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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?

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Climb Withernsea lighthouse for stunning views

Climb Withernsea lighthouse for stunning views

Head along Withernsea’s promenade and visit the Pier Towers, the sole remains of the town’s historic 19th century pier and climb the historic lighthouse.

Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Enjoy an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves and three miles of golden sand at Cornwall’s popular Perranporth beach.

Perranporth, Cornwall

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Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Worthing’s four distinctive venues bring an ever changing combination of nostalgic and cutting edge theatre.

Worthing, West Sussex

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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.

Looe, Cornwall

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Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Go shopping in Little Chelsea

Explore the Victorian shopping streets of Little Chelsea in Eastbourne for contemporary homewares, art galleries and restored antiques.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Adventure boat trips to Beachy Head

Jump aboard an adrenaline filled boat trip for a close up view of the stunning South Downs National Park coastline and Beachy Head lighthouse.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Explore historical Worthing with four Heritage Trails

Explore historical Worthing with four Heritage Trails

Discover the historical delights of a Victorian seaside town with very traditional beginnings.

Worthing, West Sussex

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A coastal break with a unique twist

A coastal break with a unique twist

Swap a standard double for a balancing barn or geometric house, both are worthy of spot on Grand Designs.

Thorrington & Thorpeness, Suffolk

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Get kippered in Craster

Get kippered in Craster

Craster is the acclaimed home of the kipper – a breakfast favourite of the Queen. But there’s more to Craster than fishy tales.

Craster, Northumberland

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Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Find an exotic Royal palace, classical concerts, West End shows and fine art all within a moment’s walk of each other.

Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Holiday amongst the clouds

Holiday amongst the clouds

For a fairytale holiday on the Suffolk Coast, drop your bags off at The House in the Clouds, a weird and wonderful holiday home.

Thorpeness, Suffolk

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Retro shopping in Rye

Retro shopping in Rye

Rye is home to numerous independent retro and vintage shops, and takes pride in the fact that chain stores are a ‘no, no’ in town.

Rye, East Sussex

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Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Coast to countryside views from Arundel Castle

Explore Arundel’s rich history and heritage with re-enactments and family fun-days at Arundel Castle.

Arundel, West Sussex

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Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Visit Viviers Fish Market located in the picturesque Camber Dock fishing marina and try some of the freshest seafood on the south coast.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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, a split personality in fact.

Woodbridge, Suffolk

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Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Visit the part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Bude, Cornwall

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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.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

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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.

Worthing, West Sussex

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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.

Littlehampton, West Sussex

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