top division are high, as you’d expect in a first class cricketing county, if you turn up to a lower division ground on a Saturday or Sunday there’s a chance you could get a game, if you ask nicely.
Fishing is the most participated in sport in the UK, and there are plenty of opportunities to cast a rod in West Somerset.
The Exmoor coast offers hundreds of fishing opportunities, with plenty of beaches from which anglers can cast out, piers to drop a line off and boatmen offering fishing trips from the harbours at Minehead and Watchet.
There’s also trout fishing on offer at the South West Lakes Trust’s Wimbleball Lake.
Minehead Football Club used to be a force in South West non-
That means the Blues now face local rivals Watchet Town at least twice a season in a fiercely contested derby match, which is a must see for football fans on holiday in West Somerset.
As is usual in a rural area, rugby is a popular sport in West Somerset.
The area’s farming community means there’s a good number of strong young men looking to play rugby and many ply their trade with Minehead Barbarians.
While the standard of play in the Somerset Premier League isn’t the highest, the entertainment on offer at Minehead more than makes up for it.
The club has a strong community spirit and Saturday afternoons at Tom Stewart Field are always good fun, especially when the Babas win – as they did last week in the local derby against Wiveliscombe.
While the annual Watchet to Minehead raft race isn’t strictly speaking a rowing race, or even an official sporting event, it is fantastic fun!
The race takes place during the August bank holiday each year and sees teams race homemade rafts around the headline which separates the two towns.
The event started off as a small race between two teams years ago to a huge event, which peaked in 2009 when 67 raft teams from across the UK took part in a race which lasted 12 hours.