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Family-Friendly Weston-super-Mare - Spooky Caves, Adorable Animals, and Sandy Beaches

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Although Weston’s golden sands, and nearby beaches like Brean and Sand Bay are the area’s most popular family attractions, there’s also fun to be had at country farms where kids can get up close with animals and burn off energy at adventure playgrounds. The Mendip Hills offer activities like cycling, boating, and hiking, as well as caves that will fascinate children of all ages.

Interact with animals

 

About 5 miles from Weston-super-Mare, you’ll find country farms where kids can interact with baby animals like foals and fluffy chicks. They also offer adventurous play areas equipped with rope swings and slides, and activities like pony rides. To take in more exotic creatures, you can head to Bristol Zoo, 22 miles north, where you’ll see Asiatic lions, red pandas, and penguins. The Zooropia aerial-adventure rope course, which takes kids close to tree-dwelling animals like gibbons and gorillas, is a unique experience they won’t soon forget.

 

Court Farm Country Park

 

This expansive working farm has a host of activities from free tractor rides to a summertime maize maze. Animals include deer, lambs, piglets, and Shetland ponies, while trampolines, sandpits, and 2 indoor play barns will tire your little ones out.

 

Wolvershill Road, Barnwell, Weston-super-Mare BS29 6DLTel: +44 1934 822 383

 

Court Farm Country Park website

 

Puxton Park

 

This family-run park has a falconry centre, a fort, adventurous slides, and a miniature railway that runs alongside the farmyard animals. You’ll also find a restaurant and a farm shop where you can stock up on food for a picnic.

 

Cowslip Ln, Hewish BS24 6AH. Tel: +44 1934 523 500

 

Puxton Park website

Weston’s aquatic activities

 

Weston’s waters offer a plethora of activities kids will love. For an afternoon of aquatic thrills, you can head to the Water Adventure Play Park, where you’ll find a splash park with sensor-operated fountains and sprinklers, as well as a large climbing apparatus with adventurous play equipment. The park also offers plenty of grassy space where everyone can tuck into a picnic, in addition to a little café. The SeaQuarium is also next to the beach, and offers kids a hands-on experience with tropical fish and rock pool creatures.

 

Water Adventure Play Park

 

The splash pad is open from April to September, and there’s also a wooden castle, toddlers’ area, and sandpit. The park charges a small fee during peak summer months, but is free the rest of the year.

 

Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1AL. Tel: +44 1934 632 567

 

Water Adventure Play Park website

 

SeaQuarium

 

Filled with a plethora of creatures, kids will marvel at the red-bellied piranhas and the myriad jellyfish.

 

Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1BE. Tel: +44 1934 613 361

 

SeaQuarium website

 

A day at Brean

 

On a headland 11 miles south of Weston, Brean Down is a relaxing and picturesque walk, with a Victorian fort to explore on top. You can head to the other side of the Down where kids can run free on the seemingly endless Brean Sands, while you can enjoy a cup of tea at the Cove Café. Behind the holiday chalets by the beach, Brean Leisure Park is an enormous complex where you can spend a whole day. It houses a theme park with over 40 rides, a golf club, a waterpark, and features live entertainment for the whole family.

 

Brean Leisure Park

 

The theme park has roller coasters suitable for all ages, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, and waterslides.

 

Brean Sands TA8 2QY. Tel: +44 1278 751 595

 

Brean Leisure Park website

 

Caves and activities

 

The southern edge of the Mendip Hills is riddled with cave networks that will fascinate the whole family. The limestone caverns at spectacular Cheddar Gorge are full of impressive stalactites and stalagmites, and after a tour you can climb Jacob’s Ladder for panoramic views from a lookout tower. For an experience laden with mystery, you can explore Wookey Hole Cave’s eerie caverns, and fire up your kids’ imaginations with tales of King Arthur and the Wookey Witch. Cheese lovers can also try cave-aged Cheddar Cheese, a local delicacy that dates back 400 years.

 

Wookey Hole

 

As well as spooky caves, Wookey Hole’s attractions include a maze mirror, circus shows, a dinosaur valley, and the world’s largest collection of Edwardian penny arcade machines, including old pennies for playing them.

 

The Mill, High Street, Wells BA5 1BB. Tel: + 44 1749 672 243

 

Wookey Hole website

 

Family-friendly restaurants

 

You’ll find that many Weston-super-Mare restaurants keep kids in mind. Simple classics like fish sticks, sausage and mash, or scampi and chips often come in kid-sized portions, or there are specially designed children’s menus. Along the promenade are numerous fish ‘n’ chips shops where you can get a cheap takeaway to savor on the beach or lawns. There are some Italian eateries - always reliable family pleasers - where you can’t go wrong with pizza and pasta. Family-friendly pubs are also good option, especially during the day when the little ones can run around in the beer garden.

 

Tarantella

 

Less than a 5-minute walk from the beach, this unfussy family-run establishment specializes in pizzas just for kids. It’s also renowned for its rich, coffee-soaked tiramisu, which makes a lovely treat for parents.

 

29-31 St. James Street, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1ST. Tel: +44 1934 620 701

 

Tarantella website