Weston-super-Mare is situated in a sheltered bay at the foot of the Mendip Hills with views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. It is Somerset's finest holiday resort both in terms of its natural beauty and the attractions and activities the town and surrounding area has to offer.
Weston has maintained a Victorian and Edwardian legacy, with its charming turn-of-the-century terraces interspersed between well kept gardens. Attractions in the resort of Weston vary, from its well developed Sea Life Centre to the exciting Wheel of Weston. There is dancing nightly at the Winter Gardens and top class cabaret, as well as big star names performing at the Playhouse, Weston's premier theatre.
Weston is surrounded by places of cultural and historical interest. It is close to the cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells, with their ancient Roman history and breathtaking cathedrals.
In addition, due to the resort's position, nestling between the Mendip Hills and the Bristol Channel, visitors will find ample opportunities for both gentle rambling and sailing.
The town centre has a pedestrianised High Street as well as the indoor Sovereign Shopping Centre. Intriguing antiques, books and craftworks are found just off the beaten track, amongst Weston's narrow side streets. Less than half an hour away, the Clarks Shopping Village houses over 90 shops selling goods at discount prices.
Beach and Gardens
The resort's beach and gardens provide an excellent environment for relaxation with deckchairs, bowling lawns and music drifting from the bandstands. Weston's clean, sandy beaches stretch over a mile along the front. Its gardens are well kept and are frequent contenders for awards such as the Britain in Bloom contest.
Activities and Attractions
Brean Leisure Park
A family leisure park with over 30 rides and attractions. There is a fun pool with waterslides, mini-golf, bar, restaurant, garden centre and gift shop.
Box Office Tel:01934 645544
The theatre hosts a variety of shows from stand-up comedy to musical theatre.
Weston Heritage Centre
A chance to experience the lives of people in Victorian Weston-Super-Mare.
North Somerset Museum
The museum tells the story of the area from pre-history to present day through a number of exhibitions.
Court Farm Country Park
An award-winning farm park with all-weather facilities including tractor rides, mazes and a host of animals.
Weston Helicopter museum
The museum houses one of the largest collections of helicopters in Europe.
Bishop's Palace - Wells
A magnificent medieval palace set within 14 acres of landscaped gardens.
Weston Super Mare Open Bowling Tournament:
Taking place in June for men and August for women, the Tournaments attract players from across the UK.
Open Cockpit Days take place at the Helicopter Museum throughout the year and offer visitors a chance to access the cockpits of selected helicopters and have the controls explained by an experienced guide.
Held in November, this is one of the biggest events in the area; the parade includes illuminated floats, performers and locals in fancy dress.
Sand Sculpture Festival
Amazing displays of sand art can be viewed on the beach lawns from July to September.
Takes place in July and features over 200 events in up to 40 different venues.
Minehead and Exmoor Festival
Takes place in July/August and features a week of classical and chamber music.
Somerset Art Weeks Venues across Somerset will be showcasing a range of visual arts for two weeks in September.
For up to date details and further events see: www.visitsomerset.co.uk
Places of Interest
Travel along the shores of the Bristol Channel via the picturesque village of Dunster with its historic castle, to Minehead, now a popular holiday centre, but once an important port.
Dunster is a picturesque medieval village which is dominated by its historic castle. The Yarn Market, Tithe Barn and wealth of listed buildings, together with its collection of exclusive galleries and shops, make Dunster a fascinating place to visit.
A focus of culture down the ages, Bath was a spa town in Roman times and the height of fashion in the Georgian period. The Pump Room is well worth a visit and there is a fine medieval abbey to explore.
Wells is home to a stunning medieval cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. There are twice weekly markets and a superb range of shops.
Cheddar Caves & Gorge
Discover enchanting illuminated caves, dramatic cliffs and the fascinating pre-historic world of our cannibal ancestors.
Street is one of England's most picturesque villages and is headquarters of the Clark's shoe empire. Clark's Village has over 90 retail stores on site and a range of dining facilities.
Taunton lies between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills in the spectacular Vale of Taunton Deane. The town has many fine features, such as Taunton Castle which houses the County Museum and Hesterton Gardens, comprising of 40 acres of woodlands, formal terraces and lakes.
Bristol is bursting with things to see and do for all ages, whether it's historic houses, churches, parks and gardens or a trip to the zoo.
Burnham-on-Sea is a traditional seaside resort which boasts seven miles of sandy beach and a fine esplanade and seafront overlooking Bridgwater Bay. Another famous feature of the resort is its unique nine-legged lighthouse, which was built in the 1830's and is still used as an active aid to navigation.
Portishead is magnificently situated, with sweeping views of the Severn Estuary and Welsh coastline to one side and the stunning Gordano Valley to the other. The town boasts a stylish new marina, striking displays of public art, a retail museum, zoo farm and various National Trust houses and gardens close by.