Well the kids love seeing the Red Arrows and as we had never been to Somerset for a break, since it always seems to be one of those counties we pass through, usually to Devon or Cornwall! So checking their display schedule, Weston’s 2 day air show looked ideal to put that right.
Everytime you see the Red Arrows, you cannot fail to be impressed by their split second timing, sheer nerves of steel of the pilots and thundering noise they create flying overhead – we weren’t disappointed. Half an hour of aerial tricks, loops, different formations, red, white and blue smoke streams and precision flying leaves you in awe at the sight of the seven strong team. If that wasn’t enough the real plane buffs could watch all sorts of other displays including the old spitfire, think they send that there just to stir the pensioners!
We stayed at the nearby BEST WESTERN Webbington Hotel and Spa, which was around 8 miles away. As much as anything, knowing the British weather, we chose this hotel because of the spa, the kids loved it in the pool. Don’t be put of by the motorway being nearby, the terrace when it’s sunny has stunning views and if you’re lucky enough to get weather of plus twenty degrees centigrade, as we did, it’s perfect for an early evening outdoor meal. Couldn’t fault the service, food and overall location, there is plenty nearby.
We stayed 3 nights overall, as Weston has plenty of kids things, the log flume type ride on the front is a sure fire hit in hot weather. The beaches in these parts do see the sea disappear a long way out, as was the case at nearby Breen Sands and Berrow beach which boast a long sandy stretch ideal for all ages. We even decided to trek off to Minehead for a day and back on the 3rd day, again a nice sandy beach with plenty of fun for the kids. Don’t be put off by Butlins nearby if it’s not your sort of thing, a day visit from the Weston area is easily within reach about an hour or so each way depending on traffic, the roads are quite narrow and not the best for overtaking!
All in I’d say a good short break, the weather was an added bonus, but do check out the Red Arrows website, worth half an hours fun for all ages.
Gary Palmer – Year of Get Up and Go blogging panel