Somerset Towns and Villages
The Visitor Information Centre, The Tropicana, Marine Parade, BS23 1BE
Weston Town Council operates the official destination website, Visit Weston and provides the Visitor Information Centre, Weston Museum, the Blakehay Theatre and the Water Adventure Play Park
The original British seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare on the Somerset coast is steeped with Victorian history. Dominated by a long stretches of glorious, sandy beach, Weston-super-Mare has lots to offer and is mostly on the level with no steep walkways to access the beach. The huge, level promenade offers vistas over the beach and sea to Brean Down, Steep Holm, Flat Holm and Wales.
Travelling here couldn't be simpler with Weston-super-Mare being easily accessible by road, rail or air. There are easy links from the M5 and M4 corridors, a central train station and we’re just 20 minutes or so from Bristol Airport. Just off Junction 21 of the M5, we’re within a couple of hours’ drive from the Midlands and West London, an hour’s drive from the Cardiff area and a great place to stop off instead of making a long drive into the Devon and Cornwall peninsula.
As well as traditional donkey rides, the amusements and rides of the Grand Pier, ice-cream on the beach and comparing your own efforts to build sandcastles with those of the annual Sand Sculpture Festival, there’s two theatres, two cinemas, a free museum, a vast range of traditional and international cuisine, the Southwest’s highest indoor climbing walls – you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of things to do.
Discover the history of Weston-super-Mare at the free to enter Weston Museum. Here you will be able to trace the history of Weston-super-Mare and surrounding Somerset from pre-historic times to the 20th Century. You can also enjoy a pleasant lunch or snack in Clara’s Café whilst browsing local art and you’ll be sure to want to browse the gift shop. You can also visit the world’s largest Helicopter Museum on the old Weston airfield just outside the town
There’s a choice of accommodation with hotels, guest house B&B’s and delightful self-catering apartments throughout the town, many of which are on the seafront. You’re sure to find something to suit your budget and your requirements plus you have the comfort of knowing that all properties promoted on the visit-westonsupermare.com website have been quality checked.
Many accommodation providers are dog friendly and dogs are permitted on the long beach year round, with restricted areas in the summer months.
Weston-super-Mare is at the perfect gateway to all the attractions that Somerset offers. You can spend your holiday at the beach and if you want a change, let public transport take the strain to explore the delights of Somerset.
The picturesque town of Clevedon with the iconic Grade I listed Clevedon Pier and Portishead, where you can unwind and dine out by the vibrant marina, the spectacular landscapes and caves of Cheddar Gorge, the vibrant cities of Bristol and Bath and the county town of Taunton are all within very easy reach. Or venture further afield to many iconic tourist spots including Glastonbury, Wookey Hole, or Wells, all within an hour’s drive.
A year-round programme of events attracts people from all over the UK and beyond. Events such as the Weston Air Festival & Armed Forces Day in June, Weston Enduro Beach Race in October and the Weston Carnival in November ensure that there are always things to do in Weston-super-Mare, regardless of the weather, season or budget.
The Blakehay Theatre is centrally located and appeals to fans of theatre from all generations. The main stage showcases comedies, musicals, celebrity appearances and shows from locally based theatre companies as well as national ones. There’s a lovely studio theatre for smaller productions and film and the theatre bar showcases local artists’ work. There’s a public car park adjacent to the Blakehay theatre making it easy to reach and there are wheelchair seating areas in the front row of the main stage.
The seafront Water & Adventure Play Park with adjacent car parking is open year round as an adventure park and seasonally with water splash features. It’s free to enter with a reasonable £2.50 charge per child when the water features are in operation, lots of grass seating and a café. Adults accompanying children enter free of charge.
There is easy parking all along the seafront and you might be lucky enough to be able to park on the beach itself. You could not ask for more convenient parking, just imagine, you can leave bulky items in the car and just nip back as and when you need things.
Weston-super-Mare is a walking and cycling paradise. A super seaside resort, perched just on the edges of the Mendip Hills and surrounded by headlands such as the National Trust’s Brean Down and Worlebury Hill that both offer beautiful walks and views. Sand Bay and Sand Point are also close by, a 2 mile bus or car ride north of Weston Bay, where dog walking and horse riding are permitted year round.
There are walking trails of the town to enjoy spotting Blue Plaques, street art and architecture. Weston-super-Mare is also blessed with many parks just close to the seafront. Grove Park is near the Blakehay Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre and hosts bands and concerts at weekends in the summer months from a wonderful, Victorian bandstand. Ellenborough Park and Clarence Park are also just off the seafront, both offering quieter options for those who want to picnic or people watch away from the sandy beach.
There’s a seasonal Visitor Information Centre in the Tropicana building half way along the Promenade. Free maps, information and discount vouchers along with unusual and bespoke souvenirs and gifts are just some of the services offered. The only beach-going wheelchair in Somerset is available from the VIC free of charge and it’s also a free water-refill station for those hot days. It’s open daily from Easter until Autumn.
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The Visitor Information CentreThe TropicanaMarine ParadeWeston-Super-MareBS23 1BE
T: 01934 888877
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