is still a tourist destination, with attractions
such as the long sandy beach, the The Helicopter
Museum, the Grand Pier, the SeaQuarium aquarium
and the Weston Miniature Railway, which is situated
on the Beach Lawns, as well as a putting green,
gift shop and cafe. (Trains on the railway are pulled
by steam or petrol locomotives. Also on site is
a Drive It Yourself Train.)
The town has
a number of arts venues. The Playhouse serves
both the seasonal tourists and the local population.
The Winter Gardens on the seafront hosts shows,
exhibitions and conferences. The Blakehay Theatre
& Community Arts Centre is a small venue housed
in a former Baptist church.
The T4 on
the Beach concert, hosted by Channel 4, is a recent
addition. Many well known bands and singers perform
up to three of their hits. However, many of the
vocals are mimed as the event is being produced
for live TV broadcast.
HeliDays is usually staged at the beach lawns
over a long weekend around the end of July, where
helicopters from around the world are displayed,
in association with the Helicopter Museum. There
is also an annual display by the Red Arrows, usually
held around the same time as the HeliDays event.
Race is an annual Motorcross Enduro event in October,
first held in 1982. In 2005 it attracted 1400
competitors and around 80,000 spectators. There
are a number of races for quad bikes, sidecars
and children in addition to the main event.
also the final event on the November West Country
Carnival circuit, when a large number of brightly
illuminated floats parade through the streets.