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Whatever the season, explore Burnham-on-Sea…

01 November 2016

Burnham_7With the winter months closing in, it’s not hard to be distracted by thoughts of spring, summer holidays and warm sandy beaches, and Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset has plenty to offer come rain or shine.

When you think of your next summer holiday, a weekend away or even a family day out, this coastal town is the perfect little spot for a getaway, and even better – it is home to Lakeside Holiday Park, so everything is on your doorstep during your stay.

Burnham_8With seven miles of golden sands, Burnham Beach is one of the longest beaches in Europe, and features no less than eight beautiful spots to visit along its stretch. The award-winning Main Beach hosts the famous Burnham Pier, shops, cafés, donkey rides and entertainment for all the family including Jet Ski’s and boat trips. South Beach is excellent for sitting and watching the boats come in to shore, whereas North Beach is great for families during the summer months. Burnham’s famous beach lighthouse marks the start of the stretch of sand, and Berrow Beach has secluded sand dunes and the shipwreck that is popular amongst tourists and residents alike. Brean Beach also makes up part of the seven miles, is another great spot for families and leads to Brean Down, where you can take your dogs or even take part in some horse riding – all amongst the stunning settings of the local area.

It may not be swimming season at the moment, but come the spring and summer these shores are a wonderful place to splash about it, relax on the beach or take a stroll and take in the surroundings.

If you are thinking of visiting Somerset during November, be sure to catch the Burnham-on-Sea Carnival on the 7th November – the carnival is celebrating it’s 70th year and features more than 100 illuminated floats, so it is sure to be spectacular.

DSC_0039DSC_0128There are plenty of activities, fun things to do and see and events happening in and around the area and surrounding Somerset. As an area of natural beauty, you can explore the cliffs and caves of Cheddar Gorge, and the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills, which are perfect for walking enthusiasts. Between the hills, there are the Somerset Levels and Moors and nearby Weston-super-mare and Bridgwater are wonderful places to stop off, have lunch and do a bit of shopping. There is also plenty of fishing to be done, and some gorgeous cycling routes to discover.

No matter what time of year it is, Burnham-on-Sea is a beautiful place to visit, so make the most of the down-time during the darker months to take in the scenery, enjoy the local crafts and food products with a day out shopping, and get yourself acquainted with the area in preparation for the summer season ahead. It’s the ideal time to start planning your next visit, and look forward to the warmer weather in a great location.

Autumn Days at Barrington Court

03 October 2016

barrington-court-autumnNestled in stunning surroundings just 45 minutes away from Lakeside Holiday Park, sits Barrington Court – a restored 16th-century manor house brimming with history and culture…

…and October is the perfect time to visit.

Aside from the picturesque grounds and orchards (where it is currently apple harvesting season), it is also full of fiendish fun during the spookiest time of the year and is ideal for a little half-term Halloween fun.

The popular Apple Days are taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October this year, and with more than 70 varieties of apples growing in the grounds – there is plenty of choice for picking, including heritage varieties from ancient established orchards. However many more were planted by Ian Lyle back in the 1940’s. The orchards hold a mix of eating and cider apples, with some truly unusual names, e.g. Slack-Ma-Girdle, Brown Snout, Beauty of Bath, Crimson King, Somerset Redstreak, Tom Putt, and Kingsdon Black to name a few! Some of the cider apples also produce award-winning apple juices and ciders.

Children can get in on the fun picking up Windfall apples (which are perfect for cider making) using the specially designed mini wheelbarrows parked in the Goose Orchard, and you can experience the whole cider-making process as the skilled volunteer team put the huge old apple press into action. There are apple games and crafts and interesting walks through the orchards, as well as some song and dance going on too. Experts are available to identify mystery apples and – even better – you get to taste some of the heritage varieties that still grow. Apple Days run from 11.00am to 16.30pm.

For everyone’s favourite October time treats there is plenty of Halloween fun to be had at Barrington Court. From the 22nd to the 30th October, between 10.30am and 16:30pm, you can paint a wooden pumpkin decoration at Jozef the woodcarver’s studio (which is included in with admission). You don’t need to reserve a spot, just show up! But be sure to pack a warm layer because it can get chilly during the autumn months. Oh yes, one more thing – wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little bit of paint on.

On the same days, from 11.00am to 16:30pm, are the Halloween Creepy Creatures and Scary Faces Trail. Choose your trail and find the foul faces and gruesome ghouls on your way.

