Boathouse Bulletin: August

01 August 2017

We’re excited to announce our stellar Boathouse line up for August. We’re welcoming back a whole host of old friends and some new faces for this jam-packed summer holiday extravaganza!

We kick off this month by welcoming the amazing voice of KAY SAVANNAH – voted the best voice of Birmingham 2016 Kay is not one to miss!

We’re also pleased to be welcoming back lots of old friends to the Boathouse, including the rocking BEAVER, the sensational KELLY SURETTI and the madcap mayhem master himself, Britain’s Got Talent Finalist MATT EDWARDS!

And make sure you don’t miss our August Bank Holiday special where we’ll have three nights of fantastic tribute acts to entertain you! Featuring tributes to Adele, Katy Perry and Madonna!

Boathouse Bulletin August

With a wide range of shows at the Boathouse this summer season, we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! Be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside this August.

Tue 1st August


Fri 4th August

Guitar Vocals

Sat 5th August

Comedy Magic

Sun 6th August

Live Music Duo

Tue 8th August

Vocal Entertainer

Fri 11th August

Update Modern Vocals

Sat 12th August

Female Vocalist

Sun 13th August

Male Vocals

Tue 15th August

Female Vocals

Fri 18th August


Sat 19th August

Comedy Impressionist

Sun 20th August

Madcap Comedy

Tue 22nd August

Guitar Vocals

Fri 25th August

Tribute to Katy Perry

Sat 26th August

Tribute to Madonna

Sun 27th August

Tribute to Adele

Tue 29th August

Female Vocals

What’s on in August

28 July 2017

Summer of Fun at Puxton Park

Summer of Fun at Puxton Park

Puxton Park has an action packed summer ready for you.

Arts and Crafts every Monday. Every Monday our talented team will run craft sessions between 11-4 pm

Disco Steve every Tuesday. Disco Steve brings bubbles, games magic, dancing and competitions to Puxton every Tuesday 11-12 and 1-2 pm (except August 1st)

Disco Queen every Wednesday. For dance routines, dressing up and boogying on down, join the Disco Queen every Wednesday 11-12 and 1-2 pm

Nutty Noah every Thursday. Grab a seat and hold onto your pants!! Nutty Noah brings a mixture of magic, music and comedy to Puxton every Thursday (except 24th August). Shows at 11.30 and 2 pm.

Animal Antix. A chance to meet our animals up close, make toys for them and see how our animal team lovingly care for them. Shows at 11 and 3 pm and times throughout the day.

No need to book in advance, just come in and see us!

Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show

Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show is a fast moving, action packed show with monster truck destruction, Europe’s only monster ride-truck, the human cannonball, car-crushing action from Thundertrax, a tank/monster truck hybrid, motorcycle, quad and all-terrain buggy jumps, amazing fire stunts, two-wheel driving displays with cars, buggies and quads and much, much more.


Glastonbury Abbey: King Arthur Workshop

Glastonbury Abbey: King Arthur Workshop

King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team – Travel back in time for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop. Great fun for the whole family, enjoy discovering the past in unique style. An opportunity to discover the legend of the famous King Arthur from a new angle. Normal admission applies.


Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset

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 Summer Activities at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Summer Activities at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Make and Take Activities – Make a camouflage helicopter, Dazzle paint an aircraft carrier or design an aeroplane fridge magnet. Available weekdays from 1st – 25th August at 2pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Mini Beast Safari at Ham Wall

Mini Beast Safari at Ham Wall

Mini Beast Safari at Ham Wall,  RSPB Summer Holiday Club

Tuesday 1, 8 and 29 August 11 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 3.30 pm

RSPB members £2 per child Non RSPB members £3 per child

Come on a morning bug hunt to find out what is lurking in the undergrowth and explore the hidden world of everything that crawls, slithers and buzzes. Butterflies, beetles, worms and snails – who knows what we will find?

