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BIARS INFORMATION CENTRE, BURNHAM-ON-SEA

BIARS (Burnham Information And Rescue Support) is the organisation formed to run the Tourist Information Centre in Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset.

Who's behind BIARS?

The group was set up in early 2011 to oversee the day-to-day management of the centre on The Esplanade from April, when ownership was handed over from Sedgemoor District Council.

BIARS is operated entirely by volunteers, who are selling charity merchandise from BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat) and The Coastguard Association, handing out sea safety advice from the two groups, and also providing tourist information to visitors and residents.

As well as a valuable source of local information and events the Information Centre is a place where you can book tickets for local theatres, coaches and attractions. There is now a wide a range of gifts available to buy - choose from local photographs, greetings cards, books, Bristol Blue glass, souvenirs and handmade crafts.

BIARS is seeking official charitable status and an application is being submitted to the Charity Commission.

How can you help?

Volunteers: We need more volunteers to help run the centre - you can download an application form here and send it to us by email here.

Fundraising: We also require donations of items to sell at car boot sales. Drop them in at the centre during opening hours (10am-4pm).

Local Businesses, Sponsors and Donations: Have you thought about promoting your business to the many visitors? Do you have own a local B&B or Caravan Park? You can display a poster, sponsor a window or leave some leaflets. To discuss costs and further options please contact Catriona Newman 07947008571 or email

Contact Details

BIARS - Burnham Information and Rescue Support, The Esplande, Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset TA8 1BU.
Telephone: 01278 787852. Email: burnhaminformation@gmail.com Website: www.burnhaminformation.co.uk


Pictured above: Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis opens Burnham's tourist information centre, operated by BIARS, on April 14th 2011: Full story here