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

Coastal Towns

There is something in the water and in the air of our coastal towns. Historically retreats for artists and the rich who came in search of inspiration, to take the sea air and enjoy restorative walks along the promenade, nowadays our English coastal towns appeal to all of us in search of an expanse of big sky and afternoon tea in a grand hotel. Bustling marinas and coastal villages offer a place to moor up or the opportunity to cast off in search of a day on the waves. The artists are still here for the special light and many seaside towns host year-round cultural events and festivals.

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Uncover Wareham’s southern charm and civil war past

Wareham is packed with old red-brick houses and wonky, half-timber cottages that'll have your trigger finger reaching for the camera button.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 

Cycle and canoe in the iconic Seven Sisters Country Park

Explore the South Downs Way, near Eastbourne, discovering Seven Sisters Country Park by bicycle and the Cuckmere Valley by canoe.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Uncover Blackpool’s Victorian heritage and charm

Explore the Winter Gardens innate beauty and enjoy afternoon tea in the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Location: Blackpool, 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

 

Leap into the surf at some of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches

Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves at one of Cornwall’s golden beaches, with well-trained instructors.

Location: Across Cornwall

 

Taste fresh seafood fished straight out of the harbour

Overlooking Scarborough’s harbour, this spacious restaurant serves the very best seafood dishes and the finest fish and chips on the seafront.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

September events: Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 

Discover the UK’s largest Bronze Age causeway

Explore the ground-breaking discovery of Britain’s Biggest Bronze Age Causeway in new exhibition Making Tracks: Eastbourne’s Bronze Age Mystery.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

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

 

Meet the mysterious Long Man of Wilmington

Take a trip to discover this incredible figure situated on the South Downs, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

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

 

Eat your way across Dorset during Dorset's Food Fortnight

A two-week long celebration of all things mouth-wateringly, sensually, irresistibly Dorset.

Location: Dorset

 

Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Pick up your bucket and spade and take to the sand on a family holiday at one of Lincolnshire's favourite seaside resorts.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 

Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

It's strictly dancing...

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Take a walk through Tresco Abbey Garden

Tresco Abbey Garden has unique climate conditions that allow for the growth of exotic and unique plant life.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

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

 

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

 

Snuggle up in luxury on the Northumberland Coast

Five star luxury, romantic walks along the spectacular Northumberland Coast, cosy up in front of a smouldering fire and fresh locally sourced food.

Location: Newton by the Sea, Northumberland

 

Discover the village that fell into the sea

One dark night in 1664, while local people were attending a wake, the whole village of Runswick slipped into the sea…

Location: Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

 

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

 

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

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