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Juicylucy Sun 30-Aug-20 13:00:46

Hi 2 friends and myself are going to be staying for a week in Somerset we will be approximately 30/45 mins from Weston super mare and Burnham-on-Sea. We don’t really want 2 days at the seaside so was wondering if you lovely folk can recommend which one you think is best. We are fit and healthy and like to have wander around little shops, not big stores the sort you get at seaside, then fish chips then an ice cream sitting on the beach looking out to sea taking it all in . Not coming from the area we thought you may have any tips or suggestions.

greengreengrass Sun 30-Aug-20 13:11:25

My vote for WSM.

Things to do don't forget the Museum - it is tucked away but findable on Google Maps and good for a rainy day hope you don't get too many of those.

Personal favourites, the Italian restaurant in Uphill called - Tarantella I think, not sure if eat out to help out still on.

Sand Bay, there is a coffee shop and the area is really a nature reserve type thing.

Other restaurants shops area around the winter gardens has a lot to do in terms of street food if the sun is shining.

Premier inn on sea front (ask for a bigger room if you have a disabilty)

Royal Hotel you can google I wouldn't eat there but it is a nice building.

Cabot outdoors reasonable.

On the seafront Pierres the round building is nice.

Winstons good for fish and chips on seafront

Little shops orchard street still is good.

You can tell I like the place, yes, I know its a bit rough around the edges, but so am I!

You can try asking for a bigger room at Premier Inn if you have a disabilty. Given Covid you might even get a sea view.

If you want to leave the car at home taxis are cheap, you need a face mask.

two main taxi firms, especially if it is raining ask for a nice driver

greengreengrass Sun 30-Aug-20 13:49:17

Just had an email through to say eat out to help out extended and will be okay on 31st to 2nd sept. Bistrot pierre do this, not sure about others but it means that half the kids will be back at school maybe.

EllanVannin Sun 30-Aug-20 13:56:30

Any seaside town where it doesn't leave any rubbish behind !
I can't believe those who just leave these places as dumping grounds, it's a disgrace.

NotTooOld Sun 30-Aug-20 13:57:43

Don't know BOS but WSM is nice. Sand Bay worth a visit, too. There is a pub at Sand Bay called, I think, The Admiral, which does good food and there is a pleasant walk along the beach path which goes into a NT area. Have a good time!

Hellogirl1 Sun 30-Aug-20 17:24:03

Weston-Super-Mare is nice. It`s a friendly place, and if you have mobility problems it`s mostly flat. As stated above, the museum is well worth a visit, ditto the sea life centre. Good fish and chip shops and cafes abound. Just don`t go to the water`s edge for a paddle, you`ll end up up to your knees in gooey mud, but the beach itself is OK.

trustgone4sure Sun 30-Aug-20 17:40:59

Yes,WSM for me too.
We go at least Four times a year,but BOS is nice so would not rule it out.

Juicylucy Sun 30-Aug-20 18:04:27

Seems WSM getting the votes at the moment but I’ll keep waiting and watching.Thank you for the tips I’ve noted them down. Just doing research on Yeovil and Taunton now.

grandma60 Sun 30-Aug-20 18:09:57

I wouldn't recommend Yeovil. It was my home town many years ago. We went back last year. It is now very run down and sadly lots of homeless begging on the streets.
Glastonbury was always nice although not been there for years.

jusnoneed Sun 30-Aug-20 18:48:30

Yeovil is not very good these days, lots of the main shopping area has empty shops.
Glastonbury has lots of odd folk wandering around many with dogs in tow, the so called 'mystic' lot have taken over shops - ok if you're into Crystals/fairy's and such nonsense. It's my home town and I was so sorry to see the way it is now.
Street is better if you want shops.
Wells is a lovely town, nice to wander around. Has the Cathedral and Bishops Palace too.

craftyone Sun 30-Aug-20 18:53:13

not yeovil nor taunton. WSM is geared up for tourists and residents. Plenty of buses and shops. Glastonbury is popping, you can also get decent bus service. Plenty of people watching in glasto and reasonable prices for good food, lots of vegan and veggie places

grandma60 Sun 30-Aug-20 18:55:17

Oh yes, I forgot about Wells. Yes it is lovely. Cheddar is a bit touristy but the gorge is dramatic so worth a short stop for something different.

