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Coastal and seaside breaks

England’s coasts trim the country with gorgeous ocean views and sparkling sandy beaches. Take a traditional family seaside holiday or coastal break to Woolacombe in North Devon or St Ives in Cornwall, and let the kids build a sandcastle and lick ice cream as you relax in the sun. Wander coastline trails and stay in retro beach huts on a seaside break. Enjoy a festival weekend on the Isle of Wight, go fossil hunting on the beaches of Dorset or take a sailing course along Suffolk’s coastline.
Once you’ve had your fill of fun, fill your stomach with locally caught fish dishes prepared in regional styles. There’s the old English favourite; fish and chips, which can always be found on a coastal holiday. With piers like Brighton and Bournemouth offering rides and amusements, your seaside fun can last well into the evening too.

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Explore Lancashire's great coastline

With its stunning sunsets, wonderful wildlife and infinite skies, Morecambe Bay is a photographer’s dream.

Location: Fleetwood, Lancashire

Head to Salcombe for butterscotch beaches and electric blue water

A haven for yachties and those who prefer to keep their deck shoes firmly on dry land.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

Discover the Witterings on a coastal break

Spot multi-coloured sailing boats, follow your nose in fudge shops and snuggle down in cosy pubs on a visit to The Witterings.

Location: Witterings, West Sussex

Witness Northumberland’s violent history at its coastal castles

The Northumberland coastline is strewn with castles and time-ravaged ruins, providing great insight into the county's turbulent past.

Location: Craster and Warkworth, Northumberland

Discover spectacular Lundy Island

A rare experience is to be found on the beautiful and wild Lundy Island just 12 miles off the North Devon Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lundy, Devon

Try Plymouth's Historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour

An essential first port of call, a bustling community of specialist shops, restaurants, and world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbourside.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

If you're looking for a great break that won’t break the bank this summer then Portsmouth is the place to be.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Enjoy an eco-friendly stay in green and pleasant Dorset

Come and enjoy Dorset’s incredible scenic beauty and rich wildlife this spring on a sustainable seaside holiday.

Location: Dorset

Enjoy a day out at Bridlington

Bridlington for fantastic beaches, award winning promenades, attractions, ice cream and fish and chips. Come and see why generations return yearly.

Location: Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire

Enjoy a budget break on the Suffolk coast

Low on cost, rich in outdoor fun – Suffolk has plenty to offer holidaymakers on a cheap weekend break.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

Remind yourself of life’s simple pleasures on a budget break

Contrary to popular belief, you can visit Scilly on a budget. Sail over on the ferry and camp with your family – the beaches and views are free!

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Get your vintage chic on at Dreamland Margate

Indulge in an 'old fashioned yet oh so fashionable' break in the UK's trendiest seaside resort

Location: Margate, Kent

Get active on the Isles of Scilly

Don't let Scilly's tranquility fool you – there is a huge range of outdoor activities to keep every member of the family occupied.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Take a modern day pilgrimage to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Skim over the sands and causeway to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and prepare to enter a world where a wealth of history and stunning views await.

Location: Lindisfarne, Northumberland

Soak up the sights along Kent’s award-winning sandy beaches

Come and enjoy the laid-back vibe, breathtaking sandy beaches and classic seaside heritage of three of England’s best-loved seaside resorts.

Location: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, Kent

Pay homage to the written word in South Shields

Step inside The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, a state-of-the-art venue in South Shields.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Stay and sail along Suffolk’s Heritage Coast on a sailing course

Enjoy the gentle pace of Suffolk’s rivers and coast, then bed down in a boutique hotel at night, with Viking Mariners’ stay and sail packages.

Location: Ipswich, Suffolk

Treat yourself to a stay at boutique bolthole The Cary Arms

Enjoy chic seaside life at ‘the Inn on the beach’ and a warm welcome at boutique hotel The Cary Arms in Babbacombe.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

Discover sharks, seals and summer fun in Great Yarmouth

From mysterious creatures of the deep to sandcastles and donkey rides, Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile has it all.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

Create your own artistic masterpiece at one of the South Downs’ most scenic locations, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

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