Unsurprisingly, this year we haven’t been able to feature too many stories from day trippers to Clevedon… Luckily, the sunshine is back and lockdown restrictions are loosening to allow the public to enjoy a visit Clevedon’s coastline.
Teacher and mum of two boys, Allex Streeter-Smith is a Bristol based social media blogger who writes about her and her family’s adventures exploring new areas in the South West. Allex and the boys enjoyed many of the child friendly activities along the sea front and enjoyed enjoyed almost every charm that Clevedon’s beaches has to offer. Even a spot of shopping!
Read about her day as a quick guide to a family friendly summer’s day out in Clevedon, and what she plans to do when she returns!
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…in Clevedon- in the sunshine it’s just bliss!
Thankfully, when we visited on Monday, the miniature railway was running again as we had a disappointed toddler last time. It’s a bargain at £2 per person – my son LOVED it! The driver even allowed him to sit in the driver’s seat and ring the bell. Best. Day. Ever!
The Marine Lake was bustling with activity – paddle boarders, kayaking, swimmers and crabbers. The toddler pool was perfect for a paddle and a safe distance from the deeper main lake. There was also plenty of shade to hide from the blistering sun. It was busy but people had respected the social distancing marked bays along the edge as they set up camp.
As we walked along the promenade, towards the pier, the crowds dispersed and quiet pebble and rock pool beaches greeted us. Although there are ramps down to the beach, they aren’t the most pram friendly of terrains so beware.
Sadly, the Victorian pier was closed. It’s currently open Wednesday to Sunday 11-5. It’s definitely worth a visit if you get chance. I never get bored of looking at this pier – it’s so pretty.
We did discover a hidden gem of a shop just across the road to the pier – Beach Pottery and Gallery. Through what appeared to be someone’s back gate, we found gardenalia galore. It was rammed with stone sculptures and plaques of all shapes and sizes, vintage tin baths and tea pots come planters. The gift shop was also open but there were strict Covid rules. Again this was jam packed with all sorts of pottery and glass treasures, modern and antique – a no go for children though I’d say.
We ate The Salthouse Bar and Restaurant. We’d pre-booked so had a table but it was BUSY! The outdoor seating area felt like you were abroad with table service and giant umbrellas shading us. It was great service but we had to wait over an hour for our food. It was decent pub grub so we weren’t disappointed. Luckily, there is a little play area at the front of the beer garden which kept my son entertained for some of the time.
We’ll be back sunny Clevedon – next time with our crabbing gear.
For more Day Trip Diaries with ideas and tips on how to spend a day in Clevedon with the family, check out our guide by Deborah McClean.