This week, John Craven is in Somerset to investigate the mysterious ‘mast’, a strange natural occurrence whereby trees, shrubs and hedgerows all produce a super abundance of fruit. He tries his hand at hedgerow harvests before meeting up with The Wurzels for some cider-drinking. John also looks back at Countryfile’s best autumnal moments.
Explore Somerset using our days out, features and walks…
Discover The Somerset Levels
With a blend of Arthurian legend, medieval history and staggering wildlife, this mysterious wetland landscape should be on your must-visit list this year, says Stephen Moss
Clevedon seafront, Somerset
Blowing away the festive cobwebs by exploring this charming town and its pretty pier
The five best places to spend your Bank Holiday weekend
Feel like doing something a bit different this bank holiday but struggling for ideas? Take a look at our top five ways to not waste your long weekend for some inspiration…
Five days to the weekend: Frome
There’s always something going on in this beautiful Somerset market town
The great starling roost, Ham Wall, Somerset
A single starling is easily overlooked. A flock of several million makes for a legendary evening’s entertainment.
The Roman Baths, Bath
Be enchanted by the relics of an ancient temple and huge bathing complex
Refine your palate and work up an appetite with our favourite foodie features…
Top 10 autumnal treats
As the nights grow longer and temperatures drop below zero, there are certain seasonal foods and drinks that will start appearing on restaurant and café menus up and down the country. Countryfile Magazine rounds up the usual suspects along with some less well-known delicacies.
Top five farmers’ markets
Rosie Daniel explores what our farmers’ markets have to offer
Born to forage
Anyone can find tasty food for free in the countryside. Here, John Wright shows what to look for on your next walk
Top 10 foraging courses
Here’s our round-up of the courses that will equip you with everything you might need to know about foraging.
Top 10 autumnal gardens
Here’s our round-up of the top 10 best autumnal gardens to visit this season
Traditional Bread, Redbourn, Hertfordshire
Visit a working mill in a beautiful chalk stream valley
Cheddar cheese, Cheddar, Somerset
Explore this breath-taking cleft in the Mendip hills and the village whose cheese conquered the world
How to bake bread
It’s nutritious, delicious, cheap and easy, so perhaps more of us should be baking our own bread. Clare Hargreaves met baker Jane Mason to find out how.
Learn to make cider, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire
Embrace a countryside tradition, discover new apple varieties and create your own tasty drink
Learn to make real beer
Brewing your own beer is easy, enjoyable and can save you money. Andy Hamilton shows you how to make ale to rival the best your local pub can offer
Food hero: meet cheesemaker George Keen
George Keen uses raw milk and traditional techniques to craft one of the world’s finest cheddars. Clare Hargreaves went to meet him.