Bridgwater is a market town in Somerset situated 35 miles south of Bristol and 45 miles north of Exeter, between junctions 23 and 24 on the M5. This gives it prime position for commuting in either direction with two points of access to the M5.
Situated on the edge of the Somerset levels, Bridgwater is close to some lovely countryside with the Mendip range to the north and Quantock hills to the west. The town lies along both sides of the river Parrett and has a major port and trading centre offering a large industrial base.
It is linked to Taunton by the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal and is situated on the main railway link to Bristol and Taunton.
Bridgwater is famous for its Guy Fawkes Carnival which attracts around 150,000 people from around the country and is held on a Friday, close to November 5th. It consists of a large dramatic display of over 100 large floats along a 2.5mile route.
For those who like to stroll on the sands, a short trip north takes you to Burnham, Berrow and Brean beaches. Each with their own individual offerings, Burnham has its traditional pier built between 1911-1914, with dog free beaches, offering donkey rides, kids entertainment and water activities. Berrow is the start of a six-mile-long sand dune beach which is the second longest in Europe. Dogs and horses are welcome in this area but take care at low tide and take note of local warnings and notices.
Slightly further north takes you to Weston-super-Mare, with its famous pier having undergone a major multimillion pound refurbishment following the fire in 2008. The Grand Pier still maintains the status of being the focal point of the seafront, attracting both young and old with amusements, rides and tea rooms for those who like a leisurely pace.
The rest of the seafront has benefited from a recent £34 million enhancement program providing a safer more enjoyable experience for pedestrians gaining the 2011 Street Design award.
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