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Portishead’s beautiful coastal location and proximity to Bristol and Cardiff make it the perfect place for a stop in Somerset. Revel in picturesque scenery, walk historical trails, take a dip in the Portishead lido and go shopping in the historic town centre.
Portishead’s Esplanade is a reminder of the Victiorian splendour the town was long known for. Stroll along the waterfront where you can enjoy an ice cream or lunch in one of two cafes; alternatively make the most of the green open space and take your own picnic to eat on the shingle beach, at the lakeside or on one of the rolling grass slopes overlooking, what is affectionately known as, Portishead’s ‘jewel in the crown’. Fly a kite on Kilkenny Field, take a boat out on the lake or enjoy a dip in the open air pool, heated through summer and offering cold water swimming in winter, including moonlit and Christmas Day swims.
At the north end of the Esplanade visitors in search of the extensive views can head to Battery Point where there are sweeping scenic vistas across the Bristol Channel in every direction and where passing ships come so close to the shore you feel you could reach out and touch them. For even more views, take one of the walks along the coast or around Portishead town. Explore the the Black Nore Lighthouse walk or take the cliff path to nearby Clevedon; ramble through Eastwood, the Portbury Wharf nature reserve or the ancient woodland of Weston Big Wood; wander around at your leisure seeking out Portishead’s 37 historical listed buildings or take the family on the Portishead Art Trail to discover more than 25 sculptures installed at different locations throughout the Port Marine area of the town.
Back in Portishead town centre, you’ll find a charming high street lined with well-known brands and independent stores proudly run by locals. When it’s time to grab something to eat and drink there is plenty to choose from in the town centre or head to Portishead Quays Marina, established as one of the best equipped marina facilities in the South West and home to restaurants and cafés ideal for an evening with friends and family as you gaze across the array of boats moored before you.
The Portishead Summer Show (formerly Portishead Flower Show) is a two day family show that combines a traditional flower show with activities that promote local country life, nature and the environment. In addition there is an array of family entertainment, live music, food, drink, children’s activities and a dog show.
A new state-of-the-art lifeboat station, built by the RNLI, was completed in 2015.
Sitting right on Portishead seafront, Portishead Open Air Pool is a splendid outdoor swimming pool, heated throughout the summer season, which runs from April to September.