Activities to Enjoy with Your Children in Weston-super-Mare
Looking for things to do with kids in Weston-super-Mare? With October half term in full swing, there’s no better way to keep little ones entertained than to jump on a train and explore somewhere new. There are loads of fun things to do with kids in Weston-super-Mare. Whether you want to be inside or out, this stunning seaside town in Somerset has something for the whole family. From beach walks and an aquarium to museums and cinemas; there’s lots of things to do in Weston-super-Mare.
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Winter sun or not, you can’t visit this Victorian seaside town without a trip to Weston-Super-Mare Beach. Let the kids run around on the sand and dip their toes in the sea - if they dare! The two-mile promenade is peppered with plenty of stalls selling classic seaside eats like fish and chips, candy floss and ice cream, as well as postcard souvenirs, and buckets and spades!
If the weather permits, get the kids involved in quintessential seaside activities like donkey rides and sandcastle building. You could even set up your own beach clean and teach the kids about the damaging effect that littering on our beautiful beaches can have on wildlife and the environment. If you’d prefer to sit back and relax, there’s a 40-metre-high observation wheel, offering spectacular views over the coast and the Bristol channel. Even if it’s not sunbathing weather, there’s still plenty to do with the kids at the beach.
Getting there: From Weston-super-Mare Train Station, you can walk to the beach in under 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can board the number 3 or 7 bus outside the station.
Grand Pier is the perfect place for a fun family day out. It’s an ultimate indoor theme park that opens every day except Christmas Day and is a kid’s haven.
It’s home to a whole host of rides and attractions, including:
- A ghost train
- A 4-D cinema
- A 300-metre-long go-kart circuit
- Britain’s smallest rollercoaster
There’s also several restaurants and cafés, where kids eat for free! The Museum of Memories is the ultimate trip down memory lane taking you from Victorian times through to the present day. Show your kids what life was like when you were growing up; you’ll find old magazines, sweet wrappers, advertising posters, postcards, radios and breakfast cereal packets. There’s something for the whole family at the Grand Pier.
Getting there: From Weston-super-Mare Train Station, it is an easy 15-minute walk via Regent Street to the pier. Alternatively, get on a bus outside the station.
The Helicopter Museum
The Helicopter Museum is the largest of its kind in the world and is home to 80 rotorcrafts, including two aircrafts of the Queen’s Royal Flight, the world’s fastest helicopter and the Vietnam veteran helicopters.
The museum is also home to an interactive zone and film theatre, where visitors can learn more about helicopters. It hosts regular events throughout the year, including open cockpit days and a flight simulator convention.
You can even take to the skies when you book a Helicopter Air Experience Flight. The pilot will explain how a helicopter works while showing you the controls. Cruise 1,000 feet in the air and enjoy views across Weston-super-Mare.
Getting there: From Weston-super-Mare Train Station, walk around the corner to Stafford Road where you can jump on the 126 bus towards Wells. The Helicopter Museum has its own bus stop and the journey will take approximately 20 minutes.
Perched on its own pier on the Weston-super-Mare seafront is the Seaquarium. An all-weather family attraction committed to creating a fun and hands-on atmosphere for all ages wanting to explore the amazing underwater world.
The aquarium showcases a range of freshwater, sea and tropical species from around the world in 10 different zones. There are over 30 exhibits including a Tropical Reef Zone with puffer fish and eels, a Rainforest River Zone with piranhas and freshwater stingrays, and an Underwater Ocean Tunnel with sharks! There are presentations and feeding demonstrations throughout the day and the hands-on team are always available to answer any questions you may have.
If you’re feeling peckish while you’re there, head to the Driftwood Café to get something to eat and drink while you enjoy the views of the Somerset coastline and the Severn Estuary. Head to the Seaquarium Gift Shop for a souvenir to remember your fun day out.
Getting there: The Seaquarium is a short 10-minute walk from Weston-super-Mare Train Station. There are buses available should you prefer.
Weston-super-Mare Treasure Trail
The Weston-super-Mare Treasure Trail is a 2.5-mile circular, self-guided walking trail, which showcases the beautiful surroundings of Somerset. Starting and ending on the sea front, you’ll see all that this charming seaside town has to offer, including the main town, its parks and gardens.
Simply purchase your treasure trail map online and follow the set of clear directions around the town. You will all have to keep your eyes peeled to solve the sneaky clues, which have been set on permanent features within Weston-super-Mare. As you search the town high and low, each time you solve an answer you will be eliminating a possible location where the long-lost treasure is hidden.
This is a great opportunity to let the kids run about and exercise. The trail involves approximately two hours of walking, but they’ll be having so much fun hunting for the answers to the clues, they won’t even notice! Plus, there’s a chance to win some real treasure! All correct answers are entered into a monthly prize draw, so there’s something for parents to play for too.
Getting there: The trail begins at the Royal Parade on the seafront, a 10-minute walk from Weston-super-Mare Train Station.
You’re guaranteed a fun family day out when you visit Weston-super-Mare with the kids. Been to Weston-super-Mare already? Check out things to do with kids in Leicester instead!
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Written by Seb