weston-super-mare beach in the summer


Weston-super-Mare is one of the many seaside towns that Somerset has to offer. Since 1983, Weston has connections with Hildesheim a town in Germany so you know that the town is brimming with history, this is highlighted in all of its museums and its old steam boats.

If you’re a lover of history then Birnbeck Pier is worth visiting, as is Prince Consort Gardens which is a great spot to imagine the steamer ships carrying visitors to and from Wales. The town also boasts arcades, a sandy beach and a pier that can be explored, whenever you visit the town will always offers plenty of things to do. The summer time is one of the best times to visit Weston as you can relax in the sun with a refreshing drink or an ice cream, or even take your loved ones to one of the many restaurants that Weston-super-Mare has to offer. If going out for food isn’t for you then take a stroll around the Sea World Aquarium on the sea front and explore all of the different creatures of the sea. Grove park located at the far end of the beach is a beautiful place to spend a summers afternoon, the park offers an array of benches to sit and enjoy your lunch and to take in the scenery. The park has been kept maintained over the years by a group of dedicated volunteers who keep the park looking beautiful at all times. The park also hosts an annual flower show and has live music every Sunday.

As the British weather is so unpredictable you may find yourself wondering what to do while it’s raining. Because Weston-super-Mare has so much to offer it can even help you in times of need. From visiting the cinema in the town centre, doing some retail therapy or playing in the arcades on the pier, there is always something for you to do regardless of the weather.

Rain or shine, Weston-super-Mare is a great town to visit when you’re in Somerset.

Clarks Village

[null]Established in 1993, Clarks Village was the first shopping outlet village to open in the UK and is unlike any other. Set in the heart of Somerset just one mile from the world-famous town of Glastonbury, Clarks Village is no normal designer shopping outlet. A short drive from the M5, you’ll find over 90 designer shops, a range of restaurants and coffee shops, landscaped gardens and beautifully paved walkways. The outlet delivers prices that are up to 60% cheaper than normal high street prices, and these prices are available every day.

Whether you’re after designer fashion, homeware, cosmetics and beauty or footwear you can be sure that Clarks Village will have it. With brands such as Clarks, Superdry, Joules and The White Company there is a brand for everyone’s pocket. Plenty of seating, indoor and outdoor dining at many cafes and restaurants means it’s more than just shopping at Clarks Village. Whether it’s a coffee and cake at Costa or Caffé Nero, tea and a scone at the Cornish Bakery; choosing where and what to eat is an equally enjoyable experience.

Attracting over 4m visitors a year, Clarks Village has become not only the leading shopping centre of choice for many in the South West but a destination for many visitors to Somerset from across the UK and further afield.

Visit Clarks Village today for a great shopping experience.

Bristol Hippodrome

If you’re looking for a great, fun filled and family friendly event for the evening, then why not take a trip to the cultural hub that is the city of Bristol and visit the Bristol Hippodrome. The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the most active and popular theatres in the Southwest, and it’s not difficult to see why. Its hosted some of the biggest names in stage theatre history, with frequent visits from London’s West End and Broadway productions. So whether you’re into your musicials, ballet, opera, music gigs, stand up comedy or pantomime, there will almost always be something on show that’ll take your fancy!

Designed and built by Frank Matchan in 1912; a man whose portfolio of work includes some of the most extravagant architectural designs in the country – such as the Victoria Palace, Hackney Empire and the London Palladium, The Bristol Hippodrome is now listed as a grade II English Heritage building, making it a must-visit for Victorian-era architectural lovers. Furthermore, the auditorium has a beautiful dome above the stalls, on a good day countless audiences have had the pleasure of enjoying the opening of this dome to reveal the sky above. As the auditorium now has air conditioning, this is rarely used, but you can still request this event during intervals and it has been used as part of the prop set for music gigs and musicals! If you’re interested further in the history of the Hippodrome, why not take a guided tour and take a behind the scenes look and divulge yourself in the history of this beautiful theatre.

The Bristol Hippodrome has such a diverse list of shows it’s impossible to encapsulate the full spectrum of shows that are available. With a capacity of 1951 people, you can be guaranteed a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. From some of the biggest names in the West End such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, to big shot comedians such as Frankie Boyle, Lee Mack and Russell Howard, and children shows such as Winnie the Pooh Live, you can be almost guaranteed that there will be something on offer during your stay at the Apple Tree Hotel.

The Bristol Hippodrome has thrilled audiences for over a century and continue to do so today, so while you’re visiting us, take a trip to the Bristol Hippodrome for a fantastic night out!