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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.

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.

Clarks Village makes a great day out!

22 March 2014

LS-clarkes1-2013Just 30 minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, Clarks Village is a fantastic day out for the whole family. Just a 10 minute drive down the M5 and off at junction 23, then along the very picturesque A39 towards Glastonbury and Wells.

Arriving in the quant village of Street and turning into the car parks for Clarks Village, it soon becomes apparent just how big the complex is! There are over 90 designer label and famous brand name shops that offer huge savings every day of the year.

They’ve thought of pretty much everything to make it a real day out – clean toilets with baby changing facilities, tourist information centre, mobility equipment hire and a fantastic outdoor adventure play area for the kids called King Edward’s Castle with everything to keep the kids amused – wooden turreted walls, dragon slides, swings and even a play area to keep infants entertained.

For lunch or early evening there is the “Restaurant Terrace” with top brand eateries Frankie & Benny’s, Pret, Prezzo and Burger King to name but a few, or there are also some “Lite Bite” outlets such as Pasty Presto, Starbucks and Costa Coffee – something to suit pretty much everyone’s taste.

Even though all of the big brand outlets offer constant savings over the High Street, they are also constantly uploading and displaying other special offers on the Clarks Village website – click here for more information.

The likes of Jaeger, Clarks, Merrell, The North Face, Cadbury, Asics, Tefal, GAP, Bench, Vans, M&S and Radley amongst many, many others, are open every day of the week, virtually the whole year round. You can check out exact opening time on their website.

So, if you’re a visitor to Lakeside Holiday Park or Burnham-on-Sea, make sure you pencil in a family day out at Clarks Village – you won’t be disappointed.