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Welcome to my home of Weston Super Mare!
Weston-super-Mare in General
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Weston-super-Mare in General
Advantages: The gateway to the rest of Somerset
Disadvantages: Not loads to do, you can do everything in a day
A year and half ago I made some life changing decisions. I had a friend that needed to move out of her home in Yorkshire pronto and me, well I was living with my parents in Coventry in at the grand old age of 35. I had no job, no boyfriend apart from the odd dalliance and a raging eating disorder that was threatening to destroy my life. Then my best friend who ran a pub up here in Weston asked me to come to her News Year Eve bash and me and my friend who I previously mentioned decided to come in a caravan and we stayed a whole month and loved it here.
In that time I fell in love with Weston Super Mare and so did my friend. After a month we had decided to do a flat-share but where to live was of major discussion and together we wanted to come back here after being bored back at hers in Hull so I broke the news to my parents I was moving out and me and my mate left to come to Weston back in her caravan to find somewhere to live. On route though we had a major car crash where I got injured and she lost her car and caravan so we ended up living at my mates pub and then we found the flat I live in now, we did together for a year and a bit but sadly it didn't work out with us sharing we moved in and I been here ever since and it was the best move I ever made.
Why Move Here?:
Well I'm a West Midlands lass and its shocking just how many brummies are here so I feel rather at home really. Not being far away from the Midlands many people moved here after many a day triip and holidaying at the place when they were children. I'm sure there are more people from the midlands than anywhere else even people from Weston here, its friendly though I have heard other people who are outsiders like me complain but me, well I made many new friends here believe me and never had a problem with locals at all.
What you get with Weston is a muddy but sandy beach that overlooks Cardiff. Our beach apart from the water is great with a fantastic pier with all the usual and amusements on it. Recently rebuilt due to a fire with a chip pan it is full of places to eat, rides, clean loos a bar and its always busy, especially on warm sunny days and it really is a very impressive building indeed.
We have the winter gardens which houses exhibitions and weddings, Sea world and so much to do and see on the beach its great. Regularly there is a punch and Judy show, lots of fish sellers and donkey rides for a pound a go plus little beach stalls for all your souvenirs. We have the Playhouse theatre too which we recently had Jethro visit, Grove Park which has a statue dedicated to Jill Dando who comes from here and is a lovely park, a huge new adventure playground on the seafront, lots of parking areas, buses and cabs.
We have alot of old fashioned hotels and caravan parks and b + b's too. All of which I have seen need a flipping good revamp but it all adds to the 1970's charm of the place in my opinion. We have lots of places to eat too and have a really good Greek section to which I can highly receomend Seawards Hotel for its lovely Greek cuisine (open to non patrons but a little on the pricey side but oh so worth it) and Nicks Bar which does all sorts of fare with Bazaar (another Greek restaurant right next door to it) which is mazing. Of course we have lots of take aways and bars too as well as posher restaurants like The Cottage and The Flute De Paris, if you want a decent fish and chip place I do recommend trying The Regent Café to eat in to which fish and chips is Abbot £6.00 and gorgeous though The Waterfront (jst opposite the pier) is a take away offering fish and chips (and other things too) at just £3.95 (providing you don't mind a few bones and skin on the fish that is!).
The bars and nightlife here is so so. We have many late bars here some open as late as 5.30 with free entry plus a club called Vision that does a foam party once a month, a bikers friendly bar and allsorts there really is something to suit everyone. Because of the pier we have a lot of displays and exhibitions in the town plus on a Thursday night a bikers meet on the seafront.
The negatives includes the one way system around the town and the shops. If your looking for decent shopping opportunities don't bother and save yourself from coming is my top tip....in fact divert yourself to Bristol. The shops here are rubbish and the fashion is awful. I'm damned if I can find a nice going out dress anywhere in this town but if your looking for cheap and/or tacky souvenir shops you won't be disappointed as there are loads of them lol.
Just off the beach road you have Clarence park which is pretty, free to wander round with toilets and ice cream available. There is a little shack of a café which does a great brekkie for £2.50 and is always friendly.
I think this place is great for a day, worth going on the Weston Wheel for views over and beyond Weston for a fiver a person and often there is a steam fair on the beach. I'm pretty sure young children would be bored for more than a couple of days here, you can't really swim in our water but this place is warm and charming in its own right if not a little old fashioned and laid back. We have all ages visit, it goes very quiet in winter and the sand sculptures (small fee to get in) are incredibly popular to view as is the small train that goes up the prom for £2.50 each.
I'm glad I live here, love seeing the holiday makers enjoying themselves and just just wish I could take a swim!
Summary: I love it!