Archive for August, 2017

Some Old Favourites for September

31 August 2017

Farmers Markets

Axbridge, Saturday 2 September, Market Square 9am – 1pm
Wells, every Wednesday, Market Place 9am – 2.30pm
Taunton, every Thursday, High Street 9am – 3pm
Bridgwater, Every Friday, Fore St, 9am – 2pm
Weston-super-Mare, Saturday 9 September
Burnham-on Sea, Friday 29 September, High Street 9am – 1pm

Markets & Car Boots

Brean Leisure Park, every Saturday and Sunday – open air market
Brean Leisure Park, every Tuesday – car boot
Brean Warren Farm, every Wednesday – open air market
Burnham-on-Sea Speedway Stadium, Thursday – car boot


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College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

Open daily 9.00 – 5.00

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Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house and estate near Wraxall, North Somerset, England. The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets, who had owned estates in the area since about 1500.

Wraxall, Tyntesfield, Bristol BS48 1NX

Open daily 10.00 – 6.00

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Temples, lakes and formal beds, joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton TA2 8LG

Open daily 10.00 – 6.00

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Wells with the cathedral, bishop’s palace, Vicar’s Close and weekly market.

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Glastonbury, known for its ancient and medieval sites, is rich in myth and mysticism. Glastonbury Tor is linked to Arthurian legend and overlooks the Somerset Levels. Said to be King Arthur’s burial place, Glastonbury Abbey is a ruined monastery dating to the 7th century.

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Over 90 famous name stores offering up to 60% off, so you’ll find a fantastic range of men’s, women’s and children’s fashions and footwear plus gifts.

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Clevedon Pier was built in the Victorian hey-day to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales.

Garden Centres

Sanders Garden Centre
Bristol Road
Brent Knoll
Burnham-on-Sea Somerset TA9 4HJ

Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

Hutton Garden Centre
6 Banwell Rd, Hutton, Weston-super-Mare BS24 9UB

Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.30 – 4.30

Banwell Garden Centre
Castle Hill, Banwell BS29 6NX

Monday to Friday 8.30 – 5.30
Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.00 – 4.30

Cheddar Garden Centre
Draycott Rd, Cheddar BS27 3RU

Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

Cadbury Garden Centre
Smallway, Congresbury BS49 5AA

Garden Centre:
Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 6.00
Sunday – 10.30 to 4.30

Monday to Saturday – 9.00 to 5.00
Sunday – 10.00 to 4.00

Monkton Elm Garden Centre
Monkton Heathfield, Taunton TA2 8QN


Monday to Saturday 9.00 – 5.30
Sunday 10.15 – 4.15


Boathouse Bulletin: September

30 August 2017

The weather might be on the down turn, but we’re keeping the entertainment hot at the Boathouse the September!

We’re welcoming back a whole host of old friends this September, including the fantastic cabaret headliner LYNN SWEET who’s kickstarting the month with her repertoire of iconic numbers.

Also returning to the Boathouse are Michael Buble and Robbie Williams Tribute artist MAX HUTTON, female vocalist SAMMY JO and comedian ALLAN ROBERTS to name just a few!

We close off the month by introducing a new face to Lakeside, SAM SOUTHALL, who’ll be here to entertain you for the first time – I hope you’ll all make him welcome!

Boathouse Bulletin September

With a wide range of shows at the Boathouse this Autumn season, we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! Be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside this September.

Fri 1st September

Female Vocals

Sat 2nd September

Male Vocals

Fri 8th September

Guitar Vocalist

Sat 9th September

Female Vocals

Fri 15th September

Sing Along and Win

Sat 16th September


Fri 22nd September

Female Vocalist

Sat 23rd September

Famale Vocals

Fri 29th September

Guitar Vocals

Sat 30th September

Male Vocals

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.

Boathouse Bulletin: August

01 August 2017

We’re excited to announce our stellar Boathouse line up for August. We’re welcoming back a whole host of old friends and some new faces for this jam-packed summer holiday extravaganza!

We kick off this month by welcoming the amazing voice of KAY SAVANNAH – voted the best voice of Birmingham 2016 Kay is not one to miss!

We’re also pleased to be welcoming back lots of old friends to the Boathouse, including the rocking BEAVER, the sensational KELLY SURETTI and the madcap mayhem master himself, Britain’s Got Talent Finalist MATT EDWARDS!

And make sure you don’t miss our August Bank Holiday special where we’ll have three nights of fantastic tribute acts to entertain you! Featuring tributes to Adele, Katy Perry and Madonna!

Boathouse Bulletin August

With a wide range of shows at the Boathouse this summer season, we’re sure there’s something you’ll love! Be sure you head down to check out our latest evening entertainment at Lakeside this August.

Tue 1st August


Fri 4th August

Guitar Vocals

Sat 5th August

Comedy Magic

Sun 6th August

Live Music Duo

Tue 8th August

Vocal Entertainer

Fri 11th August

Update Modern Vocals

Sat 12th August

Female Vocalist

Sun 13th August

Male Vocals

Tue 15th August

Female Vocals

Fri 18th August


Sat 19th August

Comedy Impressionist

Sun 20th August

Madcap Comedy

Tue 22nd August

Guitar Vocals

Fri 25th August

Tribute to Katy Perry

Sat 26th August

Tribute to Madonna

Sun 27th August

Tribute to Adele

Tue 29th August

Female Vocals