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It may be a fair train ride from London, but heading to Newquay for a seaside break really is worth the journey. It’s home to the iconic Fistral Beach, which is the perfect spot to catch a wave. And if surfing is not your thing, there is plenty more to do. Whether you want to go on some wildlife boat tours, enjoy cream tea galore, or spend a lazy afternoon, walk around one of the many other stunning beaches that Newquay has to offer.
It’s not a list of seaside town breaks without mentioning the exciting Brighton. With its quirky laneways, which are excellent for a spot of shopping, and the stunning Brighton Pavilion to picnic in front of, a break in Brighton is full of great things to do. Whatever you do, don’t forget a trip to the incredible Choccywoccydoodah where you can get your fill of some of the most divine handmade chocolates. Yum!
Another of Cornwall’s towns that you must consider for a seaside break is Penzance. This westerly Cornish town is fast becoming a cultural hub along the coast, and with good reason. It’s home to the famous open air Minack Theatre, as well as a whole host of art galleries and architecture to consume.
Despite its reputation for being an old-fashioned seaside, you should not sneer at the town of Mablethorpe. You won’t find the run-of-the-mill beach huts here — think novelty huts in the shape of a gin and tonic. Once you’ve finished exploring some of the 300 huts along the beach, you can spend the rest of your break walking the long strip of the blue flag beach and visiting the Seal Sanctuary.
Apparently it’s the sunniest place in Britain; therefore, it is definitely a seaside town to add to your must-visit list. Its white shingle beaches are perfect for those wanting to spend the day by the sea. And if you’re looking for a pier to while away your time, you’re in luck. Eastbourne is home to one of Britain’s finest piers, and this listed pier is jam-packed full of bars and eateries for everyone to enjoy.
And the final seaside town that you must visit is Weymouth, in West Dorset. It sits on the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and offers visitors the chance to explore a rugged coastline and experience a wide range of wildlife. If you want to get an even better view during your stay, head up the Jurassic Skyline for panoramic views of Weymouth and beyond. Enjoy!
By Sage Fitzpatrick