Looking for things to do in Brean? People are often left with the misconception that Brean is just holiday parks, and unless you are staying here then there isn’t much to offer.
So, we wanted to dispel that myth! We have come up with what you can see and do here in Brean during your stay with us, and we think you will agree that there is plenty to keep you entertained, even if you are staying with us for a week or two!
As we like to be environmentally conscious here at Holiday Resort Unity, you don’t necessarily need to take the car to do any of these activities either!
Our list of things to do in Burnham on Sea, Brean and the Surrounding Area:
A haven for lovers of nature, wildlife and walkers, Brean Down is a National Trust site which, from the top, offers panoramic views of Brean, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare, and the coast of South Wales on a clear day, which can be viewed here. Depending on the season, goats, ponies and cattle graze on the down, and you can also see the ancient fort. The walk is steep, but if you do have mobility issues, a new, all-terrain mobility scooter that can go ‘off road’ has arrived at Brean Down, so you can still enjoy a great day out with the family (pre-booking is essential). Dogs are welcome on the Down, but due to grazing animals and the steep drops and inclines it is essential they are kept on a lead at all times. At the bottom of the Down is a small National Trust shop and café, with toilets, and a car park (charges apply).
Brean Bird Garden (2.)
Brean Down Tropical Bird Garden is situated on the edge of National Trust land in an area of outstanding natural beauty and only a few yards from the beach.
It’s a great place to bring the family and an ideal opportunity to discover the rare beauty associated with tropical birds found throughout the world. There is a licensed café with indoor and outdoor seating areas and a gift shop. The Bird Garden is open from April to October from 10am until dusk.
Brean Beach (3.)
Brean beach can be accessed directly across the road from us here at Holiday Resort Unity. Offering seven miles of flat golden sands, it is ideal for a day out at the seaside!
Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round, and it is patrolled by wardens from 1st May to 30th September. Parking is available both on the beach and in the National Trust Car Park, but please abide to all tidal and beach warnings due to the mud exposed at low tide. Every year our local rescue services are called to people, dogs and vehicles that have become stuck in the mud or caught by the tide, but as long as you adhere to all the safety warnings, it is a fantastic sandy beach, ideal for sandcastles, barbecues and lots of fun!
Ride a horse on Brean Beach (4.)
Ever wanted to trot along the shoreline? Then now is your opportunity! You can book to go horse riding on Berrow Beach in the main season, and horse riding is permitted on both Brean and Berrow Beach all year round. If you wish to bring your own horse, you are welcome to do so, Berrow Beach (entrance by Unity Farm) offers parking for a Horse box/trailer (£12.00 day rate) and Brean Beach (entrance at Brean Down, £5.00 day rate).
Please respect other beach users and note that cantering and galloping are not permitted.
Brean Leisure Park (5.)
If all the fun of the fair is your cup of tea, then Brean Leisure Park is a must! With crazy golf, and a selection of rides for people of all ages (and all levels of adrenaline!), this is the UK’s largest free entry theme park! It’s generally open from May to September (seasonal opening times may vary) and throughout the year they host a variety of events including free firework displays and your chance to meet the iconic Sooty!
Full information on all the rides, attractions, prices and height restrictions are available on their website.
Brean Play (6.)
Located next to Brean Leisure Park is Brean Play, children can enjoy hours of fun at Brean’s state of the art indoor play centre opened in 2014! With three bespokely designed areas for under 2’s, under 4’s and older children, this bright and colourful environment is a safe bet for a wet weather day out! With an ocean theme, there is plenty of seating, free wifi, toilets (including an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities) and a café serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Unless the play areas are very busy when time is limited to a maximum of three hours, there are no time restrictions.
Brean Splash (7.)
Also located at Brean Leisure Park, Brean Splash adjoins Brean Play and offers a standard 25m swimming pool as well as an indoor shallow splash pool with slides and water features, outdoor water park and a new toddler pool, opened in this summer.
With disco slides, rainbow rings river slides, a seaside water play area for under 12s, and much more, this is one of Bean’s most popular attractions, whether it’s a wet or a dry day.
There are plenty of areas for spectating too!
See their website for details on everything that’s on offer, including information on up to date opening times and prices.
Brean Markets and Car Boot Sales (8.)
From Sunday-Monday at 9am, visit the Open-Air Market at Brean Leisure Park and grab a bargain! There are a large variety of stalls, food and refreshments, kiddies rides and a picnic area. At Brean Leisure Park there are also Car Boot sales on a Tuesday throughout the main season from 9am.
The Coaster Bus (9.)
Take the Service 20 Coaster Bus, with two open top buses available on the route. It runs from outside HRU every 30 minutes throughout the day Monday to Saturday and hourly every Sunday during the summer season (Easter to October half term). The service also operates a reduced frequency in the winter season.
The whole route starts at Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Village, which is situated on Marine Drive, just off of Burnham seafront and finishes at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare, travelling through Burnham, Berrow and Brean and the villages of Lympsham, Eastertown and Bleadon.
For up to date information, please click here.
Brean Golf Club (10.)
Tee off for the day at Brean Golf Club, offering 18 holes covering 5663yds from the back tees with a par of 69. No handicap is required, and it is open all year round to members and non-members, with a pro shop and friendly clubhouse.
Coastal Path Walk/Cycle to Uphill (Weston-super-Mare) (11.)
Opened in the summer of 2017, you can now walk or cycle from Brean to Uphill, known as The Brean Down Way. This flat route is part of the English Coast Path, which recently opened from Minehead to Brean Down, offering another option for keen walkers and cyclists. The path is off-road from the Sluice Gates at Diamond Farm to Uphill, making it safe for children and pets too.
Sea Fishing from Brean Beach or Brean Down (12.)
You are free to fish off of Brean Beach and Brean down, but please check the tides!
Visit Berrow Dunes Nature Reserve (13.)
Just a few hundred yards from our entrance you will find Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve, which is part of the much larger Berrow Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is also next to a National Nature Reserve, Bridgwater Bay, which is a wetland habitat of international importance.
The sand dunes lie between the high water mark and the Coast Road reaching a height of 15 metres. They have been formed from sand carried inland from the extensive tidal flats and beaches by the prevailing westerly winds.
During the Second World War, structures – known as pillboxes – were built across Somerset, including along the coast, to offer protection for soldiers guarding the land. One pillbox can be found in the north western corner of the reserve and another lies just outside the southern boundary.
Amusements, Shops & Restaurants (14.)
Along the “golden mile” you will find an array of amusement arcades, gift shops, cafes and restaurants to enjoy, well worth a meander! At certain times of year it becomes alive with events, which include the annual Country & Western Festival, where you will witness people in traditional dress walking through the streets and riding their horses, which is quite a spectacular sight!
Watch the Sun Go Down (15.)
The stretch of coastline is known for its spectacular sunsets, and there is nothing better at the end of the day than catching the sun go down. A favourite spot for photographers at dusk, popular photography sites include Berrow Wreck and the Lower Lighthouse, the only nine-legged lighthouse in Britain.