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Our Favourite Autumn Attractions in Somerset

26 September 2017

The approaching autumn means an end to the summer. We’ll be swapping golden days for golden leaves and cold drinks for cold winds. All is not lost however, no matter the weather there’s plenty to see and do in Somerset!

The weather may be turning colder, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do! Enjoy Somerset this autumn with Lakeside Holiday Park!

The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum can be found just outside of Weston-super-Mare – making it a short drive down the M5 from Lakeside Holiday Park! It features a collection of over 100 helicopters from around the world, from Russia and America to central Europe and the UK.

The museum is run by a team of passionate volunteers who work tirelessly to care for the museum’s aircraft and undertake all of the conservation work themselves.

The Helicopter Museum also holds many special events, including classic car shows, open cockpit days and air experience flights. The latter of which can be booked directly with the museum for your chance to take a flight in a modern day chopper!

Cheddar Gorge Caves

It may be tempting to hide away in towns – or at the very least, indoors – when the weather is on the cold side, but buildings aren’t the only places with walls and ceilings! The show caves at Cheddar Gorge stay at a steady 11 degrees, no matter the weather outside – making them cool in the summer and warm in the winter!

The show caves offer the chance to explore ancient natural structures and learn more about the natural history of the area, as well as the prehistoric humans that once lived there. Be sure to enjoy the “Dreamhunters” exhibit, a 30-minute experience that brings ancient history to life!

SeaQuarium Weston

The Weston SeaQuarium can be found on Weston’s own seafront and features a stunning selection of freshwater, marine and tropical species from all seven seas! The SeaQuarium features over ten different zones of the scaly, the slimy and the downright frightening!

Come face-to-face with some of the most ancient creatures on the planet in the EvoZone as you meet relatives of the first animals to walk on land. Explore the ocean depths while staying dry with the aquarium’s spectacular underwater tunnel – letting you get up-close with an array of British marine life.

New for 2017 is the “Fantastic Phobias” exhibition. This new creepy exhibition will test your bravery with a selection of freaky beasts – from creepy crawlies to rodent intruders. So step on board the SS SeaQ and face your fears!

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum

The village of Westonzoyland is located a few miles outside of Bridgewater and is home to the area’s oldest steam engine. Once used for ground drainage, the 1831 steam-powered pumping station is now home to over 25 different steam engines and pumps that helped power a variety of machinery.

The museum also features a café and bookshop as well as a small narrow-gauge railway. The WZLR railway was originally installed to demonstrate a typical maintenance railway that was often used by river authorities and peat works. In more recent years the railway has taken on a more central role and is used to transport firewood for special steam days – where the old boilers are stoked once more!

There’s all this to do and more in Somerset this autumn and the best thing about all of these great attractions? They’re all just a short distance from Lakeside Holiday Park – making it the perfect hub for your Somerset break this autumn!

A Walking Tour of Weston-super-Mare

29 August 2017

The town of Weston-super-Mare has so much to offer – there’s so much to see and do! We’ve developed this special walking tour of Weston to help you get the most out of this fantastic town – It’s time to get those legs moving!

Discover the sights, sounds and history of Weston-super-Mare in our specially developed walking tour! It’s time to get those legs moving!

Start – Weston-super-Mare Train Station

  1. Weston-super-Mare Beach
  2. The Odeon
  3. The Silica
  4. The Grand Pier
  5. The Winter Gardens Pavilion
  6. The Italian Gardens
  7. The Royal Hotel
  8. The Marine Lake
  9. Birnbeck Pier
  10. Prince Consort Gardens
  11. Holy Trinity Church
  12. Grove Park
  13. Weston High Street

End – Weston-super-Mare Train Station

Approximate Distance: 5 miles

Leave Weston-super-Mare Train Station and head east along Neva Road, take the third left then first right past Ellenborough Park. You will eventually reach Weston-super-Mare Beach, which is a main feature of the first part of our walk. Heading along the sea front you will see some of the remaining Victorian beachfront properties as well as the Grand Pier off in the distance.

From here, walk North towards the pier and take the third right turn you come across and head past the famous Winston’s Fish (a good place to stop off for fuel if you need it!) and down Oxford Street. At the end of Oxford Street, take a left and you’ll arrive at The Odeon.

The Weston Odeon was built in 1935 and is a grade two listed building. The Art Deco design is courtesy of architect Thomas Cecil Howitt and is the only surviving cinema of the four that he designed. The building is still home to its original 1935 Compton organ – one of the two that still survive in the UK.

