Things to do in Brean, Somerset
The village is surrounded by water with the Bristol Channel on one side and the River Axe on the other.
It was extensively rebuilt in 1882.
The church is now a designated Grade II listed building.
Present Day Brean
Brean is at the end of the long flat sands of Weston Bay. Nearby is the promontory of Brean Down peninsula which rises 320 feet (98m) above sea level and juts out into the Bristol Channel for about 1½ miles.
On the promontory are the remains of Brean Down Fort, built in the 1860s. This Palmerston Fort was rearmed during World War II and is often used as a film location.The National Trust and provides an interesting insight into local history. From the top of the headland the fort offers spectacular far-reaching views out to sea.
Brean's main claim to fame is that it has one of the greatest tide ranges in the world, second only to the Bay of Fundy in Canada.
The sea has some strong and dangerous currents at low tide and red warning flags should be observed. Swimming is safe for two hours before and after high tide.
Brean seafront has a boat launching area but permission must be sought from the jetty attendant or Tourist Information Centre.
Things to do in Brean
The sandy beach at Brean stretches for seven miles, all the way to Burnham-on-Sea. In fact the beach is so extensive and firm that vehicles are allowed onto the beach in daylight hours to park.
The coastline around Brean is good for walks along the firm sandy beaches and the flat shallow waters are ideal for bird watching.
Brean is the home of the Brean Leisure Park which offers an entertaining day out with its amusement park and tropical bird garden. It has a large display of parrots and other exotic birds.Animal Farm Adventure Park which is popular with families with young children. In spring the bottle-fed lambs are a big attraction.
Golfers will enjoy the Burnham and Berrow Golf Club which is a well-known Championship links course in the southwest of England.