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Sedgemoor services


M5 northbound between J21 and J22

Signposted from the road.


BS24 0JL

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Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.

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Welcome Break's half of the split services, for northbound traffic, with Roadchef operating the other half.


Catering: Burger King, Starbucks, Subway, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Showers, small dog walking area, Welcome Break Gaming Hotel: Days Innbook Charging Points: Electric Highway Forecourt: Welcome Break Fuel, The Deli, Chicago Town Pizza, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £27 (or £29 include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Sedgemoor Motorway Services Area
Brent Knoll Picnic Area
BS24 0JL

Trivia and History

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A Welcome Break sign at the entrance in 1999.

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Opened as Brent Knoll picnic area 1975?
Trusthouse Forte catering opened 1978
Built and renamed. 1987
Re-branded Welcome Break 1987

See also: M5 Service Area Planning

When the M5 opened in the 1970s, the Department for the Environment weren't sure how they were going to strike the balance between building enough services for people to be able to rest, and building too many services meaning they wouldn't be very profitable. This was especially problematic in Somerset, where the M5 was expected to be much busier in summer than in winter.

To get around this, the site identified for a potential service area at Sedgemoor opened with only a car park and toilets. It was named Brent Knoll picnic area, and it was spaciously arranged so that it could one day be turned into a full service area. The overflow car park, which for a while was designated for caravans, appears to be the original car park.

The barren car park led to concerns from users about crime. Inspectors said the toilets were "full of vandalism". Trusthouse Forte (the owners of the next service area to the north) were invited to set up temporary catering facilities on the northbound side - they did this in 1978 and called it a "new concept in motorway catering", with a "continental-style building", accompanied by "attractive, chalet-style picnic facilities".

Life As A Service Area

The full building opened in 1987, along with the Shell petrol station and a narrow HGV parking area. Forte worked with the Department of Transport as an early example of a service area developed by private initiative.

The main building opened with a large Granary restaurant area on the left, and a Julie's Pantry takeaway area on the right. The shop was straight ahead in the middle with gaming and toilet areas to the back. It was branded THF, but changed to Welcome Break in 1988.

Forte looked at building a Little Chef Lodge, but this opened as a Travelodge a few years later. This became Welcome Lodge in 1997, and is now Days Inn.

Welcome Break looked at adding La Baguette. Julie's became Granada's Burger King in 1996, and the shop became WHSmith in around 2008. The restaurant area, having gone through all of Welcome Break's incarnations of restaurant and coffee bar, now serves mostly snack-based food. A Chopstix Noodle Bar was added in July 2017.

The service area's heritage as a picnic area can still be seen in its unusually grassy appearance. In May 2018, planning permissions was granted for a KFC drive thru to be built on the grass at the back of the services however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this has now been put on hold.


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