Beach holidays

Seaside holidays

As soon as the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, no matter what the thermometer says, most of us will head to one of our lovely English beaches. Whether it’s for bracing walks in winter, for heat-hazed holidays in the midst of summer, or for getting out in those precious fleeting moments of warmth in spring and autumn, the beaches in England are a magnet. Couples and families, dog walkers and solitary thinkers all find space by the sea. The sound of the surf soothes the soul, and days lazing on those sandy beaches in England make everything seem alright again.

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Have a picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Have a picnic on Polzeath Rocks

Laying out your tartan blankets and cucumber sarnies on the rocks of Polzeath feels like stepping straight into the pages of an Enid Blyton novel.

Location: Daymer Bay, Cornwall

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Build sandcastles and paddle in the sea at St Bees

Build sandcastles and paddle in the sea at St Bees

Enjoy the picturesque sights of the red sandstone cliffs as you walk along St Bees's tranquil beach.

Location: St. Bees, Cumbria

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Enjoy a high flying family break in Sunderland

Enjoy a high flying family break in Sunderland

Visit the largest free air show in the country, ride a model train through lush parkland and go rock pooling on the beach.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Explore Portsmouth this summer, with towering visitor attractions, outdoor activities and the America’s Cup World Series racing.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Learn to surf with Scarborough Surf School

Learn to surf with Scarborough Surf School

Offering consistent year-round surf at a clean, safe and dog-friendly beach, Cayton Bay provides the ideal environment for surfers of all abilities.

Location: Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire

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Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Catch some rays (and your dinner)

Explore the coastline in Brighton from the sea and learn the ancient art of kayaking.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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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

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Escape to Another Place

Escape to Another Place

Forget crumbly sand sculptures; Antony Gormley’s 'Another Place' is seaside art on a whole new level.

Location: Crosby Beach, Merseyside

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Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Visit the part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Location: Bude, Cornwall

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Make a splash at the original North East seaside resort

Make a splash at the original North East seaside resort

Sandcastles, surf and smiles is what you’d expect from any traditional seaside town and South Shields has them all in spades!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Go in search of Sherlock, smugglers and Legless Rambler

Go in search of Sherlock, smugglers and Legless Rambler

Discover the hidden secrets of East Dean at this pretty village, set in the South Downs National Park, just outside of Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Take a sea fishing trip in Devon.

Location: Beer, Devon

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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Location: West Bay, Dorset

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Run wild on Holkham Beach

Run wild on Holkham Beach

Miles of white-gold sand with dunes and sandpits along the Norfolk coast.

Location: Holkham, Norfolk

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Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Hunt for fossils on the beach or solve the mermaid mystery and sail on a pirate ship. Go on a dinosaur walk or explore the Maritime Trail.

Location: Scarborough, North/East Yorkshire

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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

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Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Embark on a heritage walk for a fascinating insight into Eastbourne’s early beginnings as a Victorian seaside resort.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Discover Worthing's local art scene

Discover Worthing's local art scene

Splash Point's converted beach chalet studios put art & culture right on the beach.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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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

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Take a visit to Looe Island

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

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