Our day trip to Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

A sunny day in the summer holidays; perfect weather for our annual day trip to Weston-super-Mare. Weston is a traditional bucket and spade resort, with donkeys and a pier, and we always have a fun day out.

Weston - tide is out as usual
Weston promenade

As usual, the tide was out when we arrived and we were greeted with an expanse of golden sand and mud. Nobody ever seems to mind, I think I’d be disappointed if the tide was actually in!

Crazy Hills putting

I had initially planned to take the kids to the water park but when we saw how busy it was we decided to give it a miss and head next door to the crazy golf course. We’ve played here on previous visits, and nothing has changed over the years.

There are 18 holes to conquer, some with features such as a windmill with moving sails, others with mounds or hollows in them. It’s an enjoyable way to waste an hour or so although the kids got miffed when I won, despite blatant cheating from my son.

Crazy golf course in Weston
Crazy golf course in Weston

It was a blazing hot day, and although I love the heat it was pretty tiring. Fortunately ice cream does wonders to revive hot kids so we stopped at PJ’s Ice Cream parlour on the seafront. There were loads of flavours to choose from; I enjoyed rhubarb and custard, my daughter had banoffee whilst my son had his usual favourite of vanilla!

Weston Sand Sculpture festival

We really enjoyed the sand sculpture festival on our visit to Weston last year so I had been looking forward to seeing the new exhibition. The 2014 theme is ‘Once upon a time’, which is all about stories. Over 4000 tonnes of sand have been used to create the sculptures which are made from just sand and water.

Weston-super-Mare 2014 sand sculptures
Weston-super-Mare 2014 sand sculptures

There were a wide variety of sculptures, from ‘The Hunger Games’ through to one of Aesop’s fables, ‘The lion and the mouse’. They didn’t disappoint, the detail that the sculptors had managed to carve into the sand was amazing.

This year there were more photo points where you could be photographed as part of the scene, for example, seated at the Mad Hatters tea party.

Weston-super-Mare 'Once upon a time' sand sculptures
Weston-super-Mare ‘Once upon a time’ 2014 sand sculptures

If you’re in Weston over the summer do look out for the sculptures; I definitely recommend them.

Our visit to the festival was followed by a session spent feeding 2p coins into arcade machines. Much to the kids disgust they lost all of their money but at least they learnt one of life’s lessons.

All in all, another successful day out at Weston!

More info:

  • Crazy Hills Putting in Weston costs £3 for adults, £2 for children aged 11 and under. The course is along the promenade, next to the water park.
  • The Weston sand sculpture festival costs £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for children aged 3-15. A family tickets costs £10. Opening dates and times for the 2015 sculptures (different sculptures to those shown above) 10am-5pm until 27th September 2015.
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23 thoughts on “Our day trip to Weston-super-Mare, Somerset”

  1. Wow those sculptures are amazing! That looks like a really fun day out, although it makes me feel a bit pathetic with my tiny little sand castles!
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  2. WOW that sounds like a great family place to go all together and make some great memories. Those sculptures look absolutely amazing and its awesome that you can get pictures with some of them as part of the scene!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Love all the sunny family photos. #sharewithme

  3. Awe those sand sculptures are AMAZING!!
    They have the same sort of thing in Holland every year and my grandfather usually sends some pictures. 🙂 It’s really amazing what you can do with sand and especially when it’s all made by hand! 😮

    Really lovely read!

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Some of the sculptors at Weston are Dutch, might be the same ones your grandfather gets to see!

  4. I used to go to Weston Super Mare as a child and my Mum always reminds me how, as a toddler, I sat in the mud and ruined a new pale cream cardigan I was wearing! As an older child I remember the sand sculptures and loved them. Apparently the sand there has really good sculpting properties! Glad you had a god day.

    1. Thanks Rosie. Isn’t it funny the things you remember! I heard that the sand was good for sculptures too, I wonder in what way though, will have to look it up now.

  5. Those sand sculptures are fantastic! I have never seen anything like that in person and I think if I did, my rebellious side would kick in and give me an urge to leap right on one, lol!!! Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH x

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