Burnham-On-Sea | Exploring

During the previous heat wave that seemed to hit the UK (yes, I’m aware it’s now September and we’re all freezing), my Mom and I decided to take a spontaneous trip down to the beach. We initially wanted to go to Weston-Super-Mare although as it’s such a popular place, the tickets were already sold out. Therefore, we opted for a second choice, Burnham-On-Sea, which is based in Somerset. Having never visited before, I was initially a little bit nervous as the pictures that I’ve seen on Google maps weren’t particularly inviting as they seemed quite dull (gosh, I am such a blogger!). Though, we trekked on and decided to make the most of our journey.

We got on the coach to Burnham-On-Sea from Birmingham and it took us about 3.5 hours to arrive at our destination. Prime blogging time! I didn’t actually get much written in terms of posts as I was quite tired from the constant movement, but I tried to stay active on social media and speak to some fellow bloggers. When we finally arrived, we got off the coach and headed straight for the high street. The first thing I noticed, and photographed, were the gorgeous heart shaped bike racks. I wish we had these in Brum, it’d cheer the place up perfectly!

Burnham-On-Sea is a small town, comprising a few rows of shops (it seemed to be one main high street with some other roads with shops leading off, although I may be wrong). We had a browse in the typical shops, including charity shops, New Look, and then we stumbled upon a ‘Fantasy and Gothic Gifts’ store called John’s Shop. From the front, I was expecting it to be one of those souvenir stores (I’m sure you all know what I mean!) but when I went inside, I was honestly speechless. The store was filled with healing crystals and crystal jewellery, tarot cards, dream catchers cute accessories and the like. It was very very boho/hippie and I was in heaven! I absolutely love spirituality and I have been loving watching YouTubers such as Gracie Francesca heal and find her spiritual side recently, and so I couldn’t have been in a better store. As I already have a few crystals, I was sensible and picked myself up some raw rose quartz and a dream catcher for my bedroom wall. I’ve actually put these away so that I can open them on my birthday, talk about getting old when you buy yourself presents! There were also some budget stores, such as B&M, which you all know I absolutely love, but as we already have these stores at home in Birmingham we didn’t bother with going in.

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What I noticed whilst walking down the high street, was that there’s actually a fair amount of street art going on! Having heard that Burnham-On-Sea was a quiet place it wasn’t really something I expected, but some of the paintings, especially on the side of the pub and the cinema, were absolutely gorgeous!

 

 

Following this, we both decided to grab some lunch and eat it on the beach! There were plenty of stores on the seafront so we picked up some chips and shared on the steps overlooking the sea. At this point a bird pooped right in front of me and some of the drops actually fell on my favourite trousers. True story. TMI? If so, I’m sorry! I didn’t let that stress me out though, we stayed on the beach for a while and I had a beautiful pear drop flavoured slush for only £1(!!!) and also picked up an ice cream. To get out of the sun for a while, we decided to head inside the arcade on the pier and had a play for a while with the 2p machines. You’d be shocked at how far one pound can go; we came out with a few gimmicky toys, but unfortunately no plushies (which I have no space for anyway, of course, so it’s probably a good thing in hindsight).

 

To be fair, Burnham-On-Sea is small. We spent around five hours there and by the time it came to return, we were more than ready to pack up and go. We had seen everything and done everything that we’d wanted to do. There’s a fair bit to keep you occupied, and is really family friendly, but it’s not really more than a day trip for us. It was nicer than I had expected and I did have a lovely time, it’s a very typical seaside so it’s definitely somewhere to consider if you’re nearby and wanting to go to the beach. Just be wary of the birds! Of course, the best part about staying in the UK for a holiday is the cost, the coach tickets were only £21 return – and that’s pennies compared to going abroad.

