Beach and harbour, St. Ives, Cornwall, England.

Coastline

The sea breeze swishing through your hair, the sensation of wet sand between your toes and the smell of vinegary chips lingering at your nostrils: everyone has vivid memories of their childhood seaside holidays. Relish that nostalgic feeling again but this time add a modern twist. Bumble about on creaky Victorian piers crowned with roller coasters, have a chinwag with a local artist in their seaside studio or lace up your hiking boots for a cliff-top stroll in search of puffins and gannets. Hungry? The freshest seafood and gourmet restaurants await, as do hand-warming portions of fish ‘n’ chips. Start planning your coastal holidays.

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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

 
Mix heritage with designer chic by the sea in Portsmouth

Mix heritage with designer chic by the sea in Portsmouth

Treat yourself to a waterfront break where you can delve into history while still enjoying a spot of designer retail therapy.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Journey from coast to coast across England

Journey from coast to coast across England

A journey from coast to coast across Northern England takes you through stunning scenery and is an adventure you can make on foot or by bike.

Location: Various, North Yorkshire

 
5 of the best beaches for wildlife spotting

5 of the best beaches for wildlife spotting

From fluffy seal pups, to bottlenose dolphins and soaring sea birds, take a walk on the wild side on a UK seaside break. Here are some of the best seaside towns and beaches in England to see nature at its very best.

 
Take a step back in time in Southsea

Take a step back in time in Southsea

From the Tudor ramparts of Henry VIII's Southsea Castle, to The D-Day Story, there's plenty of Portsmouth’s heritage for you to explore in the seaside town of Southsea.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Embark on a beginners cycle tour on The Red Squirrel Trail

Embark on a beginners cycle tour on The Red Squirrel Trail

Looking for your first car free, overnight cycle tour on a beginner’s route? The Red Squirrel Trail is the perfect multi day family cycle adventure, and is mostly on car free rail trail.

Location: Isle Of Wight

 
Sea view rooms and aromatherapy at St Michaels Resort

Sea view rooms and aromatherapy at St Michaels Resort

Kick back, pamper yourself and feel good again at one of Cornwall’s beachside gems.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

 
Keep the family entertained all day long at Pollaughan Farm

Keep the family entertained all day long at Pollaughan Farm

After you’ve all trampolined and played tennis, muck in and feed the animals on this winter family getaway.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

 
Go glamping in a gypsy cabin this summer

Go glamping in a gypsy cabin this summer

Experience a summer holiday with a difference this year by staying in a quirky Gypsy Cabin style pod just 15 minutes away from Whitby.

Location: Robin Hood's Bay, North Yorkshire

 
Enjoy beach sports on Brighton beach

Enjoy beach sports on Brighton beach

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

 
Take the kids to Fantasy Island

Take the kids to Fantasy Island

Round up your little devils and set off to Fantasy Land - a fun-packed amusement park, in the seaside resort of Skegness, with attractions for all the family, even the smallest members!

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 
Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Climb the Zip tower at the end of Bournemouth Pier and above the sea and zip-surf over the waves to the shore. Race friends and family to the beach!

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
A coastal break with a unique twist

A coastal break with a unique twist

Swap a standard double for a balancing barn or geometric house, both are worthy of spot on Grand Designs.

Location: Thorrington & Thorpeness, Suffolk

 
Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

 
July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

July events: Immerse yourself in words at the Penzance Literary Festival

A literary festival on the Cornish coast with a distinctly local flavour and a relaxed atmosphere that’s ideal for book lovers.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

 
Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 
Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Experience real island life and hunker down for the ultimate romantic coastal retreat this winter.

Location: Isles of Scilly

 
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

 
Enjoy a coastal escape at Whitsand Bay Fort

Enjoy a coastal escape at Whitsand Bay Fort

Stay in your very own lodge at this premier coastal holiday resort a few miles west of Ocean city Plymouth and east of Looe.

Location: Cornwall

 
Have a frightful Halloween with Dark Encounters

Have a frightful Halloween with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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