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A Grand Time At Weston

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 12th June 2014

The second pier of my Somerset visit was Weston-super-Mare Grand. And it would seem it’s grand by name and Grand by nature these days. Refurbished and re-opened in 2010 after a devastating fire in 2008, it now boasts many indoor amusements, and modern facilities.

Twists & Turns On The Beach

Twists & Turns On The Beach

The Pierhead also boasts a fine restaurant which serves an excellent Cream Tea!

Tea & Scones, Weston Grand

Tea & Scones, Weston Grand

View the full gallery of images from Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier.

Classy Clevedon

Posted by Caz on Thursday, 12th June 2014

Yesterday I was staying in Great Malvern for a concert, so decided to spend time visiting some piers in North Somerset while not too far away. My first stop today was the lovely Victorian pier in Clevedon. It’s a classy location with a grand view across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The pier itself has been restored to its former glory and it now has Grade I listed status.

Fluffy Clouds Over Wales

Fluffy Clouds Over Wales

There’s a charming café on the Pierhead with a covered first floor building where you can admire the view across the water while enjoying a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

Tea & Cake, Clevedon

Tea & Cake, Clevedon

View the full gallery of images from Clevedon Pier.

Sauntering In Southend

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 10th June 2014

The third pier of the day in my Essex travels was about an hour’s drive from Walton and Clacton – I ventured to Southend-on-Sea to visit the longest pleasure pier in the world. At just over 1.3miles, it’s quite a walk down to the pier head but there is always the easy option of a trip on the Electric Railway to get you back to the shore. I’ve visited a few times before, but haven’t noticed the new canopy at the pier head station until today.

Waiting For The Train

Waiting For The Train

Although I was wandering around quite late in the evening, the new café was still open so I was able to indulge in Tea and Cake again – this time I chose a tasty Viennese Slice to go with my cuppa.

Tea And Cake, Southend

Tea And Cake, Southend

View the full gallery of images from Southend-on-Sea Pier.

A Circuit Around Clacton

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 10th June 2014

My second pier of the day was a short drive from Walton – the neighbouring seaside resort of Clacton-on-Sea. The pier is somewhat shorter than Walton’s, and the indoor amusement arcade is a bit smaller – but there are a few more rides outdoors. The sun came out and there were some great clouds to be seen along the coast.

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

In the large restaurant at the pierhead, I chose a scone with jam to have with my tea for the cake on the pier experience here.

Cream Tea, Clacton

Cream Tea, Clacton

View the full gallery of images from Clacton-on-Sea Pier.

Waltzing Around Walton

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 10th June 2014

A sunny Tuesday dawned, so I decided to visit the remaining three piers in Essex, being close to home. My first destination was Walton-on-the-Naze which I remember well from trips to the seaside while growing up. The amusements always held more appeal than the beach, to be honest. My particular favourites were the Dodgems and Ghost Train.

Amusement Arcade, Walton-on-the-Naze

Amusement Arcade, Walton-on-the-Naze

Having walked the length of the pier (which was first opened in 1871) I needed refreshments. The bowling alley on the pier didn’t offer any cake, so I made a beeline for The Beach Kiosk opposite and plumped for a donut to accompany my cuppa.

Tea & Donut, Walton

Tea & Donut, Walton

View the full gallery of images from Walton-on-the-Naze Pier.