SOMERSET Council has revoked the license of a popular animal attraction near Minehead.

The Golden Retriever Experience's license to exhibit animals has been revoked with immediate effect on the grounds of protecting the welfare of the animals as well as breaching license conditions and regulations.

Information shared by the RSPCA prompted a visit to the site in Carhampton from licensing officers.

It was discovered that standards had slipped since the premises was first granted a licence in May 2023, resulting in number of licensing breaches.

Following a short investigation and, having considered vital evidence disclosed by the RSPCA, Somerset Council has revoked their license with immediate effect.

Somerset Council urges residents and visitors to report any animal welfare concerns regarding licensed businesses via the Somerset Council website here: Complaints about a licensed person, vehicle or premises (

A spokesperson for Somerset Council said: "This case shows that failing to look after animals and breach licence conditions has consequences and that Council staff will act quickly."

The licence holder has the right of appeal.

The Golden Retriever Experience did not respond to a request to comment from the County Gazette.