Weston-super-Mare is the largest town in North Somerset with a population of over 77,000. The town is set to grow further through a mixture of residential and commercial development during the forthcoming years.
Located on the Bristol Channel coast, Weston-super-Mare is a seaside town with a range of regeneration projects and exciting developments such as:
- The Grand Pier (which re-opened in October 2010)
- Dolphin Square
- Rotunda (Tutto restaurant opened June 2012 - now occupied by Bistrot Pierre)
- Improvements to High Street (south) (completed June 2012)
Weston beach provides an expansive area for a range of activities including wind and water sports and major events. The town also includes a selection of restaurants, cafes, and bars.
As well as benefitting from £11m Civic Pride investment in the town centre and seafront, Weston has also seen the completion of a £34m investment to improve sea defences, upgrade seafront roads and enhance the promenade with new lighting, seating and public art.
Being situated at Junction 21 of the M5 motorway, Weston-super-Mare provides a convenient business location with access to the South West of England. Bristol Airport is within 25 minutes drive and there are regular train services to Bristol and London Paddington, and to the north.
There is an unprecedented level of commercial property development coming forward in Weston, providing opportunities for businesses to expand or relocate. Further details of investments and opportunities in Weston can be found in the Weston - thriving and growing brochure.
Leisure facilities and attractions
There are numerous attractions and leisure facilities in and around Weston-super-Mare. For example:
- Weston beach provides over two miles of sandy beach and promenade with views over the Channel. The beach provides an expansive area for walking, relaxing, partaking in beach activities, wind and water sports. Here you will also find the Grand Pier (which includes state of the art rides as well as traditional favourites), a 40m Observation Wheel, Pirate Adventureland and the SeaQuarium.
- At the Playhouse Theatre a wide variety of productions are held including ballet, music, drama and opera.
- Uphill Hill is a Local Nature Reserve which has won the Green Flag Award again in 2016. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its grasslands supporting a variety of insect species. It is located to the south of Weston-super-Mare in the village of Uphill, and overlooks the River Axe estuary. The adjacent Walborough Nature Reserve, which is owned and managed by the Avon Wildlife Trust, also supports a number of rare plants and insects.
- Weston Woods covers an area of 130 hectares to the north of the town and is a designated Local Nature Reserve. There is a network of paths within Weston Woods and an Iron Age hill fort at its western edge.
- Various leisure centres including @Worle, The Campus, Hans Price Sports Centre and Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
Have your say on the future plans for Weston-super-Mare
Ambitious plans for the future of Weston-super-Mare’s town centre are being developed. North Somerset Council wants to build on recent successes and help Weston become a lively university town where more people want to live, learn and spend their leisure time.
Further information within this website:
- Business locations - Weston-super-Mare and J21 Enterprise Area
- Business in North Somerset map (pdf, 12MB) - showing a selection of businesses in North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare including details of sector, location and company logo
- Education: including a full list of schools in the Weston-super-Mare area
- North Somerset - Connecting People, Inspiring Business (pdf) - details the advantages of being a business in North Somerset
Further information on Weston-super-Mare can be found at:
- Weston-super-Mare Town Council website
- Weston-super-Mare Chamber of Commerce website
- Birnbeck Pier - Friends of the Old Pier Society website - historical images of Birnbeck Pier
(© Photo source: In the Frame)