Exploring Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

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Weston Super Mare – a classic seaside town in Somerset popular with tourists and those seeking a great Brittish seaside summer holiday. I visited last year during my South West tour of England and had a great time! Weston has a bit of a mixed reputation and I’ll be honest I had heard some negative things before visiting but was keen to check it out for myself.

Welcome to Weston

My main reason for visiting was to go to the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival which runs every summer – it was so amazing and definitely a winning thing to do in Weston Super Mare. Check out my favourite top 10 sand sculptures here.

After an afternoon exploring the sand sculpture festival, I stayed at the Seafarers B&B which is a great and modern B&B only a ten-minute walk from the seafront. I had a great stay which you can read all about here. I also had my first solo dining dinner experience at Pizza Express too!

It was nice to see Weston lit up at night and I enjoyed walking back through the town and along the seafront seeing all the lights and the pier lit up. Luckily the weather in Septemeber was still quite warm and so I didn’t have to rush home because of the cold!

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Down to the Beach

After a good nights sleep and hearty English breakfast at the Seafarers B&B, I headed down to the seafront to explore the beach. Weston is famous for its lush sandy beach and I certainly made sure I had a walk across the sand – it was far too cold for a paddle in the sea though! As you can see from the pictures it was a rather cloudy day but I think this just added to Westons great British seaside feel!

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Fun on the Pier

As with any classic British seaside, Weston has a traditional pier.  The Grand Pier is open 364 days of the year and costs £1 to enter. There is loads on offer once on the pier including adventure play areas, arcade games, theme park rides and many places to grab a bite to eat. It also offers some great views out to sea and over the beach and I really liked the information points along the pier telling you about the history of Weston and it’s landmarks to look out for.

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

The Grand Pier wasn’t too busy when I visited, probably because it was a Sunday in September but I can imagine it gets very busy during the summer. I believe it has lots of events throughout the year and something for all ages!

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

As I was on my own on this solo trip I didn’t engage in any of the arcade games – playing the 50p challenge wouldn’t have been quite the same on my own I don’t think! I did have a walk around though and it looked like there were tonnes to machines and games for people to play – I bet some visitors spend hours using up all their loose change!

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

The Museum of Memories

As well as the great views from the pier and the huge range of arcade games on offer, what really interested me on the pier was the Museum of Memoires. This is a clever little exhibition that follows the journey of social history and Britains consumer history. The museum is made up of items that would have usually been thrown away such as postcards, product packaging, and magazines.

The museum is £3 to enter and in my eyes, it is well worth the money. I really enjoyed walking around the displays seeing all the old fashioned packing, toys and music people have enjoyed through the decades. I love any type of museum that shines a light on bygone days and so this was right up my street! I also had the exhibition all to myself so I could take my time walking around and reading all of the interesting information boards. You aren’t allowed to take any pictures inside so apologies I can’t show you any of the displays – you will just have to go and see it for yourself!

Museum of memories, weston super mare

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

After all that exploring on the pier, it was time for me to have a sit-down and I enjoyed a hot chocolate overlooking the seafront. Here I sat watching the world go by and the town slowly starting to get busier as the morning wore on. There were plenty of dog walkers exercising their dogs on the beach which is always nice to see. On the way back to my car I stopped off at the Weston Arch – a granite archway at the entrance to Weston’s Seafront and a rather impressive local landmark.

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Weston Super Mare, Somerset

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed my time in Weston Super Mare. The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival was awesome and I loved the Museum of Memories on the Grand Pier too. I had a comfy and relaxing stay at the Seafarers B&B and generally, my overall impressions of Weston were positive. It just shows, don’t let other peoples opinions of somewhere put you off – if you want to visit then visit and make your own mind up!

34 Responses

  1. My husband lovessssss cities/towns like this so he would have a complete BALL HERE. Weirdly enough we both hate the beach, but he always tells me how he wants to live in a place just like what Somerset looks like – weird, but true, ha! I think it’s cause he knows some good golf is typically somewhere near by and he is obsessed, LOL!

  2. Weston Super Mare, Somerset looks lovely! The photos of the beach are beautiful; it seems like a great place to unwind, relax, and find peace and calm. The museum sounds like it’s a must visit if you’re in the area, too!

  3. This looks like a fun place to visit and you took a lot of great pictures. I’m sure it gets very busy in the summertime.

  4. The place looks amaaazing wow!!! Super love it. This must have been quite an experience, would love to go there one day. Thanks a lot.

  5. Those pictures make me want to put everything down and run to the place. The chocolate mug looks yummy! This is going in my must visit list.

  6. This looks like the best time! I love all your pictures and I always love a good empty beach!

  7. Never been to this place but that place looks very vibrant to relax and unwind. Looks like you had a great time there!

  8. The pictures are absolutely awesome. It is pretty obvious you had an awesome time with your trip. I am quite jealous actually.

  9. That chocolate mug looks so good. The place looks so great, I would really love to visit here someday.

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