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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Dee Estuary to Hilbre Island

Dee Estuary to Hilbre Island

A two-mile walk across the sand from West Kirby, the Dee Estuary is an oasis of wildlife.

Location: Hilbre Island, Merseyside

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Go wild swimming at Thurlestone Rock

Pull on your wetsuit and goggles and aim for Thurlestone Rock off the south Devon coast for a really wild swimming adventure.

Location: Thurlestone, Devon

Coast
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Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

Tours and trails
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Discover outdoor art on the Riverside Sculpture Trail

Discover outdoor art on the Riverside Sculpture Trail

Learn about Sunderland’s past and present on the Riverside Sculpture Trail as you complete the final leg of the Coast to Coast cycle route.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Travel Back in Time at Southsea Castle

Travel Back in Time at Southsea Castle

Transport yourself to Tudor times and take a tour around King Henry VIII's famous Southsea Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Say ‘I do’ in a truly stunning location by the sea

Say ‘I do’ in a truly stunning location by the sea

Now you can dare to dream of saying ‘I do’ whilst stood in the breeze of the fresh sea air.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Wedding celebrations
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Solve the mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

Solve the mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

Explore atmospheric underground passages, marvel at walls covered with millions of shells, try to work out how it all began.

Location: Margate, Kent

Going underground
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Learn to paint in St Ives

Learn to paint in St Ives

St Ives is renowned for being a spectacular seaside town encouraging painters to put brush to paper and paint a picture perfect moment.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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A celebration of all things garlic

A celebration of all things garlic

Did you know garlic is not just useful for scaring off vampires, but can also be used to make beer and popcorn? Find out how at the Garlic Festival.

Location: Newchurch, Isle of Wight

August events
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Seaside chic in south Devon

Seaside chic in south Devon

Treat yourself to some sophistication-on-sea with a boutique room at the Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe Bay, Devon

Coast
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Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Operating along the Yorkshire Coast from 1885 until 1965, the old railway line is now a quiet off-road route that is perfect for cyclists.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Cycling
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Thrilling rides on Brighton Pier

Thrilling rides on Brighton Pier

The iconic Brighton Pier is a great spot for families, but are you brave enough to try the thrill rides overlooking the sea?

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Family
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Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Enjoy an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves and three miles of golden sand at Cornwall’s popular Perranporth beach.

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall

Beaches
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Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

The Great Promenade Show is a series of outdoor art installations set on the 2km sea defences along Blackpool's South Shore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Ski, snowboard and snowtube at a premier dry ski centre

Ski, snowboard and snowtube at a premier dry ski centre

Silksworth Ski Slope has two floodlit nursery slopes and is open to recreational skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing all year round, weather permitting.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Extreme Sports
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Take a cruise on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer

Take a cruise on the world’s last seagoing paddle steamer

Savour the seaside at its most elegant and relaxing, but be warned – you might bump into Clevedon Pier’s resident ghost while waiting for the steamer.

Location: Clevedon, Somerset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Jump on board and ride the waves with Joss Bay Surf School

Head to Kent’s top surf spot to ride the waves.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Watersports
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Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour Tour

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour Tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Tours and trails
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Visit the public artwork of the “TERN” Project

Visit the public artwork of the “TERN” Project

Have your photo taken with Eric Morecambe, and enjoy stunning views over the Bay as you take a stroll along Morecambe Promenade.

Location: Morecambe, Lancashire

Coast

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