The venue is the Regency Suite at The Grand Pier on Marine Parade in Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1AL.
A private lift will be available to the side of the main pavilion to grant access to the competition. Further instructions regarding pier access will be sent to registered competitors by email before the event. Please note that the walk down the pier to the pavilion is approximately 400m (1300ft) so with consideration to late November seaside weather, you may wish to wear gloves to keep your hands warm for early events. Access to the venue is available until late and the schedule has been designed to make full use of this for those that wish to do so.
There is a bar in the function room selling a range of drinks and confectionery. No alcohol should be bought until the lunch period. Those competitors and guests that do buy alcohol are reminded to be sensible and not act in any way that may result in them being asked to leave (disqualification may apply). No alcohol may be taken into the competitors area. If you are over 18 but fortunate enough to be cherubic, please bring appropriate identification. An amusement arcade also exists on-site.
Please do not consume packed lunches or drinks purchased off-site in the amusement areas, or any area of the pavilion outside of the Regency Suite. Various outlets on the Pier exist to sell you food there.
Train: Weston-Super-Mare Station is the main station and is a short half-mile walk from the venue to the start of the pier. From most directions, a brief change of train is needed at either Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads station. Trains should run twice an hour in most periods. Tickets and times can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.
Plane: Bristol Airport (www.bristolairport.co.uk) is the nearest airport to Weston-Super-Mare. Car rental is available from there, or a taxi can be taken from there to connect with train services.
Car: There are numerous public car parks in town that are within walking distance of the venue including:
– NCP Weston-Super-Mare High Street Car Park, 4A High Street, BS23 1JF
– Carlton Street Car Park, 12 Carlton Street, BS23 1UA
– Melrose Car Park, 30 Knightstone Road, BS23 2BE
Alternatively, you may wish to consider using a service such as www.justpark.com which allows short-term agreements to be set up to park at people’s driveways or garages.
The nearest chain-style hotel to the venue is the Premier Inn – Weston-Super-Mare Seafront. Bookings can be made at http://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/somerset/weston-super-mare/weston-super-mare-seafront.html. 2 other Premier Inns, as well as a Travelodge are within 2-4 miles of the venue.
2 slightly closer hotels are The Sandringham Hotel (http://thesandringham.co.uk/) and The York Hotel (http://theyorkhotel.net/)
Other options may be found through LateRooms (https://www.laterooms.com/en/k16307722_weston-super-mare-hotels.aspx) and Booking.com (https://www.booking.com/city/gb/weston-super-mare.en-gb.html) or by typing the term “hotel weston-super-mare” into Google Maps.