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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…


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



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



Explore the stunning City of Bath



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



Take in a show at an outdoor theatre



Watch the sunset over Burnham-on-Sea



Enjoy Afternoon Tea with traditional English scones



Go for a ride in a horse drawn carriage



Hire a rowing boat and take to the water



Unleash your creativity with a pottery making class



Take a tour of Glastonbury Abbey



Visit a vineyard and go wine tasting



Go on a murder mystery tour



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

Mendip Snow Sports in Congresbury

20 January 2015

mendip_skiingSkiing, snowboarding, tobogganing…these are the top snow sports in the world and you can get a taste of any or all of these right in Congresbury. Specifically Mendip Snowsport Centre is on the edge of the Mendip Hills. You can access it from the A38. The exit is half way between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol, just half an hour away from Lakeside Holiday Park. The Centre is located on Lyncombe Drive in Churchill.

The Mendip Snowsport Centre features a 165 metre winding dry slope which combined with the chalet style buildings and the outstanding views gives the impression of being in an alpine resort.

The slopes are open daily, all year long – except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The Centre is closed those days. The slopes are floodlit so you can enjoy them until closing time which is usually 10pm weekdays and 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. The toboggan slope opens at 9am and the main slope opens at 9:30am.

You can’t ski? This is the place to learn. Mendip Snowsport offers ski lessons that will have you enjoying the slopes in no time. Maybe you can ski and just want to practice. The slope is complete with bends, moguls, bumps, jumps and quarter pipe.

Maybe you’d rather snowboard. The Centre has snowboarding lessons as well. And then there’s tobogganing. One of the more popular events is the tobogganing for kids on the brightly coloured new Zibob toboggans. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 love these toboggans and tobogganing.

Mendip Snowsport Centre is the only snow sports location centre in Somerset. Whether you want to brush up your skiing skills for yourself or are looking for a great place for a children’s birthday party, this is the place to be. It’s winter time. Revel in ideal winter sports.

You can book online or over the phone. As well as children’s parties, you can book adult parties, not-for-profit events, or relax in the après ski café bar, the Alpine Lounge. The café bar is open all day for drinks and snacks and at 4pm for a full menu meal during the week and all day on the weekend.

Retail Therapy Somerset Style

14 November 2014

shutterstock_119353828Once upon a time Cribbs Causeway was the route the Romans took from Sea Mills to Gloucester. At least that is what we hear when historic tales get told. That was then, this is now. And now Cribbs Causeway is where you will find The Mall.

From Lakeside head north along the M5 until Junction 17. Follow the signs to The Mall. Here’s a hint about the size of The Mall. It has seven thousand free car parking spaces. That’s a lot of cars but then The Mall is a really big enclosed shopping centre that has been attracting shoppers and visitors since it opened in 1998..

If you’re planning a day of retail therapy and wonder what’s the best time to head to The Mall, it’s helpful to know this important fact. The Mall is open seven days a week. It’s even open on Bank Holiday Mondays.

While the individual retailers may have their own special opening times, The Mall itself is open weekdays from 9.30am to 9.00pm. Saturdays it is open from 9.00am to 8.00pm and Sundays from 11.00am to 5.00pm. On Bank Holiday Mondays, it is open 10.00am to 6.00pm.

As noted, there is plenty of parking space available but you don’t have to get there by car. The Mall caters to all sorts of transportation possibilities. For instance, The Mall has its own bus station near the John Lewis store and it connects with local and regional bus lines. The Bristol Parkway railway station is connected to The Mall by bus and taxi services. There is a dedicated taxi rank outside Boots.

Another delightful shopping experience is the coach party. Coaches come from all over the country to The Mall. They are so popular that there is a coach park for fifty coaches near Marks and Spencer.

One of the aspects of The Mall is the thoroughness of the experience it offers its visitors and this extends to accessibility. You can come by bicycle and The Mall is ready to make your shopping easy. There are cycle tracks and bike racks.

Speaking of accessibility, The Mall offers AccessAbility. This involves wheelchairs and scooters to make getting around The Mall easy for everyone. It is on the lower level of Car park K, next to the bus station.