The following week, on Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th October, don’t miss the Creepy Creatures Shadow Play, where experienced puppeteers Ken and Jill, from the Armchair Puppet Theatre, will show you the how to create a scary monster or creepy creature as a shadow puppet – don’t worry if you’re stuck for inspiration, there are lots of carvings and details around the court and grounds to use as examples. Once you have perfected your shadow puppets, Ken and Jill will help you show your puppets on their theatre screen. You don’t have to be a child to participant – it’s great fun for all the family – and it’s been known to get quite competitive (especially with the dads!). The Creepy Creatures Shadow Play days run from 11.30am to 16.00pm, with an admission fee of £4.00

For the more hands on amongst you (again – all ages are welcome), there are Den Building activity days on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 27th October, between 11.00am and 15.00pm. Come down to the woods with us and build a den to play in, this is especially fun in Autumn as the weather is so lovely and you get to heap up piles of leaves and run around. Den Building is included in admission (although a donation of £1 per child is encouraged).

On Sunday 30th October from 11.00am to 16.30pm is the annual Barrington Court Spooks Parade. Get dressed up, join in the fun and let your spooky side run wild as you wander through the house and gardens on the lookout for fiendish frights and ghastly horrors. Don’t worry if you don’t have a costume (or even if you do) there is Face Painting available to get you ready for the day ahead.

So that’s October covered – what about the rest of the year? Aside from the breathtaking gardens and orchards, the Barrington Court shop offers a wide range of gifts, including award winning apple juices and ciders, and at The Book Barn at Woolsthorpe Manor, there is a huge lot of quality second hand books covering all topics and tastes. If you are visiting with your dog, there is a map showing the trails around the estate where dog walking is permitted.

Barrington Pottery has five independent local artisan workshops located in the old farm buildings on the avenue, and once you have spent some time exploring, you can get a snack in the Strode House dining and tearooms. Have coffee and homemade cake, a light snack, or hot meal made with fresh and delicious produce from the kitchen garden.

Until 31st October, the admission fees are: Adults – £11.10 and Children £5.50 (or £12.30 / £6.10 with Gift Aid). Family entry is £27.70 (£30.60) and for group bookings with a minimum of 15 people Adults are £9.00 and Children £4.50).

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

30 June 2016

family-day-outSummer is well and truly underway here at Lakeside, which means there are more things to do and see than ever! There are some great events coming up, including family days out, trips for car fanatics and lots of chances to soak up the Somerset sun!

There are live music events such as Jazz in the Park at Marine Cove on 31st July, or the CADS Music Festival on the 7th August.

There’s family fun galore with the Mad Hatters Tea Party (3rd July) the Picnic in the Park (10th July), Sedgemoor Play Day (3rd August) and the Teddy Bears Picnic (25th August). Theres also a chance to pull on your best fancy dress for Pirate Day on Burnham-on-Sea beach (4th September), with prizes for the best costume!

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For the grown ups, there are Quiz Nights, Classic Motor Events and of course, everyone’s favourite, the Somerset Farmers Market on the last Friday of each month.

If you are staying with us at Lakeside Holiday Park this summer, be sure to catch one of the events below.


Sun 3rd Jul

Manor Gardens
Live music, entertainment, a BBQ + more from 10am – 4pm

Sun 3rd Jul

Burnham-on-Sea Beach
Fun, games and fancy dress!

Sat 9th –

Sun 10th Jul

Marine Cove

Dancing and Fairy Parades between 10.30am and 1pm

Sun 10th Jul

Manor Gardens
Family fun in the sun with stunning surroundings

Sat 16th Jul

Berrow Village Hall
Team up and test your general knowledge!

Sun 24th Jul

Burnham-on-Sea Beach 

A fun packed day for all the family

Mon 25th –

Fri 29th Jul

Marine Cove 

Great fun for green fingers!

Fri 29th Jul

High Street, Burnham-on-Sea 

Everyone’s favourite monthly market

Sat 30th –

Sun 31st Jul

A weekend of fun and nostalgia for all ages!

Sun 31st Jul

Marine Cove 

Jazz in the garden with Bob Reynolds New Society Jazz Band

Wed 3rd Aug

Apex Park 

Celebrating the national day for play from 10am – 3pm

Fri 5th –

Sat 6th Aug

Burnham-on-Sea Baptist Church Hall 

Commemorating 50 years since the closure of the S&D line

Sun 7th Aug

Seafront, Burnham-on-Sea

BARB Search & Rescue hosts a day of activities

Sun 7th Aug

Live Music in Recreation Park

Sun 7th Aug

Mark, Somerset

A must for all vehicle enthusiasts!

