Somerset’s premier seaside town is Burnham-on-Sea. Lying on the southern coastline of the Bristol Channel, the town is famous for its tidal range, the second highest in the world. Yet it does not only appeal to geographers - its beautiful lighthouses, churches and harbour are all something to behold. In the summer months the most popular appeal of the town has to be its long and beautiful sandy beach. The weather in the South West England during the summer is excellent and the town is very popular with families from across the United Kingdom. Often these families will stay for a few days on their way to a cottage in Cornwall as the town is a great halfway point between the major cities and the far side of the vast Cornish peninsula. A bed and breakfast in Burnham-on-Sea is a great way to stay right by the beach, but cottages are the best for exploring the less crowded areas of the town. You can also get a cottage in Somerset and travel into Burnham by car, this will mean you can stay near Exmoor National Park or Taunton but still have great access to the town. A cottage in North Devon will also grant you good proximity to the seaside town and its surrounding attractions.
Where to StayA cottage in Burnham-on-Sea will have all the charms of a traditional Somerset cottage. By self-catering a family or large group can save a lot of money of food compared to eating out and facilities such a washing machines and fridges are really handy for those staying more than three days. Cottages can be found on the outskirts of town, away from the busy promenade and in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the town. Hinkley headland is a great place to go hiking and lies just 6 km from the town centre. Those visiting for an extended amount of time should take a city break to Bristol or bed and breakfast in Bath , which are the largest cities in the area.
- Burnham-on-Sea is home to one of the longest stretches of beach in the UK!
- The game of skittles originates in Somerset – it’s where American bowling derives from!
- The Glastonbury Festival which takes place in Somerset is the world’s biggest performing arts festival!
- The small town of Cheddar in Somerset is home to the world famous English Cheedar Cheese!
Things to see and doThere are many fun things to see and do in Burham-on-Sea and the town is an ideal place to take families. Away from the impressive beach (where you can take donkey rides during the summer), Burham-on-Sea’s Apex Park is a peaceful wildlife haven that is open to the public. Inside the park there are places to fish, sit down, picnic and there is also a skate park and children’s play area. Several golf courses surround Burnham-on-Sea including the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club which is a highly regarded championship course. It’s not just outdoor activities that the town specialises in – you can also take part in pottery painting, air rifle target practice and sports such as 5-a-side football at King Alfred’s Sport Centre. Burham is home to a wide range of excellent restaurants and bars where you can sample locally caught fish and tasty Somerset beers and cider.
There are some excellent shopping opportunities in Burham too and the town is a hub for local people. The high street is full of excellent shops where you can find everything from souvenirs to clothes and traditional food shops and chain outlets! If you fancy getting out of Burnham for a day trip then there’s plenty of great places to go in the local area – the mystical Glastonbury Tor is located close by, as is the bustling seaside town of Weston Super Mare. Situated a little further up the M5 motorway, Bristol is one of the UK’s hippest cities and is home to a vibrant cultural scene and excellent museums and galleries.