No booking required

Car park charges apply for non RSPB Members

Meet at the RSPB Welcome Building in the Ham Wall car park (postcode BA6 9SX)

Family Fun Friday – ‘Wacky Weather’ at The Bishops Palace

Family Fun Friday – ‘Wacky Weather’ at The Bishops Palace Wells

Get creative with weather-based crafts this Family Fun Friday. Activities will include making Rainbows, Wind Socks and Wall Hanging. Grab your time slot ticket upon arrival and then head over to the Stable Yard Room to join in the fun.

Included in admission

4 August 10.30 – 3.00.

 Nature by Canoe at Ham Wall

Nature by Canoe at Ham Wall

Join a qualified instructor and an expert wildlife guide on this unique opportunity to experience this amazing nature reserve by canoe! No experience needed.

Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August

One hour tours between 10am and  3pm

RSPB members £13; Non RSPB members £15         RSPB child members £8; Non RSPB child £10

RSPB Nature Reserve Ham Wall
Ashcott Road

Tel: 01458 860494

For more details of how to book visit and look at our what’s on section of the webpage.

Bubble Rush 2017

Bubble Rush 2017

5 August 11.00 – 16.00

Bubble Rush at APEX Park in Burnham-on-Sea is family-friendly 5k course with four coloured foam stations along the route. Bubble Rush events raise much-needed funds for local hospices. It’s a great way for friends, families and colleagues to enjoy a foamy day out and help Weston Hospicecare.

You will receive a free Bubble Rush white t-shirt for you to wear as you run, hop, dance, crawl or walk around the course. Bubblers (participants) are set off in waves of 150 to tackle the run and a huge amount of bubbles.

Before you start our MC’s will get you in the mood and the atmosphere will be buzzing! There will also be the opportunity to purchase plenty of colourful merchandise at the bubble village.

Wave Times:
Blue wave 12pm – registrations open at 11am
Green wave 1pm – registrations open at 12pm

PLEASE NOTE: Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 and over) who is also taking part in the event.

Sooty Meet & Greet at Brean Leisure Park

Sooty Meet & Greet at Brean Leisure Park

9 August 2017

Come along to Brean Leisure Park and meet CITV’s Richard Cadell and Sooty. This is your chance to have your photo taken with the legendary character of television and stage Sooty!


Sooty Shows
11am – Park welcome from Sooty
2pm – Sooty stage show
4pm – Mascot meet and greet (photo oppurunities)

Entry is FREE and held at the Sooty TV Studio at Brean Theme Park.

The High Dive Show at Crealy Great Adventure Park

The High Dive Show at Crealy Great Adventure Park

14 Aug 2017 – 19 Aug 2017

Experience our all-new High Dive Show this summer, an event direct from the USA that is set to wow the crowds. Watch in awe as the troupe perform intricate and tricky dives from high above the small pool below.

The High Dive Show will take place three times daily (11.30am, 1.30pm, & 3pm) every Monday – Saturday throughout the summer holidays.

This event will be included within your admission cost and will be free for members.

Family Fun Friday – ‘Dastardly Dragons’ at The Bishops Palace

Family Fun Friday – ‘Dastardly Dragons’ at The Bishops Palace

18 August  10.30am to 3pmIf you’re looking to keep little ones entertained then head along to this week’s Family Fun Friday.  We’re making crafty pieces based on ‘Dastardly Dragons’ in the Stable Yard Room. Don’t forget to follow the trail to The Dragon’s Lair afterwards if you want to play outside too!

Included in admission – just collect a time slot ticket from the Shop upon arrival.

Family Fun Friday – ‘Crazy Castles’ at The Bishops Palace

Family Fun Friday – ‘Crazy Castles’ at The Bishops Palace

25 August 10.30 – 3.00

It’s the final Family Fun Friday of the school holidays, so get set for your Bank Holiday Weekend with our ‘Crazy Castles’ craft activities in the Stable Yard Room!

This week, we’ll be making crazy castles, models and a Bishop’s Palace mobile, so make sure you stop by and collect a time slot ticket from the Shop on arrival.

Included in admission.