The how and when of getting to the Mega Cribbs Causeway Mall have been covered but what about being in The Mall? What if you get a little peckish? Not only are there 135 stores, there are 15 different eating establishments. You can stop for a full meal or a simple tea at the shop of your choice. There’s a juice bar, several coffee shops, fast food restaurants — you want it, it’s there.

As well as the extensive shopping and noshables, there are special events such as Winter Wonderland which is open until January 11, 2015. The big feature here is the 1,000 square metre outdoor rink Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, and a Christmas train ride inside The Mall.

A grand day out to Weston-Super-Mare!

08 July 2014

Enjoy-Lakeside_westonWeston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier is only 11 miles away from Lakeside Holiday Park and is open all year round (apart from Christmas Day!).

The entrance fee to the pier is £1 per person (children in pushchairs are free of charge) and if you love the thrill of the fair then you will have to buy an *Unlimited Rides Wristband, which will guarantee you continued access to a whole load of exciting rides and attractions actually located on the pier, throughout your visit. A must try is the one and only Robocoaster.

Robocoaster is Britain’s smallest rollercoaster and runs across the inside ceiling area of the Pier’s pavilion. Developed from a robotic arm, this exciting ride takes it’s 2 passengers around, up and down as well as upside down – an experience to witness let alone endure!

Other family favorites such as Go-Karts, Dodgems, Helter Skelter as well as the House of Horrors and an amazing 4D Cinema are also to-hand.

The Pavilion building also boasts function rooms, wedding venues, conference facilities and entertainment areas which are all proving to be very popular – why not check to see what’s on around the time of your visit and maybe arrange a family night out?

Meal times soon roll around and you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating! If the kids want a burger, treat them in the F1 themed Pitstop Café or for something more traditional you really should try the unbeatable fish and chips at the Boardwalk Café! Other seaside treats such as fresh donuts, and ice cream can also be found at the Pier and you can’t leave without trying something sweet!

Once lunch is over, why not stop off for an hour or two at the Arcade? With a choice of over 500 machines – with games ranging from air hockey to the latest video games and from shooting galleries to dance stages, the whole family are guaranteed a chance of winning something whilst having lots of fun! If you do win something in the Arcade you will be presented with a ticket which you then have to take to the Pier’s Prize shop – here your ticket can be exchanged for a special prize!

Weston-Super-Mare’s Grand Pier is a delightful day out which guarantees traditional family fun!

*Current price quoted is £12.50 but please be aware that this might differ subject to holiday dates etc.

It’s almost time for some festival fun … 

18 June 2014

Burnham on Sea Folkfest

Enjoy-Somerset_Folk-Festival-imageWith the summer season in full flow, there are some exciting events coming to Burnham on Sea, one of those being the 9th Annual “Mostly Free” FolkFest.

Held across a number of venues around Burnham on Sea over the weekend of 29th – 31st August 2014, this fast growing festival offers a variety of live musical events and something to do for the whole family to include: open air concerts, craft fairs and traders stalls.

The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, situated in Burnham on Sea Town Centre, is only a 10 minute walk away from Lakeside Holiday Park and is host to some of the evening concerts throughout the weekend.

This year’s Friday night concert will be headlined by festival favorites, The Urban Folk Quartet. This talented 4 piece manage to fuse their extraordinary folk sound with a diverse range of other musical sounds and rhythms to include funk, rock and house! They are certainly not an act to miss and with tickets priced at a mere £10 it promises to be an absolutely brilliant start to the weekend’s activities!

Burnham on Sea Food Festival

Enjoy-Somerset_Food-Festival-imageAnother exciting event held in Burnham on Sea Town Centre is the annual Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival. The next festival is scheduled for Saturday, 25th October and features “fun” events like The Great Burnham Burn Off, where entrants are invited to take part in a chilli eating competition!

Having started up in 2012, the Burnham on Sea Food and Drink Festival does exactly what it says on the tin! It is a free, family day out and is all about celebrating the great food and drink produced in and around the local area.

With over 80 stalls selling locally produced food and drink, and a large number of the local retailers offering discounts and special offers to support the festival, a great family day out is guaranteed, regardless of the weather!