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Burnham-on-Sea Town in Somerset

Photograph of Burnham-on-Sea


Burnham-on-Sea is a seaside town in northeast Somerset. It lies at the mouth of the River Parrett in Bridgwater Bay. The name Burnham is derived from the Saxon 'Burnhamm' and dates from at least the time of King Alfred the Great. The name made up from the Old English words Burna meaning stream and Hamm for enclosure. The suffix 'On-Sea' was added later to distinguish the town from other towns of the same name.

Burnham-on-Sea has been a popular seaside resort since the late 18th century. It is notable for its beach and mudflats, which should be treated with great care by individuals and also shipping. There have been many shipwrecks on the Gore Sands, which lie just offshore and can be exposed at low tide. The need to protect shipping using the channel has also led to the development of the lighthouses, which are prominent landmarks. The town also has the shortest pier in Britain at just 900 feet long. Bridgwater Bay consists of large areas of mud flats, saltmarsh, sandflats and shingle ridges, some of which are vegetated. The area has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1989 and is designated as a wetland of international importance. These days the railway station at Burnham has been renamed as Highbridge and Burnham. Currently Burnham-on-Sea has a population of about 19,000.

Tourist Information

The nearest source of local information is available from Burnham-on-Sea Tourist Information Centre.

Events near Burnham-on-Sea

Mon, 22 Jul - Sun, 06 Oct (ca. 24 km)

'RE-FORMATION' Heritage Courtyard Studios Exhibition

Thu, 26 Sep (ca. 12 km)

Don't Tell I, Tell 'EE

Fri, 27 Sep (ca. 12 km)

NT Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

Sat, 28 Sep (ca. 12 km)

Dave Johns: Byker to Baftas

Sat, 28 - Sun, 29 Sep (ca. 24 km)

Harvest Festival at The Bishops Palace

Sat, 28 Sep (ca. 24 km)

Wells Got Talent in aid of St. Margaret's Hospice

Tue, 1 Oct (ca. 12 km)

Placido Domingo: 50th Anniversary Concert

Fri, 4 Oct (ca. 12 km)

Cloudbusting: The Music Of Kate Bush

Mon, 7 Oct (ca. 12 km)

NT Live: Fleabag (screening)

Thu, 10 Oct (ca. 12 km)

Paul Zerdin's Puppet Party

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Dining out near Burnham-on-Sea


La Cucina, Weston-super-Mare


Yo-ji, Weston-super-Mare


Demetris Taverna, Weston-super-Mare


Bower Inn, Bridgwater


The Olive Mill, Bridgwater


Prezzo, Bridgwater, Bridgwater


Combe House Hotel, Bridgwater

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Burnham-on-Sea, Highbridge, Weston-super-Mare and Axbridge.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:







Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Axbridge and Sidcot.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowPrincess Theatre and Arts Centre

	arrowAnimal Farm Adventure Park

Brean Sands

	arrowBrean Theme Park


	arrowRichs Cider Farm


	arrowAshton Windmill




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