Weston super Mare today is still extremely busy during
the Summer months with holiday makers and day trippers. Recently the seafront
has undergone huge changes including a new sea defence system, spectacularly
modern street lamps and the new Grand Pier (rebuilt after it was destroyed
by a fire in July 2008). The pier owners have passionately created the
most amazing pier with new amusements and rides - you can't visit Weston
super Mare and not take a walk down the pier.
Many places around the town have undergone recent renovations. Although the water is muddy the broad sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean golden sand with the famous donkeys, specially staged children's activities and fireworks displays.
Away from the seafront you can find a great variety of shops including a fabulous shopping arcade (with big names such as Marks and Spencer, Body Shop, Evans, Next, Accessorize and Thorntons), amusement arcades, cafes and restaurants. Try the meadow street area if you have time for a wander as there are many interesting small shops and boutiques. Weston is also home to large names such as Asda, Argos, Sainsburys, TK Maxx, Staples, Comet, Wickes, B&Q, Waitrose and other great places such as Dunelm Store (one of my favourites).
Weston-super-Mare hosts rounds of the National Water Ski Racing Championships and hosted T4 on the Beach - first in 2005 and due to the event's success returned for several years after. Artists that previously appeared at T4 on the Beach at Weston-super-Mare are the Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Maroon 5, Tony Christie, Madness, Garbage, Busta Ryhmes, Basement Jaxx, The Kooks, Will Young and The Zutons to name a few. International HeliDays is staged at the Weston-super-Mare Beach Gardens over a long weekend around the end of July. Helicopters from around the world are displayed in association with the Helicopter Museum. The Enduro Beach Race has been held in Weston for over 20 years and attracts over 1,000 riders and crowds of over 100,000. Sand carvers from around the world also appear regularly on the sea front at Weston-super-Mare.