If you’re looking to move somewhere new or simply need to relocate to North Somerset then Clevedon is a great destination to choose. With a population of around 21,000 people this seaside town situated on the shores of the Severn Estuary and is a real beauty. It grew up over many centuries on and around a group of small hills and close to the mouth of the Land Yeo river. There has been a settlement here since Iron Age times and it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. So it has some history!
Is it easy to get to?
Clevedon is brilliantly situated close to the M5 motorway and the M4 junction so road links are good. The nearest railway station is Yatton some 5 miles away with trains to Bristol and beyond. There are also numerous coach services to London, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Portishead. Bristol Airport, which has flights throughout the UK and Europe, is some 30 minutes away.
What is there to do in Clevedon?
Well, the choice is immense. Here are just a few of the attractions of Clevedon for residents (and of course the odd visitor) to enjoy.
- The most visible attraction and focal point of the town is undoubtedly the Victorian Pier. Built in 1869 and restored over several decades to become the Grade 1 gem that it is today. Walk on it, fish from it, stop and have a coffee or fish and chips in the café… it’s a great place to stop and admire.
- The Sugar Lookout is another historical feature of the town. Built overlooking the estuary by a local family of wealthy sugar traders it was used to spot incoming vessels and enabled the traders to secure moorings in Bristol and start selling the cargo before the ship even docked. Now you can just enjoy the views across the estuary!
- Poet’s Walk is a coastal footpath which takes in many places of interest and is a fabulous place to stretch your legs.
- There is a great monthly food market, a twice weekly farmers’ market and many wonderful local shops in Hill Road and around town offering a wide range of goods and delicious products.
- Marine Lake is another great facility which helps make this town a desirable place to live. The two seawater pools are refilled when the tide comes in and provide safe swimming and paddling areas for children. But also canoeing, paddle boarding sailing and kayaking can be enjoyed here so it really is a great asset for the town.
- There is a long seafront leading from the pier via ornamental gardens to Salthouse Fields – a large park area complete with a children’s light railway. There’s plenty of space in Clevedon to enjoy many outdoor activities like running and walking. And of course, there’s the beach if you fancy a paddle!
- However, if the weather doesn’t suit outdoor pursuits then there is always the town’s Grade II listed cinema, The Curzon. This magnificent cinema has been in continuous operation since April 1912 and was saved by the local community in 1996. The Curzon is well supported by local residents and holds a vibrant programme of film and events.
Fame on the horizon?
Well, parts of the television series Broadchurch were filmed in Clevedon so if you’re a fan you will probably recognise many of the places that you saw on TV. Pop stars (including One Direction) have also used the pier as the setting for their videos. Clearly, the media community consider Clevedon to be a great place to be so if you choose Clevedon to live then you’ll be in good company. And maybe you could get spotted and get a job as an extra? You never know….
Has Clevedon got everything?
Clevedon is well served for everyday facilities. Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Aldi and Sainsbury’s have supermarkets here. There’s a golf club, a sailing club, a cinema, a cricket club, tennis club, a hospital, good schools ranging from nursery to secondary and of course plenty of coffee shops and restaurants. It’s a well-served town with plenty of attractions and reasons to put down roots. There’s a wide choice of available housing stock at all price points so you’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes and budget.
And just one more thing!
Did we mention that Clevedon is home to Yeates Removals and Self Storage? As a local family run firm that has been operating from the town since 1910 we know the area pretty well. So, if you decide that Clevedon (or one of the towns nearby) is the place for you, give us a call and we’ll be able to give you the benefit of our extensive local experience. We offer removals, self storage and shredding for both home and business.
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