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Coastal holidays

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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Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history

Plumb the depths of Plymouth's rich maritime history

Plymouth is famous for moments in history such as Sir Francis Drake's victory over the Spanish Armada and the departure of the Mayflower from the UK.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Get the creative juices following and spend the weekend discovering inspiring landscapes just waiting to be captured.

Location: Staithes, North Yorkshire

Coast
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Surround yourself with tropical fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

Surround yourself with tropical fish at SEA LIFE Brighton

Take a deep breath and see if you can walk through the world’s largest under-sea glass tunnel at SEA LIFE Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

City
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Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Experience Cumbria’s soaring coastal cliffs at St Bees Head

Discover towering red sandstone cliffs, a perfect sandy beach and a rich past – part of England’s only Heritage Coast between Scotland and Wales.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

Myths, Legends and Tales
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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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Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Spending money at the ready? Amble is a haven for lovers of local produce, crafts and gifts. Perfect for presents and don’t forget to treat yourself!

Location: Amble, Northumberland

Harbours and fishing villages
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Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Enjoy traditional family fun by the seaside

Discover the mythic coastline and its associated sculptures along the seashore from Cleveleys to Fleetwood.

Location: Cleveleys & Fleetwood, Lancashire

Seaside resorts
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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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Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Military history
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Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Picnics and Shakespeare at Eastbourne's Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Explore Exmoor on foot at this fantastic walking festival

Pull on your hiking boots and join in the march at the North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

Countryside
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Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Levant Mine and Beam Engine

Restored to UNESCO World Heritage status after 60 years by the Greasy Gang.

Location: Near St Just, Cornwall

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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

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

The Pier Zip in Bournemouth flies riders over 80ft above sparkling seas against a backdrop of seven miles of golden sand.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coastal towns
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Go on the Taste Round the Island Cycle Route

Go on the Taste Round the Island Cycle Route

Enjoy a three to four night cycle tour on quiet country lanes right around the Island, whilst stopping at top quality food and drink “taste locations” on route.

Location: Isle Of Wight

Coastal landmarks and Islands
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Seal Watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Seal Watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Board the ‘Karina’ for a magical 2 hour trip around Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s enchanting ‘Swallows and Amazons’ books.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Take in the spectacular view at the Ferry Boat pub

Take in the spectacular view at the Ferry Boat pub

This little pink pub on the River Dart is a friendly spot to sup on your pint and watch the world go by.

Location: Dittisham, Devon

Picturesque places
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Enjoy retail therapy, abstract art and fancy cocktails

Enjoy retail therapy, abstract art and fancy cocktails

Summer in Eastbourne is as cosmopolitan as any big city. Wander the busy shopping streets, view fine art at Towner and drink cocktails at the Loft.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Enjoy an active family day out at this Grade 1 listed Georgian house and zoo set on dramatic cliffs with 50 acres of stunning parkland.

Location: Bridlington, East Yorkshire

Gardens and Parks
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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

Beaches

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