Nailsea Town Community, History & More

March 23, 2021 2:53 pm Published by Nailsea beer festival

In this article we explore the town of Nailsea. Read on to find out more about its history, amenities and community spirit.
Firstly, let’s look at the location of Nailsea.

Where is Nailsea town?

Nailsea is a town in North Somerset, 10 miles west of Bristol. It is a little north of the beautiful Mendip Hills, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to Cheddar Gorge.

Surrounded by glorious countryside, Nailsea combines the charm of village life with the convenience of modern amenities. The town has a delightful mix of both independent and high-street shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. The sense of community is strong in the town. Local retailers regularly collaborate with local festivals and events throughout the year.

The Mendips

A historic town

Secondly, let’s  learn a little about the history of the area. Nailsea is famous for glass manufacturing. Historically, the area had a rich supply of good quality coal, which fuelled the furnaces of the Glassworks from 1788. Before this, the Romans quarried sandstone for building locally.
The Historical Society have produced a fantastic heritage trail around the town, with lots of interesting facts if you are interested to find out more.


glass works

A strong sense of community

Thirdly, let’s learn about what is on offer to the people who live here. The town’s community is thriving and welcoming. From charities and clubs to sports teams and interest groups, there is something for everyone to join in and benefit from.
These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Better Nailsea volunteer group
  2. Transition Town Nailsea sustainability group
  3. Probus over 55s club
  4. SingWell choir
  5. Rotary Club
  6. RMR Rehabilitation group exercise classes
  7. Community Support Group
  8. Local charities and services
  9. The Skatepark Project
  10. Local societies and clubs

skate park

So much to do

There are many fun and interesting things to do and see in the area. For example, Nailsea hosts several festivals and even a carnival organised by the Scouts. In addition to these, there are plenty of other local attractions. For example:

  1. Farmers market
  2. Craft market
  3. Tuesday market for local produce
  4. Annual beer & cider festival
  5. Eat Nailsea food festival
  6. Ring O’Bells pub
  7. Noggins Fish & Chip shop
  8. The Tithe Barn for music, dancing and cinema screenings
  9. Backwell lake and nature reserve
  10. Studio 3 art gallery

New homes in Nailsea

Finally, we are pleased to have joint ventured with the Ocea Group on Coates House in Nailsea. This project converted a tired office building into bespoke apartments under permitted development rights.


This unique development is intelligently designed and finished to an excellent standard. Modern materials, fittings and features, include:

  1. rain-head showers
  2. sophisticated tiling
  3. contemporary white sanitaryware
  4. high-quality kitchen units and worktops
  5. USB charging sockets
  6. app-controlled lighting


Coates House interiors

Most of these 56 beautiful, modern apartments have been snapped up. However, there are still a few one beds to buy or rent if you hurry. So, visit the Ocea Coates House website to explore this gorgeous development in 3D, download the brochure and see more details.