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Burnham-on-Sea Town in Somerset

Photograph of Burnham-on-Sea

Location

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

Sat, 1 - Fri, 21 Dec (ca. 11 km)

Santa Hunt in the Walled Gardens

Sat, 8 - Sat, 22 Dec (ca. 24 km)

Christmas at the Palace

Sat, 8 - Sat, 22 Dec (ca. 24 km)

Father Christmas at the Palace

Sun, 16 - Sun, 30 Dec (ca. 10 km)

The Alonso De Luca Comedy Magic Show

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sat, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Sun, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Mon, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Tue, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

Thu, 1 Aug (ca. 19 km)

Feast of Lammas or Lugnasadh

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Dining out near Burnham-on-Sea

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La Cucina, Weston-super-Mare

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Yo-ji, Weston-super-Mare

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Demetris Taverna, Weston-super-Mare

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Bower Inn, Bridgwater

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The Olive Mill, Bridgwater

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Prezzo, Bridgwater, Bridgwater

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Combe House Hotel, Bridgwater

Local Accommodation

Cottages

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:

arrowBurnham-on-Sea

arrowWeston-super-Mare

arrowAxbridge

arrowCheddar

Hotels

Hotels

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

	arrowBurnham-on-Sea

	arrowHighbridge

	arrowBridgwater

	arrowWeston-super-Mare

Caravans

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

Attractions

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

Burnham-on-Sea

	arrowPrincess Theatre and Arts Centre

	arrowAnimal Farm Adventure Park

Brean Sands

	arrowBrean Theme Park

Highbridge

	arrowRichs Cider Farm

Axbridge

	arrowAshton Windmill

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