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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Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature on your bike

Operating along the Yorkshire Coast from 1885 until 1965, the old railway line is now a quiet off-road route that is perfect for cyclists.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a contemporary beach stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel

Enjoy a contemporary beach stay at the Watergate Bay Hotel

The Watergate Bay Hotel irresistibly combines dramatic coastline, adrenaline-fuelled sports, gorgeous accommodation and brilliant places to dine.

Location: Watergate Bay, Cornwall

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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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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

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Uncover Wareham’s southern charm and civil war past

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

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Explore a Secluded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Explore a Secluded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoilt, arrive on the Isles and unwind.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Head to the Isle of Wight for Festival of the Sea

Head to the Isle of Wight for Festival of the Sea

For nine days, you'll be spoiled for choice as the island serves up a wide range of sea-related activities.

Location: Isle Of Wight

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Discover the village that fell into the sea

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

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Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

It's strictly dancing...

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Get competitive on gorgeous coastal golf courses

Get competitive on gorgeous coastal golf courses

Golfers can enjoy north Devon's stunning coast from the golf course at either Saunton Sands or Ilfracombe

Location: Ilfracombe, Devon

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Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

Head to The Cary Arms for a luxurious dog friendly getaway

The Cary Arms is the perfect location for a dog friendly getaway, and with one of the UK’s dog friendly beaches on its door step, dogs can enjoy a paddle all year round.

Location: Babbacombe, Devon

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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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St Cuthbert's House

St Cuthbert's House

St Cuthbert's House is a beautiful 200 year-old former church, with its character, charm and history preserved.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

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Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty 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

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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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Number One Blackpool

Number One Blackpool

Sample some boutique chic by the seaside.

Location: Blackpool, 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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Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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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Go in search of Sherlock, smugglers and Legless Rambler

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

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