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 a tranquil short break at Moorland Garden Hotel

Enjoy a tranquil short break at Moorland Garden Hotel

This award-winning hotel offers a great base for exploring, with plenty to entertain the whole family right on the doorstep.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Price: From £85 per night

Coastal towns
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Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Trip Blackpool's light fantastic

Every autumn, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Historic sites and icons
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Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

The constantly changing scenery, dramatic landscapes and distinctive character of Yorkshire’s people have all been sources of literary inspiration.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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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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Enjoy cuisine with a conscience at Fifteen Cornwall

Enjoy cuisine with a conscience at Fifteen Cornwall

Enjoy Italian cuisine with a Cornish twist at Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen Cornwall. Whatever’s the dish of the day, it’ll make your mouth water.

Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Join thousands of spectators in watching kites of every shape and size take to the air.

Location: Southsea, Hampshire

Free
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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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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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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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May is festival month in Brighton

May is festival month in Brighton

Brighton & Hove kick-starts the festival season with four major festivals in one manic month.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

May events
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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 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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Find yourself face-to-face with gigantic outdoor sculptures

Find yourself face-to-face with gigantic outdoor sculptures

Each face reveals a story as you meet the gigantic outdoor sculptures that span the width and breadth of the seaside resort.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Explore rock pools, enjoy the sea and find out for yourself how Hunstanton's beach remains a stunning backdrop to a fantastic seaside summer holiday.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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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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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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Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Dance, music, sports or comedy? It's all on offer at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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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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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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