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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Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

It's strictly dancing...

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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

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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world in Fowey

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world in Fowey

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

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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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Art Deco chic and coastal fun

Art Deco chic and coastal fun

Discover Morecambe Bay’s stunning sunsets and natural landscapes, and unearth your adventurous side with a range of exhilarating outdoor activities.

Location: Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

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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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See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

Elton John, Jessie J; you might think you’re reading the line up for a big city gig, think again.The stars flock to Scarborough.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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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Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

Grab a beach spot for the world's biggest airshow

This free festival brings together the thrill of gravity-defying displays in the air and an abundance of family entertainment on the ground.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Artists of all kinds are attracted to north Devon, and currently it is the perfect location to view works by Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley

Location: Ilfracombe and Lundy Island, Devon

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Uncover 400 Million Years of Heritage

Uncover 400 Million Years of Heritage

The English Riviera is steeped in rich seafaring history, with stories of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks waiting to be uncovered.

Location: English Riviera, Devon

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Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful coastal town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

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Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Admire the UK’s largest Eric Ravilious Collection

Discover the largest national collection of Eric Ravilious’ beautiful South Downs inspired watercolours, plus touring art exhibitions at Towner.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Laugh out loud on the Blackpool promenade

Take a stroll where every step brings a new giggle as Blackpool has a floor covering with a difference.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Chomp on the freshest seafood in Scarborough

Chomp on the freshest seafood in Scarborough

Celebrate Scarborough’s Seafest Maritime Festival by filling your hamper with some of the best food from local suppliers and heading for the beach.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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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

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Saddle up for windswept romance on the Yorkshire coast

Saddle up for windswept romance on the Yorkshire coast

When it comes to romantic things to do, it’s doesn’t get much better than a windswept horse ride, followed by retreating to a cosy lodge.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Discover Weston Super Mare's art scene

Discover Weston Super Mare's art scene

Weston-super-Mare is an interesting mix of traditional English seaside and lively modern town with quirky independent shopping quarters, cafes and restaurants.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

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Relax in Idyllic St Ives

Relax in Idyllic St Ives

St Ives is a picturesque fishing village with an artistic flair. Take in the character and charm of this quaint retreat.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

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Party hard at England's biggest indoor world music festival

Party hard at England's biggest indoor world music festival

Take a journey through the world of music at Whitby’s annual Musicport Festival, an event full of excellent live music and cultural diversity.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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