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A natural pier with dramatic cliffs and Victorian fort

Brean Down is a wonderful location for a day out in Somerset. Enjoy relaxing on the beach at the foot of the Down, building sandcastles and visiting the Cove Café for a seaside treat.

Venture to the top of the Down and take the exhilarating 1.5 mile walk along Somerset’s greatest natural pier.

The Down stands 97m high and the views from the top are truly spectacular, looking out over the Bristol Channel towards south Wales and over the Somerset Levels.

Uncover the secrets of Brean Down as you discover the site of a Roman temple and explore the Palmerston Fort.

Family on Brean Beach © Jim Elliott

Family on Brean Beach

Big Beach Picnic

Come along on the 4 July and celebrate the coast with the whole family.

Bring your picnic and we'll provide the rest - we've got an artist's hub where you can have a go at creating your own souvenir, 50 Things activities, sandcastle building, ice-creams, face-painting and beach games.

You can buy delicious food and drink from the Cove Café and check out the newly refurbished shop. Event tickets are free and there's no need to book ahead, just turn up on the day.

Brean's weather

50 things

We've put together a list of 50 of the ultimate outdoor activities you can do before you're 11¾.

Find out which of the 50 things you can tick off your list here at Brean Down.


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