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Prime Location – Weston-Super-Mare

Weston-Super-Mare is a popular seaside town located in the ceremonial county of Somerset. In the 19th century, the town was connected to nearby towns by rail, which slowly transformed it into a popular English holiday spot. It’s long seafront is home to its world famous ‘Grand Pier,’ which now houses fairground rides, bars, eateries and entertainment.

The town sits in the local authority of North Somerset. Some of Weston-Super-Mare’s famous residents, past and present, include comedian Bob Hope, former politician Jeffrey Archer and cricketer Peter Trego.

Demographics

According to the 2011 Census, Weston-Super-Mare’s population is approximately 77,000. However, during the warmer, summer months, the town’s population tends to double in size, thanks to tourism.

45% of residents are employed, typically working in the manufacturing and construction sectors. The vast majority tend to drive to work. Since Bristol is a mere 30-minute car journey away, a considerable commuter community also exists within the town.

Education

Weston-Super-Mare sits in the authority of North Somerset, which is home to almost 80 schools.

At the primary level, you will find a number of institutes that are academically outstanding such as Bournville Community Primary School. You will also find those that boast excellent pupil attainment like Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School.

Fortunately, the brilliant standards continue at the secondary level. Backwell School, Clevedon School and Churchill Academy are just a few elite options. It’s, therefore, fair to say that schooling in Weston-Super-Mare is quite frankly excellent.

In terms of Further Education, Weston-Super-Mare has its own college, which now also provides some Higher Education degrees as well.

Transport

The A370 runs through Weston-Super-Mare, providing quick access to the M5. This means that lively hubs such as Bristol can be reached in mere minutes.

In terms of rail travel, the town’s railway station offers direct services to Cardiff, Bristol, Taunton and London Paddington. You can get to Bristol by train in little over half an hour, to London in just over 2 and a half hours, and to Cardiff in just over an hour and a half.

For travel around Weston-Super-Mare itself, residents who don’t drive tend to use local bus services. There are a number of services operated by First Group that run in and around the town itself, as well as connecting it to Bristol and other nearby places in North Somerset.

Amenities and shopping

As a popular tourist resort, Weston-Super-Mare has a number of amenities including a relatively large shopping centre – the Sovereign Centre. Here, you’ll find many major retailers and fast food outlets.

Beach Road, the town’s seafront strip, and its surrounding area is home to a number of clubs and bars. Popular venues include The Edge, upmarket Club Tabu and Bar Revolution.

We’ve already mentioned the Grand Pier. This is open late and also has bars, clubs and a number of fairground style rides. For cinema-goers, Weston-Super-Mare has its own Odeon cinema, so there is no shortage of attractions.

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