BBC Somerset feels sand between its toes

Charlie Taylor, Ben McGrail, Emma Britton and Matt Faulkner swap the studio for Somerset sands Charlie Taylor, Ben McGrail, Emma Britton and Matt Faulkner swap the studio for Somerset sands

BBC Somerset presenters will be dipping their toes into some of the county's main attractions this week.

'Summer in Somerset' will see the programme hosts sample the best of the beach and the cream of the countryside right across their patch.

They will meet holiday makers as well as those who look after them during their stay.

Emma Britton spent the night in a caravan at Brean Sands before presenting her breakfast show live from the holiday park on Monday.

On Wednesday, Ben McGrail will board the BBC Somerset Bus on Minehead seafront to host his show, during which he'll quiz the chief executive of Visit Somerset about moves to encourage visitors to stay in the county rather than just pass through.

And Matt Faulkner plans to check out village cricket, donkey rides on Burnham-on-Sea beach and Somerset's flora and fauna across the week.

But tourists also mean traffic, and Simon Parkin and Charlie Taylor will be thumbing a lift with the Highways Agency patrol team on Saturday to find out how the road network is affected by the summer influx of visitors.

'BBC Somerset is at the heart of life in the county, and summer is an important time of year for the area,' says BBC Somerset editor Tamsin Curnow.

'This is an ambitious project for the station, and one which aims to show off the best of Somerset while also really getting under the skin of what this time of year means for those who live and work here, as well as those who visit our glorious county during the summer months.'


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