The best spots for a traditional seaside holiday

Beaches, Coastal, Days out, Family, Vintage Holidays

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Multi-coloured beach huts, cheesy postcards and the tang of sharp vinegar on hot salty chips wrapped in newspaper spark fond memories of summers gone by; many spent soaking up the sunshine at one of Britain’s numerous seaside destinations. From retro fairground rides and timeless arcades, to fish and chip huts speckled along a pier jutting out into clear blue waters, made all the more exciting with that constant candy floss fuelled sugar rush - a traditional seaside holiday fills us all with nostalgia.

It’s that time of year again – the sun is beginning to show its face and the beaches are calling – yes, summer is finally here! And what better way to enjoy the British sunshine than with some good old fashioned beach bliss?

English seaside resorts have a special place in our heart - they are where childhood memories are made. We have selected some of the most delightful locations to spend your summer holiday, whose old-fashioned seaside traditions are still alive and kicking!

Brighton Pier

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Voted one of the top 10 city beach break destinations in the world, Brighton and its beachfront make for a spectacular seaside holiday. Home to its famous Victorian pier which boasts a vast selection of traditional fairground attractions and arcades there is an abundance of fun to be had! Brighton is known for its vibrant and colourful culture along with its rich cosmopolitan vibe. Brighton is absolutely brimming with excellent cafes, fish and chip huts, tea rooms and restaurants to sample – and after dark the delights seamlessly continue long into the early hours, with the seafront being lined with clubs and bars all nestling underneath the Victorian beachfront arches. After a day spent enjoying the beach, heading into the town will definitely not disappoint, from quirky independent boutiques to designer outlets, Brighton’s streets are a haven for shoppers.

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Paignton Pier

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If it’s fun in the sun you are looking for, then there’s no need to head abroad when the beautiful seaside town of Paignton is right on our British doorstep. The English Riviera has all the ingredients for a fantastic holiday, whether you are looking for a girly get away, a family holiday or a romantic break – with Paignton being one of the jewels of the Riviera, it makes for the perfect summer holiday destination! Being set at the centre of one of Torbay’s best beaches, coupled with its world class attractions, Paignton provides a wealth of traditional seaside activities and fun to be had. Paignton Pier is certainly one of the highlights of the area drawing people from far and wide, which isn’t surprising due to the variety on offer. From crazy golf and dodgems to trampolines, mega slides and remote control cars and this is without mentioning the extensive array of foodie delights – think homemade fudge and fresh donuts!

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Llandudno

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If you are looking for some traditional seaside fun then Llandudno’s immaculate Welsh sea front, gracefully framed between two headlands makes for the perfect place to holiday! Being an established resort for over 150 years has resulted in many of the old-fashioned traditions and activities still being fresh and available today. Many a family day out can be spent in Llandudno, with Punch and Judy shows, Donkey Man and an Alice in Wonderland trail to follow allowing you to discover a plethora of Alice themed sculptures, it will provide a magical experience for children of all ages. Home to some amazing Blue Flag beaches with the excellent Llandudno Pier highlighting the landscape you will find a seaside holiday awaiting you that certainly isn’t lacking taste or quality. The area doesn’t just cater for the young ones however, Llandudno is a budding historical site with a brooding medieval castle and old ancient architecture to explore, along with rich shopping areas and restaurants there really is something for the whole family.

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Weymouth

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Weymouth’s beautiful Georgian seafront and sandy beaches, coupled with the town’s rich heritage and spectacular coastline make it a firm favourite holiday destination. Weymouth is one of the UK’s most beautiful seaside resorts and is blessed with one of the sunniest and warmest climates than any other region. Revel in some of the most simple but delightful family holiday pleasures in Weymouth this summer, from digging and paddling in the shallow waters to taking donkey rides along the golden sands, the children will love it! Away from the water’s edge there are a treasure trove of thrilling attractions for people of all ages to experience, zoom up the Sealife tower in a rotating capsule to enjoy the picturesque views stretching across the horizon taking in the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, you will be surrounded by the most stunning panoramic views wherever you turn. Weymouth also has the benefit of being a foodie’s dream! Spend your days by the crashing waves enjoying some fresh local seafood, or head into town to indulge in a gourmet pizza.

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Check out our Vintage Holiday guide to indulge in some more old-fashioned delights!

Posted by Hayley on 20th July 2015