Whitewavemark2 Sun 30-Aug-20 19:27:06

Nice market in Wells. Worth an amble and cathedral gardens are lovely.

Reservoir at Cheddar is good for a walk. At the other end is a small village with some decent eateries.

The mendips give good walking.

Burnham is worth a look just to appreciate its past. But like so many of our seaside towns run down.

Glastonbury of course.

cornergran Sun 30-Aug-20 22:07:59

The Sea Life Centre in WSM closed last year hellogirl, an empty shell now. I would think WSM is better for public transport links , easy enough to get to Bristol and of course a station. Sand Bay is good for a non commercialised walk, Sand Point for the energetic has excellent views as does Brean Down which also has a fort. I’m sure you’ll enjoy either WSM or Burnham, best to check tide times though, both look better with water smile.

Luckygirl Sun 30-Aug-20 22:43:21

My in-laws lived in Burnham-on-Sea - we used to call it the dog shit capital of Britain. Just look where you are putting your feet!

Juicylucy Mon 31-Aug-20 00:54:25

Thank you so much for the tips, as there are 3 of us and I’m the nominated organiser, i was planning on going to Yeovil and Taunton but it seems Wells is the nicer option by what you folk are saying.I’m grateful for the recommendations especially as they are relying on me.

NanKate Mon 31-Aug-20 07:39:49

We are off to Wells for a few days on Thursday and were intending visiting B on S. I think we will change that now to W SM.

Has anyone visited the shopping village in Shelton Mallet? Is it worth a trip.

I think cheddar Gorge caves are closed which is a shame as I love caves, even if they are commercialised.

Juicylucy Mon 31-Aug-20 08:32:36

Nankate yes wsm does sound like nicer option. Please let me know your thoughts on Wells after your visit as my idea of visiting Yeovil and Taunton doesn’t sound like a good idea after reading the advise. Enjoy your visit.

jusnoneed Mon 31-Aug-20 08:38:13

Not been there myself but I know a friend said the gardens are lovely.
If it's like the shopping village in Street it tends to be the dearer brand shops, though Street does have M&S and Next in there.

jusnoneed Mon 31-Aug-20 08:59:01

Just occured to me, if you visit WSM or Burnham at the wrong time of day re tides, the sea vanishes! It goes out a long way, many a car has been trapped on the beach because people drive out not realising how the tides race in and out.
We always called it Weston super mud when we were young as sometimes that was all you saw for a few hours lol.

MawB2 Mon 31-Aug-20 08:59:39

Wells is nothing liked a seaside town!
Why ask for a recommended seaside town (thread title) if you want to go inland?

greengreengrass Mon 31-Aug-20 09:07:59

Taunton is reachable from WSM on train about twenty minutes.

Walk from station into town. Lovely museum spacious probably okay for social distancing.

Outdoor stalls. Park.

On the way from train station lovely pub on right pieminster home made pies including vegetarian ones with home made mash and gravy.

other WSM tips

Pierre whatsit on seafront now doing breakfast. You can get a loyalty card no doubt with introductory offer.

Not sure if cinemas open yet but Odeon used to be four quid with seniors club in case it rains

I love mexican food so happy that loco mexicana soon to open on prom, it is jolly and a bit different.

other restaurants closing, check online for these also

open topped bus out to sand baby no. one

Marydoll Mon 31-Aug-20 09:09:05

Oh Kate, I couldn't resist a peak at the shopping outlet website in Shepton Mallet. No chance of me visiting, but I know I would love it.

They have a Hundred Stars shop! Don't be buying any more tops! You should ask for a discount for all the business you have brought them through GN.wink

greengreengrass Mon 31-Aug-20 09:32:11

sand bay I mean not baby.

oh and potentially little known fact, there is a Warners hotel in Sand Bay WSM. Adults only.

Some locals go there for Christmas. Doesn't suit everyone but no doubt heavily discounted at the moment search online.

And bistro whatsit is called Bistrot Pierre see website. They also do Breakfast and Afternoon tea now though haven't been to either and you can sit outside on balcony if not too windy.

Juicylucy Mon 31-Aug-20 09:33:42

Mawb2 I didn’t ask for inland but the replies suggested Wells is nice. Bit harsh comment don’t you think, folk are just offering there advise as I have no idea about the area.