Seaside holidays

Despite the increased popularity of European destinations, and long haul flights to more exotic destinations, the lure of the British seaside resort is as strong as ever. There are plenty of cheap breaks away that are available to most major British seaside resorts, especially if you travel off season. Some hotels offer repeat customer discounts, discounts for a longer stay, or savings for children in their parents' room.

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The Appeal of Seaside Holidays

One of the big appeals of going to the seaside is the overall low cost, something especially important for a large family. Getting to the coast is also quick and convenient, and as nowhere in the UK is more than about 70 miles from the sea, you can be there in 90 minutes or less. Easy access to the coast means that it is just as easy to go for the weekend, as it is for a fortnight. A seaside holiday means no airport queues or flight delays, no need for a passport, and no language barrier. There is also something for the whole family at the seaside, whether it be playing the fruit machines, relaxing on the beach, fairground rides or shows at the end of the pier.


Another appeal of the traditional seaside holiday is its nostalgic appeal. Many of us have fond memories of childhood holidays spent at a favourite seaside resort, and want to share those memories with our children or grandchildren. There is something quintessentially British about going on holiday to the seaside with all the things you associate with it - lying on the beach or swimming in the sea, strolling along the pier, afternoon tea or fish and chips, exploring the rock pools. Resorts such as Blackpool, Brighton and Eastbourne play on their old fashioned and timeless appeal, and continue to attract millions of holidaymakers every year.

Changing Times

However, despite the nostalgic appeal of the traditional British resort, there is no escaping that many of them have had to change with the time, and adapt to changing tastes. Britain doesn't have the guaranteed beautiful weather that can be found in Spain, Portugal or Greece, and many more established resorts have made an effort to appeal in other ways. New shopping centres, indoor pools, a greater variety of entertainment, upgraded amusement parks, and other facilities have all helped to attract new visitors, and keep families returning. The quality of the food has changed too, and many resorts now offer excellent food, and a variety of foreign cuisine, rather than just the traditional fish and chips.

If you are looking for ideas for cheap breaks away, don't overlook the British seaside. These days, you can be in Eastern Europe or North Africa in a few hours, yet the appeal of going to the seaside is still strong. Great value for money, a range of leisure and sporting activities, a careful balance between changing with the time and retaining that traditional feel, have all helped to make sure that visitor numbers remain high.