Nailsea and nearby
NAILSEA TOWN COUNCIL STATEMENT
No meetings or market and the office at Tithe Barn closed from Wednesday, March 18.
Nailsea Farmers’ Market due to held this Saturday cancelled until further notice.
All non-urgent bookings at No. 65 High Street are also cancelled.
Residents can contact the council by phoning 01275 855277 or emailing email@example.com.
Nailsea Town Council chairman Jan Barber said: “We are continuing to monitor the situation and will be updating our website regularly. Unfortunately, we will be unable to hold any of our regular meetings for the foreseeable future.”
Nailsea People is trying to keep up-to-date and with post as we are informed. Currently told Grove Sports & Social Club closed, Nailsea Social Club (formerly Comrades Club) closed. Many pubs and restaurants are offering a takeway service like Il Paradiso, Moorend Spout and The Old Farmhouse. Iceland Nailsea had a special Wednesday opening 9am-11am for the elderly and vulnerable in our community only. See Breaking News page for the latest...
Bookish peeps at Nailsea Library
All events in North Somerset libraries are cancelled with immediate effect following the Government’s new advice yesterday. This includes rhymetime, storytime, Code and Lego Clubs and library reading groups. All libraries remain open for accessing other services. To read more go HERE.
STORYTIME: Every Thursday 2-2.30pm (term time only)
RHYMETIME: Every Friday 9.45-10.15am and 11-11.30am (term time only)
COUNCILLORS SURGERIES: Surgeries in library on the first four Saturdays of every month 10am-noon on a rota basis
AGE UK SCAM AWARENESS: Lin Griffin will be here to offer advice and raise awareness, have a chat with her if you have any concerns
CHILL AND CHAT COLLAGE GROUP: Every Tuesday at 2pm. Discover how to repurpose an old book. Materials for your first session with be provided. Use your creativity and meet new people. Ask a member of staff for more details
COMPUTER BUDDIES: Tuesdays 11.30am-2pm and very Wednesdays 2-4pm. Would you like help to learn how to use a computer, tablet or phone? Ask at the counter for details
DUPLO CLUB: Wednesdays 10am-noon
FAMILY BOARD GAMES: Every Saturday, 10am-noon. There will be lots of easy board games for children and parents to play (term time only)
FAMILY HISTORY ADVICE: Fridays 10am-noon. Would you like help with your family history research? Ask at the counter for more details. Basic computer skills are essential
FREE LEGAL ADVICE: With Richard Green, of Wards Solicitor, on hand for free advice.
HEALTHWATCH: Healthwatch North Somerset holds drop-in sessions. Come along and talk to us about any concerns or praise you have about local services including care homes
LEGO CLUB: After school on Tuesdays (term time only) free brick building sessions 3.45-4.45pm. Ask at counter for more details
NAT WEST COMMUNITY BANKER: Booked for Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am. Karen Wood will be here to answer banking queries
PAPERBACK PEEPS: Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club sets up its charity bookstall on Saturday, March 21, from 9am outside Waitrose supermarket.
HANDBAGS AT THE READY: Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club sets up its charity handbag stall on Saturday, March 21, from 9am outside Waitrose supermarket.
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Hidden Histories at 65 High Street
The Hidden Histories group who explore different aspects of Nailsea's past has its next open session on Friday, March 27, from 10.30am at 65 High Street.
Last month the topic was Food Of Nailsea with tasters from Parsons bakery.
Hidden Histories monthly sessions continue on the fourth Friday of the month.
The next few dates are: April 24, May 22, June 26 and July 24.
Future topics being considered are:
Nailsea Carnival -- what went on? What stories can you tell about the carnival? Bring photos, programmes, anything!
Waters of Nailsea - the ponds, rhines, inlets, wells, millponds, Towerhouse Woods bubbling pond ... fishing, swimming, accidents, pre-plumbing life). What memories do you have of Nailsea involving water?
Writer and heritage curator Heidi Hollis said: "Please do let me know if you have more suggestions for a topic of focus one month.
"If for some reason you can't come along, do please reply and let me know if you have any stories on these topics so I can meet or ring you to hear more.
"I will soon be asking for volunteers to join a steering group to look at
how Nailsea's history can be more fully expressed to the wider community.
"If you are interested, please get in touch and I'll make sure you get an invitation to a meeting to hear more."
You can email Heidi on firstname.lastname@example.org.
NO WORRIES: On Friday, March 27, at the Ring O'Bells, Nailsea, 7.30-11pm is an evening entitled There May be Trouble Ahead. This is an acoustic live music karaoke sing-along, with backing from CM Ballantine and friends, plus a short set from Wendy Martineau. Come along and sing your favourite song. You can email song requests to email@example.com be it Elvis, Abba, Bob Marley, Sister Sledge, Woody Guthrie.... anything is possible. Or tell a joke or recite a limerick. There may be trouble ahead, but.... we will not let the b*stards grind us down.
