Chard is a lovely market town in the county of Somerset, England, situated on the main A30 road close to the Devon border and 15 miles south west of Yeovil. In 1685 Chard was one of the towns in which Judge Jeffreys held some of the Bloody Assizes after the failure of the Monmouth Rebellion. Chard claims to be the birthplace of aviation, as it was here in 1848 that the Victorian aeronautical pioneer John Stringfellow (1799-1883) first demonstrated that engine-powered flight was possible.
Chard nestles in a corner of South Somerset between Dorset and Devon. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has a wealth of lovely places to visit for all the family. From traditional home cooked pub lunches to delicious cream teas, there are many local gastronomic experiences to try. The surrounding area is renowned for apple orchards and cider. Hundreds of tonnes of apples are pressed every year by local producers.
The South Somerset Food Festival, held every October, promises a delicious programme of events, activities and tasting sessions to suit every appetite.