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Five Seaside Locations Perfect for the Warmer Weather

As the days grow longer and the temperatures rise, thoughts naturally turn to seaside escapes. The UK boasts a diverse coastline, from rugged cliffs to sandy shores, each offering its unique charm and activities. Here are five seaside locations perfect for enjoying the warmer weather:

1. St Ives, Cornwall:

Nestled on the north coast of Cornwall, St Ives is renowned for its picturesque harbour, golden beaches, and vibrant arts scene. The town’s narrow, cobbled streets are lined with independent shops, galleries, and eateries, offering plenty to explore when you’re not soaking up the sun.

Beaches: Porthmeor Beach is perfect for surfers, while Porthminster Beach is great for families with its calm waters and fine sand.

Activities: Visit the Tate St Ives for contemporary art, or take a boat trip to Seal Island to see the local wildlife. The South West Coast Path also offers stunning cliff-top walks with panoramic views.

 

2. Whitby, North Yorkshire:

Whitby, perched on the edge of the North York Moors, combines historical intrigue with natural beauty. Its dramatic coastline and Gothic architecture inspired Bram Stoker’s "Dracula," giving it a unique character.

Beaches: Whitby Beach is a long, sandy stretch perfect for building sandcastles and taking bracing walks. Sandsend Beach, a short drive away, is quieter and equally beautiful.

Activities: Climb the 199 steps to Whitby Abbey for breath-taking views and a sense of history. Explore the bustling harbour or enjoy fish and chips from the renowned Magpie Café.

 

3. Bournemouth, Dorset:

Bournemouth’s seven miles of sandy beaches and Victorian charm make it a perfect summer getaway. The town’s mild climate and beautiful gardens add to its appeal.

Beaches: Bournemouth Beach is well-known for its cleanliness and facilities, ideal for families and sunbathers.

Activities: Walk along the Bournemouth Pier, take a ride on the Bournemouth Eye for aerial views, or visit the Oceanarium. The nearby Jurassic Coast offers stunning hikes and fossil-hunting opportunities.

 

4. Tenby, Pembrokeshire:

Located on the western coast of Wales, Tenby is a picturesque town with medieval walls, colourful houses, and stunning beaches. Its blend of natural beauty and historic charm makes it a standout destination.

Beaches: Tenby boasts several beautiful beaches, including North Beach, with its iconic Goscar Rock, and Castle Beach, perfect for exploring rock pools.

Activities: Discover the town’s history at the Tenby Museum, or take a boat trip to Caldey Island, home to a serene monastery and abundant wildlife. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path also offers breath-taking walks.

 

5. Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold is a charming seaside town known for its sandy beach, iconic pier, and pastel-coloured beach huts. It offers a quintessential British seaside experience with a touch of sophistication.

Beaches: Southwold Beach is clean and well-maintained, perfect for sunbathing and swimming.

Activities: Explore the historic Southwold Pier with its quirky amusements and enjoy a tour of the Adnams Brewery, which has been brewing beer since 1872. The town also has a lighthouse that offers guided tours with panoramic views of the area.

 

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