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Top 5 Seaside Trips

15 July 2016 | London Calling

Summer is on its way and we do like to be beside the seaside! Whether you are looking for a quintessentially English seaside town or something a bit more edgy, we have it covered. Here are our top tips for the perfect seaside trip…


Image credit: Dreamland Heritage Park Scenic Railway

Margate

The city of Margate has seen lots of regeneration over the last 20 years. Described by Tracey Emin as ‘edgy and sexy”, Margate has become a top seaside destination in recent years. The sea front has the beaches and arcade games you’ll find at any typical English seaside town, but with the additions of the recently re-opened Dreamland and Turner Contemporary in the old town, Margate has started to attract people looking for a different seaside vibe. The Shell Grotto is a must-see if you’re looking for something unusual. The Grotto was discovered in 1835 but its origins remain unknown to this day. For somewhere to eat, we recommend GB Pizza Co (one of the UK’s top pizzerias). Don’t forget to stop off at Cupcake Café for dessert!


Image credit: Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck, Jurassic Coast

Swanage

The Jurassic coast is one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders. With its long stretches of beaches and white cliffs, we can see why. On your way to Swanage town centre, make a trip to the legendary Old Harry rocks, a perfect area for fossil hunting. If the weather is stormy, head to Chococo for one of their fantastic specialty hot chocolates. Experience the past with a trip on one of Swanage Railway’s steam trains whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery as you pass through the ruins of Corfe Castle. This summer, Swanage is hosting the Purbeck Pirate Festival from 29-31 July, guaranteed fun for all the family.


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Whitstable

Kentish gem, Whitstable is only 20 minutes away from historic Canterbury. Originally a small fishing village, Whitstable is famous for its oysters which remain an important part of this seaside town’s character, and Whitstable’s heritage continues to be celebrated in the annual Oyster festival. Why not try one of the local delicacies at the aptly named Whitstable Oyster Company or stop by The Forge on your way to the harbour. If you’re looking to satisfy your cultural hunger, head to the high street where you’ll find a number of exciting art galleries. Coming soon, Whitstable Biennale runs between 4-12 June featuring a rich programme of performance, film and sound.


Image credit: Devil’s Dyke, David Sellman, National Trust Images

Broadstairs

Just down the road from Margate, Broadstairs is brim-full of nostalgia and seaside charm. The Kent seaside town has strong literary connections; Charles Dickens lived in Bleak House between 1837 and 1859. If you are keen to learn more about Dickens’ connection to Broadstairs, make a visit to the Dickens House Museum, housed in a cottage which was a source of inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. After your literary tour of the town, stop by Moreilli’s Gelato for some authentic Italian ice cream, and walk off the Knickerbocker Glory with a brisk stroll from Viking bay to Gumption Gap.


Image credit: Devil’s Dyke, David Sellman, National Trust Images

Brighton

Our top five wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the seaside town of Brighton. With fish and chips by the pier, Brighton is a classic for many reasons. Stroll through the Lanes which are crammed with quaint shops and quirky restaurants and cafés. Head to North Laine where you’ll find independent boutiques, vintage shops and eccentric flea markets. If you find the beach too busy in the summer sunshine, we suggest a trip to nearby Devil’s Dyke, a beautiful National Trust spot perfect for cycling and picnics.
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