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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!