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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.

Art project launch

Julian Richardson's sand art at Brean

Julian Richardson's sand art at Brean

We're working with a group of artists at Brean Down who will be creating art installations at the fort.

The artists, led by Joy and Donna, have been recording and responding to the stories of the people, the landscape and the buildings at Brean Down and hope to form a connection through art, to those who lived and worked at the fort and in the surrounding area. To help us really bring the place to life, visitors will enhance and contribute to the work on display during the exhibitions and the artists will also be running workshops at Brean Down during Somerset Art Week.

The first stages of the project will be revealed at Brean Down during Somerset Art Week 3 - 18 October, with the culmination of the project to follow in 2016.

The Big Draw workshop

To tie in with the art project at Brean Down during Somerset Art Week, resident artists Donna and Joy will also be running this workshop at the fort at Brean Down on 11 October.

The Big Draw is the world's largest drawing festival with thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other.

Come along and let your imagination run away with you. You'll be using the dark spaces inside the fort buildings to create drawings using light pens on boards that have been coated with a special paint. 

Birthday at Brean?

Coffee cup and spoon

Did you know that you can hire out the large space above the café at Brean Down?

The views are spectacular across the beach and it's the perfect spot for a birthday party, family gathering or meeting. There's a large car-park, toilet facilities and the friendly team in the café can supply you with tea and coffee, cakes, snacks, cold drinks and hot lunches.

Contact Fred Wilde for prices and more information.

Making waves

Discarded plastic bottles are often wedged under or into rocks.

Discarded plastic bottles are often wedged under or into rocks.

Come along to Brean Down café during Somerset Art Week (3 - 18 October) for a free workshop on reducing your plastic footprint. 

Mel, from the Raw Foundation, will be leading the workshops in collaboration with the art project at Brean Down fort; supporting the work the artists have done raising awareness of this beautiful coastal place, which is just one of many that can be heavily polluted by plastic waste. 

The workshops will run on Sun 4, Thurs 8, Fri 9 and Fri 16 October 11 - 4pm.