CHOICE OF 19 RESORTS!
The resort of Babbacombe sits adjacent to Torquay, yet continues to enjoy its own independence and boasts its very own promenade, theatre, shops, restaurants and of course the world famous Babbacombe Model Village - with thousands of spectacular miniature buildings, people and transport, along with touches of English humour, it captures the essence of England's past, present and future. Babbacombe also has a cliff railway which takes you down to the beach and is one of only a few original funicular railways still in existence today.
Babbacombe is the perfect choice for an English Riviera break but without the hustle and bustle of one of the built up major resorts. If you do want to pop into Torquay then it is only a very short bus ride away or for the more energetic a pleasant stroll!
Blackpool is Britain's most popular holiday destination, packed with endless attractions for all family. Crammed with thrills and excitement, every visit is a fun-filled adventure. White Knuckle seekers can experience thrilling rides to set the pulse racing at the world famous Pleasure Beach or travel to the top of Blackpool Tower for amazing panoramic views. Add to this, miles of sandy beaches, three piers, a zoo and a whole host of shopping options - with high-street names, independent boutiques, and open-air markets - Blackpool is buzzing day and night! You'll also find plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to keep you fed and watered!
Blackpool's world famous illuminations take place between September and November each year and feature over 1 million lamps in the display, seen by around 3.5 million visitors each year.
Famously known for its seven miles of award winning golden beaches and warmest sea temperatures in the UK, Bournemouth provides music concerts, comedy performances, superb views, a huge range of different foods for your pallet - all in all a wonderful holiday destination that you will return to year on year.
Take a long scenic walk starting at Bournemouth Pier or Boscombe Pier or if you prefer to take it easy there's a land train running along the promenade, along with deck chairs and sunbeds for hire, perfect to sit and enjoy the sun and a relaxing ice cream! Alternatively wander around one of Bournemouth's many award winning parks and gardens. Shopaholics won't miss out as Bournemouth offers a unique combination of cosmopolitan, vintage and boutique shopping along with the hustle and bustle of the High Street.
One of Britain's most famous coastal landmarks, Brighton is full of exciting things to see and do! From a 2,000 berth yacht marina, bars, restaurants and outlet shopping to Brighton Dome which has live music, theatre and dance. Brighton really does have something for everyone.
Often referred to as the 'city by the sea' Brighton enjoys one of the most vibrant restaurant, bar and cafe scenes outside of London. Brighton is known for its famous Palace Pier, historic Lanes full of quaint and quirky shops for a unique shopping experience and the beautiful Brighton Pavilion. Voted one of the top 10 city break destinations in the world, Brighton and its beachfront cool are legendary. Apparently Brighton beach has around 614,600,000 pebbles but who's counting!
Known as the 'sunniest place in Great Britain' enjoy a fabulous break to the elegant resort of Eastbourne. Being a large town situated 17 miles east of Brighton and on the south coast of England, the amazing level promenades surrounded by floral displays make it perfect for a stroll in the sunshine, there’s no wonder it's a very popular holiday get-away!
Bursting with so many things to do, you can discover 1066 castles, visit the local vineyards, spend the day exploring seafront restaurants, cafes and bars, amazing shops, bandstand and the Victorian Pier! Or just pop to the elegant promenade where you'll find the perfect spot to sit, relax and watch the world go by!
Standing proudly at the mouth of the beautiful Exe estuary, and at the very beginning of the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Exmouth is one of the most picturesque holiday resorts on the south coast. Renowned for its several miles of lovely family friendly beaches, it’s ideal for exploring the rock pools, swimming and seeing who can build the biggest sandcastles!
If you're a shopaholic, be prepared for a unique experience in Exmouth! Exeter Road and Albion Hill both offer a variety of independent traders selling almost anything you can think of! The Magnolia Centre and the Parade combine both High Street brands with independent stores selling everything from fashion, to music, to meat.
This popular Kent resort is many peoples favourite seaside destination. With so many different and intriguing landmarks and places of interest, it has something for everyone. Despite being a traditional seaside resort, multi-million pound regeneration schemes have been giving an exciting new look, adding new shopping and leisure facilities to the town centre!