ALL THAT FUNK: On Saturday, March 28, from 9pm Natt Davis is back with a live gig. The multi-talented musician says his influences from Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Madness, Rush, Peter Gabriel, Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, The Stranglers, James Brown, Steve Harley, Squeeze, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Supertramp, White Stripes, Guns N Roses, Genesis, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Syd Barrett, Robert Plant and more
HOME FIXTURE: Nailsea United Football Club and Grove Sports Centre & Social Club will kick into play its beer and cider festival Westend Weekend from Friday to Sunday, April 3-5 at its ground at St Mary's Grove. This year the charity supported is St Peter's Hospice. Tickets and more information available soon! In 2019 the wonderful Westenders raised more than £8,000 for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) when 1,000 plus people attended its fesitval. STOP PRESS: Scout and guide activities have been suspended until further notice nationally.
SPRING BULBS: Nailsea Horticultural Society welcomes Rob Evans, of Pheasant Acre Plants, an award-winning established family business operating from nursery premises near Bridgend in South Wales. It specialise in the supply of gladioli corms, dahlia tubers, plugs, plants and bulbs for all seasons on Wednesday, Apri 8. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome.
2nd Nailsea Scout Group chairman Richard Simmons said: "This was not an easy decision to make as many local people look forward to this event, however we felt our first duty is towards the welfare of our community.
"We will be notifying all stall holders, exhibitors and contributors individually.
"We cannot contact prospective car boot sellers individually but will be updating any relevant car boot web sites.
"We would like to thank all those who have supported our past May Fairs and we hope to see you again in 2021!
Changing the date of the 2020 May Day has taken some reorganisation.
May Day 2020 should have been on Monday, May 4, but to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the government pushed back the bank holiday to Friday, May 8.
Schools will be closed and workplaces shut on the Friday for the start of a long weekend.
And May bank holiday Monday fair run by 2nd Nailsea Scouts at Millennium Park has also been moved.
The 2019 scout fair included a fairground, inflatables, side-shows, stationery engine and bike displays, barbecue, refreshment marquee and a bumper car boot sale will all be on the Friday.
Luckily Shaun Rogers family fun fair were able to swap dates and North Somerset Council licensing department have also rubberstamped the Friday instead of Monday.
The celebrations will include more than 20,000 pubs encouraging people to toast the heroes of the war, while churches will take part in a Ringing Out For Peace.
FRYTHTIVAL FESTIVAL: Tickets on sale now for the best community music festival in Nailsea, on Saturday, May 23, noon-11pm, celebrating its third year Frythtival, at Nailsea & Tickenham Football Club home ground at Fryth Way promises to be a great day out for all the family. There will be fresh local food, full bar and an array of talented performers to entertain all day. Spokesman Jamie Smith said: "With the aim of making it a quality experience for all, the capacity is capped, Last year the event sold out in three weeks so don’t delay securing tickets."
Here come summer and 18th skatefest
Nailsea Skatefest comes of age this summer with its 18th annual event on Saturday afternoon, June 6.
The competition it at Millennium Park from 1-5pm.
Weather wise last year was very successful held on a beautiful summer’s day and the organisers are keeping fingers crossed 2020 will attract the crowds and sunshine.
Action on the rebuilt skate park includes skateboard, scooter and BMX trials and there will be numerous stalls and activities with lots to eat and drink.
Festival director Phil Williams said: “As with any event such as this, we are keen to increase the size of the support team as the event grows, and if you have enjoyed the new skate park yourself or watched your children and teens, and would like to give something back through helping that would be fantastic.”:
Email Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like to help, book a stall and/or become an official sponsor especially a business willing to fund a generator for 2020.
The list of those already involved in the planning is fantastic and includes:
Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church
Nailsea Town Council
Nailsea Community Trust
Nailsea Baptist Church
Christians Together in Nailsea
During the Easter school holidays a massive spring clean at the skate park in readiness for the warmer months – more details to come.
PHOTOS: Paul O'Connor
The ninth annual Nailsea Charity Walks & Runs is on Sunday, June 7, with the first sponspored participants starting off from the Scotch Horn Centre at 8.30am.
Every year from the beginning in excess of £20,000 annually has been raised with nearly £150,000 in total raised since its conception in 2012.
Nearly 30 charities and community organisations have taken part.
There are three local routes of various length:
Nailsea 5K The Stroll. At five kilometres (approximately three miles) this may appeal to families and is intended to be a fairly easy fun walk - stroller/pushchair, disability vehicle and wheelchair friendly;
The Nailsea 10K. At 10 kilometres (approximately six miles) this is intended for people who would prefer a route that is longer and slightly more challenging; and
The 20K Nailsea Challenge. At 20 kilometres (approximately 12 miles) this is for the more experienced who are fit and who would like more of a challenge.
