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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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See the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the unique curving spit at Spurn

See the striking black and white lighthouse near to the end of Spurn.

Spurn, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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Retro Rye shopping

Retro Rye shopping

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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Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Discover one of the largest textile collections in England

Known locally as 'the jewel in Worthing's crown', Worthing Museum & Art Gallery is much more than meets the eye.

Worthing, West Sussex

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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.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Learn to paint in St Ives

Learn to paint in St Ives

St Ives is renowned for being a spectacular seaside town encouraging painters to put brush to paper and paint a picture perfect moment.

St Ives, Cornwall

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Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Discover a seaside shopping paradise

Amble is a shopper's paradise, a haven for lovers of local produce, crafts and gifts. Perfect for presents, but don’t forget to treat yourself!

Amble, Northumberland

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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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Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in the arts at this newly-built, intimate venue located on the bank of the River Adur.

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

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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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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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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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Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Explore the West Bay coastline as seen on TV’s Broadchurch

Soak up the picture-perfect setting used in the TV series Broadchurch as you explore West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

West Bay, Dorset

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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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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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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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Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Book a stay in a converted 19th century fort, where sea views and dreamy skies are all part of the décor.

Shingle Street, Suffolk

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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…

Sandown, Isle of Wight

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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.

Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Walk the Plank at Clarence Pier

Are you brave enough to tackle high wire bridges and navigate rope ladders whilst hovering 10 metres above the sea at Clarence Pier?

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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