Weston-Super-Mare has something for everyone, with miles of golden sandy beach to explore, wind surfing and ice creams. Stop off at the Grand Pier for a fun afternoon of indoor rides and arcades, which are perfect for a rainy day. There is also a selection of cafés and a ‘Museum of Memories’ full of vintage toys, games and books to take you back to childhood. Look over the water to the Birnbeck Pier. Whilst the pier closed in 1994, imagine the bustling activity that once was. Weston-Super-Mare is a great location for walking or cycling – both inside and nearby the town. Walking trails around the town show unique street art, architecture and historic Blue Plaques. One of the many waterfront parks, Grove Park hosts bands in the summer months. Outside of the town, Sand Bay and Brean Down offer stunning views of the Severn Estuary, a short car or bus ride away.
Annual events include the Sand Sculpture Festival, which has grown since its inception in 2006 to an international event. Sculptors create intricate designs out of wet sand, from dragons, to Aztec temples and even Pirates of the Caribbean from the popular Hollywood films. If you’re feeling the need for speed, the Enduro Motorsports race is held on the sands of the beach as one of the UK’s largest beach races. Since 2014, the annual Pride Parade take place each July, and in 2021, Weston-super-Mare is hosting the National Pride Festival.
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Litter Picking Tips:
Find out how you can help keep your local beaches and coastline for everyone to enjoy while protecting the special features of the Severn Estuary.
- Stick to public rights of way and avoid trampling sensitive habitats like saltmarsh and reefs of Sabellaria (honeycomb tubeworm).
- Leave natural materials behind and don’t take any rocks plants or other items home.
- Avoid disturbing wildlife.
- Keep your dog under effective control to protect wildlife by avoiding disturbance along the coast, especially where birds are feeding, breeding and resting.
- Check tide times and weather forecasts before you visit the coast.
For more information take a look at the ASERA Good Practice Guidelines