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With one of the longest sandy beaches in Europe, landmarks steeped in history and a rich tapestry of family activities, Burnham-on-Sea offers something for everyone. Blossoming during the Victorian era, Burnham continues to offer timeless seaside pleasures.
Images - Keith Nicolls.
Things to do in Burnham-on-Sea. Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, is a traditional seaside town that has everything from family friendly beaches, water sports, shops, eateries and amusements, to extensive sand dunes and important wildlife habitats. With an impressive events calendar and stunning coastal walks, Burnham has everything you want from a traditional British seaside holiday.
Burnham-on-Sea originated as a fashionable Victorian holiday resort and is the location of the southern tip of the second longest beach in Europe. The town offers a bustling high street with many independent shops and businesses, a theatre & arts centre, restored art-deco cinema, public gardens and busy calendar of free to attend events to ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this thriving seaside town.
Burnham is ideally placed for those who enjoy walking. It has beautiful and accessible countryside and coastal path walks on its doorstep. The town boasts activity trails to explore and a mile-long esplanade overlooking the west facing bay. Stop off at the Burnham visitor information centre on the esplanade to find out more.
The iconic low lighthouse is the remaining active lighthouse of three Burnham lighthouses and is a must-see for visitors and photographers. Whilst Burnham may have one of the longest expanses of sand, it has the shortest pier in Britain, perfect for those looking for quaint, old fashioned fun. To see Burnham from above, climb nearby Brean Down headland for incredible 360-degree panoramic views of the Somerset Levels whilst reimagining history at The Palmerston Fort.
A stroll along the town’s mile-long esplanade takes you past the 14th century leaning tower of St. Andrew’s Church, next to which are the enclosed Marine Cove Gardens, built in 1927 and restored in 2011 thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant. The small public gardens are maintained by volunteers and offer sheltered seating overlooking a cherub fountain and lion head pool.
From Spring 2021, a new and impressive inclusive children’s play area, with exercise equipment, will open on the town’s south esplanade, near the Burnham visitor information centre.
Follow the seafront esplanade further south to join a footpath to the Green Flag award-winning Apex Leisure & Wildlife Park, which boasts 42-acres of open spaces in which to play, fish and enjoy a picnic. The park’s gentle lakeside walking routes host an abundance of wildlife, children's play area, outdoor gym and skate park. Set aside an afternoon to make the most of this tranquil spot.
Take in a play or peruse some art over coffee and cake at The Princess Theatre & Arts Centre, which has a busy schedule of shows and events.
Burnham has an events calendar to suit everyone.
If you visit during late Spring and early Summer make sure to check the events diary for one of the music events in Manor Gardens. The music events are organised by volunteers, are free to attend and showcase local artists and bands. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy an afternoon of music and entertainment within a short distance of the town centre. Manor Gardens features a younger children’s play park, tennis courts, planted areas and a formal bandstand.
Twice annually in May and October, Burnham hosts the multi award-winning eat:festival’s food and drink festival where the whole family can eat and drink produce from the local area. Regularly attracting over 100 producers, the event is free to attend and has a wide range of producers catering to all dietary needs.
The grand firework display takes place annually on the seafront in November and heralds the carnival season. The professional fireworks display is organised by the town council and is free to attend, but donations to the authorised charity collection is appreciated.
Burnham carnival welcomes thousands of people to watch the November carnival when over one hundred giant illuminated carnival floats pass through the streets in a music and light filled evening of entertainment before travelling across other Somerset locations.
Leave the M5 at Junction 22 and follow signs to Burnham-on-Sea
For maps and journey planning go to www.multimap.com
By car: Burnham is located on the M5 between Bridgwater and Weston-super-Mare. Exit the motorway at Junction 22 and follow signs to Burham-on-Sea.
By train and bus: Buses into Burham leave from rail stations in Highbridge & Burnham and Weston-super-Mare throughout the day.
By air: Bristol Airport is located 30 miles from Burnham. Buses run either direct from the airport or via rail connections through Bristol.
Channel Adventure shares a passion for getting people out and about in our beautiful natural environment. We offer a full range of outdoor and adventurous activities from our seafront centre in the coastal Somerset town of Minehead and from our urban centre on the river in Taunton. Whether it’s a Stand Up Paddleboarding session at the beach or Kayaking on the river, you are guaranteed the same care and focus on your personal development, enjoyment and learning. Channel Adventure offers activities to groups and individuals, schools, stag and hen do's, corporate days, holiday makers and locals. Activities range from water sports to target sports, climbing to coasteering as well as hire (such as skateboards, bikes, scooters, paddleboards) and are accessible to all. Channel has a vision of every person weaving outdoor activity into their every day.
Tourist Information CentreSouth EsplanadeBurnham-on-SeaTA8 1BUUnited Kingdom
T: 01278 787852
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