The closest is the village of Kilmersdon. A long time ago I was invited to talk to the children of Kilmersdon’s Primary School about Jack and Jill, and prepared a hand-out for them. What I wrote was picked up by dozens of radio stations; newspapers and magazines around the world! (One of them was the American People magazine, with a “readership of 45 million”). My theories have since been quoted (and, frequently misquoted) many times!
Three miles from MQ in Radstock, on the road to Bath, you'll find the prize-winning local history museum www.radstockmuseum.co.uk (But do check their website for opening times)
In Farrington Gurney - four miles away, on the A37 to Bristol – there is an excellent Farm Shop www.farringtons.co.uk - which has got to be one of the best of its kind, and has a very good reputation for its lunches, made from local produce.
The Book Barn - www.bookbarninternational.com - is in Hallatrow, a mile on from Farrington towards Bristol. It's an astonishing place. Goodness knows now many second-hand books they stock (I just looked it up - there are five million) ranging from comic books and novels to rare editions of great value. It also has very good and somewhat quirky teashop.
Within a fifteen mile drive there are many other outstanding attractions, including
The American Museum in Bath - www.americanmuseum.org - with its fascinating exhibitions of quilts.
The beautiful city of Bath, itself www.visitbath.co.uk
The equally beautiful Wells - www.wells-uk.com - the smallest city in England,
Clarks Village - www.clarksvillage.co.uk - in Street, the outlet shopping centre with more than 90 shops that offer up to 60% discounts!
Cheddar Gorge and caves - www.cheddarvillage.co.uk
Longleat House and Safari Park - www.longleat.co.uk
Glastonbury, the town, not the festival! - www.glastonbury.co.uk - especially the abbey
The East Somerset Railway - www.eastsomersetrailway.com
The Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust in Midsomer Norton – But, once again, do check their opening hours - www.sdjr.co.uk
There are plenty more things to visit - all still within fifteen mile radius.
And then there’s Bristol . . .