Armed with a map and instruction everyone who completes a walk or run will receive a medal and a certificate of achievement.
The registration fee of £7 per adult person is to cover costs with any surplus going to Rotary charitable activities.
To register click HERE and go to the group or individual page.
Alternately call the mobile telephone number listed on the poster.
Putting best foot forward for charity
IT'S NOT BEETHOVEN: Der Kaiserkeller Beatles Tribute is booked to play the Sawyers Arms in Nailsea on Saturday, June 13, from 8pm. In the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg, the Beatles started the 'Beatles era'. They wrote countless milestones in the history of music that are still timeless and modern today. With its tribute to The Beatles the musicians from Kaiserkeller bow to the musical work of the Fab Four. Kaiserkeller is an energetic rock band that is committed to the original Beatles sound. All the Beatles classics cannot be played in one evening, but you can look forward to many well-known sing-along-songs. A treat for Beatles connoisseurs, for those interested a musical journey of discovery into the good old British rock'n roll days. Free admission.
Friday to Sunday, April 3-5 Westend Weekend charity beer and cider festival run by Nailsea United Football Club and Grove Sports Centre & Social Club CLUB CLOSED
Saturday, April 4, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society spring show CANCELLED
Sunday, May 3, North Somerset Show
Friday, May 8, 75th anniversary of VE Day and bank holiday 2nd Nailsea Scouts fair CANCELLED
Wednesday, May 20, Tyntesfield 10K festival race
Saturday, May 23, Frythtival by Nailsea & Tickenham FC
Saturday, June 6 - Nailsea Skatefest comes of age with its18th anniversary
Sunday, June 7, Nailsea Charity Walks organised by the Rotarians POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 Dig for Victory weekend at Ashton Court
Saturday, July 4 Nailsea carnival parade and Millennium Park fair
Friday to Sunday, July 10-12, Nailsea & Backwell Beer & Cider Festival at rugby club
Friday to Sunday, July 17-19 Bristol Harbour Festival
Saturday, August 1, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society summer show
Thursday to Sunday, August 6-9, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court
Saturday, October 10, 10am-4pm eat:nailsea
Saturday, November 14 Springboard charity ball fundraising
Friday, December 4 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at Bristol Hippodrome
If you have a date to add to this list email email@example.com
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Easter egg hatching and other zoo babies
Visitors to Bristol Zoo Gardens this Easter holiday can find out about a host of zoo babies and the important role of those who help care for them.
From Ayana the youngest of the Zoo’s family of gorillas to Amaya the baby spider monkey, Bristol Zoo has welcomed some amazing babies over the years.
Beginning on Friday, April 3, a new trail will lead visitors on a journey around the Zoo to discover the stories of hatchlings, joeys, bat pups and more.
Visitors will be able to peer into incubators and spot blue tree monitor eggs, or watch a tiny pancake tortoise roaming around under a heat lamp.
The trail is part of Bristol Zoo’s year-long celebration of the efforts made by conservation heroes at the zoo, and in society, and shows how we can save wildlife together.
The trail will also explain more about the staff who care for the new arrivals - such as Trevor Franks, Curator of Birds, who is in charge of 25 Barbary doves. Barbary doves play a vital role in the breeding of rare birds as they act as foster parents, incubating the eggs of threatened doves and pigeons and rearing the squabs by providing essential crop milk.
Bristol Zoo head vet nurse Kellie Wyatt is also featured on the 'conservation heroes' trail. During her 19-year career at Bristol Zoo, Kellie has carried out important health-checks on more than 700 babies when they reach six months old.
Another ‘hero’ is senior reptile keeper Adam Davis who monitors the breeding programme for approximately100 endangered blue monitor lizards in European zoos. Adam also helped Bristol become the first British zoo to breed the species.
Keeper Lauren Cleeves features on the trail for her work with brown spider monkeys – a difficult species to breed. Lauren played a significant role in the successful breeding of the Zoo’s spider monkeys, resulting in a baby born last summer – a huge boost for the captive breeding programme of this Critically Endangered species.
In addition to the trail, visitors can also get up-close to some of the zoo’s smaller inhabitants in the animal encounters sessions, as well as enjoying talks and animal feeds, taking place every day throughout Easter.
Bristol Zoo exhibit and public programme development manager Rebecca Cole said: “We are really excited about launching our celebration of conservation heroes.
"They may not be household names but they are real heroes because their contributions have helped animals survive who may otherwise have perished.
“Conservation is such an important part of our work here at the zoo.
"We are currently involved in 14 conservation projects in 10 countries.
