Our round-up of the best entertainment and things to do in Weston-super-Mare includes a choice of theatre and cinema venues and some amazing beaches.
Entertainment in Weston-super-Mare
Film fans are spoilt for choice in Weston-super-Mare with two cinema complexes to choose from.
The largest is Cineworld Weston-super-Mare, an eight-screen complex directly behind our Weston-super-Mare Seafront hotel. Part of the new Dolphin Square leisure area, the cinema screens all the latest Blockbuster action across 2D and Real3D screens, while there are six nearby restaurants and cafés spanning burgers, pizzas and Mexican food as well as a climbing wall and Anytime Fitness centre.
On the other side of Oxford Street is Odeon Weston-super-Mare. The four-screen cinema complex has several theatres kitted out with their luxury Premier seats with the usual range of snacks and drinks on offer in the main foyer.
Beaches in Weston-super-Mare
Land yachting in Weston-super-Mare
There are two theatres in Weston-super-Mare, and handily they’re located a short distance from each other in Grove Park Village just north of the town centre.
The largest of them is The Playhouse, a 664-seat theatre dating back to 1946. The theatre has a wide entertainment remit including opera, ballet, West End productions, tribute nights, family events, comedy and pantomime. Big-name performers including Bob Monkhouse and Frankie Howerd and Frankie Carr. A very active theatre with over 300 shows each year, The Playhouse has a fully licensed bar for pre-show drinks, and there’s several nearby bars and pubs including The Black Cat Micropub and The Brit Bar if you fancy continuing your night elsewhere.
At the northern edge of Grove Park Village on Wadham Street is The Blakehay Theatre, a 200-capacity community-driven theatre housed in a converted church. Like The Playhouse, it has a broad cultural remit spanning live shows, cinema screenings, local and regional theatre, music, art exhibitions, interactive talks and more. Make sure to get there early to check out The Theatre Bar and their small courtyard which opens an hour before shows selling locally sourced drinks, great coffee and ice cream.
On the South West coast of England looking back towards Wales, Weston-super-Mare has a wide variety of beaches to choose from.
The most central and obvious place to start is the Weston-super-Mare main beach which runs from the Water Play Adventure Park alongside the Weston-super-Mare Golf Club. Right in the heart of the town, the beach is packed with activities and entertainment including the Grand Pier, the SeaQuarium, donkey rides and plenty of nearby amusements, cafés and bars. The vast beach is perfect for kite-flying, sunbathing and sand castles – and if you’re feeling competitive, you can take part in the annual Sand Sculpture Festival that runs from the end of March each year. The Bristol Channel has one of the largest tidal ranges in the UK, meaning low tide exposes acres of mudflats while at high tide the water can rise up to the pier – please check the tide timings before you go exploring!
Right at the top end of Weston-super-Mare’s beach is Marine Lake, a man-made lake built in 1927 to provide all-day bathing due to the region’s especially low tides. The small beach is popular with families and is a more secluded, quieter option to the main stretch of beach.
Several miles south of Weston-super-Mare is Brean Beach, a stunning seven-mile stretch of golden sand that carves around a 100m-tall headland. Just a five-minute drive from our Weston-super-Mare Lympsham hotel, it’s one of the longest beaches in Europe, popular with walkers, dog-walkers and beach sports including land yachting (yes, that’s actually a thing) and other on- and off-water activities. And if you’re in the mood for exploring, there are a number of fascinating archaeological sites including Roman temple, Iron-Age fort and a 19th-century fort on top of the headland. Due to the extreme tidal movements, take care when exploring the uncovered mudflats at low tide and make sure to know when the tide is due back in.