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Located on the North Somerset Coast, Weston-super-Mare doesn't do Great British seaside tradition by halves. In this coastal town you'll find the usual seaside trimmings and then some; from fish n' chips and buckets n' spades to live music, donkey rides, arcades and the landmark Grand Pier, which is now a Grade II Listed monument which celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2004.
Whatever you've heard about Weston-super-Mare it's true. The resort has a stunning coastline and wondrous countryside crying out to be explored. Weston-super-Mare is also a perfect stopover should you wish to visit Cheddar, Glastonbury, Wells, Bath, Mendip and QuantockHills as they are all within easy reach of each other. Enjoy the views of Weston Bay from the top of the 40 metre Wheel of Weston or have a go at the many available watersports to be found. This traditional resort has a wide variety of entertainment too so go catch a show in the Winter Gardens, visit the SeaQuarium or check out the world's largest museum dedicated to Helicopters!
There have been quite a few changes to the seafront and promenade with the major refurbishment of the Grand Pier which was unfortunately damaged by fire in 2008 . The renovated Grand Pier is now open all year round providing state-of-the-art rides and a number of facilities offering great food and drink suiting all taste-buds.
If you happen to be on holiday in Weston-super-Mare between 29th March until the end of September 2013, you'll be able to visit the magnificent Sand Sculpture Festival that takes place along the seafront. This event started back in 2006 when two sculptors from The Netherlands created a giant King Kong using 30 tonnes of sand. In 2013, more than 20 world-class artists from around the world will descend upon Weston Bay to create a village of giant sand sculptures with the theme of 'Hollywood' – an event you will not want to miss!
Coach holidays to Weston-super-Mare are suitable for everyone as Weston Bay has miles and miles of clean sandy beaches to rival those found in Bournemouth so you can let the children play till their heart's content on the beach. Another string to the bow for Weston-super-Mare is its level Promenade making it easier for everyone to get around the seafront with ease no matter what your mobility levels are like. So let yourself go and paddle in the clear waters, take a ride on one of Weston-super-Mare's famous donkeys and cool off with a brightly coloured ice cream or chilled glass of vino, whatever takes your fancy!
Tours start from only £59 per person and each package to Weston-super-Mare includes: return coach travel, accommodation in a quality hotel (unless it's a day trip), meals and excursions.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Weston-super-Mare, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For more information about Weston-super-Mare you can visit the tourist board website at visitsomerset.co.uk
Believe it or not but the sunny seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare has lots of attractions and things to see and do whilst staying here. Here are a few to consider for your next trip:
Discover the exciting history of North Somerset from times of the past to the present day. This museum tells a wonderful story of the area's colourful past, explore Clara's Cottage, a typical Westonian's Home in the 1900's. Or perhaps investigate archaeology of the Mendips and the area's natural history.
Set in the Somerset countryside, the Puxton Park is a great day out for the family allowing children to learn, explore and most importantly have fun! Enjoy outdoor activities such as mini golf, a maze, a giant fort and pay a visit to the farmyard animals – there are feeding and petting times throughout the day. Watch flying demonstrations and a special owl encounter
The Weston-super-Mare Pier is a great attraction for everyone and is located on the Bristol Channel. Re-opened in 2010, the pier has a variety of attractions for both children and adults including Go Karting, Dodgem cars, a Helter Skelter, a Laser Maze and Britain's smallest rollercoaster the 'Robocoaster'.
Located on the southern edge of the Mendips, Wookey Hole are a series of caves which were used in the Stone Age for shelter. The caves are now lit beautifully and still have a river flowing through them today. The Caves aren't the only attraction at Wookey Hole; explore dinosaur valley, the fairy garden, clown museum and the magical mirror maze.