Focus on …. Weston-Super-Mare

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It’s super-duper!!!

Of course it’s super but it’s not what its name means.  The super-Mare bit comes from mediaeval Latin meaning on or above the sea.  Weston grew from a tiny village of about 100 people to a thriving Victorian seaside resort of nearly 20,000 people.  In 1860 there were more than 100 bathing machines, basically sheds on wheels that allowed bathers to change and enter the sea whilst preserving their modesty.

Children’s author Roald Dahl lived in the town during his childhood.  And General Eisenhower visited Weston Wood for a night in 1944 en route to take part in the D Day landings in WW2 in his role as Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

The Grand Pier now enjoys the title of being the most expensive in the world, having been restored to the tune of £52 million investment after it was largely destroyed by fire in 2008. The go karting is highly recommended along with all the traditional pier amusements and eateries.

And if you find yourself in need of some retail therapy, Weston boasts a wide selection of independent shops as well as the high street chains.