10 things to do outdoors this May Day
PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 02 May 2017
A bit of bracing sea air and warm sunshine are staples for any West Country break - here's our guide to some of the area's best outdoor activities.
What better way to spend a dry day than to visit Weston’s greatest asset – its beach and seafront?
Walk along the promenade, if it’s a warm day pick a perfect spot for some sunbathing on the golden sand, explore the rocks at the Birnbeck end and go for a paddle in Marine Lake where the tide is always in.
Venture to the other side of Weston to visit one of the area’s top attractions, home to a wide variety of farm animals, as well as birds of prey and the new arrivals at Meerkat Manor.
Outside rides include bumper boats, where you get squirted by jets of water, rowing boats where you can steer around a small island and water walkers.
Pets can be cuddled in the new barn and children will love the play area with huge slides if you have time to head indoors.
WATER ADVENTURE PLAY PARK
Take the children to this Weston seafront attraction where they can splash around to cool off on a hot day among the many dancing fountains and sprays, cleverly triggered by sensors and buttons.
There is also an adventure playground with wooden fort attached for hours of fun and adults can have a coffee or two in the café seating area.
Families will love to sink a few balls in the pirate-themed 18-hole crazy golf course on Weston’s Beach Lawns, just off the seafront, then walk the plank in the high-wire assault course overhead.
An absolute must for anyone holidaying in the region, as it’s the South West’s biggest zoo.
Animal-lovers can spot rhinos, giraffes, elephants, lions and tigers frolicking in the Wraxall countryside.
Children will also love the many play areas, reptiles, primates and animal shows.
SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Back for its 12th year on Weston’s seafront, the theme for this year’s event is Topsy Turvey.
The sculpting team are always on hand to answer visitors’ questions and will often start a new creation to show interested folk how it’s done. The venue also has a café.
BREAN LEISURE PARK
If thrills and spills appeal head along the coast to Fun City and ride the rollercoasters, not forgetting your waterproofs for the log flume.
The attraction is home to children’s favourite Sooty and also houses Brean Splash, a fun pool with outside water slides and Brean Play, a large soft play area.
GROVE PARK AND JILL’S GARDEN
Weston has some beautiful parks but this one has it all, plus the added attraction of a memorial garden created by the BBC’s Ground Force team.
Stroll around the Mayor’s Parlour, home of the town council, with its gorgeous flowerbeds and pond, watch the children play on the swings, listen to a rousing chorus when the bandstand is in use and have a well-earned cuppa and enjoy the surroundings at the café.
MENDIP SNOWSPORT CENTRE
A short drive out of town is this activity centre in Churchill, where daredevils can try their hand at a myriad of adventurous pursuits.
Skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing can be sampled on the dry ski slope, fitness levels can be tested by an assault course or there is the slightly more sedate option of trying the latest craze to hit the UK, frisbee golf.
A climbing wall, and lessons in how to build a raft or sail a canoe are also offered.
If you like plenty of space, great views, wildlife and archaeological features then a walk to Sand Point is ideal for exploring. At the far end of Sand Bay beach, the area is an extension of the Mendip Hills, made of limestone with unusual volcanic intrusions that jut into the Bristol Channel.