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.
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.