Top 5 Best Beaches in Somerset
Spring is here, and summer isn’t all that far away either. That means it’s time to head to the beach!
Somerset is home to some of the UK’s best beaches. With so many fantastic options, how can you possibly choose? From bustling beaches full of fun and activities to tranquil coastal sanctuaries, there’s a beach in Somerset for everyone. So read on to learn about our top five best beaches in the area!
Brean Sands, Brean
Also known as the “7-Mile Beach,” the beach at Brean is one of the longest in Europe. Its size makes this beach a perfect place for the kids to play and for the dog to chase a ball. Both are welcome at Brean Sands.
It’s only natural to need a bite to eat or a drink after exploring rock-pools, digging holes and building sand castles. To quench your thirst, there’s a convenient café on the northern tip of the beach at the base of Brean Down. If you want to explore the small peninsula, take the steps next to the café and enjoy the views from nearly 100 metres above sea-level. Walk to the end of the Down and you’ll find Brean Fort, a 19th-century emplacement originally built to protect against French invasion.
Grand Pier Beach, Weston-super-Mare
The Grand Pier Beach is one of four beaches at Weston-super-Mare. This stretch of golden coast is located in the heart of the town and, during peak season, is packed with traditional British beach fun. From relaxing in the sun to donkey rides, there’s plenty to do on the sand.
During the summer months, be sure to pay a visit to the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival. This annual event draws over 500,000 visitors every year and showcases the best works from artists all over the world as they create a themed sculpture right on the waterfront. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘What if?’
Then, of course, there is the nearby Grand Pier that the beach is named after. The Weston Grand Pier is filled to bursting with unique thrill rides, arcade machines, live music and shows, and more family-friendly fun.
Main Beach, Burnham-on-Sea
A trip to the main beach at Burnham-on-Sea is akin to going back in time. This is because many of the original Victorian and Edwardian features of the beachfront survive to this day. A smaller and quieter beach than those found in Weston, it still has a lot to offer during the peak season. From traditional donkey rides to ice cream and fish and chips.
Another feature of this part of the coastline is Britain’s shortest pier. Erected in 1911 and only a hair over 36 metres, it’s an odd sight to behold. Inside the pavilion, you’ll find a café for a quick bite to eat along with traditional seaside amusements.
St Audries Bay, Watchet
This sand and pebble beach might be the most beautiful in Somerset. Sat at the foot of the Quantock Hills, St Audries Bay enjoys picturesque surroundings and scenic vistas. Adding to the beauty of this coastal spot are the two waterfalls that cascade down from the cliff tops. A tranquil spot to relax by the sea or take a swim.
Unlike other entries on this list, St Audries Bay isn’t part of a larger town, making the journey there a little harder. The only access is via a steep set of stairs from the nearby St Audries Bay Holiday Park. Given the uniqueness of this little seaside secret however, it’s well worth the trip!
Sand Bay, Weston-super-Mare
Just two miles north of the bustle of Weston is the quiet refuge of Sand Bay. Thanks to its flatness, Sand Bay is a popular spot for beach-combing, dog walking and horse riding. Often referred to as the area’s ‘Hidden Gem’, Sand Bay is accessible via the open-top tour buses that travel the scenic coastal road.
If you’re feeling peckish, the Sand Bay Tea Rooms have a tasty menu of food and drink available and are welcoming to humans and dogs alike. The area is also the starting point for many great coastal walks.
If you’re itching to hit the surf, then make sure you’ve got somewhere to rest your head afterwards! Lakeside Holiday Park offers luxury caravan accommodation right in the middle of Burnham-on-Sea, only a short, level walk from the beach! To learn more, or to book, visit the Lakeside website here.
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