Archive for April, 2016

Some great reasons to be in Burnham-on-Sea this spring!

28 April 2016

shutterstock_145694525With the season now well and truly underway here at Lakeside, and aside from the weekly entertainment and shows on-site, Burnham-on-Sea is packed with events, days out and activities for all the family to enjoy throughout the upcoming months and into the summer. There is so much to do right on the doorstep that we’ve picked out some of our favourites for you.

shutterstock_398299120The hugely popular Annual Beer Festival returns over the Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May at The Ritz Social Club on Victoria Street, with Real Ale and Live Bands, this is a hugely popular day out. Other May Day celebrations include the Harley Davidson Ride and Park Up, and dancing, street fun and Fairy Parades at the Marine Cove.

shutterstock_292297256Manor Gardens host 2 big events over the next few months, with the return of Party in the Park on Sunday 8th May, and Jazz in the Park on Sunday 5th June. With all this and more to go and discover, the next few months in and around Somerset look to be very exciting indeed.

See the full list below.

 

Fri 29th April –

Mon 2nd May

ANNUAL BEER FESTIVAL
The Ritz Social Club 

A weekend of Real Ales and Live Music

Sun 1st May

HARLEY DAVIDSON RIDE AND PARK UP
South Esplanade 

Up to 100 Harley Davidson’s lined up along Burnham’s Seafront

Mon 2nd May

MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS
Marine Cove

Dancing and Fairy Parades between 10.30am and 1pm

Sun 8th May

PARTY IN THE PARK
Manor Gardens

The hugely popular mini-festival returns for 2016

Fri 27th May

SOMERSET FARMERS MARKET
High Street, Burnham-on-Sea 

Friendly, lively market held on the last Friday of the month

Sat 28th May

FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
Burnham-on-Sea Town Centre 

A celebration of the best food and drink from across Somerset

Sat 28th May

FLYING SCOTSMAN THROUGH HIGHBRIDGE
Highbridge and Burnham Railway Stations 

One of the world’s most iconic locomotives comes to Burnham

Sun 5th June

JAZZ IN THE PARK
Manor Gardens 

An afternoon of jazz in the sun

Fri 10th –

Sun 12th June

QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Seafront, Burnham-on-Sea
A weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s birthday

Sun 12th June

KITING ON THE BEACH
Seafront, Burnham-on-Sea 

Burnham’s Youth Day and Parade bring you fun-packed activities

Sun 12th June

BEACHSIDE VINTAGE GATHERING
Beachside Holiday Park 

Free event showcasing all forms of classic and vintage vehicles

Boathouse Bulletin – May

26 April 2016

The 2016 Season here at Lakeside is now well and truly underway, which means The Boathouse is alive and kicking once again! With not one, but TWO Bank Holidays this month, we thought we’d add some fresh new acts to the books.

For the May Day Weekend, we have AMANDA BROOKE starting off the celebrations on Friday 29th April, SYNCO on Saturday 30th – an all female magic and illusion show with a twist, and finishing off the weekend in style on Sunday 1st May is JAVA, a live music duo who are no strangers to keeping the masses entertained.

Other additions to the entertainment line-up are acoustic duo STATION 2 STATION, Female Vocalist CHARMAINE TRACEY who has over 6 years performing experience up her sleeve and LYNN SWEET who will be belting out all the golden oldies with style and panache. KELLY GRIFFITHS is another newbie who adds her own style to all your favourite hits, and last but by now means least, we introduce THE RULETTES – a polished and professional act who double up as both a tribute to The Beach Boy and a fantastic cabaret act.

We of course have Boathouse favourites MUSIC BINGO on the 7th May, and KARAOKE on Friday 20th. On top of all this, we welcome back familiar faces such as MATT SUMMER, BEAVER and MARCUS T to make sure May at The Boathouse starts off the summer with style.

See you on the dance floor.

Fri 29th April

AMANDA BROOK
Female Vocalist

Sat 30th April

SYNCO
Female Illusion Show

Sun 1st

JAVA
Live Music Duo

Tue 3rd

STATION 2 STATION
Music Duo

Fri 6th

MUSIC BINGO
Sing Along and Win

Sat 7th

MATT SUMMER
Male Vocalist

Tue 10th

CHARMAINE TRACEY
Female Vocalist

Fri 13th

BEAVER
Power Vocalist

Sat 14th

BECKY BENNETT
Female Vocalist

Tue 17th

MAT ROBERTS
Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 20th

KARAOKE
Your chance to sing live!

Sat 21st

SAMANTHA LINK
Female Vocalist

Tue 24th

LYNN SWEET
Female Vocalist

Fri 27th

KELLY GRIFFITHS
Female Vocalist

Sat 28th

FAST COMPANY
Guitar Duo

Sun 29th

THE RULETTES
60’s Live Music Group

Tue 31st

MARCUS T
Upbeat Male Vocalist

Bathe in History at the Roman Baths

04 April 2016

18105_Lakeside_Roman BathsThe Roman Baths were constructed in the middle of the first century so that the Romans could enjoy the wonderful water supplied by the hot springs. A little later in the same Century, the town we now know as Bath began to be constructed.

Today the Baths are considered to be best preserved Roman remains in the world, as well as one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Just over an hours drive away from Lakeside, this is a tour well worth it, as you get to see the way things were more than a millennium ago.

The Roman Baths are six metres below street level and have four main features – the Sacred Spring, which sits at the very heart of the site and produces naturally hot water at 46ºC – which has risen from here for thousands of years. The Roman Temple, which is one of only two remaining temples from Roman Britain, the Roman Bath House and finds from the Roman Bath. While the ancient baths are no longer used as baths, there is so much to see that if you choose to visit this destination, make sure you give yourself at least two hours to fully explore.

Aside from these main points of interest, there is also the Terrace, which overlooks the Great Baths and is lined with ancient statues of Roman Emperors and British Governors that date back to 1894, and an area where you can ‘Meet the Romans’, which is a mini museum containing models and film projections. There is also the area of Roman Worship, where people used to come to worship the Goddess Sulis Minerva, which is accessed via a suspended bridge over the Temple Courtyard. For the kids, there are storytellers and characters in costume throughout the day, who are based on real people that lived in the city – then called Aquae Sulis – over 2,000 years ago.

The Roman Baths offers the chance to partake in Tunnel Tours, where you can explore the hidden, underground history of the site – book in advance for this, as they are very popular and get booked up quickly.

The site is open daily throughout the year, except for the 25th and 26th of December. Until the end of June, they are open from 9am until 5pm with the last exit at 6pm.

Tickets cost £15 for adults, £13.25 for senior citizens (65+) and full time students from outside Bath (aged 17 and over with a valid ID). It is £9.50 for children between 6 -16 and family tickets (family of four, or two adults and up to four children) is £44. Children 5 years and under are free. (Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.) It is not possible to buy tickets online but you don’t need to book a ticket in advance. You can simply purchase the tickets when you arrive at the Roman Baths.

90% of the site is accessible to wheelchair users. Lifts are available and the handrails have been improved. However, to reach the entire site, you will need to be able to use some stairs. The Roman Baths Kitchen is a child-friendly place for a meal or a snack, while The Pump Room is a great spot for afternoon tea. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the site.

The site is located in the City Centre and there are excellent coach and rail connections to Bath. While there is no parking at the Roman Baths there are car parks within easy walking distance as well as several Park and Ride services on the outskirts of Bath, which drop off in the city centre.