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The United Kingdom has a vast and varied coastline to explore and during the summer months the seaside towns become a hive of activity. Traditional seaside resorts such as Mablethorpe on the east coast or Margate in Kent have a certain charm that can only be found in Britain. Apart from the lovely sandy beaches you will find fish and chip shops, old fashioned cafés and penny arcades. Children’s donkey rides are still available on some beaches such as Cleethorpes on the east coast along with a few small fairground rides. Victorian piers offering various entertainments can be found in many seaside towns such as Brighton or Eastbourne in Sussex. Scarborough and Whitby on the east Yorkshire coast are still popular summer destinations but perhaps the most well known holiday resort in the UK is Blackpool in Lancashire on the west coast. Here you will find three piers, amusement arcades and trams trundling along the promenade. The famous Pleasure Beach has many a thrilling ride and Blackpool Tower looms above it all and during September and October it is lit up as part of the spectacular Blackpool Illuminations.

If you would rather get away from the crowds head for the long, windswept deserted beaches of Northumbria. Whilst there it is worth crossing the causeway to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) and explore the Priory and Castle. You can also take a boat from the Northumbrian coastal town of Seahouses across to the Farne Islands which are rich in wildlife and protected by the National Trust. There are also plenty of remote beaches up in Scotland. Try the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast or any of the Scottish islands. If in Wales then head for the quiet and unspoilt beaches along the Anglesey coast. Meanwhile in Northern Island don’t miss the Giant’s Causeway on the scenic Antrim Coast Road.

There are plenty of opportunities for watersports throughout the UK especially during the summer season. Portland Harbour in Dorset is ideal for scuba diving and kayaking and is due to host the 2012 Olympic Sailing events. The Cowes Regatta is an important annual sailing event and is held in August off the Isle of Wight. If you prefer to spectate then head for Southsea, Portsmouth and watch the cross-channel ferries passing through the busy narrow inlet or observe the noisy hovercraft departing from the shingle beach across to the Isle of Wight. Newquay in Cornwall and North Devon are popular destinations for surfers while Poole in Dorset, Pembrokeshire in Wales and the Channel Islands attract many windsurfers. The Golden Mile beach at Blackpool is an ideal place to try sand-surfing or kite flying. Young children are usually happy on any beach as long as they have a bucket and spade or fishing net. Portelet Harbour in Guernsey is a great place to go crabbing and any rocky cove will have wonderful rock pools for children to explore. Out of season when the coastline is almost deserted why not wrap up warm and try a spot of beachcombing, you never know what you might find washed up on our beautiful shores!
The United Kingdom has a vast and varied coastline to explore and during the summer months the seaside towns become a hive of activity. Traditional seaside resorts such as Mablethorpe on the east coast or Margate in Kent have a certain charm that can only be found in Britain. Apart from the lovely sandy beaches you will find fish and chip shops, old fashioned cafés and penny arcades. Children’s donkey rides are still available on some beaches such as Cleethorpes on the east coast along with a few small fairground rides. Victorian piers offering various entertainments can be found in many seaside towns such as Brighton or Eastbourne in Sussex. Scarborough and Whitby on the east Yorkshire coast are still popular summer destinations but perhaps the most well known holiday resort in the UK is Blackpool in Lancashire on the west coast. Here you will find three piers, amusement arcades and trams trundling along the promenade. The famous Pleasure Beach has many a thrilling ride and Blackpool Tower looms above it all and during September and October it is lit up as part of the spectacular Blackpool Illuminations.
 
If you would rather get away from the crowds head for the long, windswept deserted beaches of Northumbria. Whilst there it is worth crossing the causeway to Holy Island (Lindisfarne) and explore the Priory and Castle. You can also take a boat from the Northumbrian coastal town of Seahouses across to the Farne Islands which are rich inwildlife and protected by the National Trust. There are also plenty of remote beaches up in Scotland. Try the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on the west coast or any of the Scottish islands. If in Wales then head for the quiet and unspoilt beaches along the Anglesey coast. Meanwhile in Northern Island don’t miss the Giant’s Causeway on thescenic Antrim Coast Road.
 
There are plenty of opportunities for watersports throughout the UK especially during the summer season. Portland Harbour in Dorset is ideal for scuba diving and kayaking and is due to host the 2012 Olympic Sailing events. The Cowes Regatta is an important annual sailing event and is held in August off the Isle of Wight. If you prefer to spectate then head for Southsea, Portsmouth and watch the cross-channel ferries passing through the busy narrow inlet or observe the noisy hovercraft departing from the shingle beach across to the Isle of Wight. Newquay in Cornwall and North Devon are popular destinations for surfers while Poole in Dorset, Pembrokeshire in Walesand the Channel Islands attract many windsurfers. The Golden Mile beach at Blackpoolis an ideal place to try sand-surfing or kite flying. Young children are usually happy on any beach as long as they have a bucket and spade or fishing net. Portelet Harbour in Guernsey is a great place to go crabbing and any rocky cove will have wonderful rock pools for children to explore. Out of season when the coastline is almost deserted why not wrap up warm and try a spot of beachcombing, you never know what you might find washed up on our beautiful shores!