Going to the zoo in spring
Restoration of UK Islands: Rat eradication and beyond
Wednesday, April 1
A free talk by Dr Karen Varnham (RSPB), open to everyone. The talk starts at 6pm and takes place in the Zoo’s Conservation Education Centre (entrance on Guthrie Road open from 5.45pm). For further information on the Zoo’s free monthly conservation lectures, or to join the email list, contact Dr Tim Bray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gorge-ous spring plants, a walk In the Avon Gorge
Saturday, April 4, 10.30am -12.30pm,
The Avon Gorge is internationally important for its rare and interesting plants. Discover spring-flowering rarities on a scramble around the gorge with local botanist Libby Houston. £6. NB: There are very, very steep slopes, uneven ground and steps on this walk. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail email@example.com
Early birds and bacon butties walk (with a veggie option)
Sunday, April 5, 6-8.30am
Join us for an early morning walk on the Downs and Bristol Zoo Gardens with bird expert Michael Johnson. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, it’s back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. £15 includes bacon bap, egg butty or vegan bap plus tea or coffee. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoo Conservation Academy
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8, 10am -4.30pm
This interactive two-day Academy is for children aged eight to 12-years who love animals and would like to find out more about working with and protecting wildlife at the Zoo. Fun activities include becoming a lemur expert, making feeding devices, taking on a Conservation Quest trail, meeting some amazing animals up close, and working with our vets to learn how to health check our animals. Find out more by clicking HERE. The cost is £100. To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email email@example.com
Zoo Babies Easter Trail
Friday to Monday, April 3-20
From Afia the miracle gorilla to Amya the cheeky spider monkey, we’ve welcomed some amazing babies over the years at the zoo! Discover the stories of hatchlings, joeys and baby bats with a brand new Zoo Babies trail this Easter. Peer into incubators and spot blue tree monitor eggs, or watch a tiny pancake tortoise roaming around under the heat lamp. Plus, find out more about the staff who care for our little ones.
Book online a day or more in advance and save 10 per cent at https://bristolzoo.org.uk/
Living with Spiders
Wednesday, April 22, 6-10.30pm
This course is for people wanting to overcome their fear of spiders, delivered jointly by a hypnotherapist and a member of the zoo’s education team. Join a small and personal group, with up to 10 participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course includes a variety of approaches to help you, including talks, relaxation, hypnotherapy and an optional meeting with our friendly spiders.The cost is £95 To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Birdsong on the Downs
Saturday, April 25, 10am -3.30pm,
On this course learn how to identify birds from their song with Ed Drewitt. After a multimedia introduction to the birds you’re likely to see and hear, our expert will lead you on a walk to identify birds ‘in the field’ £25. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail email@example.com
Trees of the Granny Downs (walk)
Sunday, May 3, 10.30am-12.30pm
Explore the ‘Granny Downs tree trail’ with Robin Haward (Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge) and Mandy Leivers. Along the way learn to identify the trees, find out fascinating facts about them and enjoy laburnums, horse chestnuts and hawthorns in flower. To book £5 call 0117 903 0609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Birdsong and bubbles (walk on the Downs)
Thursday, May 14, 6.30-8pm,
Join Ed Drewitt for an evening stroll around Observatory Hill. After learning to identify birds from their song we’ll enjoy a glass of bubbly (or soft drink) while observing the birds from the roof of the Observatory. Cost £15 includes a glass of sparkling wine or soft drink. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail email@example.com
Music with Mummy on the Downs
Friday, May 22, 10-11am
For children aged under four years old.
Let’s make some melodious music in the meadow on the Downs. Decorate and play a shaker, sing, dance and meet some wildlife puppets with Fiona from Music with Mummy (daddy, granny or any other responsible adults are equally welcome!). £5 per child. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, May 28, 10am-3.30pm
For children aged eight to 12-years.
The Downs are a brilliant place for all sorts of birds including our super speedy peregrine falcons. Have fun discovering more about our feathered friends and make an amazing bird mask to take home.
£17.50 per child. At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail email@example.com
Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.
The society saves wildlife through conservation science research, working to protect species and habitats overseas, encouraging sustainable behaviours and perceptions, educating tomorrow’s wildlife warriors and giving families a great day out.
Its conservation science efforts are worldwide, from helping re-introduce white clawed crayfish into UK rivers to working with communities in the Philippines to save the Critically Endangered Negros bleeding heart dove.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and first opened its doors to the public on Monday. July 11, 1836.
Since then it has started numerous conservation projects here in the UK and overseas, showed generations of school-aged children the value of nature for human society and has given more than 90 million visitors a great day out.
Located in the Clifton area of Bristol close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car.
Its normal opening hours are every day from 9am-5:30pm.
