Life by the sea

There is something in the water and in the air of our coastal towns. Historically retreats for artists and the rich who came in search of inspiration, to take the sea air and enjoy restorative walks along the promenade, nowadays our English coastal towns appeal to all of us in search of an expanse of big sky and afternoon tea in a grand hotel. Bustling marinas and coastal villages offer a place to moor up or the opportunity to cast off in search of a day on the waves. The artists are still here for the special light and many seaside towns host year-round cultural events and festivals.

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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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Explore the Norfolk Coast Path

Explore the Norfolk Coast Path

Start your trek along the Norfolk Coast Path and witness some of the most tranquil sights you can see along the coastline.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

The Sandcastle Waterpark is home to Masterblaster, the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, and so much more.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coast
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Fish and Chips on the Beach

Fish and Chips on the Beach

Make it a traditional English seaside holiday and have fish and chips on Mablethorpe Beach.

Location: Mablethrope, Lincolnshire

Coast
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Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Glorious Coastline

Glorious Coastline

Experience coastal nature in the raw in Northumberland.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

Coastal towns
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Padstow Seafood School

Padstow Seafood School

If you’re the kind of person who goes weak at the knees at the sight of a freshly caught sea bass, then you really should get yourself down to Padstow, sharpish.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool has a floor covering with a difference.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Visit Natureland to see how washed-up seal pups are nursed back into the wild. And there's far more to see besides.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

Coast
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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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Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Enjoy chic seaside life at ‘the Inn on the beach’ and a warm Cornish welcome at boutique hotel The Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Find your way to foodie heaven on the Quayside

Fine dining, traditional pubs and a history of oyster fishing combine to make Emsworth an enticing destination for food lovers.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

Coastal towns
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Take a trip through an inspiring chine

Take a trip through an inspiring chine

The leafy gorge of Shanklin Chine is lined with rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls and makes for a magical walk day or night.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Coastal towns
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A dog-friendly beach break

A dog-friendly beach break

Dramatic views and dog-friendly pubs in Northumberland.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Escape modern life with a stay at Skipper’s Cabin

Escape modern life with a stay at Skipper’s Cabin

Enjoy the splendid isolation and dramatic sea views in the rustic retreat that is Cornwall’s Skipper’s Cabin.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Learn about Hornsea’s smuggling past at its Museum, or visit Hornsea Mere which is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire.

Location: Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

Beaches
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Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Newquay is enriched with 11 spectacular golden beaches all within easy reach and with their own unique qualities.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Watersports
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Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take a stroll past the castle ruins

Take the rural path along the Peddars Way, and on to the tranquil Nar Valley Way to witness the spectacular 12th century Castle Acre Priory ruins on foot.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns

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