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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A Grand Pier, a grand sandy beach and a grand day out

A Grand Pier, a grand sandy beach and a grand day out

Remember the thrill of trips to the seaside – donkey rides, sand castles, the end of the pier, kite flying, and fish and chips on the prom.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Seaside resorts
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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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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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Experience the English Riviera in Devon

Experience the English Riviera in Devon

The English Riviera region in Devon is a place where you can have the holiday of a lifetime.

Location: English Riviera, Devon

Coastal towns
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Deckchairs, pirates and runaway trains at Shanklin seafront

Deckchairs, pirates and runaway trains at Shanklin seafront

Shanklin seafront has loads to keep the kids quiet and plenty of places for adults to take it easy.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Seaside resorts
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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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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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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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Cawsand

Cawsand

This peaceful village used to be a hotbed for smugglers.

Location: Cawsand, Cornwall

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Enjoy a swim with the country’s oldest swimming club

Enjoy a swim with the country’s oldest swimming club

Brighton is home to the country’s oldest swimming club, founded in 1860.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Low cost
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Visit Butlin’s Redcoats in Bognor Regis

Visit Butlin’s Redcoats in Bognor Regis

Famous for long sunshine hours, royal visits and Billy Butlin, Bognor Regis is a great family seaside holiday resort.

Location: Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Seaside resorts
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Discover a seaside sporting paradise

Discover a seaside sporting paradise

The island where windsurfing was invented has got to be an ideal place for watersports, but Hayling has beautiful countryside as well.

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

Watersports

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