Last entry is 4:30pm. Animal houses close half an hour before closing time.
It is open 364 days a year, closing on Christmas Day only and at 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Make WILD discoveries at Wild Place
Grab your very best explorer’s outfit and head out on an adventure to Wild Place Project, where you will discover amazing species from around the world!
Get up close to incredible animals in a natural setting, with 40 beautiful acres of forest and meadowland to explore.
Take a stroll beneath the leafy canopies of Bear Wood, the UK’s largest and most ambitious brown bear exhibit NEW to Wild Place Project this year.
Look out for wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines on the woodland floor below, and marvel as four magnificent brown bears splash around and climb up the trees.
Meet majestic giraffes at eye-level and survey our African grasslands from a special viewing platform.
Marvel as five different types of mischievous lemur scamper around your feet in our immersive walk-through.
Experience the thrill of seeing cheetahs, wolves and baboons, and learn about protecting habitats both worldwide and on your doorstep.
While you’re here, do as the animals do and embrace your wild side!
Kick off your shoes and tantalise your toes with our Barefoot Trail, or fling yourself through the air with Leap of Faith.
Wild Place Project is one big adventure for all the family!
Wild Place Project is located off junction 17 of the M5 motorway in South Gloucestershire its entrance is opposite Bristol Golf Club.
The full address is Wild Place, Blackhorse Hill, Bristol BS10 7TP.
Book online a day or more in advance and save 10 per cent by clicking HERE.
We The Curious
The hands-on science museum near Bristol catherdral changed its name from @Bristol to We The Curious way back in the summer of 2018.
Get inspired by fun workshops, explosive shows and space adventures in the Planetarium, and get the chance to meet artists and researchers as they work at We The Curious.
Here’s the highlights for the next few months:
Robots and Us from Saturday, March 7 - how does it feel to play football with a robot? Can robots be artists? Or teach us to dance? Meet, make and try out new moves with our AI friends this spring
FREE film screenings on Big Screen Bristol
Planetarium Nights and Sounds dates up until May 2020
Autism-friendly early openings
We The Curious sell gift membership as well as gift tickets for one-off visits - either for a day visit to the venue, or for Planetarium Nights and Planetarium Sounds events - a great idea if anyone is looking for more ‘experience’ tickets.
Call the bookings team on 0117 915 1000, download the forms online www.wethecurious.org or buy in person at the Welcome Desk.
For more information click HERE to go to the We The Curious website or call 0117 915 1000 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Outcider Festival, the alternative music and cider gathering at Fernhill Farm just outside Bristol, returns for its seventh consecutive year from Friday to Sunday, July 31-August 2.
The much-loved three day event boasts an eclectic line-up of nationally known acts, emerging artists and local talent in the idyllic surroundings of a working Mendip farm.
The 500 capacity festival has gained a loyal following of festival goers from within the West Country and beyond and has sold out in previous years.
Organisers Fuelled By Cider have announced another great line-up with Ferocious Dog headlining the Saturday night.
The folk-punk heavyweights will come to Somerset fresh from a major UK tour and dates with festival legends The Levellers.
They'll be joined by a host of other great names including Holy Moly & The Crackers, The Bar Stool Preachers, Black Water County, Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers) and Freeborn Brothers, with festival favourites Skimmity Hitchers bringing the Sunday night to a close in the traditional, cider-fuelled manner. Other eccentric attractions include ciderobics, punk rock karaoke, outdoor skittles and Ladies Day on the Sunday, with an emphasis on fun and community at its heart.
Festival organiser Kev Davis said: “It's an absolute privilege to bring Outcider Festival back to Fernhill Farm for another year.
"We honestly don't think there's a friendlier and more fun small festival in the West Country, and we look forward to seeing faces old and new at the end of July.”
Alongside the two alternating stages of live music Outcider also boasts a camp fire, lush camping field and locally sourced food.
As you might expect a large range of West Country ciders feature at the bar, which also serves ales, lager, wine and spirits.
Tickets are already selling well at www.outciderfestival.com and can be purchased as weekend or day tickets.
Please note that this is an over 18s event and no dogs or glass are allowed on site.
Tent camping is free and live-in vehicles are welcome for a small surcharge.
Clevedon Pier a brief history
Clevedon Pier was opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales.
Today it is a focal point for events in Clevedon unfortunately White Funnel Limited regrets to announce that MV Balmoral will not be sailing next season.
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently made clear that the type of hull re-plating work undertaken and approved over many years is no longer acceptable and needs to be changed before she operates again.
This work is expensive and exceeds the resources currently available to the owning charity, MV Balmoral Fund Limited.
The charity has recently submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £3.72m for major capital work that will also improve educational facilities aboard the ship, restore heritage features which need refurbishment and make crew accommodation better suited to current requirements.
