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Contemporary coast destinations in England

We like to think there’s more to seaside life than sandcastles. With England’s coastal towns packed with contemporary cool, there’s so much to do. We spend sun-drenched days browsing funky fashions or dipping into artists’ studios. In search of some action? Make like a surfer and catch the waves or try your hand (and nerve) at coasteering: one, two, three, JUMP! Worked up an appetite? With celebrity chefs taking up residence by the sea, fish and chips will never taste the same again. Now, where did we put that bucket and spade?

Contemporary coast destinations in England

More coast with the most

We like to think there’s more to seaside life than sandcastles. With England’s coastal towns packed with contemporary cool, there’s so much to do. We spend sun-drenched days browsing funky fashions or dipping into artists’ studios. In search of some action? Make like a surfer and catch the waves or try your hand (and nerve) at coasteering: one, two, three, JUMP! Worked up an appetite? With celebrity chefs taking up residence by the sea, fish and chips will never taste the same again. Now, where did we put that bucket and spade?

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Explore Dungeness

Explore Dungeness

Dungeness attracts both visionary artists and nature lovers.

Location: Dungeness, Kent

 
Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

 
Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Whatever tickles your fancy, there's something musical you can move to at the Pavilion.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Ride with the driver on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

Enjoy a scenic steam train ride from Paignton to Dartmouth, with a twist.

Location: Paignton, Devon

 
Discover Worthing's local art scene

Discover Worthing's local art scene

Splash Point's converted beach chalet studios put art & culture right on the beach.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

 
Rainy Day Activities: Dip into modern art at the Tate St Ives

Rainy Day Activities: Dip into modern art at the Tate St Ives

With clean air and shimmering waters, St Ives is a true English beauty. Escape the hustle and bustle of seaside living and stop by this idyllic indoor attraction.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

 
July events: Discover local art at Open Studios Isle of Wight

July events: Discover local art at Open Studios Isle of Wight

It’s a rare opportunity to be invited into an artist’s creative space, but in the Isle of Wight, they’re happy to fling open their doors every July for you to come and take a look.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 
Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Visit the UK's longest bench in Littlehampton

Discover the unique architecture along the Sussex coast, including the UK's longest bench.

Location: Littlehampton, West Sussex

 
Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Spend a day at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is a world-renowned landmark on the Suffolk Coast, with great shopping and eating and the Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

Location: Snape Maltings, Suffolk

 
Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Horse-riding in Burnham-on-Sea

Show off your horsemanship as you trot your way along beautiful sandy beaches.

Location: Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset

 
Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

There may be a plethora of pasty shops in the country but there's only one place where you can get the authentic pasty experience; Cornwall.

Location: Redruth, Cornwall

 
Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Explore Sunderland’s coastline & see what surprises you find

Come and experience for yourself the beautiful seaside at the newly regenerated twin beach resorts of Roker and Seaburn.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Enjoy a dog friendly coastal break in Northumberland

Enjoy a dog friendly coastal break in Northumberland

Take your pooch to Northumberland where you and your best mate will discover truly staggering views, atmospheric dog friendly beaches, castles and dog friendly pubs.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

 
Take a visit to Looe Island

Take a visit to Looe Island

Looe Island Nature Reserve is a haven for diverse and fascinating wildlife, from silver-washed fritillaries to grey seals.

Location: Looe, Cornwall

 
Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Enjoy a stay in this unique holiday home

Enjoy a stay in this unique holiday home

Stay in Hill House Hall on Woodbridge’s Market Hill, one of the oldest houses in Suffolk packed with personality and surprises.

Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk

 
Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?

Location: Brook, Isle of Wight

 
Go walking with dinosaurs

Go walking with dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk alongside the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Well now you can…

Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

 
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

 
Catch a wave on the North Devon Surf Coast

Catch a wave on the North Devon Surf Coast

Try your hand at surfing on beautiful golden beaches where you can find conditions to suit all abilities.

Location: Croyde, Devon

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