Weston-super-Mare

We don’t often do day trips in our family. There’s the kids’ sport which dominates our weekends for starters. The rugby season may be over, but we currently have swimming lessons, football and dance rehearsals on Saturdays. Then there’s all the work we’re still doing on our house and garden, which leaves us very little free time. And as I have always worked until now, there was never much spare time in the school holidays either. But last Bank Holiday Monday we went to Barcelona, so it wouldn’t seem right to let an entire half-term and Bank Holiday pass us by without doing SOMETHING.

So we decided to go to Weston-super-Mare. Weston is the nearest seaside to us and is just over an hour away by car. My husband took the kids when I was at work about three years ago and they all loved it. To make it even better, we decided to go by train. With a family railcard it works out cheaper than petrol and parking.

In my head, I was picturing the beach and donkey rides, but my family had other ideas. They wanted to go to the pier and the rides. I’m not a big fan of amusement arcades and rides, they have the same kind of effect on me as fairs, but I can honestly say I haven’t seen my daughter so happy and excited in months. She literally couldn’t stop smiling. She smiled so much her face could have burst.

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It costs a £1 to even get on to the pier, which seems a bit of a rip-off. Then you can buy a wristband for unlimited rides for £12.50. The rides are of varying prices – from £2 up to £5, but there aren’t that many of them, so we decided to just let the kids have about three rides each and pay for the rides individually. It wasn’t cheap, but it was less than £12.50 each. The younger two went on Sidewinder, a sort of swinging ride, and Free Fall, one of those tall ones that goes up and then falls down quickly. I do slightly worry about my daughter on rides as she gets travel sick, but I think there is nothing in the world that gives her more pleasure than rides. The look on her face is priceless.

My eldest went on a little two-seater ride which goes out high above the amusements and twists and turns in every possible direction. His first upside down ride! He hasn’t stopped going on about it. All my kids dream of going on an upside down ride, but the boys were both nervous in reality and my daughter isn’t tall enough. She wanted to go on the ride with her brother, but she’s about 5cm too short.

My husband asked my daughter if she’d like to go on the ghost train. None of them knew what a ghost train was! How could they not know this? I’m sure when I was their age, a ghost train was the pinnacle of excitement. When trying to decide whether Mummy or Daddy could go on, she asked if she could just go on with her biggest brother. Unbelievable! They claim to hate each other. She was so excited about the prospect of going on with him that she was jumping up and down clutching his hands. Apparently the ride was a bit rubbish, but it was so nice to see them doing something together other than arguing.

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Eventually we left the pier and out onto the very crowded promenade, with chip shop queues already stretching out onto the pavements. We ate some lunch, then went on our final ride of the day – the Crazy Mouse – a little rollercoaster on the seafront. It looked pretty tame. For some reason I allowed myself to be persuaded to go on it. I don’t go on many rollercoasters these days – and now I remember why. The Crazy Mouse really lived up to its name (the crazy part, not the mouse part). It just endlessly threw us around and it just kept spinning. I couldn’t help screaming. I was VERY pleased to get off it. I felt a little bit queasy for about half an hour afterwards. It fascinates me that they don’t seem to make my daughter feel sick, despite the travel sickness.

Then we finally walked on the beach. We didn’t have the right clothing or footwear, not to mention towels and bucket and spades, to actually play on the beach (I suspect this in mainly because my husband couldn’t be bothered to carry anything!), so we just walked. My daughter wanted to dig a channel for water like she does at Padstow, but this is Weston. You can barely see the sea, it’s so far out.

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All I really wanted to do at Weston was for the kids to go on a donkey. But my daughter refused. She’s basically frightened. She says: ‘I just really don’t like animals’. That’s donkeys, horses, dogs, cats, cows, sheep… You name it, she doesn’t like it. Of course my eldest was too big, but my younger son had a ride. He was the biggest kid by far, but he absolutely loved it. And so did I! My daughter’s face might have been a picture on the rides, but all I wanted was for my kids to have a traditional English seaside donkey ride.

So we all went home and happy.

(And my son is planning how he can have a pet donkey in the garden.)

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Haha I’d love to hear snout your pet donkey keeping plans 🙂 I used to love the ghost train, it was my absolute favourite! These days I prefer to take a walk on the beach but it’s usually still a very nice day out.

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    • Ghost trains were definitely the most exciting ride when we were younger, I think! The idea of the donkey in the garden made me laugh. I guess he’d keep the grass trimmed, but possibly also the flowers too!

