Get your buckets and spades ready

Multi-coloured beach huts, cheeky postcards, whoops of glee from the children on the beach, and the tang of sharp, sweet vinegar on hot, salty chips wrapped in paper. Seaside resorts deliver every treat to our senses. English seaside resorts have a special place in our hearts, as they are where childhood memories are made. The seaside resorts in England represent escape and pure pleasure for grown-ups and kids alike. Surely no one can resist the lure of the pier, with its bright lights and music and irresistible waft of fresh doughnuts in the air.

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Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus (and much more) rolls into town every year for Showzam.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coastal towns
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Enjoy beach sports in Brighton

Enjoy beach sports in Brighton

Brighton beach is famously full of pebbles, but at Yellowave there is plenty of sand making it the place to go for all kinds of beach sports.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Beaches
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Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Discover the mythic coastline and its associated sculptures along the seashore from Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

Location: Cleveleys & Fleetwood, Lancashire

Seaside resorts
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Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Come and experience for yourself the beautiful seaside at the newly regenerated twin beach resorts of Roker and Seaburn.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Seaside resorts
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Enjoy family fun with sun, sea and sand

Enjoy family fun with sun, sea and sand

If you’re looking for good old-fashioned fun that's easy on the wallet you might consider Scarborough beach, the “St Tropez of the North”.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Beaches
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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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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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Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Head to Bournemouth for fun watersports

Bournemouth has a vast array of watersports on offer throughout the year for both the novice and professional.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Watersports
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Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

The Volk’s Railway is the country’s oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Catch some sun on a royal beach

Catch some sun on a royal beach

Queen Victoria chose the Isle of Wight as her favourite holiday destination, and now you can see why with a trip to her private beach.

Location: East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Historic sites and icons
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Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Lose yourself in England’s hottest garden

Experience the Isle of Wight’s incredible microclimate first hand with a startling subtropical and exotic plant collection at Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Gardens and Parks
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Building sandcastles and rock-pooling at Seaburn beach

Building sandcastles and rock-pooling at Seaburn beach

Experience the natural beauty, dramatic sky and bracing sea air, and indulge in fish and chips and ice-creams from the cafes along the seafront.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Beaches
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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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Get your head in the clouds

Get your head in the clouds

Calling all cumulo-lovers: Lincolnshire is home to the world’s first ‘Official Cloudspotting Area’.

Location: Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

Unique Experiences
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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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Navigate your way to nautical success with Heron Sailing

Navigate your way to nautical success with Heron Sailing

Take to the helm from England’s only Royal Harbour and master the art of sailing.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

Boating
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Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

Catch some rays and waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

Watersports
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Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

Seaside resorts
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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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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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