The work will also ensure that Balmoral complies with changes to regulations affecting heritage ships which the Maritime & Coastguard Agency is currently developing.
The temporary suspension of operation will enable the owning charity to concentrate on fund-raising and the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
During this interim period the White Funnel offices will be closed until further notice.
Clevedon Pier is the only Grade 1 listed pier you can visit in England and features a range of attractions including a new restaurant and visitors centre.
And Clevedon Pier features the best fishing for miles around.
Click HERE for more information.
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GREASED LIGHTNING: This is a fantastic outdoor cinema experience in the stunning grounds of Clevedon Hall, Elton Road, with plenty of songs to sing-along on Thursday, July 16, 8-11.30pm. Tickets £15.98-£22.59 by clicking HERE. Bring a blanket or camping chair and immerse yourself in the singing and dancing world of 'Grease' the most successful movie musical of all time. Food, snacks, bar and music before the film starts. Gates open 8pm, film starts shortly after sunset. Good girl Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny (John Trivolta) fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Picnics welcome, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The event will go ahead if it's raining no seating provided unless you have VIP tickets. Blankets and camping chairs are allowed. No dogs allowed
A year on the pier 2020
Thrills, chills, sunset sessions, murder, music and mayhem – they’re all there in a packed programme of events at the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.
From the outside, things may have looked quite peaceful on the pier during the past few weeks but behind the scenes, the events team has been working flat out to put together a calendar full of fun for all the family.
There will be plenty of thrills on Saturday, April 4, when the Easter holidays kick off with the pier’s latest Fireworks At Sea spectacular, ensuring that the school holidays - and the traditional start of the main holiday season – begin with a bang.
That’s followed by mealtime mayhem when the extremely popular Faulty Towers Dining Experience returns on Friday, April 17.
While guests do their best to enjoy some fabulous food, a talented team of actors will be bringing TV sitcom favourites Basil Fawlty, Manuel and Sybil back to life in a show which features a huge amount of improvisation, so no two performances are ever the same.
Nailsea People went to a Faulty Towers evening and its review is HERE.
Also back by popular demand is the Concierge Killer Queen concert, which returns on Friday, May 8 after being a huge hit in 2019, recreating the music of Freddie Mercury and friends.
Things take a more sinister turn in June, with A Midsummer Murder, when diners turn detective in a bid to catch a killer.
No programme of events at the pier would be complete without scrumpy 'n' western legends The Wurzels bringing their songs of Somerset and cider to the seafront.
They will be playing on Friday, July 3, and since they are so synonymous with cider, it’s only fitting that the following two days – Saturday and Sunday, July 4_5, sees the pier host the Somerset Cider and Produce Festival.
A series of Sunset Sessions has been scheduled for the summer Saturdays through August.
The sprawling seafront at Weston sees some stunning summer sunsets and guests at the pier will able to have superb views, while enjoying the special themed Saturday nights, with the line-up including Prosecco & Pizza, Rum & Reggae, Cider & Sausage, and Gin & Jazz.
September welcomes another Faulty Towers Dining Experience and then a menu of musical events, from a 90s night, featuring a live performance by N Trance, to a Concierge Punk on the pier night.
The events team has put the oomph into October with The Grand Pierkeller evening, before things turned decidedly darker with the return of the increasingly popular Halloween Unfairground spooktacular, four evenings of scares and screams.
The terror doesn’t stop there, because November begins with Murder At The Manor House, another chance for seafront sleuths to show off their detective skills.
The December diary is all about festive fun, with another series of themed
FUN DINING: And here is one we reviewed earlier, click image to read our review of Faulty Towers dining experience
party nights, aimed at repeating – if not beating - the success of December 2019, which was the pier’s best festive period yet.
It all ends in the Roaring 20s Ball on New Year’s Eve.
There is also a number of charity events taking place through the year, including the Axentis Michael Memorial Ball, which always brings a flood of famous faces to the Pier.
Event manager Hollie Otley said: “Other events are still being confirmed, so this is not, by any means, the final list.
“Our intention for 2020 is to offer something to appeal to all tastes, on top of which we have our many rides and arcade attractions.”
Full details of the programme, including ticket prices and how to buy, can be found on the pier’s website at www.grandpier.co.uk
Weston Sand Sculpture Festival rated top seaside attraction for the town is back for its 15th anniversary from Saturday, April 4.
What began as a single sculpture in 2006 has now become a much-loved exhibition showcasing the work of award –winning, international artists, gaining global, critical acclaim.
The event, which ranks on Trip Advisor as Weston’s number one attraction has survived and overcome numerous hurdles during the past decade, including 'the beast from the east', vandalism - remember the Queen’s beheading in 2012 and some of the highest tides Weston has ever seen.
