Things to do in Weston-super-Mare
Just 15 miles north of our Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Park and a little way along the Bristol Channel, lies the north Somerset seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, affectionately known as Weston. It’s a picturesque town with a wide stretch of sandy beach and a lovely pier!
Occupied since the Iron Age, Weston was a tiny village until the 1800s when a railway station was built, and two piers, cementing its reputation as one of the country’s favourite Victorian seaside resorts. Here we give a rundown of the varied and fun things to do in Weston-super-Mare, both outdoors and indoors. Pack that bucket and spade, and that raincoat just in case, and join us.
Explore the beach
No trip to the Somerset coast would be complete without a wander along the beach, a paddle in the waves, or even a swim if you’re feeling brave. There’s an active local swimming community, the Supermares Sea Swimmers and Dippers.
The Bristol Channel is famous for having the world’s second biggest tidal ranges at 12 to 14 metres so it's definitely worth checking tide tables. Other attractions on the beach include the highly photogenic pier, built in 1904 and Grade II-listed. There’s also a land train along the shorefront, which starts at 10am and runs throughout the day.
If you have a helicopter enthusiast in the family, they’ll be in seventh heaven at the Helicopter Museum on Locking Moore Road. Hours of entertainment can be had here goggling at more than 80 aircraft, ranging from autogyros to British Faireys and Bristols, Italian craft from the 1930s and American military copters.
While visiting, you can take a ride in the cockpit of a helicopter if you book in advance, buy some great souvenirs, including model kits and replicas, and refuel in the cafe.
If you want to know about the area’s extensive history, head over to the Weston Museum. Exhibitions explore the town’s development from ancient times to the present day, including geological and industrial heritage, the fishing industry, a gallery of British seaside history and the William Mable gallery, where visiting exhibitions are held.
Clara’s Cottage is an area within the museum which presents a snapshot of a vintage Weston home, complete with all furnishings and decor. There are also regular talks and tours and a beautiful café under a glass-roofed courtyard.
Weston’s pier is one of the most attractive on the British coast, extending 1200 feet out into the Bristol Channel. Its pavilion survived two major fires in 1930 and 2008 but has been fully restored. The pier featured in a scene from the 1992 film, The Remains of the Day.
Attractions include several places to eat where you can feast on fish and chips, candyfloss or a pick-me-up coffee and cake. There’s also a small rollercoaster, mini golf, a soft play area for toddlers and a selection of funfair rides.
Those who prefer their activities more chilled can stroll the boards and take in the beautiful views of the channel, the town or the Brean Down area to the southwest.
A short walk from the seafront is this exquisitely laid-out Victorian park complete with a pretty pond, bandstand, and a surprising array of plants. Gardeners will enjoy spotting everything from lavender beds to cacti and water lilies.
It’s a great place to walk and catch up with friends and there are plenty of shady spots, expansive lawns, and ornate benches. Gnarled arches of trees, hidden artworks and a luxury bug hotel are among the quirky highlights to look out for during your stroll.
Throughout the summer months, outdoor theatre and concerts take place at Grove Park, with everything from popular musicals to outdoor performances of Shakespeare comedies.
Marine Cove and Lake
Weston-super-Mare is unusual in having a lake to swim in as well as the sea. Situated to the north of the main beach, is a seawater enclosure called Marine Lake, with its own beach area and many regular swimmers and paddleboarders. It’s a much calmer and warmer environment from which to get in your lengths than the Bristol Channel.
You’ll find an ice cream stall here and there are bars and cafes nearby.
Winter Gardens Pavilion
The Winter Gardens is a stylish ballroom and gardens designed in 1924 by town planners and surveyors Thomas Mawson and Harry Brown. Its chic exterior houses a performance space which played host to artists including David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and T-Rex.
It now houses a bistro restaurant, The Green Room and a bar and grill, Lasseter’s. The Italian gardens were redesigned and reopened in 2017 as a public square. The Winter Gardens is a popular weddings and events venue, part-owned by Weston College. It also hosts ballroom dancing socials, murder mystery nights, concerts and more.
The exterior of the Winter Gardens alone is worth a visit, even if there are no public events allowing you to see the venue interior.
The little ones will love Puxton Park, over the M5 and just off the A370, providing plenty to see and do. There are 40 acres to explore including a petting zoo, a ‘sky trail,’ an indoor soft play area with ball pits and slides, a miniature train ride and more.
The animal zone contains guinea pigs, baby goats, rabbits, tortoise, parrots, meerkats, monkeys, alpacas, and other creatures you can meet. Bug fans can see stick insects, cockroaches, and a giant millipede.
There’s also a dairy farm at Puxton Park, including a cheese factory which makes Gorwydd Caerphilly. You can watch cheese being made and learn about the processes involved.
This compact theatre, seating just 230 people, has a diverse programme of new plays, classical music events and shows. Built in 1850 as a Baptist church, the building is a hub of community activities and classes, including low-priced belly dancing sessions!
Recently refurbished, the theatre now holds two performance spaces and hosts touring companies as well as local talent.