Welcome to the Brean Parish Council web site
Brean in the County of Somerset lies on the shores of the longest and largest inlet in Englands' coastline, The Bristol Channel. The channel is governed by the second largest rise and fall of tidal movement in the world, about one mile.(The largest being the Bay of Fundy in Canada.)
The northern village boundary is Brean Down, a rocky promontory some 300ft high, jutting out into the channel and separating Brean from Weston-super-Mare. The Down is of the same carboniferous limestone formation as the offshore islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm and at one time must have been an extension of the Mendip Hills. The Down dominates the northern end of the village and on it are found signs of ancient settlement with a history dating back 4,000 years to the Stone Age. Archaeological studies have found evidence of extinct mammoths, deer, bison and reindeer dating 10,000 years B.C. and burial mounds of the Bronze Age.
In 1964 a Roman Temple dating from about 340 AD was excavated on the Down.
At present the village has a residential population of about 600 and is a thriving village community with two churches, St Bridget's and the Methodist church, with many clubs and activities centered around our village hall which was opened in 1977, built with money raised by the residents and later extended.
In Summer the village transforms into a tourist resort with some 95 businesses catering for many thousands of visitors as well as the local community.
The great attraction is The Beach. Stretching from the Down in the North for nearly 3 miles to our Parish boundary at Berrow in the South, it provides a clean environment with safe bathing at high tide. Many facilities are provided, pony rides, childrens amusements, refreshments and ice cream sales.
Most unusual is the car parking which the Parish Council permits on one area of the beach for a modest price and cars may be parked there all day.
The beach is used all the year, many residents dogwalk, some jog and many fish, the sand-yacht club flourishes and cycling takes place at all times of the year. In Summer kite flying, bathing, pony riding, sun bathing and picnicking are all popular pastimes.
The favorite walk is along Brean Down, a hard climb up the steps or road but a glorious walk along the top to the Napoleonic fort with views over Weston and out to the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm.
Brean Village Hall
The hall is available to hire for group activities, private functions and table top sales.
The hall consists of the following:- Main hall 13m x 7m plus stage
Committee room 5.5m x 7m
Fully fitted kitchen 5m x 3.5m
Portacabin (small meeting room) 7m x 3m
There is a sound and lighting system, toilet and shower facilities and central heating.
Competitive rates on request. For all bookings contact:-
Derek Petrie on 01278 751213 or 07971 807446
St. Bridget's Anglican Church
View from Brean Down