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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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Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Find out about Hornsea's smuggling past

Learn about Hornsea’s smuggling past at its Museum, or visit Hornsea Mere which is the largest freshwater lake in Yorkshire.

Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

Spot dolphins on the Lizard peninsula

This southerly point in the UK offers spectacular sea views making it the best place to spot Cornwall’s playful dolphins.

The Lizard, Cornwall

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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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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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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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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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Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.

Camber Sands, East Sussex

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Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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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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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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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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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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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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