Kidsfest! at Animal Farm Adventure Park

Kidsfest! at Animal Farm Adventure Park

26 – 28 August 09.00 – 19.00

Kidsfest is back again! After a fabulous event weekend, we are ready to welcome you again to Kidsfest August! Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Bank Holiday Monday 28th August!

Packed with entertainment, music, crafts, disco, performers & more!

Tickets online now FLASH SALE just £11! Also 3 day tickets £22! WHILE STOCKS LAST!



Chippy Challenge – The Best Fish and Chips in Somerset

21 July 2017

What do you think of when you think of a British coastal summer break? Sand? Sea? Ice Cream? What about fish and chips! This traditional British delicacy is a staple of beach holidays and we like to think we’ve got some of the best fish and chips in the country here in Somerset.

Fish and Chips are a coastal staple and so good quality is vital. With so many places to choose from, we thought we'd share our favourites.

Of course, we’re huge fans of the fish and chips served at the Lakeside on-site restaurant – the Boathouse. As with all of the Boathouse menu – which includes a number of pub grub favourites – the fish and chips offers a tasty and hearty meal that’ll really get you in that holiday mood; we can’t recommend it enough! But what if you’re out and about touring the local area? Well luckily Somerset has a huge range of chip shops to choose from and we’ve selected some of our favourites below.

Winstons Fish Bar – Weston-super-Mare

There’s something special about eating great fish and chips by the sea and that’s exactly what Winstons Fish Bar offers – delicious pieces of fish with crisp batter and huge piles of chips served on the beachfront and always with a smile. The seaside food experience doesn’t stop at fish however. Winstons also offers chicken, fry-ups and other British classics all with the same quality standards as their fish dishes. Coupling seaside atmosphere with good food Winstons makes for the perfect place to indulge in this classic coastal meal.

Superchips – Burnham-On-Sea

This small fish and chip takeaway offers large steaming portions of fish and chips at low prices. Primarily a takeaway with a small seating area, Superchips offers few in the way of interior luxuries but more than makes up for it with crisp batter and mountains of chips. Superchips is a great place to nip into for a tasty takeout lunch while you explore Burnham-On-Sea.

Rob’s Fish Bar – Highbridge

Located in Highbridge, Rob’s Fish Bar is a small modern chip shop that offers a wide range of British classics from traditional Battered Cod to Pineapple Fritters. With it’s own car park and attentive and eager to please staff, Rob’s is the ideal place to collect a hot fish dinner on your way in-to or out-of Burnham-on-Sea by car.

Esplanade Fish Bar – Burnham-On-Sea

Located on Burnham’s seafront promenade the Esplande Fish Bar combines good value, tasty fish and a sea-front view. All of the classics are available (with gluten free options) at the Esplande Fish Bar as well as Burgers and Jacket Potatoes. Don’t fancy sitting inside? Then why not take a seat on the restaurants’ parade seating area or get your fish to go and sit on the beach itself? The Esplande fish bar will even deliver locally if you want a hot fish supper without leaving the comfort of your own holiday home on Lakeside Holiday Park.

Papa’s – Weston-super-Mare

Depending on who you ask, Papa’s Traditional Fish and Chips might just be the best chippy in the country, let alone just in Somerset! This award-winning restaurant has been located in Weston-super-Mare since 1966 and offers both take-away and sit-down meals – though be prepared to wait for a table if you’ve not booked, as Papa’s reputation precedes it! Papa’s offers a wide range of fresh fish cooked in the traditional chip shop style – from the huge Jumbo Cod (referred to as the Moby Dick meal) to Skate, Halibut Steak and even Cod Roe. Should you ever be hungry near Waterloo Street Papa’s Traditional Fish and Chips should be on the top of your mind.

So there you are, just some of our favourite fish and chip shops in the area that are well worth visiting during your tours of Somerset. If you’re after something other than fish and chips there are a wide range of other options available, including Lakeside’s own Boathouse, serving up delicious pub grub daily.


