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.

Seaside holidays

Beach 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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Brean Sands

Brean Sands

A beautiful sandy beach, home to stonechats and jackdaws, with an 1860s fort too.

Location: Brean, Somerset

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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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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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Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Discover the unique architecture along the Sussex coast, including the UK's longest bench.

Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex

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Buckle up for retro thrills at Margate’s Dreamland

Buckle up for retro thrills at Margate’s Dreamland

Where else can you clamber aboard stylishly restored, recreated and retro-fitted rides and amusements from the Golden Age of British seaside hols?

Location: Margate, Kent

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Learn to sail, windsurf or canoe on the Isle of Wight

Learn to sail, windsurf or canoe on the Isle of Wight

Your kids can take to the high seas and windsurf, canoe and sail their way around the 65 miles of the island’s spectacular coastline.

Location: Isle of Wight

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Head to St Michael's Mount

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps...

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

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Discover Maggi Hambling’s The Scallop

Discover 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

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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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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

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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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Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

Walk through sand dunes to Bamburgh Castle

This seat of the former Kings of Northumbria tells a spellbinding tale from its awe-inspiring position on the edge of Northumberland’s coast.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

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Get Your Blood pumping in Newquay

Get Your Blood pumping in Newquay

With iconic surfing beaches, this town a favourite holiday destination for fun in the sun, and anything else the weather might throw at you.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

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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

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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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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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Bare all on a beach break in Brighton

Bare all on a beach break in Brighton

On April 1st 1980, Brighton and Hove opened the first naturist beach in the UK… but this was no April Fool’s Day joke!

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Hawker's Cove in Cornwall

Hawker's Cove in Cornwall

A real Cornish hidden gem.

Location: Padstow, Cornwall

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Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Pick up your bucket and spade and take to the sand on a family holiday on the Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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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

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