Places to visit on a rainy day in Weston and North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 21:00 18 May 2018
We all hope the sun stays out when we book a trip to the sea or countryside but if storm clouds loom there is no reason to be gloomy with these ten fun things to do in and around Weston and North Somerset.
You cannot miss this impressive building on its short pier in between the Grand Pier and the Tropicana on Weston’s seafront. The Seaquarium is ideal for the whole family who will love the colourful range of freshwater, marine and tropical species such as sharks, puffer fish and piranhas, showcased in 10 different zones.
2. GRAND PIER
One of Weston’s best-known landmarks, the popular attraction has plenty to keep everyone busy on a wet afternoon.
Activities are suitable for all ages − ranging from go-karts and Formula One simulators, to soft play areas and thrill rides and all under one roof.
There is also a good selection of places to eat and drink including a lively bar and the elegant Tiffany’s tearoom.
Weston’s newly-refurbished, free-to-enter museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the town’s past, being full of interactive displays and information providing lots to see and do.
And with its high-value touring exhibitions, there is always something new to discover at the Burlington Street attraction, or you can just enjoy freshly-brewed coffee and cake in the nostalgic courtyard cafe.
A specialist museum for aviation enthusiasts can be found on the outskirts of town, too − Weston Helicopter Museum boasts a superb range of aircraft and children’s activities, plus it hosts regular events.
4. SOFT PLAY
Younger family members with energy to burn will love Jump ‘n’ Jackz, Kidsville and Worle Party Centre, three indoor play centres in Weston’s Oldmixon Estate and Worle.
Bouncy castles, slides, inflatable assault courses and ball pits await.
Puxton Park, in Hewish, also boasts a huge play barn, making it another attraction which is great family fun whatever the weather.
AJ’s Karting and Laser Quest is the perfect entertainment for older children and more energetic adults.
Also located on the Oldmixon estate, AJ’s offers speed freaks the chance to race 200cc go-karts around a multi-tiered track or grab a laser and use stealth and strategy to outwit opponents.
6. ESCAPE ROOMS
Lock And Code offers a slightly different type of thrill for those seeking a quirky activity for older children and adults in Weston. There is a choice between two venues on opposite sides of town with a choice of two rooms in each. The games require team work, problem solving and quick-thinking actions to work your way out of the escape room before time runs out.
7. BECOME LORD OR LADY OF THE MANOR
A short trip north on the M5 takes you to two gorgeous stately homes, Clevedon Court and Tyntesfield which you could peruse. Both owned by the National Trust, Clevedon Court is a 14th Century manor house with 18th century terraced-garden and Tyntesfield, in nearby Wraxall, is a Victorian country house built by one of the country’s richest commoners who made his money in fertiliser.
8. NOSTALGIA TRIP
For those who don’t mind venturing a bit further out of town to Portbury, a trip down memory lane can be accessed at Oakham Treasures.
This veritable collection of retail and farm memorabilia from the last century. Displays include a grocery store, haberdashery, chemist, tobacconist and sweet shop, plus the most recent addition, Bletchley Park Post Office, which has been transported from its former home at the World War Two top secret code-breaking base. The museum was started by a West Country farmer who through his love of old farm machinery has collected more than 150 vintage tractors from all over the world for the display and it is all under cover.
9. WATCH A MOVIE
The latest blockbuster films can be viewed at either of Weston’s two cinemas, the Odeon, in the Centre, or Cineworld in the new Dolphin Square leisure complex.
10. CULTURE VULTURES
A drizzly afternoon could be whiled away by catching a production at the town’s main theatre, The Playhouse, which has been at its High Street site since 1946 but was rebuilt in 1969 after being destroyed by fire in 1964.
The 664-seat venue hosts 300 productions a year and spans the genres of music, drama, comedy, dance, musicals, film, children’s shows and of course pantomime, oh yes it does!