Harbours and fishing villages

Fishing villages in england

The click-clack of bobbing boat masts, the squawk of seagulls and the call of the fishermen as they return to harbour are the sounds of fishing villages in England to cheer the soul. Wander through winding, cobbled streets, stop for lunch in tiny restaurants serving the catch-of-the-day, and watch teenage daredevils dive off the jetty in summer time. On a more energetic day, take a walk along stunning coastlines to explore inlets and coves and castles that overlook bays. Enjoy a boat trip to spot seals, islands and rocky outcrops. And when you get back reward yourself with an ice cream.

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Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Explore Portsmouth this summer, with towering visitor attractions, outdoor activities and the America’s Cup World Series racing.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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Wonky cottages and golden sands in Suffolk

Wonky cottages and golden sands in Suffolk

One glimpse of the wonky old cottages lining the main street is enough to convince you that this village has hardly changed in centuries.

Location: Walberswick, Suffolk

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Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth

Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth

Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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A warm welcome awaits weary travellers at the Victoria Inn

A warm welcome awaits weary travellers at the Victoria Inn

Reward yourself after a bracing walk along the coast with a pint in one of Cornwall’s oldest watering holes.

Location: Penzance, Cornwall

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Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Step on board HMS M.33, a small ship with a big history

Visit Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard this summer and you'll find a new addition to its amazing maritime collection.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover Yorkshire's dramatic winter coast

Discover Yorkshire's dramatic winter coast

Head to Robin Hood’s Bay this winter and discover Yorkshire's dramatic coast in a new way.

Location: Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

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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.

Location: Craster, Northumberland

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Nautical about Newbiggin

Nautical about Newbiggin

Visit Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, a fascinating mix of maritime heritage and art with the UK’s first permanent offshore sculpture in the sea.

Location: Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland

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Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Take a sea fishing trip in Devon.

Location: Beer, Devon

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Enjoy a seafaring adventure at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Enjoy a seafaring adventure at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

With maritime attractions that span 800 years, there's plenty to pack into a short break to this historic waterfront city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Birds, boats, batter and beer at Seahouses

Visit the 1843 original Fisherman’s kitchen, sup a pint of Farne Island Ale in a beer garden or indulge in Robson Green’s favourite ice cream.

Location: Seahouses, Northumberland

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Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Escape to the beach and spend a night at G! Boutique

Spend a night at one of Portsmouth's funkiest and most unique boutique hotels.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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!

Location: Amble, Northumberland

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Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Enjoy fine dining, traditional pubs and a long history of oyster fishing in Emsworth, near Portsmouth.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

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Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail

Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail

Take a voyage of discovery around the old port of Harwich and discover a wealth of maritime history.

Location: Harwich, Essex

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Enjoy wine tasting in the heart of Devon

Enjoy wine tasting in the heart of Devon

Discover award-winning wine produced in the beautiful Devon countryside and enjoy a tasting in the picturesque estuary town of Topsham, near Exeter.

Location: Topsham, Devon

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Discover markets, marinas and microbreweries

Discover markets, marinas and microbreweries

Explore Yorkshire’s waterfront city with its array of cafes, independent galleries, award-winning dining, pop-up venues and its own brewery.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Create your own work of art in a quaint artist’s bolthole

Get the creative juices following and spend the weekend discovering inspiring landscapes just waiting to be captured.

Location: Staithes, North Yorkshire

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Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Discover Hull’s rich seafaring heritage

Hull was built on its connection to the sea – discover why this Yorkshire maritime city was so important and what life was like on the open waves.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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