Popular themes have included:
Under the Sea (2009);
The Jungle (2011); and
After Banksy shook up the town in 2015 with his Bemusement Park, the Weston Sand Sculpture Festival followed suit with more conceptual and challenging themes such as Topsy Turvy (2017) and last years political and environmental stir: What If? which addressed issues such as Climate Change and Brexit.
This year, for its 15 year celebration the team will be soaring to new heights with it’s aptly named theme: Above And Beyond. The subject matter will celebrate historical achievements, space travel and un-sung heroes that all go above and beyond.
Co-organiser and sculptor Nicola Wood said: “This year we want to pay tribute to some of the most positive achievements and people that we have ever seen.
"We want to fly the flag for the grafters and the groundbreakers that make a difference.
"To those that go above and beyond…we salute you.”
Festival co-organiser Alec Messheart said: “Without a team that is willing to go above and beyond, The Weston Sand Sculpture Festival would not be here.
"We fight for our place on Weston seafront ever year because of the encouragement and enthusiasm we receive from visitors, schools and local businesses.
"Team Orange constantly goes above and beyond to keep us here and for that reason alone, the theme is perfect for our big anniversary.
"Go big or go home.”
2020 will welcome 20 of the world’s most talented sand sculptors onto the beach.
They will go head-to-head in a sand sculpting championships and offer plenty of activities to get you involved and inspired.
Watch this space for a “twist-in-the-tale” as the organisers have hinted at a very special event to get you all involved for an exclusive sand sculpture challenge!
The event opens earlier this year, in time for the school break.
Instead of the usual Good Friday opening, you will be able to see the artworks from Saturday, April 4.
The sky above Weston-super-Mare will be showered with spectacular sparkles in April as the resort’s Grand Pier hosts another of its breath-taking Fireworks At Sea events.
Tickets are on sale for the event which is on Saturday, April 4, which will ensure the start of the Easter school holidays will truly go with a bang.
Fireworks At Sea runs between 6.30pm (6pm for platinum ticket holders) and 9.30pm, with all ticket holders being entitled to entry to the Pier and unlimited rides.
They will also have the best vantage point from which to view the amazing fireworks show, which is due to start at 8.30pm (subject to weather conditions).
Standard tickets cost £9.50, but if you want to add a hot meal from the Boardwalk Café – including traditional fish and chips – you can buy a Gold Ticket for £15.
There are also some Platinum VIP tickets, for £27.50, which include priority entry at 6pm, half-an-hour earlier than other ticket holders, entry, unlimited rides plus a three-course meal in Tiffany’s Restaurant and a private balcony area which offers the very best view of the fireworks.
Grand Pier director Tim Moyle said: “The Easter holidays traditionally mark the start of the holiday season in Weston, so we thought this would be the perfect time to stage another of our spectacular shows.
“We know, from feedback we receive, that our fireworks displays are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
“Our various tickets mean there are options for the whole family to enjoy a fun-filled evening out, ending with a fabulous fireworks finale.”
To book tickets, and to find about more about the wide range of events, activities and attractions available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk.
Grand Pier theme park fun
Visitors to Weston-super-Mare are guaranteed a warm welcome – according to the most critical of reviewers – the visitors themselves.
The seaside resort has been named among the Top 10 most welcoming places in the United Kingdom in the Traveller Review Awards 2020.
The news comes as little surprise to bosses at the town’s top tourist attraction, the Grand Pier, but they nevertheless welcome the national recognition and hope that it will encourage even more people to take a trip to find out for themselves.
The Traveller Review Awards were announced by Booking.com, one of the UK’s biggest hotel reservation sites.
Awards are given on the basis of review scores left by travellers after their experience or stay with a partner.
To win an award, a hotel must have a review score of between 8 and 10, calculated from a minimum of five reviews left by different guests.
Mallory Barrasso, of Booking.com, said: “Cities had to have an above average amount of winners to be included in the top ten most welcoming places list, which means 90 award recipients or higher.”
Lucy Graham, of Grand Pier, said: “Hopefully, being named in this Top 10 will put Weston on the map as far as friendly places to stay is concerned.
“But that warm welcome is not only confined to the hotels and guest houses; here at the Grand Pier, we are all about providing family fun all year round, helping all our guests to make memories and have a great time.
“2020 is a milestone year for us; October will mark the 10th anniversary of the re-opening of the Grand Pier, following the fire in July, 2008.
“So it is a welcome boost to us, and the town as a whole, to get this recognition which ultimately comes from positive reviews provided by people who have been here.
“It’s a credit to the quality of the accommodation on offer, and the commitment to customer service, something we value very highly on the Grand Pier, too.
