Discover the best top things to do in Weston super Mare, United Kingdom (UK) including Weston Sand Sculpture Festival, The Helicopter Museum, Puxton Park, Weston Super Mare Beach, Sand Bay, Uphill Local Nature Reserve, Weston Museum, Water adventure park, Madeira Cove, Grove Park.
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4.5 based on 511 reviews
IT’S A TOPSY TURVY WORLD Brexit! Trump! Climate change! What on earth is going on? It’s a Tospsy Turvy world we live in and this year the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival is going to be just that…Topsy Turvy! Artistic leader Nicola Wood said” We are all so excited about the public choice. It’s the perfect theme to give incredible freedom to the artists and that always makes for a great exhibition”. After Banksy paved the way for controversial and alternative expression in Weston 2 years ago, the organisers are hoping to keep some of that spice alive. “Banksy was a real breakthrough for the town and we have had endless extravagant requests for sculptures since…including a giant Trump! I’m not sure we all agree on that one though” says Alec Messchaert, event organiser. “One thing we do promise is that there will be something for everyone and we will continue to be a fun, family friendly event with plenty of interactive activities” adds Alec. So what exactly does Topsy Turvy entail? Upside down, back to front, the wrong way around and inside out! A crazy world of the distorted and the extraordinary. See the world through different eyes with Zebras dressed as ballerinas, mice the size of houses, houses built upside down and paintings that come to life. So are you bored of the norm and looking for a fun day out with friends and family? Come and visit the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival.
The theme on our visit was the Topsy Turvy World. My 8 year old daughter and I had great fun going round looking at the sand sculptures, and deciding which we liked best. And then having a go at making one ourselves at the craft tables. We found it imaginative and thought provoking. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
4.5 based on 440 reviews
The Helicopter Museum is the largest dedicated Rotorcraft Collection in the world - with around 80 displayed Helicopters and Gyrocopters. Take to the skies and discover the wonder of flight with activities including our Film Theatre, Interactive Zone and real helicopter play area. Plus regular events such as Open Cockpit Days & Helicopter Experience Flights. Annual Events include Flight Simulator Convention, World at War Weekend, Transport Rallies, Spotters Weekends, Model Shows plus Halloween & Christmas Family Fun Days !
This is a great collection of helicopters with much variety and history here. It is run by a charity and the volunteers do a great job. We learned a lot here.
However, presumably due to lack of funds, the space is very limited to house the collection and therefore it is very cramped with exhibits one on top of the other.
It also means the story is not cohesively curated with exhibits going where they fit physically not where they fit in the history of helicopters.
The curation cards whilst informative and detailed are not awfully engaging and often I found my self skip Reading and moving on.
Controversially, I believe this collection would benefit from moving to Bristol's new Aerospace museum, which houses Concorde. There is much under-utilised space here and brought together this would create a world class museum.
However, all that being said we did enjoy our visit and would recommend. We spent an hour here (not visiting the cafe) and would have spent longer if the curation had been more engaging.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
I've been looking to visit for a while and had high hopes for Puxton park. I was promised an all weather attraction with soft play, animals, diggers so thought it would be perfect for us. Parking seemed plentiful and entrance looked promising, good signage etc. My eldest enjoyed the outdoor play areas, in particular the diggers in the sand. We also thought the maze was good. I wasn't impressed by all the extra costs for rides, given that you have an entry cost, you can easily end up spending £5-£10 per child on rides here and there (if there were all open). Luckily it was only the diggers that cost us.
However we felt the park just felt a bit unloved and bleak. There was a broken pedal tractor just left there and certain attractions were padlocked. Outside there weren't many animals, just empty muddy fields, inside fared a little better but animals were absolutely desperate for the food we had bought. They scared my little boy a little so we didn't really do a lot of feeding which is a shame as we've been to many places to feed animals and not felt like this.
The big machines shed was underwhelming, lots of old machinery dumped in a dark shed and the milking parlour was empty.
The indoor play barn was not for small children so did not cater for our 2, my nearly 3yo was bored of the 0-3 area but the big area was not safe for him as the big slides were just open for him to throw himself down along with much older children dominating it, it could do with more gates plus somewhere for parents to store their belongings. I'm glad it didn't rain as there didn't seem much space inside for everyone, wouldn't describe it as an all weather attraction.
The restaurant was just sheer chaos, we joined a massive queue for the carvery but had no idea we had to pay before until a member of staff pointed it out. We gave up and decided to eat at home. The shop looked good but by that point we just wanted to go home for our dinner so didn't spend any money there. We won't be returning and won't be recommending. There are far better attractions for the same price in the South West. It's a shame, I really wanted to like it there.
4 based on 888 reviews
Loads and loads of space you can take your car right on the beach. The sea life centre is right on the seafront and the prom is a delight to walk along. You can walk from the new pier to the old burnbeck pier with plenty of places to stop for a coffee and bite to eat along the way.
4 based on 345 reviews
Always enjoy a walk along this beach, but discovered you cannot walk along in the dark in November. Street lights not good and paths uneven for a dark walk. Did manage a daytime walk though and love the expanse of sand when the tide is out. There are however lots of dogs so the birds get frightened away. A very quiet place with just a tea room open occasionally. Free Parking in places. worth a drive along to the end to Sand point to admire the scenery.
4.5 based on 93 reviews
Great walk, have seen deer three times , can choose how far you want to walk.lovely views. would give 5 but for dog poo left in bags or just on path such a shame
4.5 based on 166 reviews
Weston Museum celebrates the history of Weston-super-Mare and its surrounding areas from prehistoric times to the present day using the distinctive historic building that houses the Museum and the diverse museum collection of North Somerset Council. Through inspiration, learning and enjoyment, we will help the local community and its visitors to understand their past and ask questions about the present and future. The Town Council will maintain the Museum as a tourist attraction and develop it as an arts and cultural facility for the benefit of the local community and visitors to the town.
Sadly a lot of the most interesting artefacts were removed and put into storage during the two-year refurbishment. Downstairs now resembles an empty barn. The cafe chairs are too uncomfortable to sit on for longer than a few minutes. Very disappointing indeed. Another featureless space similar to the concreted-over Millennium Square.
4.5 based on 96 reviews
The park is open throughout the year but only has water running during the sunner season. There is still plenty for the children to do, such as play apparatus, a castle with drawbridge, death slide, sand pit, snake swings, rope ladders, see saws and much more. It is all free off season. Cafe and toilets are closed
Much better in summer with all the water features running of course, but still worth a visit.
4.5 based on 76 reviews
I walked along Marine parade with my son and his family on such a gorgeous sunny day! When we arrived at the iconic Cove Cafe overlooking Anchor Head rocks, we couldn't resist an ice cream each and sat at one of the little tables in the sun, just relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere. Beautiful, beautiful! Memories are made of this - my son used to play on the rocks as a child.
4.5 based on 40 reviews
There seems to be something in Grove Park for everyone; Beautiful colourful borders, quiet respectful areas for the war memorials, water features, bandstand, tennis court, and a special garden dedicated to the memory of local Television presenter and journalist Jill Dando.
This seems to be the one area of old Weston that both retains council funding and has a pride in. It is a lovely unashamedly old fashion park, and a real attractive quiet place to relax away from the Beaches.
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