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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Relax on a romantic weekend mini break at Cromer Lodge

Relax on a romantic weekend mini break at Cromer Lodge

Cosy up in a Grade 2 listed building in the heart of the Norfolk countryside.

Location: Cromer, Norfolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Celebrate at the SO Festival

Celebrate at the SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

Festivals and carnivals
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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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Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Picture perfect Cornish setting.

Location: Daymer Bay, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

Experience the world’s biggest sailing regatta

With up to 40 races a day and more than 1,000 boats pulling into harbour, Cowes Week is the sailing spectacular event not to be missed.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

August events
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Go on a coasteering adventure in Devon

Go on a coasteering adventure in Devon

If you’re in search of an adrenalin rush there is no better way to explore Geopark coast than through this thrill seekers adventure.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Extreme Sports
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Explore Dungeness

Explore Dungeness

Dungeness attracts both visionary artists and nature lovers.

Location: Dungeness, Kent

Low cost
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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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Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Unique Experiences
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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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From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

From the Kissing Policeman to the Kiss Wall

Brighton & Hove is an artistic hub with a wide variety of art galleries,the biggest of which is the city itself.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Enjoy a picnic in the woods that’s by the sea and a fort

Enjoy a picnic in the woods that’s by the sea and a fort

Fort Victoria Country Park is a walk and picnic spot with visitor attractions, woods, and a beach thrown in.

Location: Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Picturesque places
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Bird watching in St Bees

Bird watching in St Bees

The largest seabird colony on the west coast of England is at St Bees Head.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

Free
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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

See and hear a variety of seabirds at RSPB Bempton

A family favourite and the best place in England to see more than 200,000 sea birds between April and August.

Location: RSPB Bempton, East Riding of Yorkshire

Attractions
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Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Eat, drink and be merry at the Newlyn Fish Festival

Celebrate the Cornish fishing community’s hard work and delicious produce at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Location: Newlyn, Cornwall

Coast
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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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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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Boscastle Youth Hostel

Boscastle Youth Hostel

Newly renovated, situated on the rugged cornish coast and cheap as chips.

Location: Boscastle, Cornwall

Low cost

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