“We are currently right in the middle of all our preparations for the start of the main season, which is traditionally around Easter time, and this news is a very welcome start to the new year – and decade.”
For further information about the wide range of events, activities and attractions available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk
The iconic Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, is the ultimate 21st century theme park.
It is one of the South West’s biggest tourist destinations, with attractions to suit all ages, and is frequently used as a TV and film location.
Home to the biggest arcade in Weston-super-Mare, it boasts indoor theme park rides such as Robocoaster, Sidewinder, and a Go-Kart circuit.
Other attractions include F1 Simulators, children’s soft play area, land train and Museum of Memories.
The Grand Pier Pavilion is the newest in the UK.
Opened in 2010, it replaces the previous pavilion, which was destroyed by fire in July 2008.
The new Pavilion has modern function rooms, state-of-the-art business conference facilities, entertainment and event spaces.
It is a popular venue for weddings, concerts, conferences, charity balls and special events like the Faulty Towers Dining Experience which Nailsea People reviewed HERE.
Killer Queen will rock you again at Grand Pier
After a sell-out success in 2019 a critically-acclaimed Queen tribute act has already been booked to make a return visit to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier in 2020.
Killer Queen’s inaugural visit to the iconic seafront attraction in May 2019 saw hundreds of fans fill the Pier’s pavilion.
Tickets are now on sale for their return visit - a ConciergeUK event - which is on Friday, May 8, 2020.
Killer Queen were formed in 1993 and their first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the legendary band that inspired them, as the real Queen played their first shows at the same venue 21 years before.
Killer Queen remains the only tribute band to have sold out the same arenas as the originals in their heyday.
The act’s performances at Forest National and Ahoy were scale recreations of Queen’s own epic performances there.
Acknowledged as the longest-established Queen tribute act, Killer Queen tour extensively all over Europe and the US, where they are regular performers at such prestigious American venues as Red Rocks and Austin City Limits.
Frontman Patrick Myers has won widespread acclaim for his recreation of the style and showmanship of Freddie Mercury.
Daily Mail writer Baz Bamigboye said 'Patrick Myers' recreation of Queen's lead singer is simply uncanny' while the critic for The People newspaper said 'Concerts as near to the real thing as you're likely to get. A real-life Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Lives! A Pop Legend Is back'.
The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy said 'no detail is overlooked. Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes' and Der Western said 'very accurate. Almost frightening. The show, singing, music and appearance are unbelievably similar to the original. Skipping across the stage with his three and half octave broad tenor powering through the arena, Patrick's spark set the 10,000 Ahoy audience on fire. They danced, sang and clicked their fingers, all under Myers' direction. The best thing since Queen'.
For the next Grand Pier show, there is limited availability of two special VIP packages.
VIP Lounge and Premium Standing include a VIP bar, VIP toilets and premium standing at the front of the stage.
The VVIP Balcony View option includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, two-course buffet, table seating, VIP toilets and a Premium standing view of the stage from the balcony.
There is an age restriction of 14 and over and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
For ticket details click HERE.
Grand Pier event manager Hollie Otley said: “The first Killer Queen concert here earlier this year was a sell-out success and proved very popular.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this acclaimed tribute act back next year and expect their return to also sell-out, so we would advise people to book early to avoid disappointment.”
For full details of the wide range of other events, activities and attractions available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk
SKY HIGH: The Weston Air Festival is on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, 11am-5pm both days on the Weston-super-Mare seafront and Beach Lawns in Weston-super-Mare. The free event is a mix of spectacular aerobatic displays and armed forces celebrations. There will be trade stands and activities to entertain the whole family. For more details click HERE
Jason Byrne: Audience Precipitation
“Unmissable” Evening Standard
“Watching a new Jason Byrne show is a bit like witnessing lightning in a bottle” – Edinburgh Evening News
“Byrne is consistently brilliant” – The Metro
“The outright king of live comedy” Times
Famous Irish comedian Jason Byrne will be making a return to the Tropicana in Weston-super-Mare with his brand new live show Audience Precipitation this autumn.
Byrne, whose past performance accolades include Live at the Apollo (BBC1), The Royal Variety Show (ITV1), Don’t Say It Bring It (Dave) and Wild Things (Sky), will be returning on Saturday, September 26.
Back for more comedy chaos, Jason will do what he does best, connecting with the audience in a way no other comic can.Whether it’s inviting or dragging (as it has been known) people up onto stage and making a 'holy show of them' as they say in Ireland.
Jason’s Audience Precipitation, will be a laugh out loud, must see show, with a light drizzle of audience participation… ooohhh clever that.
Byrne promises a night of unpredictable, spontaneous mayhem!
Pre-sale tickets £21.85 are now available through Ticketmaster by clicking HERE.
For the latest booking announcements go to www.tropicanaweston.co.uk.