34 Comments

  1. September 9, 2018 / 11:08 am

    I’ve never been to Burnham-on-sea and I’m from Bristol so it wouldn’t be too far away for me. Love your pictures, they make it look like such a lovely place!

    https://sophaarambles.blogspot.com/

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks so much Sophie. If you ever happen to be nearby then its’ worth a trip! xx

  2. September 9, 2018 / 11:29 am

    Aw I don’t think I’ve ever been to Burnham-On-Sea but it looks like such a cute little seaside town. We got so lucky with the weather this Summer didn’t we, I had loads of beach trips too!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:15 pm

      It was amazing. The best time of year to get to the beach! <3

  3. September 9, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Sounds like a lovely trip! The street art looks amazing! So affordable on the coach too! Win x

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      Win win! The street art was so gorgeous; it really shocked me! xx

  4. September 9, 2018 / 12:26 pm

    Sounds like a great little place for a relaxed day trip. I would love to visit Burnham-on-Sea next time I am in the UK. Thanks for the idea!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      I’m glad it was useful for you Bea! <3

  5. Lisa M. Biondo
    September 9, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    This is beautiful. I love the artwork, pastel buildings, and yes the heart-shaped bike racks are everything!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      Haha, aren’t they just! Thanks Lisa! <3

  6. September 9, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    I’ve been to Burnham On Sea a few times when I was younger but not for years and it seems to have changed quite a bit, I don’t think all that street art was there before but it looks amazing! I’m glad you had a nice day out you can’t beat a trip to the seaside! You’re lucky you can read your phone/write while you’re travelling I can’t read my phone for more than a few minutes it makes me really travel sick 🙁

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      To be fair, the street art did look fairly new at the time. Aww bless you, that must be horrible! xx

  7. September 9, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Oh my gosh it is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful spot, and I love the pastel coloured houses! Such a beautiful area, I wish I lived closer!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 9, 2018 / 4:24 pm

      As do I, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I’d love to live near to the sea. Thanks Amie! <3

  8. September 9, 2018 / 5:54 pm

    It’s cool that you and your mother took a trip down to the beach. Burnham looks gorgeous! Love that it has a very homely vibe and a lot of gorgeous street art. Glad you enjoyed your time down there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Thank you so much Nancy! It was a lovely day 🙂 <3

  9. Anne
    September 9, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    This is such a lovely post! It looks so beautiful! Maybe it has someThing to do with the photographer to show how beautiful a place really is! 😉you definitely did this town justice with your photography skills!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Hahaha, oh Anne you are too sweet. Thank you lovely! <3

  10. September 9, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    The street art you found is so pretty, I love the wildlife centered one! I sometimes love it when we have to adventure away from our first choice destinations as it means we can explore someplace unexpected and new! I am glad to hear that your trip turned out so well!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:22 am

      It’s really gorgeous isn’t it. Thanks Kristin! <3

  11. September 9, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Looks like you had a fun day! I absolutely love the street art you shared here, I often find that in the UK we don’t have as much as I’ve seen in European countries but those murals are so well-done. This post definitely makes me miss the sunshine, it’s starting to get cold quickly up North!

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com/

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Oh bless you, it’s getting super cold here now too unfortunately. I couldn’t agree more, but you should check out Digbeth in Birmingham for some wonderful street art!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Absolutely – it’s always a bonus when it doesn’t break the bank! x

  12. Johnny
    September 9, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    Sounds like Burnham-on-sea is more ideal for an afternoon out rather than a whole day. Anyway great post Chloe. Reminded me that I haven’t been to the seaside for a day out for ages, not including work!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    http://www.johnnystraventures.com

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much Johnny. A trip out is well needed sometimes!

  13. September 10, 2018 / 1:05 am

    These photos were amazing! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in the sunshine!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much Caysey!

  14. Joy
    September 10, 2018 / 1:40 am

    What great street art and I love that heart shaped bike stand.

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 10, 2018 / 7:23 am

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it Joy – I want one in my house haha!

  15. September 10, 2018 / 9:10 am

    Wow! It looks so pretty 💗 I’d love to visit when I get around to going to the UK!

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 11, 2018 / 9:47 am

      I’d really recommend, Amber! xx

  16. September 10, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    I never think about just hopping on a coach and heading somewhere new for a day trip, but it sounds like such a fun thing to do and makes so much sense! Lovely photos, I love being beside the sea more than anything else in the world.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • Chloe_Francis
      September 11, 2018 / 9:48 am

      Thank you so much Cordelia! I don’t usually but my Mum suggested it, and what a fantastic idea it was! I love the beach – I wish I lived nearer! x

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