Visitor information

We look forward to welcoming you to Somerscience Festival 2024. The information below will help you plan your visit to the festival and have a great experience. For information about individual venues, see venues. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email us at

This year’s festival takes place across the picturesque Somerset towns of Bruton, Castle Cary and Sparkford.

The location


Bruton is a market town, located on the River Brue, 7 miles south-east of Shepton Mallet, and 12 miles south-west of Frome in the South Somerset district.

Castle Cary

Cary Castle is a market town and civil parish on the River Cary, 5 miles North West of Wincanton and 8 miles South of Shepton Mallet.


Sparkford is a village and civil parish South of Bruton and Castle Cary, and is home to the Haynes Motor Museum.

How to get there

Shuttle bus

Free shuttle buses will operate between Castle Cary and the Haynes Motor Museum during Somerscience. We have three shuttle buses serving the festival in a circular route between venues from 9.45 am–6 pm.  There is no set timetable but you can expect to see a shuttle bus approximately every 20 minutes along the route. One of these buses is wheelchair accessible.

Festival bus stops are at:

  • Ansford Academy School – BA7 7JJ
  • Caryford Hall – BA7 7JJ
  • Haynes Motor Museum – BA22 7LH
  • Market House & Undercroft – BA7 7AH

See the festival programme booklet for a map of where you can jump on and off the bus. Look out for the Shuttle Bus Stop signs!


Both Bruton and Castle Cary are the nearest railway stations and have lines servicing across the county.

  • Bruton railway station is located close to the centre of the town, just 5 minutes walk from the High Street. It is serviced by Great Western Rail (GWR) and South Western Railway (SWR). It is on the Reading–Taunton line, a branch of the Great Western Main Line, between Westbury and Taunton, and on the Heart of Wessex railway line between Bristol and Weymouth. For further information
  • Castle Cary railway station is about a mile to the north of the town. It’s on the main London to Penzance line, and is also on the Bristol to Weymouth ‘Heart of Wessex’ line. From the station, you can follow the footpath towards the town centre via Ansford (follow the way-markers); there are also taxi ranks and a bus stop by the station. For further information visit


Unfortunately, Southwest coaches will not be operating on the day.


Bike stands are available at the Haynes Motor Museum and throughout Castle Cary town centre, and will be available at the additional venues:

Where to park

There is a free car park at the Haynes Motor Museum and there are several free public car parks in Castle Cary but spaces are limited near the Market House. Blue-badge parking is available in all car parks and close to the venues or in the venue car park if it has one. 

  • Castle Cary Catherine’s Close BA7 7HP – 38 spaces
  • Castle Cary Millbrook Gardens BA7 7EE – 100 spaces
  • Caryford Hall BA7 7JJ – 150 spaces
  • Ansford Academy School BA7 7JJ – 60 spaces
Facilities available


All our venues have their own permanent toilet facilities and there are additional public toilets at Catherine’s Close and Millbrook in Castle Cary.

Food and drink

Food will be available to purchase at the Haynes Motor Museum and Caryford Hall but we encourage visitors to explore the restaurants and cafes in Bruton and Castle Cary that will be open during the festival. The following outlets will be open on the day:


  • Stripy Duck Café: 10:00 am to 4.30 pm
  • At The Chapel: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Godminster Cheese: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Spar: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Bruton Convenience Store: 6:30 am to 9:00 pm
  • The Sun Inn: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Castle Cary

  • The George Hotel: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Pithers Café: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • The Co-op: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • The White Hart: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

All the venues holding events during the festival have ramp access and are accessible by wheelchair. All activities take place on the ground floor and do not require stair access.

Where activities are seated, reserved seating will be available for those that require additional space for a guide dog or mobility scooter or wheelchair or are visually or hearing impaired.

If you or any of your group attending the festival are visually or hearing impaired, require additional considerations for a guide dog or mobility scooter or wheelchair, then please get in touch to discuss any additional requirements at