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  2. How funny I do wonder if we should just write a blog together as we post such similar things!! We didn’t get the to pier I vlcanr believe they do wrist bands now!!! Last year A and I went on the big wheel which was lovely but we stayed on the beach. I am definitely going to go again with the boys but looking at the weather it will be the summer holidays now I think.

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    • Definitely one to keep for the summer holidays! We could save ourselves lots of time if we did a joint blog – I’m thinking Stressy Mums of Seven World could work.

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  3. Like the sound of a pet donkey 😉 I always loved the ghost train, I suspect it would seem rather tame now…!

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    • I think it would! Although, actually I’m quite up for tame rides! 😉

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  4. This looks like a great day out with older kids. Must be difficult to please them once they outgrow the park and other easy trips they used to love. I’m with your daughter on the donkey btw! #PoCoLo

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    • It is difficult to please them – especially as the difference in what my daughter wants to do and what my eldest wants to do is currently huge. Needless to say this works out as quite an expensive day out!

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  5. It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful day out! How fantastic 🙂 I have to say that I would love to go to Weston – it isn’t too far for us these days. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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    • It’s definitely worth a visit! Always a pleasure to link with PoCoLo 🙂 x

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  6. Sounds like a lovely day out 🙂 I want to treasure having my bump and then baby, but also look forward to family tips to the seaside xx #PoCoLo

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    • Oh yes, you have many years ahead of you for the seaside! x

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  7. We love taking the kids to Weston, last time we went we too put the kids on a donkey ride which they both really enjoyed. We ate chips on the sea front and let them play on the amusements also. #pocolo

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    • Sounds like a perfect day! We will definitely visit Weston again soon, it was a really fun day out.

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  8. OMG since when have they charged to get on the pier? Guess after it burnt down they have a lot of costs. You should come with my family next time – they love sitting on the beach, going on the donkeys and eating doughnuts.

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    • Oh yes, my family had some donuts too! I don’t think it’s long they’ve been charging to get on the pier – it just seems a right rip-off!

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    • It was a really lovely day, thanks, Jaime. It’s a long way for you to travel! x

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    • Thanks very much, it was really enjoyable 🙂

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  9. we have been in Weston-Super-Mare once only, but im glad my husband suggested it, it is such a lovely place, one day will have to take our little one there

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    • It is definitely worth a visit! 🙂

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  10. My little one loves Weston – the epitome of an old fashioned seaside town. He loves the donkey rides too – I still remember giggling as my mom ran alongside and went right through the dung in bare feet…

    #Welcometotheweekend

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    • That made me laugh – whoops! It certainly is the epitome of an old-fashioned seaside town 🙂

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  11. You went here! Awww im glad your enjoyed it. Yep that pier is now asking for a pound which sucks cuz thats where me and my son walk every afternoon. So not anymore =P

    I still dont have enough courage to ride that crazy mouse ride. No matter what my husband is saying just no =P

    #pocolo

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    • That’s really bad that you can’t walk on the pier any more. What a rip-off! You should give the Crazy Mouse a go, just once! 🙂

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  12. We’ve got a family tradition of going to Weston for a day trip each summer holiday – easy for us to get to by train too. It’s definitely a traditional resort (ok, bit tacky) but my kids love it and the eldest (11) still managed a donkey ride last year. #pocolo

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  13. I love rides, but hate the Ghost Train with a passion. I just don’t like the thought of things jumping out, even though most are usually funny rather than scary.

    I’ve not been to Weston in years, and when we went it was grey, gloomy and empty. Looks totally different in your photos. Glad you had a great time

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  14. Looks a great day out, I’ve never been here ..

    Love the piers 🙂

    Thanks for sharing over at the weekend blog hop…

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  15. WOW!!! a DONKEY RIDE…… I am so jealous. What a fab day out – so pleased you had a proper family day x #pocolo

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  16. Lucas says – I love fair rides and the Crazy Mouse sounds awesome. Sorry you felt poorly though…………… see everyone, I can be nice!
    Grace says – What a fab day for you guys. We love the seaside x
    #pocolo

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  17. Aww Mine aren’t up for Donkey rides either and I used to love them. Blackpool beach was our nearest as young kids lol! Your daughters face looks so cute on the rides!! And I relate to when you say your daughter was pleased to be invited on a ride with her brother… my daughter is the same… any attention from Teen and she’s so happy. Bless them xx

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