Discover some of the wonders of Somerset from your base in Burnham-on-Sea.
The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Burnham on Sea and Highbridge, welcoming more than 7000 audience members each year.
Its mission is to enrich, educate and entertain our community by providing superior theatre and arts experiences.
There is a regular programme of events, shows and talks produced by professional and community companies, which is ever expanding, attracting a diverse audience from across the county and beyond.
Its strong links across the community mean the arts centre offers a great deal of activities to cater for all tastes including: crafts, visual arts, youth theatres and wellbeing groups.
The Gallery space in the Cafe plays host to artists both professional and amateur alike and we are very proud of the work that is presented on our walls.
Princess St, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EH 01278 784464 https://www.theprincesstheatre.co.uk/
The Ritz cinema in Burnham-on-Sea officially re-opened on Friday 24th September 2004, after an extensive refurbishment. The cinema's original art deco fittings and decoration were also restored, splitting the existing screen into 2 new screens. complete with plush new seating and computerised booking system.
On Friday 23rd October 2015, following another major refurbishment, a third screen was added; featuring the latest projection and sound equipment, and also featuring specialist new equipment designed to assist the hard of hearing and the visually impaired.
24 Victoria Street, TA8 1AN 01278 794123 http://ritz-burnham.co.uk/burnham/now/
Covering approximately 42 acres, Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park straddles Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge. Facilities include a large children's play area, woodland walk, fishing lake, outdoor gym, dog agility area, seasonal catering concessions and skate park.
There is a large, free visitor car park accessible from Marine Drive. Overnight stays by campers etc. are not allowed. Picnic tables and free public toilets are situated by the car park. There is additional seating dotted around the park and lake. A walk around the lake from the car park takes around 30 minutes. The dog agility course is free to use and situated near to the lake slipway in the car park.
Marine Drive, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 3YY
The seaside town is home to 7 miles of golden beaches, which attracts tourists from all over the country. It marks the end of the second largest stretch of sand in Europe and has the second largest tidal range in the world. Parking on the beach is permitted at Berrow and Brean during Summer time and limited times during Winter months (Information for parking at Brean and Berrow beaches can be found here : https://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/article/962/Berrow-beach).
The sunsets are spectacular and a must for any visitor.
Brean is the home of Brean Leisure Park, a tropical bird garden, other tourist attractions and several caravan parks. Brean is a fantastic holiday destination for families and couples located on the Somerset coastline, with miles of sandy beach and easy access to the county’s unique tourist attractions. Brean has so much to offer, it’s no wonder so many visitors choose to return for their holidays year after year.
Discover one of the great landmarks of the Somerset coastline on this scenic coastal walk across Brean Down. Standing over 300ft (92m) high and extending 1.5 miles (2.4km) into the Bristol Channel, the Down is steeped in intriguing stories, from prehistoric worship to Second World War weapons testing. It’s also renowned for its wildlife, so keep a look out for a great variety of birds, plants and butterflies whilst en route.
Wells has the appearance of a quintessentially English village and is enjoyed by visitors from across the globe. It is compact, with cobbled streets, medieval architecture and a market square, yet is actually a city – the smallest in England to be precise! Given this accolade by the commanding presence of Wells Cathedral, it is situated in the heart of Somerset, with its name deriving from the three wells within The Bishop's Palace. On the Wells City Council crest you will read the Latin phrase "fonte derivata copia" which translates as "the fullness that springs from this well".
Wells has much to offer whether you choose to visit for a day or longer, and whatever the season.
This is one of England’s most special places – the limestone Mendip Hills with the lakes of the Chew Valley is a stunning landscape of steep slopes and undulating plateau punctuated by spectacular gorges and rocky outcrops. On the hilltops there are hundreds of ancient monuments, whilst on steeper slopes flower rich grasslands and wooded combes offer varied habitats for a wide variety of wildlife.
In recognition of its special qualities the area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Somerset Levels ground is only a few meters above sea level and an extensive network of ditches and rivers help to drain the land of excess water. This is an area that is perfect to explore on bicycles as the flat landscape makes for easy riding. There are many small pretty villages here including Wedmore where the Saxon King Alfred signed a peace treaty with the Danes in the 9th century.
The Avalon Marshes is an area within the Levels rich in history and wildlife. Meare Fish House built in the 14th century is located on what would have been a small island in this fascinating area. Not far away are the nature reserves of Shapwick Heath, Ham Wall and Westhay Moor. This is where starlings come in huge numbers during the winter season. Shapwick Heath is also the place to view a reconstruction of the Neolithic Sweet Track, the original wooden trackway dating back to 3806BC, discovered by peat diggers in the 1970s. Reconstructions of a Roman villa and Anglo-Saxon long hall can be seen just along the road at the Avalon Marshes Centre
Rising sea levels are putting the squeeze on our coast, so WWT and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes – one of the UK’s largest new wetland reserves. Hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater wetlands buffer homes and businesses from rising sea levels, and provide habitat for a rich mix of wetland wildlife including otters, egrets, owls, waders and wildfowl.
Brean Golf Club - Brean Country Club, Red Road, Berrow, TA8 2FG , 01278 752111, https://www.breancountryclub.co.uk/golf
Burnham and Berrow Golf Club - St Christopher’s Way, Burnham on Sea, Somerset TA8 2PE , 01278 785760 , https://www.burnhamandberrowgolfclub.co.uk/
Isle of Wedmore Golf Club - Lineage, Lascot Hill, Wedmore, Somerset. BS28 4QT , 01934 712222 , https://www.wedmoregolfclub.com/
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