North Somerset is an administrative area in the south-west of England. It lies along the River Severn estuary, sandwiched between Bristol to the north and the Mendip Hills to the south. Around 202,600 people live in North Somerset. The M5 and the A38 run through the region, which promotes itself as part of the Junction 21 Enterprise Area.
The region's town hall is in Weston-Super-Mare, a town also noted for its donkey rides, sand sculpture festival and annual 'Enduro' motorcycle beach race. Other principal towns in North Somerset include Clevedon and Nailsea. The Royal Portbury Dock at Portishead is known for importing cars and for the Nineties' indie rock band that has its roots there.
Local attractions include the beaches of the coast and estuary, Blagdon and Chew Valley lakes, Trendlewood Community Park and the Uphill nature reserve with its distinctive grey stone tower.