Around 40,000 people call the market town of Yeovil in Somerset home. One of the first battles of the English Civil War was fought in 1642 at Babylon Hill, just outside the town.
Yeovil benefits from a large, pedestrianised shopping precinct, a range of specialist shops and bustling, twice-weekly outdoor markets. Goldenstones Leisure Centre provides a range of sports and fitness activities. There are many cafés, pubs and restaurants. Local attractions include the Octagon and Swan Theatres, Cineworld and an 18-lane bowling alley.
Agriculture plays a big part in the local economy and the busy livestock market is a feature of Yeovil life. Aviation contractors Augusta Westland and Normalair Garratt are also based in the area and the defence industry has a long association with the town. Cricketer Ian Botham lived in Yeovil as a boy, when his father worked at Westland Helicopters.