Welcome to Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare is a seaside town in North Somerset, on the Bristol Channel, 18 miles south west of Bristol. It includes many smaller suburbs and its population at the 2011 census was 76,143. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim, Germany. Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway. Two piers were also built.

The growth continued well into the second half of the 20th century and today's modern attractions include the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, the Grand Pier and an aquarium. Cultural venues include The Playhouse and Blakehay Theatre and the main shopping centre has a large array of shops and other amenities.

Popular with commuters, for those traveling further afield Weston-super-Mare offer easy road connections to all major local centres in the area including the City of Bristol some 22 miles away. In addition, junctions 21 and 22 of the M5 are both close by and the main line railway station in the centre of Weston offers local and intercity services with direct trains to Bristol, Bath and London Paddington.

Infant and primary schools in Weston include: Ashcombe Primary, Becket Primary, Bournville Primary School, Castle Batch Primary school, Christ Church C of E Primary, Corpus Christi Catholic Primary, Herons' Moor Community Primary, Hutton C of E Primary, Kewstoke Primary, Mead Vale Primary, Milton Park Primary, St. Georges Church School, St Mark's VA Church of England/Methodist Ecumenical Primary School, Walliscote Primary, Windwhistle Primary and Worlebury St. Pauls C.E.V.A. First School.

Secondary education is provided by Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Churchill Academy, Priory Community School, Worle Community School and Hans Price Academy. The town's main further education provider is Weston College, and the town's expanding higher education provision is supplied by University Centre Weston.

In September 2014, the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) opened. From September 2015 it has provided education to 14- to 19-year-olds and specialises in the STEM fields; science, technology, engineering and maths.

The town contains several arts venues. The Playhouse serves both tourists and the local population. The Winter Gardens on the seafront hosts shows, exhibitions and conferences. The Blakehay Theatre & Community Arts Centreis a small venue housed in a former Baptist church. All Saints Church hosts regular concerts, some of high national standing. This church is also used for recording, especially by the Emerald Ensemble and has featured on BBC TV programme Songs of Praise.

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