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What's special about Burnham-on-Sea?

If you're looking to visit a classic seaside resort with your family this year, Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset is the perfect location for you. The magnificent stretch of sandy beach offers something for everyone, rivalling that of nearby beach powerhouse Weston-super-Mare.

But what is there to enjoy in the historic town? What activities are there to keep everyone entertained? There's a simple answer to that question; plenty.

Here are two reasons why Burnham-on-Sea is a special place to enjoy a family holiday:

The history

Lined with Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the coastal town has a fascinating history behind it. It was originally positioned at the end of the Somerset and Dorset Railway line, something that has recently been celebrated with signals and railway buffers on the approach to the town.

It's even home to Britain's shortest pier which measures just 37 metres! Built in 1911, it's no more than a shoreward end pavilion on concrete piles – but is still a lovely and important landmark. On the pier, you'll find a range of things to do…

The activities

 

The shortest pier in Britain can be found in Burnham-on-Sea ❤️

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On the pier, you'll find an amusement arcade and cafe, art deco cinema and theatre, while there's plenty more to do in the area. Donkey rides, jet-skiing and sailing are all available to enjoy on or around the beach, meaning the whole family can be entertained for hours on end.

Golf and fishing are also pastimes that are often enjoyed here, while walkers are in for a treat - the eight-mile stretch of sand reaches from Burnham-on-Sea, north to the holiday villages of Berrow and Brean, across to the National Trust Headland of Brean Down.

It's also dog-friendly for most of the year, with seasonal restrictions on the main Burnham Beach, so, if you love taking your dog for a walk, you're also in luck!

To find out more about activities in Burnham-on-Sea, read our guide to six awesome family-friendly things to do.

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