Brean Things to Do

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    Puxton Park

    by vichatherly Updated Jul 24, 2014

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    We spent a lovely day at the adventure park.

    We arrived early and spent some time in the huge indoor soft play area. Then it was off outside to play with the tractors, see the pets at the petting zoo and generally try to wear out 18th month old.

    The miniature train was okay, but there was an extra charge for this. We took a look at the birds in the falconry centre and played about in the adrenalin zone.

    A full day out ... full of fun.

    Summer 2014 Update We went back and spent another full day in this great family fun place. Excellent for our little lad. New style trampolines this year, together with electric tractors. Our lads favourite was still the pedal tractors ... he just went round and round for hours.

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    Brean Leisure Park - Fun City

    by vichatherly Written Jul 24, 2014

    This year we took our little lad on the Fun City rides at Brean Leisure Park. We got him a wrist band for tiny tots, which meant he could go on the small rides as many times as he wanted. Seemed to work out cheaper and was certainly less hassle than getting tokens and handing them over. He had a great time. For some of the slightly bigger rides we were able to climb on with him ... a ride for free.

    One thing to look out for, if your here in the afternoon, is the free Sooty & Sweep show at 3pm. Good family fun. Also there is an excellent Sooty & Sweep museum.

    Sooty’s Tiny Tots Wristband
    For children between 0.8m and 1.1m high, a Sooty’s Tiny Tots Wristband will provide ultimate value. The wristband is valid on all of the junior rides including Caterpillar, Frisbee, Cups n Saucers, Fantasia, Pony Express, Canoe River, Looney Tunes, Farm Train, Bumpy Slide and Trampolines

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    Brean Down Fort

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 30, 2014

    At the far end of Brean Down is a fort, one of Palmerston’s Follies, built in the 1860s, and re-used during WWII.

    Brean Down Fort forms part of a line of defences, known as Palmerston Forts, built across the channel to protect the approaches to Bristol and Cardiff. It was fortified following a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to France, where they had been concerned at the strength of the French Navy. The Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom, under direction of Lord Palmerston, recommended fortification of the coast. Brean Down Fort formed part of a strategic coastal defence system covering the channel between the mainland and the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm.

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    Walk up and around Brean Down

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 28, 2014

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    We spent a lovely morning climbing up at walking around the top of Brean Down.

    There’s a National Trust car park at the foot of the Down and from there you climb up the steps to the top of the hill. Be aware that the car park charges and also shuts at dusk.

    At the top you are rewarded with some gorgeous views of the surrounding Bristol Channel and Weston Super Mare.

    There is a circular route at the top, which takes you out to the now empty Palmerston Fort and back.

    The Brean Down fort was built in the 1860s as one of the Palmerston Forts to provide protection from the French to the ports of the Bristol Channel. The impending French invasion never came and the most serious action that the fort saw was when one of its soldiers committed suicide by blowing himself up along with half of the ammunition store.

    The fort was decommissioned in 1901, but was used again during WWII when it was rearmed with two 6 inch ex-naval guns and two searchlights as a Coastal artillery battery.

    It was also used for experimental weapons testing of amongst other things, a naval bouncing bomb. You can still see the small rails used in the testing.

    There's also a decent cafe at the foot of the hill for some well deserved refreshments.

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    Congo Adventure Golf

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 24, 2014

    When we went up to get our clubs and balls the attendant asked if we would also like scorecards ... we weighed up the idea. but by the look on the face of our 18th month old toddler no scores were to be counted ... only balls chased and collected.

    We all had a great time ... loads of fun..

    Beware of the ball collector
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    Enjoy Brean Beach

    by vichatherly Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    Brean beach is a huge playground of sand. It's a seven mile stretch of sand running to Burnham-on-Sea. The tide goes out for a fair way but you have to be careful not to walk out too far as the mud flats can be very dangerous.

    When my brother-in-law goes down with his kids he marks out a badminton court in the sand and puts up a net. Hours of enjoyment to be had.

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    Lousy weather? ... there's always the arcades

    by vichatherly Written Jan 3, 2014

    They are noisy and garish, and you can play bingo all day ... but if the weather is not being kind and the kids are getting restless, then maybe an afternoon in the arcades is not the worst of options.

    You come away with thousands of paper tokens .. all of which you can exchange for toys and other items of a very weird nature.

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    Enjoy the Sunsets

    by vichatherly Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    We were lucky enough to be staying in a caravan which was just a three minute walk to the beach.

    So once the little one was tucked up and asleep, we took it in turns to sneak off to catch a few sunsets on the beach.

    During the day, when the tide is out, the waterline is almost invisible and the beach is quiet. The life guards regularly go out on their quad bikes to warn people not to walk out to the water because of the very real threat that the mud flats represent.

    We were here in July and so high tide is timed at around 7pm. It's at this time that I think the beach is at its most beautiful. The combination of the sunset and the sounds of the crashing waves make the situation idyllic.

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    Brean Splash Waterpark

    by vichatherly Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    Excellent place to cool down when the sun gets too hot.

    There's inside and outside pools. There are slides of various sizes and an excellent splash park for the little ones.

    Good value, great fun

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