Coastal Towns

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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Sharks, seals and summer fun in Great Yarmouth

Sharks, seals and summer fun in Great Yarmouth

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

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

If you’re looking for something to blow the cobwebs away this weekend, why not book the gang in for a sailing course in Whitstable?

Location: Whitstable, Kent

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Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

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Bram Stoker Film Festival

Bram Stoker Film Festival

If you love scaring yourself silly, you’ll love the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Spot rare flowers and butterflies on Durham’s Heritage Coast

Spot rare flowers and butterflies on Durham’s Heritage Coast

Pull on your boots and enjoy spectacular views as you walk amongst wild flowers, rugged cliffs and imposing headlands along the Durham Coast.

Location: Durham Coast, Durham

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Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

This southerly point in the UK offers spectacular sea views making it the best place to spot Cornwall’s playful dolphins.

Location: The Lizard, Cornwall

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Savour the taste of fish and chips from Colmans

Savour the taste of fish and chips from Colmans

Colmans has been tantalising taste buds at their award-winning seaside fish and chip restaurant for over 100 years.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Escape to Port Isaac for a coastal break

Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall, home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.

Location: Port Issac, Cornwall

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Uncover Blackpool’s Victorian heritage and charm

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

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Taste fresh seafood fished straight out of the harbour

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

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Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Join thousands of spectators in Portsmouth and watch kites of every shape and size take to the air in mid-August.

Location: Southsea, Hampshire

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Deckchairs, pirates and runaway trains at Shanklin seafront

Deckchairs, pirates and runaway trains at Shanklin seafront

Shanklin seafront has loads to keep the kids quiet and plenty of places for adults to take it easy.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Get set for family thrills and spills in Skegness

Get set for family thrills and spills in Skegness

Collect your tickets to a mix of exhilarating rollercoaster rides and theme park attractions in East Lincolnshire this summer.

Location: Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire

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Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Explore the Barbara Hepworth Museum

Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Get active at Summerhill Country Park

Get active at Summerhill Country Park

Summerhill is a 100-acre Country Park that has been transformed for conservation and outdoor sports – adventure-lovers, get stuck in!

Location: Hartlepool, North Yorkshire

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Spend the night in your very own railway carriage

Spend the night in your very own railway carriage

Why not make trainspotting your passion whilst staying in ‘Oscar’, a railway carriage permanently stationed at Cloughton railway station.

Location: Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Enjoy jazz, art and sunsets in St Ives

Some say it’s the painterly light that makes St Ives so special. For others it’s the great swathes of golden sand.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Enjoy fine dining, traditional pubs and a long history of oyster fishing in Emsworth, near Portsmouth.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

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Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Take afternoon tea 20s style and enjoy timeless views

Sat high on a cliff overlooking the stunning North Devon coast, the art deco Saunton Sands Hotel is a wonderful spot to take afternoon tea.

Location: Saunton, Devon

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