- Kids can race each other and family members on the Go-Karts or Disco Bikes.
- Test your head for heights with a go on the Helter Skelter or Freefall ride.
- Learn all about the history of the Grand Pier and Weston-super-Mare at the Museum of Memories.
- Check out the huge arcade, with over 500 different games to try.
- Enjoy a traditional fish and chip lunch from one of the cafes on the Pier.
One of the main fixtures of the seaside town Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, the Grand Pier has been around for over a century and is still one of the town's most popular attractions to this day. With hundreds of things to do for every member of the family, a trip to the Grand Pier isn't to be missed if you're looking for great things to do in Weston-super-Mare. Plus, with a vibrant seaside town to explore, there's much more to do on a day out to this exciting venue.
Originally constructed in 1904, the Grand Pier was home to a theatre, where you could sit among 2,000 other guests and watch an opera or play. Unfortunately, however, the pier was destroyed by fire in 1930 and was passed to various owners through the decades, with attractions being added, such as an arcade in the '70s. With more money being invested in the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare, it became a popular attraction and was a great way to take in the beach and surrounding areas. However, due to what was thought to be an electrical fault, the Grand Pier was again engulfed in fire, but this time the damage was much more severe. Eventually, a new pavilion was constructed, opening in 2010, owned by the Michael family and now this Weston pier is back to its former glory as we see it today.
Whether you're looking for some entertainment after a stroll along Weston-super-Mare beach, or are looking for a fun-filled day out with the kids in north Somerset, the Grand Pier has everything you need for a day to remember. From the indoor theme park to the arcades and museum, there's something for each member of the family at the Grand Pier. With so much to do and see, it can be hard to know where to start! If you're visiting with children, you can't go wrong with a visit to the indoor theme park. Here, you'll find a 300-metre indoor go-kart track, where kids with a need for speed can race against each other (but don't worry, each kart has space for a grown-up too!). Plus, there's a special Mini Kart track especially for young kids, and Dodgems if you feel like a classic theme park experience. Another great option is the Disco Bikes, which again have their own designated areas for young children to drive around.
For lovers of playgrounds and slides, the Helter Skelter is a classic traditional fairground attraction that every member of the family from kids to teens and adults, will want to have a turn. Little adventurers will also have the time of their life exploring the fantastic Crazy Circus indoor soft play area, with three levels of fun to discover. And, for the last attraction in the theme park, head to The Crystal Maze, to see if you can figure your way out of the world of mirrors!
Thrill-seekers won't be disappointed on their trip to Weston-super-Mare's Grand Pier. Once you've tried out the ground-level rides, get ready to hop on some unique experiences! From the fast and sudden 'Freefall' ride in which you're raised into the air and dropped suddenly, to the UK's smallest rollercoaster known as the 'Robo-coaster', there's sure to be something to get your adrenaline pumping. The brave among you can check out the scary Ghost Train ride, or if you've always been a Mission Impossible fan, check out the Laser Maze to see if you'd make it as a movie spy. Lastly, if you've got Formula One fans in the family, the F1 Simulator ride is a must-see. With feedback controls and surround sound, kids and adults can drive around a race track as if they're in the real F1 race!
If you've had your fill of the wild rides at the Grand Pier, or prefer to stay firmly on the ground, there are still plenty of great things to do. The Arcade is filled with over 500 games, from penny pushers to dance stages, so you can get that traditional seaside arcade experience with a modern twist. If you're visiting with toddlers or babies, the Adventure Cove Play Area is also a top place to visit, with ball pits and slides for children to explore. Plus, there's a cafe right next door if you fancy a cuppa.
With such a long and varied history, Weston-super-Mare and it's Grand Pier have lots to offer on a day out. One great way to learn more about this fascinating town on your trip is to head to the Museum of Memories on the Grand Pier. Here, older visitors can be transported back to childhood, with a collection of thousands of old toys, artefacts and everyday items that will intrigue and inspire. This is also a great place to take kids to teach them all about what life was like for kids their age in years gone by. Throughout the year there are lots of events on at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare. Grand Pier events include the famous Grand Pier fireworks, as well as seasonal and festive events to celebrate Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
Once you've had a chance to explore the wonders of the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare beach is a hugely popular place for families and kids to go to relax. Whether you fancy a blustery walk on a winter's day or want to paddle and take the picnic mat for a summer day out, the beach is a great place to come to relax. If you're looking for somewhere to grab a bite to eat on your Grand Pier day out, there are lots of different options both on the pier itself, and in Weston-super-Mare. On the pier, you'll find a selection of cafes and restaurants, from Tiffany's Restaurant at the end of the pier with views out over the bay, to traditional fish and chips or a trip to the Ice Cream and Coffee Parlour. If you'd prefer to bring your own food with you, you'll find plenty of places to sit and eat, plus the beach nearby is perfect for a picnic. There are also some great eateries in the town of Weston-super-Mare, within walking distance of the pier. Enjoy some fresh seafood at Cafe La Mer on West Street, or head to Il Michelangelo Weston on Knightstone Road for some delicious pizza. If you would like to extend your visit and spend a couple of days in the town, or exploring nearby Somerset, there are lots of local and chain hotels in the area that are suitable for all budgets. You'll find a Premier Inn on the seafront, as well as a variety of hotels and Airbnb options.
If you and your family had a great time at the Weston-super-Mare Pier and are looking for more great things to do in Somerset, make sure to plan a trip to Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Just half an hour drive inland; here you can discover prehistoric caves, as well as visit the home of Cheddar cheese!
What to know before you go
- The Grand Pier opening times are from 10am-5pm daily, although the rides open at 11am. Final admission is 15 minutes before the Pier closes, and closing times can vary throughout the year.
- Kids with a Blue Peter badge go free, and all you have to do is show your badge at the turnstile.
- The Grand Pier is accessible for wheelchair users and buggies, although some rides may not be suitable for those with limited mobility.
- Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities are available on site.
- Essential companions to those who require assistants on their trip also go free, with relevant Essential Companions documents. More information on this can be found on the site.
- Tickets to the Grand Pier itself cost £1 per person, and the attractions have their own individual fares.
- If travelling by car, take the Junction 21 exit from the M5 and follow the signs for Grand Pier towards Weston-super-Mare. There are multiple car parks nearby, including Carlton Street Car Park, Sovereign Shopping Centre Parking and Seafront Parking on Marine Parade.
- The nearest train station is Weston-super-Mare, just a seven-minute walk from the Pier. Once you arrive at the station, head to the seafront and you will find the Grand Pier after half a mile. The station is served by Great Western Railway and has good connections to the rest of the UK.