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      02.02.2009 12:43
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      A great alternative to the big Holiday resorts at a lower price

      Before I start let me just say that Unity Farm is officially in Brean Sands, although it is on the main road as you go onto Burnham on Sea, so in reality it's pretty much between the two (Just wanted to explain before someone points out this is in the wrong guide).

      Unity Farm is a fantastic, largely unknown large Holiday Park situated in Brean Sands, Somerset, and just half a mile or so from Burnham on Sea and only 6 miles from Weston Super Mare.
      When I first visited the site back in the early 90's it was mainly just a site with a permanent Fair (Brean Leisure Park) and a huge car boot sale on Sunday mornings. But even back then it was a great place to go and spend the day/weekend with friends.

      During the last few years Unity Farm, the Holiday/Caravan Park which was added during the mid 90's has steadily grown to a quite impressive size, with lots of amenities and Leisure facilities added.

      Firstly, it's no Butlins, it's professionally run and a very nice place but Butlins has been around decades and although I've not been there since a young teenager, from memory Butlins was huge with huge facilities and entertainment, but in saying that I think Brean has a charm to it that Butlins/Pontins/Haven, etc doesn't have. It seems more personal and the staff more friendly and approachable. Not to mention that although busy it never seems as crowded and hectic as these huge Holiday resorts.

      As you first drive into Unity Farm Holiday Park you book in at the small office type room to your right. If you are staying for the weekend then you simply book in, get your key and find your caravan, or find your plot if you have your own caravan or tent.
      If you are staying for the week then you go into the Entertainment Bar (Dickies) at a pre specified time (Which is included with all other Holiday info sent to you when you book) and you queue for your key with the other Holiday makers arriving on that day.
      This sounds like an odd way to do things but to be honest it is far quicker for the staff and they simply hand out welcome packs with your key so you are only waiting 5 minutes at the most.

      Once you have your key (If you have booked a caravan) then you drive around to it. Each caravan plot has a free parking ticket, plus you can purchase an extra ticket for an extra car or guests during the week for £2.00 (Although I'm told this has now risen to £4.00), But when I last went for a weekend with friends we were given a free car parking ticket for every two adults, up to three cars so I'm sure this applies to holidays as well.

      I've stayed at the Holiday Park four times now (A Holiday and three weekend breaks) and have seen the 4, 6 and 8 berth caravans, and believe me they are among the best I've ever stayed in.
      They are huge, spacious, very smart and come with everything you need and expect from a modern caravan.
      My only slight niggle is that the single beds in the 8 berth caravans are a little on the narrow side, but are fine in the 4 and 6 berth's.

      As well as the caravans they also have some fantastic looking Villa's and lodges which range from 2 berth to 6 berth but I've yet to stay in these so cannot really give an accurate assessment, although they do look very nice on the website.

      When you arrive you are given a welcome pack which includes your key, all information about the Park, details about how to contact staff, phone numbers, emergency information, etc.... Special offers for rides at Brean Leisure Park (Which is less than 10 minutes walk at most, depending on where your caravan is), a free swimming band for everyone, a huge pack of leaflets with money off coupons for local attractions and a welcome food pack (Milk, Eggs, Bread, etc).

      There is also an option to order breakfast everyday, which is delivered to your caravan every morning (A fry up when I was there was £2.99), an option to order a patio set for the side of your caravan (£10) plus things like high chairs, wheelchairs, extra linen, etc, etc). All in all the prices are not bad.

      You also get the following free facilities and services....

      Gas & Electricity
      Bed Linen
      Welcome food pack (For 7 day stay or more)
      One swimming session per person per day
      Children & Adult entertainment
      Piglet Club (7 to 12 year olds)
      Fishing (Rod licence required)
      Cash bingo club
      Plus you also get half price green fees for the 18 hole golf course on site, as well as discounts on tokens and wristbands for the Brean Leisure Park (Normally £18.99 for adults and £9.99 for kids), wristbands give you unlimited rides.

      As briefly mentioned above there is lots to do on site, the Brean leisure Park is open daily from 10am (Although times vary with all facilities off peak) and although not massive you can easily spend a day there and not get bored... with lots of rides, arcades, bars, comedy club, restaurant, fast food and more.
      This is open to the general public although Unity Farm holiday makers get the discounts. what I do like about the Leisure Park though is that it doesn't get hugely packed out so that you are queueing for hours for each ride. when I've been the kids have barely waited any longer than ten minutes for a ride, and usually can get straight on most things.

      There is also a large Market on Saturday's and Sunday's as well as a car boot sale on Sunday's (The market is also at another caravan park just 5 minutes up the road on Wednesday's) and to be honest it's one of the best markets I've seen. Best deal being the huge fluffy towel stall in which I bought three for £10, and believe me they are fantastic value.

      Also on site is the Swimming Pool, the Tavern club which is a restaurant and also an entertainment/comedy club for Adults at night, Tavern Country and Western club, Golf course, Bingo Hall.
      Plus the largest family entertainment club... Dickies. Which is the most popular family gathering place during the evenings with live entertainment, food and arcade type machines for the kids and adults.

