"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare is a seaside resort, town and civil parish in the unitary authority of North Somerset, which is within the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It is located on the Bristol Channel coast, 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol, spanning the coast between the bounding high ground of Worlebury Hill and Bleadon Hill. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle. Its population according to the 2011 census was 76,143. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany.

Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built. The growth continued until the second half of the 20th century, when tourism declined and some local industries closed. During the 21st century a regeneration programme is being undertaken. Attractions include the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, a pier and an aquarium. The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary. Cultural venues include The Playhouse, The Winter Gardens, and The Blakehay Theatre & Community Arts Centre.

Owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about a mile from the seafront. Although the beach itself is sandy, low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in and are crossed by the mouth of the River Axe. Just to the north of the town is Sand Point which marks the lower limit of the Severn Estuary and the start of the Bristol Channel. It is also the site of the Middle Hope biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.

Local authority: North Somerset Council

OS Grid Reference: ST320612

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Things to see and do in and around Weston-super-Mare

  • Garra Rufa fish pedicures
  • North Somerset Museum
  • Weston-Super-Mare Treasure Trail
  • The Grand Pier
  • Weston Miniature Railway
  • Grand Pier
  • Seaquarium
  • Water Adventure Play Park
  • Crazy Hills Putting
  • Jump N Jackz Indoor Play Centre
  • Premier Leisure Weston Super Mare
  • AJs Laser Tag
  • AJs Karting
  • The Helicopter Museum
  • Bucket and Spade
  • Warren Farm Holiday Centre
  • Animal Farm Adventure Park
  • Brean Leisure Park
  • Court Farm Country Park
  • court farm
  • Fun City at Brean Leisure Park
  • Brean Play
  • Puxton Park
  • Animal Farm Adventure Park

Tourist Information

Weston-super-mare
Tourist Information Centre
The Winter Gardens
Royal Parade
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
England
BS23 1AJ

Phone 01934 417 117
Email westontic@parkwood-leisure.co.uk
http://www.weston-super-mare.com

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Weather

Forecast for Tuesday 30 May

06:00


Chance of rain 14%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
WSW
Pressure 1015
Humidity 88%
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09:00


Chance of rain 12%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
W
Pressure 1016
Humidity 87%
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12:00


Chance of rain 3%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
W
Pressure 1017
Humidity 76%
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15:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 13°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 8mph.
W
Pressure 1018
Humidity 80%
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18:00


Chance of rain 1%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 5mph, gusting to 7mph.
W
Pressure 1019
Humidity 88%
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21:00


Chance of rain 0%
Max temp. 14°C
(feels like 12°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
W
Pressure 1021
Humidity 91%
UV Index n/a
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