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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.

Sun, Sea and Sand Sculptures

06 June 2017

Recently featured in The Sunday Times’ Top ‘100 Summer Days Out’, the 11th annual Weston Sand Sculpture Festival is in full swing and is just down the road from Lakeside Holiday Park!

The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival takes place every year from April to the end of September on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare and features some of the most awe-inspiring sand sculptures you’ll ever see! Every year has it’s own theme, with past themes including Fairy Tales, Great Britain, Hollywood and ‘When I Grow Up’.

This year’s theme is ‘Topsy Turvy’ so you can expect a whole world of upside-down and back-to-front strangeness on the beach this summer. Artistic leader Nicola Wood commented, ”We are all so excited about the public choice. It’s the perfect theme to give incredible freedom to the artists and that always makes for a great exhibition”.

Explore a world of weirdness at this year's Weston Sand Sculpture Festival

Don’t think that the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival is just for looking at – far from it! The festival features a range of activities and gives you the opportunity to get involved. Official festival sculptors visit the site on a regular basis and create new pieces before your very eyes and the festival team are always on-hand to answer all your questions or to take you on a guided tour. You can even become part of sculptures with the sites special photography podiums – a new take on the traditional peephole photograph. The site also features a ‘sand-cinema’ where you can learn the art of sand sculpture for yourself.

What Else is Nearby?

Located by the Marine Parade in Weston-Super-Mare, you’re close to a great range of shopping, restaurants and leisure facilities to visit once you’ve had your fill of sand sculptures. The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival team are offering a “sand’n’swim” family combo ticket for this years’ event. For just £20 you and your family can access the festival as well as the pool at the nearby Hutton Moor Leisure Centre – a great deal and a great day out!

But the fun doesn’t end there! From the Marine Parade, you’re only a short walk from Weston-Super-Mare’s world famous Grand Pier. The Grand Pier features all the traditional features of a Victorian pier as well some modern additions, with dodgems, an indoor robocoaster, a house of horrors and several eateries to name but a few. Just opposite The Grand Pier is the Sovereign Shopping Centre, offering a wide range of shops and restaurants.

pier

A Great Day Out

The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival and its surroundings make for a great day out for all the family. Whether it’s great sights, great food or great shopping that brings you to Somerset you can find it all just down the road from Lakeside!

The festival is located by the Weston Marine Parade and is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm with final entry at 5:30 pm. Tickets are £4 for adults, £3.50 for O.A.P.s and students and £3 for children under 15. Children under 3 can enter for free.

 

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

 

 

Somerset’s Best Kept Secrets

02 March 2017

As we gradually approach the better weather and longer, lighter days, there is so much for you to see and explore so we thought we’d compile a go-to guide for those who want to escape to Somerset this year…

1. Explore the real life Frankenstein story at Fyne Court

Fyne Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. View one of the top 10 most beautiful lighthouses in the world at Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham On Sea Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Go back in time and fossick for Jurassic and Triassic fossils at Kilve

Kilve Jurassic Fossils

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Catch a film at one of England’s smallest cinemas – The Roxy

The Roxy Cinema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Take in 360º views of the Somerset Levels at Burrow Mump 

Burrow Mump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hike over an extinct volcano in the Quantock Hills 

Quantock Hills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Visit the world’s oldest engineered road at Avalon Marshes 

Avalon Marshes Engineered Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Walk around the renovated barracks dating back to 1864 at Brean Down Fort 

Brean Down Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Be amazed by the artwork and craft of the artists at the Sand Sculpture Festival in Weston-super-Mare

Weston Super Mare Sand Sculptures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Grab your wellies for a walk around the UK’s largest wetland marshes in Bridgwater

Bridgwater Marshes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whether you’re looking for a relaxing stay, a romantic getaway or a fun-packed, family break – there really is something for everyone to do in Somerset.

 

14 things to do as a couple in Somerset this summer…

01 February 2017

With Valentine’s Day almost upon it and love in the air, we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you our 14 favourite things to do as a couple – and bring a little romance into your lives…

wimbleball-lake

Have a picnic in the park – grab some strawberries, a bottle of fizz and a blanket and head to Wimbleball Lake

 

hot-air-balloon

Soar over the Somerset Levels in a couple’s hot air balloon ride

 

city-of-bath

Explore the stunning City of Bath

 

thermae-bath-spa

Relax in style in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Bath Spa

 

outdoor-theatre

Take in a show at an outdoor theatre

 

sunset-burnham-lighthouse

Watch the sunset over Burnham-on-Sea

 

afternoon-tea

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with traditional English scones

 

horse-and-carriage

Go for a ride in a horse drawn carriage

 

rowing-boat

Hire a rowing boat and take to the water

 

pottery-class

Unleash your creativity with a pottery making class

 

glastonbury-abbey

Take a tour of Glastonbury Abbey

 

wine-tasting

Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting

 

murder-mystery-tour

Go on a murder mystery tour

 

art-gallery

Soak up some culture with a visit to the Victoria Art Gallery