For absolutely gorgeous views, talk a stroll down the mile-long Leas Promenade! A beautiful cliff top walk of magnificent flower beds and wide lawns, children's play areas are nearby along with a beautiful woodland picnic area, a lovely excuse to just sit down and take in the magical scenery. Sunny Sands Beach is one of the prettiest watering places on the south coast by far! Situated next to Folkestone Harbour and decorated with millions of beautiful wild flowers!
Great Yarmouth is Norfolk's premier seaside beach resort ideal for a fun packed short break or seaside holiday with a wide sandy beach stretching as far as the eye can see. Close to the stunning Norfolk Broads, Yarmouth offers traditional seaside fun for all the family including two piers, pleasure beach, promenade attractions and of course donkey's.
Being one of the UK's most popular seaside resorts you won't be surprised that it offers up loads of entertainment and things to do for every member of the family. A stroll down the seafront will find plenty of seaside amusements, theme parks for all ages, bowling alleys, crazy golf and model village. You will also find a choice of two piers, Wellington and Britannia, both of which offer seaside amusements and various eating and fast food choices. Britannia Pier also houses a theatre which features top shows throughout the year.
Hayling Island lies on the sunny south coast in the county of Hampshire, ideal for exploring this fantastic coast which includes the nearby maritime city of Portsmouth, which is now home to the new Mary Rose Museum and the amazing Spinnaker Tower where you can get fantastic 360 degree views over the South Downs, coast and out over the Solent. Hayling Island is home to 3 miles of beaches and two harbours, Langstone and Chichester. It's the ideal location to enjoy fresh air, wide open spaces and sheltered waters.
Hayling is also ideally placed if you want to explore some of the other and larger resorts along the coast. The resorts of Bournemouth and Brighton are a little over an hour away and Bognor Regis is only a short drive so you can really take advantage of relaxing in the quiet surroundings of Hayling and then heading out to hustle and bustle of some of the UK's premier resorts.
Also known as Hemby-on-Sea, the seaside village resort of Hemsby can be found on the East Norfolk coast, just 7 miles north of Great Yarmouth. Offering miles of wide, sandy coastline, Hemsby is split into two parts, Hemsby Village and Hemsby Beach, the tourist area, which lies along Beach Road. You can expect all the usual seaside fun with crazy golf, children's rides, cafe's shops and arcades. A popular choice with entertainers spending their summer season in nearby Great Yarmouth; look out for Roy Chubby Brown, Jimmy Carr, Jim Davidson or the Chuckle Brothers! There are plenty of opportunities for coastal walks and nature activities, boat trips and visiting historical monuments. Wander past the beautiful beachfront homes on Sea View Road, including where Jack Cardiff OBE, the director of Rambo II, War and Peace, and Conan, lived until his death in 2009. Fancy some retail therapy? Then visit the historic cathedral city of Norwich, home of Colman's Mustard and a colourful outdoor market!
Set against the stunning backdrop of the Lakeland Fells, Morecambe has something for everyone. Over 120 square miles of sand are revealed when the tide goes out, making it a truly remarkable view. Guided walks are available on the sand also! Looking over Morecambe Bay is the larger than life-sized statue of Eric Morecambe in one of his characteristic poses with a pair of binoculars around his neck!
Morecambe Winter Gardens opened originally as The Victoria Pavilion theatre in 1897 and is situated on the resort's central promenade, overlooking the beautiful Morecambe Bay. This beautiful building is a grade II listed building! And has appeared on the TV programme Most Haunted as people have claimed to see some spooky goings on within the theatre itself!
Newquay is the Jewel in Cornwall's crown and an all-round favourite family holiday destination - and it's easy to see why. Added to the many attractions and of course the magnificent beaches Newquay is also a bustling town with pedestrianised shopping area featuring many high street names alongside the usual seaside stores. There is also abundant nightlife for all tastes whether it be a traditional seaside pub or the opportunity to dance into the early hours, Newquay has the answer.
Beaches are at the very heart of any holiday to Newquay. In fact there are 8 different beaches within walking distance of the town centre - all of them with golden sand and Atlantic breakers offering a different beach experience for every day of your stay!
