Local information about The Chestnuts, Winscombe

Winscombe - The Local Area

It’s not easy to move to Winscombe – there are never enough homes to keep up with the number of people who’d love to live there. And it’s not easy to leave, thanks to the magnetic pull of this ancient village community.


Set where the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty slopes down towards the sandy coast, Winscombe is blessed on all fronts.


People there really know how to enjoy themselves. The Scarecrow Extravaganza, a wine festival, the Michaelmas Fair and the May Fair on the Millennium Green, the large play area, skate park and recreation ground, the cricket, football and rugby clubs all attest to that. The network of country walks, including one taking in the former Strawberry Line railway route, is popular with energetic locals and visitors alike.


If you can drag yourself away from all that activity, Winscombe is 10 miles from Bristol Airport, and under 20 miles from the city – both along the A38. You can join the M5 at junction 21, and the mainline rail network at Weston-super-Mare, Backwell, Yatton, and Worle. With a primary school, doctor’s surgery, an excellent choice of shops, and even its own library, it’s no wonder that Winscombe is so popular. In a village where community really matters, Woodstock Homes is building its own little community for all ages to come together.



Winscombe is a village in North Somerset, England, close to the settlements of Axbridge and Cheddar, on the western edge of the Mendip Hills, 7 miles southeast of Weston-super-Mare and 14 miles southwest of Bristol.

‘Winscombe was the subject of an historical and archaeological study led by Professor Mick Aston, published in the Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society’


Winscombe grew in the 19th century with the arrival of a branch of the Great Western Railway opened in 1869. This was the Cheddar Valley Line also known as the Strawberry Line, which ran from Yatton to Wells via Cheddar. The railway was closed in 1963, and today the route is a public footpath and cycle track; the site of the former Winscombe railway line is now the Millennium Green. It is possible to walk, or cycle, from the railway station to the coast at Clevedon via Sandford, Congresbury and Yatton, and in the opposite direction through the railway tunnel at Shute Shelve Hill to Axbridge and Cheddar. The railway station was originally named Woodborough, that being the part of the parish of Winscombe where it was; Winscombe was originally the settlement up by the church. The railway station was soon renamed Winscombe to avoid confusion with another railway station. The railway station was closed in 1963 as part of the Beeching cuts to rail services. Part of the original track can still be seen from a platform by the Millennium Green. The village is on the A371 and A38 roads.



Pre Schools


Montessori Nursery
The Rainbow Montessori Nursery   
The Lynch
North Somerset.
BS25 1AR
Tel: 01934 708325


‘Our prime concern is that your child’s time at nursery is both happy and fulfilling. To ensure that we achieve this, we provide a creative, safe, positive and stimulating environment for the children. The nursery is operated on Montessori principles, in which each child is encouraged to learn and allowed to follow their interests.’ Ofsted rated “Outstanding”


Shipham Nursery
Turnpike Road
BS25 1TX
Tel: 01934 844511

Learning is play-based, and even though the children may not be aware of it they will be acquiring and practicing new skills throughout the day. Activities are tailored to suit children’s capabilities, individual needs and interests. They work closely with Shipham First School and use many of their facilities, including the hall for our gym sessions, the field with its playground and beautiful willow structures, and the Forest School area




Set in a quiet location, Winscombe offers plenty of space outdoors to learn and play, with two large playgrounds, extensive playing fields, a conservation area with pond and an adventure play area. Indoors, there are spacious, airy classrooms, the walls filled with vibrant, colourful displays of children’s art and writing.’

  • We offer opportunities for every pupil to attain their full academic and social potential
  • Pupils achieve high standards with enthusiasm
  • We provide a safe and happy school environment
  • Pupils value themselves and others
  • We deliver challenging and inspirational experiences
  • Pupils develop life skills for a positive future
  • We believe the friendly and caring nature of the school provides the best atmosphere for children to succeed

Primary Schools


Winscombe Primary School
Moorham Road
BS25 1HH
Tel: 01934 843407


‘It has around 200 pupils arranged in seven classes who are supported by a dedicated, experienced, highly skilled team of teachers and enthusiastic support staff. They strive to raise standards and promote a calm, purposeful but stimulating environment which makes learning exciting and enjoyable through a creative, innovative curriculum.



Sandford Primary School
49 Greenhill Road
North Somerset.
BS25 5PA
Tel: 01934 852602


‘At Sandford Primary School, we recognise that the personal development of all our pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve as well as in their pursuit of becoming positive role models and contributors to a modern, forward-thinking and cohesive society.’ Ofsted rated “Outstanding”



Secondary Schools


Churchill Academy & Sixth Form
Churchill Green
North Somerset.
BS25 5QN
Tel: 01934 852771


The Curriculum at Churchill Academy & Sixth Form is designed and delivered to reflect our core values of "Care, Inspire, Challenge and Achieve".