Things to Do with the Kids in Somerset this Summer

03 July 2017

With the school holidays fast approaching, and the promise of sunny days on the south-west coast almost too much to resist, why not get the whole family down to Somerset this summer? We’ve picked out some of the top family activities to help make this summer one you’ll all remember. There’s something for everyone – mum, dad and the kids!

Somerset has something for the whole family! We’ve picked out some of the top family and kids activities to help make this summer one you’ll all remember

The beaches at Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare are a must for the classic south-west coast beach experience. The award winning beaches at Burnham offer a relaxed and traditional beach experience even down to the donkey rides! During the summer months, the main beach offers children’s entertainment and is a great place to relax and go for a paddle in the summer sun.

For somewhere a little more energetic, the beach at Weston-super-Mare is ranked among the Daily Mail’s top 50 beaches in the UK and comes with all the modern additions. This golden sand beach attracts tens of thousands of holidaymakers who flock to Weston every year to experience the myriad of attractions on offer. These include open-air beach concerts, beach races and sand sculpture festivals. Be sure not to miss the impressive Weston Grand Pier with its indoor Robo-Coaster, arcade and more.

Just north of the main Burnham beach you’ll find Brean Leisure Park, a leisure complex with something for everyone, young and old. Featuring an onsite rollercoaster park with over 40 rides, a water park with pools, slides and water jets, and Brean Play – the largest indoor play area in the region. Brean Leisure Park has something for kids (and adults) of all ages!

Calling all explorers – why not get your adventure gear together and head over to Wookey Hole Caves. Wookey Hole gives you the chance to explore the largest natural limestone cave system in the UK – but that’s not all. There’s also a 4D cinema, an indoor play area, mirror maze and more to enjoy. New for 2017 is the freshly opened Chamber 20 – a previously inaccessible cavern in the Mendip Hills that is now open to daring explorers thanks to a newly blasted tunnel.

There’s something for the thrill seekers too! AJ’s Karting in Weston-super-Mare is one of the few karting venues that lets children under 16 get in on the racing fun (as long as they are over 4ft 3in) thanks to their special junior carts. AJ’s has an exciting track to challenge everyone from experienced racers to first time drivers.

After all this excitement, you might feel the need to relax a little, so head to Apex Leisure Park to wind down. Straddling Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge, Apex offers beautiful scenery and an outdoor play area and skate park for the kids. Entry to the park is free – as is the car park – making Apex Leisure Park a great place for a relaxing walk or a family picnic.

With all of these great days out available, Somerset is a great venue for your family summer holiday. With its central location in Burnham-on-Sea, family friendly Lakeside Holiday Park is the perfect central hub to experience all of the fantastic activities on offer in the area.

Boathouse Bulletin: July

30 June 2017

We’re continuing our Summer of quality entertainment at The Boathouse this July. With comedy, magic and live music on offer there’s a lot to see at Lakeside this Summer!

We’re opening the July season by welcoming comedian STEWART MASTERS to The Boathouse for the first time, the ‘west country’s funniest guy’ is bound to have you in fits of laughter!

We’re also looking forward to welcoming for the first time award winning female vocalist SAMMY JO who’ll be bringing hits from the 40’s to present day to Lakeside on Sunday 23rd July

Illusionist OLLIE COLLINS is returning on Saturday 29th to wow you with his mystifying magic, illusion & special effects. Also returning this July are female vocalist TRENA MARIE, live music act THE FINER THINGS and The Boathouse favourite KELLY SURRETTI to name just a few!

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With a wide range of shows at The Boathouse this July, we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! Be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside this July.

Sat 1st July


Fri 7th July

Sing Along and Win!

Sat 8th July

Personality Vocals

Fri 14th July

Guitar Vocalist

Sat 15th July

Female Vocals

Fri 21st July

Female Vocals

Sat 22nd July


Sun 23th July

Male Vocals

Tue 25th July

Female Vocals

Fri 28th July

Live Music

Sat 29th July

Illusion Show

Sun 30th July

Female Vocals