Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Weston-Super-Mare

Now that our kids are grown-up we tend to avoid seaside towns during the summer months, and go instead out of season. This year for a change from the lovely south coast, we took a trip to Weston-Super-Mare, just a quick whizz along the M4, turned left at Bristol and down the M5, took us about one and a half hours. Neither of us has been here before so it was somewhere new to explore. We were very lucky with the weather, it was almost like a summer's day with bright sunshine and almost warm enough to take our coats off.

The pier had burned down in 2008, but was quickly rebuilt and the new one was open for the 2010 season.



Looking back towards the town from the end of the pier you can see the new ferris wheel being built, ready for next years season.



The lovely Rog, having removed his cap as it was slightly breezy and he didn't want to lose it.



We were there quite early in the morning, so it wasn't busy on the beach, but obviously the donkey owners were expecting a busy day, as they were preparing the donkies for kiddies rides.



It was warm enough for me to have an ice cream



We paid a visit to the Seaquarium. This fish really made me laugh, this is the underside, and the eyes were actually on the top side, but there were corresponding markings underneath which made this look like a face.



Sharks viewed from below



Not a particularly good shot, but very bright and colourful



This tower is in the middle of the shopping area, its quite striking, but we could find nothing to tell us what it was or why it was there.



We sat down on a bench for lunch, and Rog disguised his can of lager, in case he was mistaken for a teenager or a drop-out!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The wheel is actually being taken down in that picture, It was originally supposed to remain there while the pier was rebuilt, but it stayed an extra year.

There is still a lot of improvements happening to that stretch of the sea front, so i think they have no choice to remove it.

joy said...

Thank you for your comment anonymous. I wouldn't normally publish a comment from an anonymous writer, but I have a feeling on this occasion you are probably right. However, I suggest in future if you are going to comment on blogs, you could at least sign your first name, just to be polite. No offence intended.

Eileen said...

Hi Joy, that tower is called 'Silica'. There's some information about it on wikipedia look under 21st century. Here's the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weston-super-Mare

Your post brought back memories - when we were children we used to go for day trips to WSM and have a ride on the donkeys.