One of the jewels in the English Riviera's crown, Paignton welcomes everyone, from seaside holidaymakers to those looking for romantic & sightseeing breaks. From award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes to the stunning beaches & brilliant zoo, Paignton is a place you will come back to year after year.
Paignton Pier first opened to the public in 1879 and is an impressive 780 feet long. This pleasure pier has loads of attractions and amusements for all the family to enjoy and also offers a long, flat easy walk to the town centre. There's a great mix of high street stores and independent retailers stretching from just behind the beach along Torbay Road, reaching into Hyde Road and the pedestrianised Victoria Street.
Welcoming visitors for over 360 years, Britain's first seaside resort really does have it all; award-winning beaches, dramatic cliffs and castle headland, fantastic family attractions, historic harbour and of course a warm Yorkshire welcome. Scarborough itself was founded around 966 AD as Skarðaborg by Thorgils Skarthi, a Viking raider.
Scarborough is divided into two bays, South Bay is the busiest beach with its fine, soft sand and arching bay creating a perfect sun trap, why not take your family exploring in the fabulous rock pools and don't forget the Donkey rides! North Bay is Scarborough's Blue Flag Beach, one of the best in Europe for both cleanliness and safety. Slightly quieter of the two offering fantastic sea views.
Perched on the 'drier side of Britain', Skegness is a seaside resort that's small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, but large enough to provide hours of entertainment for young and old alike. Familiarly known as 'Skegvegas' or 'Skeggy', it's a popular destination for people living in the Midlands, being closer than Blackpool but still offering the same traditional coastal escape.
Probably the most famous landmark in Skegness is the Clock Tower, built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. Tower Esplanade then leads the way to the beach and the Pier, which can be seen from Ingoldmells to the north and from the south from Gibraltar Point.
Lying just 20 miles north of Liverpool, Southport has gorgeous beaches, unspoilt coastline and plenty of restaurants to pick from, World-class golf and an amazing nightlife. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Southport.
The Grade II listed Southport Pier is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the town and is the second longest and oldest iron pier in the UK! Why not take a trip along the pier on the one-of-a-kind Pier Tram? At the Pier's Pavilion there is a licensed cafe, a small exhibition on the fascinating Southport history and many traditional penny slot machines. Lord Street in Southport is where it tends to happen. A mixture of bars, restaurants plus some great shopping opportunities await discovery amongst the stunning architecture of this mile long street!
Tintagel is a place full of character, mystery and history. With so many amazing things to see and do and even learn about, there is no reason not to keep returning year on year. Tintagel Castle is most famous for its link with the legend of King Arthur, who was said to be born on Tintagel Island where the remains of the 13th century Castle stand to this day. The castle is situated on one of England's most dramatic coastlines with this charming atmosphere and wonderful legends.
Rocky Valley is a place of outstanding natural beauty. In spring time the wild flowers are beautiful but all year round the valley is a place full of life. Birds and Deer are frequently seen around and of course the valley is home to other animals such as foxes, badgers, voles and many more.
Torquay is full of surprises, with its magnificent horseshoe-shaped bay, swaying palm trees, elegant Victorian villas, pretty marina and sweeping sandy beach; it's not hard to see why the Victorians named it the English Riviera.
Torquay Harbour is sheltered by two piers, Princess Pier to the west and Haldon Pier to the south! Princess Pier is the most popular promenade which has seats available; Beacon Quay offers a range of retail outlets and chandlers. The inner harbour is surrounded by a huge variety of different shops, exciting family attractions, award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes, making the harbour area the main hub of the town. There's lots to enjoy and experience you won't be short of finding ways to spend your time.
Weston Super Mare is a beautiful seaside resort that is steeped with Victorian history and is full with all the traditional seaside attractions including the famous donkeys! This holiday town has it all, from level promenades to the 40-metre high Wheel of Weston which offers fantastic views over the Bristol Channel, a beach specially designed for water sports and more than a handful of cafes, clubs and pubs!
Weston's seafront and promenade has been transformed by a major refurbishment. Stroll along the newly built Grand Pier, which is now open all year round, and enjoy the state of the art rides, or just relax with a cuppa and take in the stunning sea views.
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