One of the donkeys on Weston-super-Mare beach with a bridle that says 'Fred'.
Somerset
South West England
England
United Kingdom
Somerset
South West England
England
United Kingdom

Weston-Super-Mare Beach

Please be aware of government guidelines before setting off.

Government Guidelines
  • Enjoy the sandy beach as the kids play and paddle in the sea.
  • Check out the brilliant rides and attractions at Weston-super-Mare's famous Grand Pier.
  • Have a go on a donkey ride and travel along the beach!
  • Sample some local fish and chips from one of the many seaside kiosks.

Located in the beautiful area of North Somerset, Weston-super-Mare beach is the perfect place to spend a family day out. This seaside resort has been a popular holiday destination throughout the years, with plenty of great activities to try out, and tourist attractions to keep you entertained for days.

Whether you fancy bringing a picnic and relaxing on the sand, or getting involved in some water activities with the kids, some of the best things to do in Weston-super-Mare can be found at the beach. The Grand Pier, constructed over a century ago, is one of the top attractions at the beach, and with an entry fee of just £1, it's a great place to take in the traditional seafront attractions. There's also indoor soft play areas, as well as rollercoasters and rides and even a museum, so every age and interest will have something to entertain them. The beach itself is sandy and large and is a great spot for swimming, frisbee games and more.

With the promenade two miles long, there is plenty of space to get in a walk and some fresh air. Here you'll find fish and chip stands where you can try some of the tasty local fish, as well as places to pick up souvenirs and postcards. For more traditional fun, Weston-super-Mare is a great spot to come for a donkey ride! Weston Donkeys are at the beach for most of the year, where toddlers and kids can meet and ride these gorgeous animals. Each donkey has its name written on its bridle, and kids can enjoy a slow, gentle ride down the beach. Plus, if the donkeys are around, you'll often find some swings and a bouncy castle run by Weston Donkeys, as well as a kiosk for coffee and ice cream. To take it to the next level, Weston Donkeys are also available for birthday parties, including a 'Donkey Derby', which will create memories to last a lifetime.

When it comes to beaches, Weston-super-Mare has a unique function, that comes about once a year. If your kids require entertainment, look no further than the Weston-super-Mare beach race. Having taken place annually for almost 40 years, the beach race brings together lovers of motorsports and motorcycles. With the whole of the beach being cleared for the race, this is an event not to be missed in the town of Weston-super-Mare.

If you like a little bit of sport when you visit the beach, Weston-super-Mare has plenty of options for water sports. From paddle boarding with Learn 2 Paddle Board to water-skiing with Weston Bay Water Sports Club, each member of the family will find something to suit them on the seafront. For a taste of the local West Somerset area, there's also plenty to see and do at the beaches near Weston-super-Mare, such as Blue Anchor Bay which is a great place to find fossils and the quiet Middle Hope Beach which is perfect for a picnic.

Once you've taken in the beautiful Weston-super-Mare beaches and the delights of the Grand Pier, you may feel like something to eat. If you haven't already enjoyed some fish and chips, candy floss or ice cream that are available along the seaside promenade, the Grand Pier has multiple cafes and restaurants with options for the whole family. Here you'll find Tiffany's Restaurant, located at the end of the pier, as well as Captain Jack's Bar, and the Boardwalk Café. Alternatively, Weston-super-Mare beach is a great place to enjoy a picnic with a view of the sea if you prefer to bring your own food. You can also check out some of the other restaurants Weston-super-Mare has to offer, such as a hearty meal at Café La Mer, or some tasty Japanese food at Sakura.

There are also lots of top places to stay in Weston-super-Mare, including chain hotels and Airbnb's. If you're looking for a B&B in Weston-super-Mare near the beach, there are lots of local bed and breakfasts along the seashore, with prices suitable for all budgets. Plus, the city of Bristol is less than an hour away if you prefer a more cosmopolitan place to stay.

For some more brilliant things to do in Weston-super-Mare, head inwards from the seafront where you'll find lots of great things to do in the town itself. In the summer, head to the Water Adventure Play Park to cool down in the fountains and splash play area, or check out Clip 'n' Climb on Dolphin Square or Jump N Jackz Indoor Playcentre for some indoor fun with the kids. To learn a little bit more about the local area, Weston Museum is filled with artefacts and exhibitions all about the history of Weston-super-Mare. Or, for those with a sense of adventure, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, just a short drive away, is the place to go.

What to know before you go

  • Weston-super-Mare beach is open 24/7, but the Grand Pier is open from 10am-5pm daily.
  • Please note that at low tide the sea can go a mile out from the seaside, revealing sandy mud that can be very dangerous to walk on. Information about tidal times can be found online.
  • Public toilets are available at Weston-super-Mare beach, including accessible toilets, and you can also find accessible toilets and baby changing facilities at the Grand Pier.
  • The beach is free to visit, but the Grand Pier costs £1 to enter, and the individual attractions may have extra fees.
  • If visiting the beach with a wheelchair it can be difficult for the wheels to roll on the sand, so there are beach wheelchairs available to hire from Weston-super-Mare Visitor Information Centre. Please note these have a waist strap but no head support.

Getting there

  • If driving to Weston-super-Mare beach, head to Weston-super-Mare via the A370, and as you drive along Beach Road, you'll see the shore. Parking is available at Marine Parade and Royal Sands Beach car park and is £6 for four hours or less, or £10 for the whole day. Blue Badge parking is also available.
  • The closest train station is Weston-super-Mare Station on Station Road; just a few minutes walk up from the seaside. Here there are lots of trains running on the Great Western Railway lines.

Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.

Government Guidelines
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