Sun 7th Aug

Pier Street
Tie up your walking boots tight & join in the fun

Fri 19th –

Sun 21st Aug


The Blue Ridge Runners bring their vehicles to Huntspill

Thu 25th Aug

Marine Cove
Bring a picnic, a teddy bear & join in with the activities

Fri 26th Aug

High Street, Burnham-on-Sea
Everyone’s favourite monthly market

Sat 27th – 

Sun 28th Aug

King Alfred’s School
A miniature railway & locomotive exhibition

Sun 4th Sep

Burnham-on-Sea Beach

Boat loads of fun, with prizes for the best pirate outfit!

Sat 10th Sep

West Huntspill
A car enthusiasts dream

Sat 17th Sep

Berrow Village Hall 

Team up and test your general knowledge!

Sat 17th –

Sun 18th Sep

Burnham-on-Sea Beach 

Bring your own kite or borrow one!

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

The Ritz Social Club 

A weekend of Real Ales and Live Music

Sun 1st May

South Esplanade 

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

Mon 2nd May

Marine Cove

Dancing and Fairy Parades between 10.30am and 1pm

Sun 8th May

Manor Gardens

The hugely popular mini-festival returns for 2016

Fri 27th May

High Street, Burnham-on-Sea 

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

Sat 28th May

Burnham-on-Sea Town Centre 

A celebration of the best food and drink from across Somerset

Sat 28th May

Highbridge and Burnham Railway Stations 

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

Sun 5th June

Manor Gardens 

An afternoon of jazz in the sun

Fri 10th –

Sun 12th June

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

Sun 12th June

Seafront, Burnham-on-Sea 

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

Sun 12th June

Beachside Holiday Park 

Free event showcasing all forms of classic and vintage vehicles

Visit Bath – The UK’s Christmas Capital!

08 December 2015

shutterstock_115514512It’s that wonderful time of year again where we’re all looking for the perfect gifts, arranging to spend time with loved ones and generally feeling jolly and festive. So why not get things all wrapped up with a visit to Bath this December?

Less than an hour and a half away from Lakeside, Bath does Christmas in style! Head on over to SouthGate Place to see the only grotto in the city that comes complete with a log cabin for Father Christmas and a winter wonderland for you. Open right the way up to Christmas Eve, Father Christmas is available to say hello from 11am – 5pm up to the 13th December, and after that he is staying for an extra 2 hours a day until 7pm! He has to dash off at 4pm on Christmas Eve though, as he will be rather busy in the evening delivering presents!

If you’re planning a visit with the little ones, be sure to book ahead so they can meet him, or drop in at any time up until 30 mins before closing so he has the chance to prepare for their visit. If there is a long line, there are happy elves ready and waiting to entertain you and keep you smiling while you wait.

During your visit, why not take the time to check out the award winning shopper’s paradise that is the Bath Christmas Market? The streets are lined with more than 170 chalets filled with Christmas gifts of all shapes and sizes, right in the centre of the city, and are just a short distance from both the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey – more stops on your journey!

The Bath Christmas Market is a full sensory experience with the amazing sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas emanating from warming mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies, Christmas carols, and the beautifully decorated shops of talented local makers. Take in the creative wonders of the local shopkeepers, including the glass art of Robin Coetzee or illustrator Mary Kilvert from Herefordshire and her signature woolly sheep, stationery, decorative wallpaper and inspired Lanterns hand-made from printed cotton showcasing wintery British countryside scenes and historic cityscapes.

These are just two examples of the type of artistry you will find in Bath over the Christmas season, and more than 80% of the market stallholders are local businesses offering handmade wooden toys, gingerbread houses, tasty cheeses, funky jewellery, and crafted candles such as Maiden Dorset’s curve candle.

The Bath Christmas Market is a mere five minutes’ walk from Bath Spa train station and is easily accessible thanks to the drop curbs of the city centre. There is an accessible toilet facility on Swallow Street and for the first time, Wi-Fi access will be available at the market this year. If you prefer to drive, Bath is only 20 miles from Junction 18 off the M4 motorway running from London and Heathrow Airport. There are motorway links from the North, Devon and Cornwall via the M5 and Wales is west on the M4. There are several multi-storey car parks as well as three park and ride services operating seven days a week until 10pm (except Sundays) for shoppers coming from the North, West and South. It only takes 10 minutes to reach the centre of Bath, and once you are there everything is within easy walking distance.