We aim to:

  • Care: provide outstanding care to safeguard all members of the Academy and secure their wellbeing
  • Inspire: provide outstanding teaching and opportunities for development for all members of the Academy
  • Challange:set ambitious goals for achievement, progress and behaviour for all members of the Academy
  • Achieve: secure outstanding academic results and celebrate the wider achievements of all members of the Academy ‘

    Pupils in Year 7 and Year 8 follow a broad and balanced KS3 Curriculum which reflects the programmes of study within the National Curriculum. 
    The curriculum offered:

    • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils
    • Prepares pupils at Churchill Academy for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.’



An Independent School


Sidcot School
Oakridge Lane
North Somerset.
BS25 1PD
Tel: 01934 852771


‘Our curriculum and teaching methods are designed to foster students’ natural intellectual curiosity and creativity. We want to educate our students, rather than simply train them to pass tests. Throughout their time at Sidcot School we help students to develop the self-motivation that will enable them to take responsibility for their own learning. In this way, we equip them with the skills and attitudes they will need for further education and lifelong learning.’



Local Pubs


The Woodborough Innl
2 Sandford Road
North Somerset.
BS25 1HD
Tel:01934 844167


The surrounding area has plenty to offer those who enjoy the great outdoors. Walkers will enjoy the Mendips (AONB), Cheddar Gorge and the lovely Burrington Combe. It is also popular with cyclists, who in addition have the famous ‘Strawberry Line’ cycle way, which passes within 200 yds. of the Woodborough. ‘All our food is freshly prepared from local produce whenever possible. In addition to the main evening menu, there is a specials board. To wash it down there is an extensive range of drinks to choose from, featuring local ales and ciders plus a good selection of wines.’’




Brewers Fayre Sidcot Arms
Bridgewater Road
BS25 1NN
Tel:01934 844145


The Sidcot Arms is a beautiful building set within two acres of land in the Mendip Hills, with great views over the Mendips. Serving meals every day from the Brewers Fayre menu the customers have an extensive range of dishes to choose from. They also have a very healthy children's menu to cater for family diners.




The Penscot Inn
The Square
BS25 1TW
Tel: 01934 842659


Great service comes as standard in this friendly family owned and run Inn sitting 500 feet high in the Mendip Hills.  Ideally situated to explore the surrounding area, the Penscot Inn is packed full of character. Its 10 ensuite rooms with original features and comfortable beds ensure a peaceful night, leaving you ready to sample the freshly cooked English breakfast on offer every morning. Their cosy bar boasts local ales and enough locally made ciders to keep you busy for the evening.  Food at the Penscot is simple and unfussy, prepared on the premises from locally sourced produce, there is something for most appetites, small portions, hearty dishes, sandwiches






Winscombe & Wavering Down Medical Surgery
Hillyfields Way
BS25 1AT


‘At Winscombe and Banwell Family Practice we aim to provide efficient and effective healthcare, with a personal and friendly touch. As a family practice, we pride ourselves on providing more than just medical treatment. All patients are allocated a Named GP who is responsible for the care and support that our Practice provides to them.  Your named GP will ensure that you receive the best possible level of care, and will work with other relevant health and care professionals involved in your care.’




Weston General Hospital
Grange Road Uphilly
Weston Super Mare
BS23 4TQ

Tel: 01934 636363


This hospital is approximately 13 miles away.





If you should require an NHS dentist there is a surgery approximately a mile away at:


Honeycombe Dental Clinic
4 Sandford Road
Weston Super Mare
BS25 1HD
Tel: 01934 842573


‘At Winscombe and Banwell Family Practice we aim to provide efficient and effective healthcare, with a personal and friendly touch. As a family practice, we pride ourselves on providing more than just medical treatment. All patients are allocated a Named GP who is responsible for the care and support that our Practice provides to them.  Your named GP will ensure that you receive the best possible level of care, and will work with other relevant health and care professionals involved in your care.’


A private Dental Practice is also not far away:


Winscombe Dental Practice
4 Sandford Road
67 Sandford Road
BS25 1JF
Tel:01934 842230


The Community Centre on Sandford Road. This is run by community volunteers. They have a calendar of local events; details of local businesses, clubs and societies; advertisements of items for sale, wanted, and for free; ‘Spotlight' local features page; some news items; a photo gallery; links to local websites and publications.




Churchill Sports Centre
Churchill Green
BS25 5Ql
Tel: 01934 852303


This Sports facility is approximately 2.4 miles away. There are many activities and classes to choose from e.g. swimming, badminton, fitness classes to name but a few.





Winscombe Rugby Club
The Recreation Ground
BS25 1AZ


‘Welcome to Winscombe RFC, a thriving community club in the heart of the Mendip Hills of Somerset. Our motto is "Friendship through Rugby", and it runs through everything we do.’


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