From The Odeon, head back towards the coast via Regents Street. As you make your way towards the beach you will see the spire of The Silica on your right. This modern art piece, kiosk and bus shelter combo was installed in 2009 and was created by the design partnership of artists Wolfgang Buttress and Fiona Heron. Continue down Regent Street to the beachfront and you’ll find yourself in front of The Grand Pier.

Discover the sights, sounds and history of Weston-super-Mare in our specially developed walking tour! It’s time to get those legs moving!The Grand Pier as you see it today was built in 2008 after the previous pavilion was destroyed in a fire, though there has been a pier on this site since 1904. The Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier is famous for appearing in the 1993 film The Remains of the Day staring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. The Grand Pier is home to many restaurants and amusements. Entrance to the main pavilion costs £1 per-person, money that goes to the continued maintenance and development of the pier.

Leaving the pier and continuing north down Royal Parade will bring you to the Winter Garden Pavilion. A neo-Georgian pavilion, the Winter Garden Pavilion was completed in 1927. The pavilion is currently owned by Weston College but it remains open to the public. In the 1960’s and 1970’s the pavilion hosted acts from Pink Floyd and Cilla Black to David Bowie, T Rex and Deep Purple.

Now head back the way you came and take the first left down St. Margaret’s Terrace. Take a left turn before you reach the car park down the alleyway. This path will lead you to The Italian Gardens. This area was once the old Town Square, but has since been part of a regeneration project that started in early 2017. Take time to enjoy the space and, when you’re done, take the northern most exit onto South Parade.

(Please Note: depending on the time of your visit some construction works on the Italian Garden may be ongoing)

On your immediate left you’ll see the Royal Hotel; the first hotel built in Weston-super-Mare. It was built in 1808, as part of the Victorian seaside holiday boom, and was originally called “Reeves”.

Continue weston-walk-marine-lakepast the Royal and rejoin the seafront. Turn right and continue along the Seafront Promenade and take the first left after you pass the Knightstone Causeway and down on to the beach, here you will find the Marine Lake. Continue around the beach area and continue up the ramp – from here you can continue across the walkway built into the back wall of the lake.

From here you can continue along a paved area along the coastline. As you round the bend in the cliff you will see the skeletal remains of Birnbeck Pier and its nearby café and gift shop. Birnbeck is Weston’s original pier, a grade two star listed building that opened in 1867 and was officially closed due to safety concerns in 1994. Attempts to redevelop the pier are ongoing but as of yet, no plans have been finalised. The Birnbeck Pier is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register and is listed as one of the top 10 most endangered Victorian buildings by the Victorian Society.

Once you’ve taken in the sights of this relic of the past, turn back on yourself and cut through onto Birnbeck Road. Continue down until you reach a flight of stairs. Continue up these stairs, or alternatively walk up the sloped Birkett Road and onto Upper Kewstoke Road, and you will find yourself in the Prince Consort Gardens. This garden was planted in 1860 and is named in memory of Prince Albert.

Take the easterly exist from the Gardens and continue down South Road until you reach the Holy Trinity Church which dates back to 1861. Past the church turn right down Trinity Place and then take a left onto Atlantic Road. Continue on Atlantic Road and then cross the intersection onto Shrubbery Avenue. From here take the second right and down the wooded alleyway that opens onto Shrubbery Park.

Once you leave the park, walk straight ahead along Shrubbery Road where you’ll travel under a small footbridge. When the road merges, continue straight on to Upper Church Road and continue onwards. After passing Lower Church Road be on the look out for one of the several gated entrance ways to Grove Park on your right hand side – these can be difficult to see at times due to all the greenery. Grove Park is home to the Weston Town Council offices, the Grove Park Café and a memorial garden in memory of local TV presenter Jill Dando.

Discover the sights, sounds and history of Weston-super-Mare in our specially developed walking tour! It’s time to get those legs moving!Exit the park via the South East gate and join the High Street. This is the main shopping street of Weston-super-Mare and features the Sovereign Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the area. The high street is a great place for some retail therapy and features all of the modern staples as well as some independent shops. This road dates back to Roman times where it was part of the town centre and was lined with thatched cottages. This area was heavily bombed during World War 2 as part of the “Baedeker Raids” in which Nazi forces targeted popular tourist destinations – they were named “Baedeker” after a line of famous guide books.

At the end of the High Street you should recognise the Silica that we passed earlier. From here take a left onto Alexandra Parade and continue on to Locking Road. When you meet a roundabout turn right and then continue straight across a second roundabout. Finally, follow Station Approach to return to the start point, Weston-super-Mare Train Station.

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.

Top Tips for Fishing at Lakeside

08 May 2017

 

Lakeside fishing tipsLakeside is the perfect holiday destination for the discerning angler. With your own 3-acre natural water fishing lake on-site and a wide variety of natural, commercial and seawater fishing possibilities nearby, you’ll never be starved for choice… or fish.

