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Spotlight on All Saints Church in Langport

Langport is somewhere you’ll find yourself coming back to as you relive the memories of picnics on the riverbank, lounging in a cosy café, or catching up with friends whilst sampling the farmhouse cider. It’s one of our favourite places to hang out, explore, and generally experience that ‘get away’ feeling. We think you’ll love it, here’s why…

Langport has a thriving local community with All Saints’ right in the heart of it all, perched proudly on a hill. With only a 3 minutes’ walk to local pubs, cafes, shops, or wonderful walks along the River Parrett, everything you need is on your church doorstep.

You can park off-road, handy if you’re thinking of bringing everything you need, obviously just in case. A kettle and all the things to go with it are provided, along with cups and plates for your own midnight nibbles. Unlike a few Champing churches, this one does have electricity, so you can bring your phone chargers and other paraphernalia if you wish.

All Saints in Langport is a beautiful and peaceful church, with interesting architecture and history as well as lovely views across the countryside…

All Saints’ originated from the 12th century and rebuilt in the 15th century. The medieval stained glass is the finest collection in Somerset, carved ornaments called Hunky Punks adorn the west tower, and the stunning ceiling is awe inspiring to wake up to.

Standing on a hill overlooking the stunning Somerset Levels, you’ll want to go exploring as far as the eye can see. The River Parrett Trail takes you through those picturesque villages and countryside set before you. You’ll also want to make sure you bring your doggie friends with you too, as this area is a perfect dog holiday dream.

Along the river trail, you can take a stroll to the small village of Muchelney to explore the remains of the Benedictine Abbey and medieval Priest’s House.

Closer to the church, just 100 yards down the road is the Hanging Chapel cited over the Medieval Gateway, one of the few surviving examples in England. Built to offer prayers and good fortune to travellers passing through the town gateway, it sits on the edge of the parish of Huish Episcopi and is now used as a masonic lodge.

Or for those wanting to explore a bit further, a 10 minute drive takes you to the Fine Tuned Brewery, to sample the local beers.

Come the evening, a quick walk down Priest’s Lane (no comment) and you find yourself at The Black Swan that serves local ales and farmhouse ciders to sample, as well as speciality gins to enjoy in the pubs homely book corner. But don’t forget it’s uphill on the way back!

For breakfast, satisfy your preference for full English or crushed avocado on toast, which incidently has been described as “beyond delicious” by one reviewer at Art Tea Zen. The town has a vibrant café culture and it doesn’t take long before you stumble upon another fine place to drink and dine.

What’s striking is that Langport certainly knows how to bake, and who doesn’t enjoy freshly baked bread and pastries when they are this good! Stock up at the Kitchen artisan bakery in town or venture to their Kitchen at The Wharf next the river for sandwiches, cakes and much more.

After all the feasting, if the morning sunlight streaming through the glorious stained-glass windows have inspired you, you can try your hand at glass blowing with the memorably named Will Shakespeare who has even had a feature on TV with Kirsty Allsopp!

For the more adventurous, for a £5 donation you can jump onboard The Duchess for a tour of the River Parrett or go solo and experience a canoeing adventure along the meandering river and hire craft by the hour.

All Saints’ offers a great choice for those seeking a balance between ‘getting away from it all’ whilst still wanting that fresh coffee and croissant in the morning close to hand. It’s a pretty impressive size, sleeping up to 12 champers, so a great option for groups to experience the church all to yourselves with your family and friends. It’s on our bucket list and we can’t wait to get out there!

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