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Resort Information

Weston-super-Mare is located in the county of North Somerset.  There are two councils serving the resort, North Somerset District Council who deal with matters such as community services including Council Tax, Schools, Parking, Seafront Events, Planning and Refuse Collection; and Weston-super-Mare Town Council, who deal with Parks & Play Areas, Dog Bins, Love Weston and some of the resorts Public Toilets.

North Somerset Council: 01934 888888

Weston-super-Mare Town Council: 01934 632567

Tidal predictions are based on high and low water at Weston-super-Mare beach. All times have been adjusted for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and British Summer Time (BST) differences.

To calculate tide times for:

  • Clevedon – add 10 minutes
  • Portishead – add 18 minutes

You should observe the safety and warning signs and supervise children at all times.

Parking on Weston beach is limited to the designated areas and there is a 15mph speed limit in force. Please always check tide times. It’s dangerous to approach the water at low tide and any inflatable craft you use should always be tethered.

We patrol Weston beach from April to September from 10am-6pm and regularly check the beach throughout the day during winter.

Weston beach is cleaned every day except Christmas Day and other beaches in the district are cleaned regularly. Weston beach, Sand Bay and Clevedon beach are European bathing waters and are monitored by the Environment Agency from May to September.

Animals on the beach

Dogs

Weston-super-Mare

Allowed between the Grand Pier and Knightstone Island; Royal Sands and Uphill at any time. Not allowed between the Grand Pier and Royal Sands from 1 May to 30 September or on the beach at Marine Lake at any time.

Sand Bay

Allowed at any time.

Horses

Horse riders should be mindful of other people using the beach. Where horse riding is permitted, we recommend that you ride horses along the tide line and hold third-party public liability insurance to the value of £5m.

Weston-super-Mare

Allowed except from 1 July to 31 August from 10am-6pm.

Sand Bay

Allowed on the beach at any time. Not allowed on the sand dunes at any time.

Sea defences

There are 12 tide gates along the promenade in Weston-super-Mare which gives extra protection for homes and businesses in the town. Gates may be closed in various combinations depending on the level of risk expected.

We also close Esplanade Road in Portishead and The Beach in Clevedon if there is increased risk of flooding from the sea.

With the second highest tidal range in the world, the tide along the North Somerset coast rises quickly and the current can be strong. During high tides, we monitor:

  • tide heights
  • wind speed
  • wind direction
  • wave buoy data
  • weather and flood forecasts

We rely on Environment Agency warnings along with our own observations. If there is an increased risk of flooding from the sea, we will make a decision to deploy the sea defences and tell residents and businesses along the seafront if we need to do this.

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