      The Entertainment mainly caters for kids up until 9pm and then turns to a more adult audience... Nothing blue as kids are still allowed inside, but no more Cheeky girls or S Club 7 and usually a live band.
      Last time I was there for the weekend they had Buck Fizz there. And I've also seen on their website that they've had other biggish acts, especially in the summer.

      Next to Dickies there is also a small arcade mainly for kids, a take away which sells everything from fish & chips to curries to kebabs and a place to hire small carts to ride around the site... These come for one, two or four people and are great fun, and not bad value at £10 per hour for a four person cart.

      Also on site are shops, a café, laundrette, children's play area, take away and more.

      As I've mentioned this is not the biggest Holiday Park you will ever visit but there is more than enough on site to keep you entertained for a week or even two. But Brean also has beaches, shops, Bars, restaurant's café's, etc all within walking distance plus you have Burnham on Sea just 5 minutes drive up the road and Weston Super Mare just 6 miles away.
      So a week or two here can easily be filled and there is a lot to do for all ages.

      I would recommend Unity Farm and Brean leisure Park to any family who enjoy these places but are looking for a cheaper and in my opinion better alternative to Butlins, Pontins, Haven, etc.
      They also offer some great last minute deals on their websites http://www.hru.co.uk/home and http://www.brean.com/index.asp

      My kids love it here and are never bored. The resort is busy but never packed to the rafters so you can enjoy all the facilities within a great atmosphere without waiting around for too long. The only busy place is Dickies, so it's advisable to get a seat early (i.e. 7-7:30pm).

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        07.06.2008 10:54

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        lovely place to go for a break for everyone

        Burnham on sea is a lovely sea side resort right in the centre of a whole host of Englands most famous and interesting attractions. Situated in somerset between Bristol and Bath , it is the perfect place to go for a holiday or long weekend in england as thers just so much to do, visit glastonbury, bath, bristol (great for shopping and sightseeing) cheddar gorge, wookey hole, various wildlife parks, Clarks outlet village, weston super mare, theme parks, etc, theres even a theme park on a beach near by in Brean, however the actual town is as laid back or fun as you like, it has many shops, pubs and restaurants and its own beautiful golden sandy beach stretching to resorts such as Brean Sands and Berrow. The area steeped in history, however, has a modern twist with its newer shops and attractions.The atmosphere is very friendly and the restaurants are not too expensive. Perfect for beach and history lovers as well as those in need of a little retail therapy!

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        17.12.2001 22:52
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        We stayed at Burnham-on-Sea for a week, in a caravan during October. On the first day we walked from the caravan park along the sea front into the centre of the town. Our first impression was that the place seemed to be abandoned as we hardly saw any other people, but this was only along the sea front. On our way back we walked through the shopping area of the town which is centred around a road which runs parallel to the sea front, about 100 metres back from the front. This is a bustling shopping centre with a good variety of shops and quite a number of places to have a drink or a meal. In this shopping area it is a pleasant change for a seaside resort not to have shop after shop selling cheap, tacky gifts and souvenirs. There are a whole selection of small independent shops selling a whole variety of different and interesting products. On the sea front there are a couple of amusement arcades, but these do not spoil the front at all. There is also a very small pier, and a wide promenade all the way along the front. There is an enormous beach that goes on for seven miles from Burnham-on-Sea to Berrow and Brean Sands. However the sea water looks absolutely filthy and certainly not what I would want to swim in. As well as looking very dirty, there was a green layer of “something” along the edge of the water. Obviously I have been watching too many of The Simpsons TV programmes as my first thought was that this had something to do with the Hinkley Point nuclear power station that you can see in the distance. I suppose the water is so dirty looking at Burnham as it is at the mouth of the River Severn and this must be all of the silt that comes down with the river water. When you look out to sea from Burnham across the Bridgwater Bay towards the Bristol Channel you can see a lot of land. To the right you look at South Wales and to the left North Devon. This does give a very sheltered area and a calm sea. T
        he town has a very good feel to it and everybody is very friendly. There are plenty of places for walks around the town and a stroll up the wide open beach is very pleasant. At the north end of the town there is a wooden lighthouse on the beach which has replaced the old stone lighthouse that is a few hundred yards inland. The old lighthouse has been converted into a private house and I am very jealous as it has always been a wish of mine to live in an old converted lighthouse. Burnham is an old Victorian resort and although it is still a small resort it is situated in a great position for visiting the many attractions in Somerset. Also it is very easy to get to, being just a couple of miles from Junction 22 on the M5 motorway. The town also has a swimming pool, library, sports centre and cinema, together with a good selection of pubs and restaurants. We enjoyed our stay at Burnham. It is not the place to come to if you want to go night clubbing or live the high life, but for a very relaxing break in a very pleasant town then I can recommend Burnham-on-Sea.

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