More coast with the most

We like to think there’s more to seaside life than sandcastles. With England’s coastal towns packed with contemporary cool, there’s so much to do. We spend sun-drenched days browsing funky fashions or dipping into artists’ studios. In search of some action? Make like a surfer and catch the waves or try your hand (and nerve) at coasteering: one, two, three, JUMP! Worked up an appetite? With celebrity chefs taking up residence by the sea, fish and chips will never taste the same again. Now, where did we put that bucket and spade?

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Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

This southerly point in the UK offers spectacular sea views making it the best place to spot Cornwall’s playful dolphins.

Location: The Lizard, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Discover the coastal charm of Felixstowe Ferry

Discover the coastal charm of Felixstowe Ferry

This beautiful village at the mouth of the river Debden is an idyllic place to while away the hours.

Location: Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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The Old Rectory Hotel

The Old Rectory Hotel

The Old Rectory Hotel is a stylish boutique country house with great food and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Location: Martinhoe, Devon

Coast
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Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

Marvel at prehistoric cliffs and caves

The magnificent coastline of South Tyneside tells a story that stretches far beyond the stunning aesthetics of the golden sands and rugged cliffs.

Location: Marsden, South Tyneside

Beaches
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Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Price: From £6

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Visit Clacton on Sea

Visit Clacton on Sea

An iconic English seaside resort.

Location: Clacton on Sea, Essex

Seaside resorts
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Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

There may be a plethora of pasty shops in the country but there’s only one place in the world where you can get the authentic pasty experience and that’s Cornwall.

Location: Redruth, Cornwall

Low cost
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Seafield Caravan Park

Seafield Caravan Park

Seafield is a family owned and run park with special emphasis on attention to detail.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

Coastal towns
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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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Explore the Cornish Sea

Explore the Cornish Sea

The Cornish Sea is the unique marine graveyard, and also doubles up as a mecca for scuba divers.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

Beaches
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Music and fireworks at Eastbourne's seafront bandstand

Music and fireworks at Eastbourne's seafront bandstand

Eastbourne’s busy bandstand offers a great night out with nightly concerts in summer, ranging from pop tributes to weekly classical fireworks.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Music and nightlife
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Go sailing in Scilly

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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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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Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Free
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Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Contemporary art at Eastbourne’s Towner Museum

Contemporary art at Eastbourne’s Towner Museum

Great for international touring art exhibitions and South Downs National Park inspired imagery, Towner is a must do visit for anyone discovering the artistic Sussex coast.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Wonky cottages and golden sands

Wonky cottages and golden sands

One glimpse of the wonky old cottages lining .the main street is enough to convince you that this village has hardly changed in centuries

Location: Walberswick, Suffolk

Low cost
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A long weekend in Brighton

A long weekend in Brighton

A city break by the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Beaches
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Explore historical Worthing with four Heritage Trails

Explore historical Worthing with four Heritage Trails

Discover the historical delights of a Victorian seaside town with very traditional beginnings.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Tours and trails
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Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for contemporary homewares, art galleries and restored antiques.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Shopping and fashion

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