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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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