For New and Aspiring Anglers

It’s always important to adapt to your surroundings when fishing, different swims and different fish all need a different approach and so here are our top beginner’s tips for fishing at Lakeside this Spring!

Have your Rod Licence!

Even though our private lake is for the exclusive use of those staying with us, you will still need a rod licence to fish. Make sure you have your licence with you when you come to stay with us to avoid disappointment! Rod licenses are available to buy from the gov.uk website.

Lakeside fishingFish Safely and Responsibly

We know you’re eager to get down to fishing but bear with us. It’s important to make sure you’re taken care of before you start going after the Carp, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench, Pike and Perch found in our lake. Make sure you dress for the weather. If it’s a sunny day, bring sunscreen, a hat and a good pair of sunglasses, and stock up on plenty of drinking water too! If it’s a colder day we recommend you wrap up warm and bring a flask of hot tea! If you’re fishing with children, make sure they’re supervised at all times to avoid any accidents, especially when handling hooks.

Stock up on Bait

We’re lucky enough to be just half a mile away from the Burnham-on-Sea Angling Centre and a few miles from Thyers Fishing Tackle in Highbridge. So be sure to pop in and stock up on all the bait, boilies and other accessories you need to make your days of fishing the best they can be.

Best for Bream

Lakeside’s fishing lake has a wide range of species living in its waters, but we have an especially high number of Bream. For the best chance of catching Bream, we recommend a swimfeeder rig stuffed with groundbait and a sweetcorn hookbait. The Bream love it! Casting to the far bank is also a great way to increase your chances of a bite.

The Art of Carp

Carp are another favourite at the Lakeside fishing lake. A selection of boilies on hair rigs fished from one of the central “island” swims to the far bank works best. We also hear our carp are especially fond of dog biscuits.

Relax

If you’ve ever fished before, you’ll know that fishing is a game of patience and skill, especially on a natural water lake where the fish are more discerning than those at commercial fisheries. Take time to enjoy yourself and relax in the lovely surroundings of Lakeside and make it an experience to remember.

Go Exploring


Needless to say, we love having you fish on Lakeside, but it’s hard for us not to be excited about all the fishing possibilities nearby! There are a number of different fishing locations around Lakeside suitable for a variety of fishing abilities and preferences. Local spots include the Apex Leisure & Wildlife Park, Emerald Pool and the Cheddar Reservoir. You can find a complete list of local fishing spots on the Lakeside website’s Fishing page – there’s something for every angler!

How to Spend April in Somerset

30 March 2017

We’ve well and truly sprung into Spring and with the days lasting that little bit longer, there’s even more for you to do and see this April. We’ve scoured the local events and have found the top things to do for the month!

 

1st April – Hunt down some Cadbury Easter eggs with a twist… follow the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook and try not to get eaten by the crocodile or captured by pirates at Dunster Castle!

Easter-Egg-Hunt Dunster Castle

1st April – Get a taste of Somerset history at the Axbridge market in the 400 year old market square in the centre of the ancient town.

axbridge market

2nd April – Learn about the amazing world of flight and handle owls and other birds of prey with a bubble show for extra entertainment at The Helicopter Museum.

Birds of Prey

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th April – watch 2016 Premier League champions and league cup winners Somerset Rebels at Somerset Speedway

Somerset Speedway

15th April – With the very best views from the Grand Pier and optional upgrades to include a three course meal, experience this amazing spectacular fireworks display set out to sea.

Somerset Spectacular Pier Fireworks at Sea

15th April – Get the whole family together for a Gruffalo themed day out including an appearance from the Gruffalo himself, a woodland themed Easter Egg hunt, face painting, helter skelter and more at Minehead Railway Station.

Gruffalo themed day out

23rd April – You can’t go to the seaside without having fish and chips so why not hop on and enjoy a fish and chip lunch aboard a steam train excursion from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back.

Fish and Chip Special Somerset Railway

28th April – Indulge in some local produce and bag yourself a bargain at Burnham-on-Sea Farmers’ Market in the centre of this quaint seaside town.

Burnham on Sea Farmers Market

29th April – Step back in time with Taunton Garrison at the Living History Camp and experience what life was like during the Civil War with battle re-enactments and weapons demonstrations through the day at Dunster Castle.

Dunster Castle Civil War Weekend

30th April – An event for all dog lovers and an opportunity to raise money for Happy Landings Animal Shelter, the Festival of Dogs is a free event with a dog show, agility performance and a range of activities and stalls!

Festival of Dogs