Beside the sea

The sea breeze swishing through your hair, the sensation of wet sand between your toes and the smell of vinegary chips lingering at your nostrils: everyone has vivid memories of their childhood seaside holidays. Relish that nostalgic feeling again but this time add a modern twist. Bumble about on creaky Victorian piers crowned with roller coasters, have a chinwag with a local artist in their seaside studio or lace up your hiking boots for a cliff-top stroll in search of puffins and gannets. Hungry? The freshest seafood and gourmet restaurants await, as do hand-warming portions of fish ‘n’ chips. Start planning your coastal holidays.

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Maggi Hambling’s The Scallop

Maggi Hambling’s The Scallop

The Scallop, this iconic image of the Suffolk Coast arrived on Aldeburgh beach in 2003, courtesy of local artist, Maggi Hambling.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Walk along the iconic White Cliffs of Dover

Immortalised by Dame Vera Lynn, take a walk along this impressive stretch of English coastline.

Location: Dover, Kent

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Explore Orford Ness

Explore Orford Ness

A strange and secretive past in Suffolk.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Military history
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Build sandcastles and paddle in the sea at St Bees

Build sandcastles and paddle in the sea at St Bees

Enjoy the picturesque sights of the red sandstone cliffs as you walk along St Bees's tranquil beach.

Location: St. Bees, Cumbria

Beaches
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Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Sample some fantastic seafood at the Newquay Fish Festival

Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall’s waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes, at the Newquay Fish Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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See the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the striking black and white lighthouse near to the end of Spurn.

Location: Spurn, East Riding of Yorkshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Number One Blackpool

Number One Blackpool

Sample some boutique chic by the seaside.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Romance
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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is the leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See Antony Gormley’s sculptures at Crosby beach

See Antony Gormley’s sculptures at Crosby beach

Take a trip to see the Another Place sculptures that stretch almost one kilometre out to sea on Crosby beach.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Head to St Michael's Mount

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps.

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Bournemouth has a vast array of watersports on offer throughout the year for both the novice and professional.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Watersports
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Enjoy a room with a seaside view at Cabot Court Hotel

Enjoy a room with a seaside view at Cabot Court Hotel

Enjoy a seaside holiday that the kids and you will love with a stay at Cabot Court Hotel.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

Price: Family Room from £65

Seaside resorts
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White knuckles all round at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

White knuckles all round at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

What's better than riding a rollercoster with the wind in your hair? Riding one that is right next to the beach.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Theme Parks
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Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Spend a night at one of Portsmouth's funkiest and most unique boutique hotels.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Price: From £80 per room per night

Coastal towns
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Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

Coastal towns
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Catch the sunset at The White Horse on Brancaster Staithe

Catch the sunset at The White Horse on Brancaster Staithe

Stop for a fresh seafood lunch overlooking the tidal saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast.

Location: Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Picturesque places
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Visit the Isles of Scilly

Visit the Isles of Scilly

Clear waters and a balmy micro-climate.

Location: Scilly Isles, Cornwall

Coast
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Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Jump aboard an adrenaline filled boat trip for a close up view of the stunning South Downs National Park coastline and Beachy Head lighthouse.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Price: From £18 per person

Boating

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