There is a ferris wheel and other amusements which attract the brave. I have never liked such things, but they were quite busy.
We took a one way ticket [£1.50 adult; £1 adults and OAPs] from Weston Beach to Royal beach where our car was parked. The driver tooted his whistle at regular intervals to warn pedestrians. This land train was very welcome after walking the stretch on sand.
The Seaquarium is an exhibition of sea life, from orals, anemones and jelly fish to sharks, rays and moray eels. Not all the fish are sea fish , there are also river fish like piranha.
Some of the exhibits are in small tanks, where others are in large ones, and there is a tunnel that goes beneath some of the exhibits, so you see them in their natural activities.
As with most such places, there are gifts on display for purchase , a café , and a view of the beach if you want to sit and have a coffee.
Entry is not cheap. £7.99 per adult, £6.99 for Senior citizens and children. A voucher will admit children free if accompanied by a paying adult.
With Pottery painting it's a fun activity that all the family can get involved in. It's great for rainy days, which we get a lot of, or any day. It's not expensive & if you time it right you can collect your fired Pottery before you go home. They'll even post it for a small additional charge. And now they even do Build a Bear with all the usual stuff, birth certificates, wishing stars & bag to take it home in. Lots of people return year after year. It's great
Birnbeck Pier is a lovely old structure which is badly in need of repair, at the moment it is closed to the public and only open to the Lifeboat Crew.
In its heyday the pier was always packed with visitors and people wanting to catch the ferry over to wales.
I can remember going on it when I was younger and playing in the amusement arcade at the end of it. Even then the buildings were falling into dis-repair but you could still imagine the Victorian Grandeur and what it was like. I can remember a mockup of the nosecone of Concorde being on the end of it but apparently not many other people can. The days I used to go alot of people fished off the rocks, I even had a go but only caught a couple of small crabs.
You could buy Birnbeck Pounds at the entrance to spend on the pier at the various shops and sideshows on the pier.
Birnbeck Pier is notable for a few things, it is the only land to rock pier in the country, all the others go out to sea. It has the steepest Lifeboat slipway in the country and it was used during the war by Lancaster Bombers for training runs for the Dambuster Raid.
At the land end of the pier there is a souvenir stall where you can buy things relating to the pier with the proceeds going to the restoration fund.
It really would be a shame to see this magnificant pier remain closed for too much longer.
Work to construct the Grand Pier at Weston super Mare started in 1903 and finished the following year. It is some 400 metres in length and is held up by 600 iron piles. In early 2008 there was a £1,000,000 revamp of the pier but there was a devastating fire on the 28th July. Since then plans have been approved for a new pier, costing over £30,000,000 which will have modern buildings and facilities. Work is in progress now and the new pier should be open during the summer of 2010
The Grand Pier is a really nice old pier with plenty to do for all the family. At the entrance there are a couple of amusement arcades where you can play video games, fruit machines or prize bingo, you can also buy typical seaside souvenirs, hotdogs, candyfloss, ice-cream or donuts.
When I first started going on the pier you had to pay but now it is free. You can either walk to the end or pay 30 pence to ride the train there, I used to enjoy taking the train but also liked looking at the sea through the gaps in the pier.
Once at the end there are yet more arcades and food stalls with a few fairground rides, including bumper cars.
A magnificent sweep of sand stretches from the seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea, north past the holiday villages of Berrow and Brean Sands to the National Trust headland of Brean Down.
The area is particularly noted for its variety of campsites and holiday parks.
They offer a great range of facilities, from fishing lakes to golf courses, from swimming pools to entertainment complexes, some even have direct access to the beach.
Must see and do
Brean Leisure Park, Brean
Animal Farm Adventure Park, Berrow
Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Cheddar
Blake Museum, Bridgwater
King John’s Hunting Lodge
Rich’s Farmhouse Cider. Highbridge
Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey
Brean Down Fort, Brean
Brean Down (National Trust), Brean
When I first saw this, I was blown away from the absolute scale of the amusements on offer, you could spend a day in here. I've always been a fan of the arcades and was a good escape from the battering rain hitting me from the outside..
WHATS IN HERE??
Castle of Doom
Ten Pin Bowling
Children's Adventure Playground
Kids Ball Pool
All the latest slot machines, video and family games
Ice Cream Parlour
also Pier listed by the Department of the Environment as a monument of historic importance.
The annual Carnival of Light in November marks the end of the summer season for Weston-Super-Mare. The truth is that the holiday makers and day trippers havent been evident for at least a month (well at least THIS year! -2004)
Unlike many carnivals, this one is totally based on lights, each float has thousands of bulbs which light up (and heat up!) the streets. There's music and people dancing on them too and a really nice atmosphere. The streets are lined with people (wrap up warm by the way) and it lasts about 2 hours or so. A nice way to officially close the season.
The museum houses exhibits from old Victorian seaside amusements to finds from the Somersets history.
Play some of the machnes that the Victorians used to, get your fortune told or see what the butler saw.
It cost £3.50 each for adults.
To be continued