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A traditional seaside town with one of Europe's longest golden sandy beaches

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Coast at Burnham-on-Sea

Burnham-on-Sea is an attractive town at the mouth of the River Parrett and Bridgwater Bay in Somerset. Thanks to its wide, sandy beaches, this welcoming community has been a popular seaside resort since the 18th century. Burnham-on-Sea is located at the edge of the Somerset Levels and surrounded by some of the county’s most beautiful countryside.

The town centre is a pleasant combination of traditional cafes, restaurants and independent shops. On the outskirts of Burnham-on-Sea is the beautiful Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park, featuring 42 acres of parkland, where you can walk, fish, bird-watch or enjoy a lakeside picnic. For visitors who want to experience the simple pleasures of a quintessentially British seaside resort, Burnham-on-Sea is hard to beat.

Burnham-on-Sea’s beaches are wonderful for sunbathing, swimming and enjoying a variety of old-fashioned amusements. The award-winning Main Beach features donkey rides, a launching area for boats and jet-skis and the famous pier. This magnificent Edwardian structure is one of England’s oldest illuminated piers. It’s also the country’s shortest, consisting of little more than a single pavilion, with shops, cafes and a traditional amusements hall. For a peaceful picnic or stroll along six miles of windswept sand, head to Berrow Beach, where you’ll discover a wild network of dunes, marshland and the remains of a shipwreck. Visitors should stay away from the water in Burnham-on-Sea at low tide, due to the treacherous sinking sand and mud.

Boats in the water

Twice a year, thousands of visitors attend the excellent Burnham-on-Sea Food and Drink Festival , a gathering of some of the best producers in southwest England. Live music, cooking demonstrations, competitions and plenty of children’s activities make this a great event for the whole family.

“With one of the longest stretches of golden sand in Europe, it’s no wonder Burnham-on-Sea has been one of southwest England’s most popular resorts for centuries.”

With a variety of excellent restaurants, pubs and bars, Burnham-on-Sea is a fantastic place for an evening out. Catch a show at the renowned Princess Theatre , which puts on an exciting programme of comedy, music and drama.

For a bite to eat in Burnham-on-Sea, try The Mitre, an elegant French restaurant, serving delicious flambé dishes, a wide selection of wines and a variety of beautifully presented mains. Another good option is Breaker’s, a relaxed establishment, serving a range of well cooked, reasonably priced British classics.

Burnham-on-Sea is an excellent base for exploring southwest England. Exmoor is a short drive away, a wild land of ancient woodland, towering cliffs and rugged moors where you can walk for hours without seeing another human. With its incredible Roman Baths, the ancient spa town of Bath is a must-see. Also nearby is Bristol, a cosmopolitan city with a variety of museums, galleries and live music venues to explore.

While you’re there

Burnham Pier

Enjoy views from Britain's shortest pier and try your hand at winning a cuddly toy at the arcades.

Apex Leisure and Wildlife Centre

Covering over 42 acres, this delightful park is home to tranquil lakes, picnic spots and an children's play area.

Berrow Beach

Berrow Beach is the longest stretch of sand in Europe and is home to the famous wreck of SS Nornen.

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