Kent’s coast has buckets and spades of charming seaside towns with something for everyone. Whitstable for oysters, Dover for castles, and Margate for…fun! The reopening of Dreamland in 2016 marked a point of peak hipster for this town. Craft beers, cute coffees, the Turner Contemporary plus a mystery shell grotto makes it worth the 90 minute train from London.
BRIGHTON, East Sussex
To be honest, Brighton is pretty awesome all year round, however, come summer, it really sings. With events like Artists Open House and the Fringe Festival happening throughout May and June, plus plenty on offer in terms of food and fashion on the Lanes (shoutout to Team JW Brighton!) it’s worth braving the crowds for. Plus head down over Pride weekend for a glimpse of the Pop Princess herself – it’s Britney…beach!
Home to England’s Surfing Championships, Newquay is the perfect place to pick up a board and (finally) take up those surf lessons. With an airport conveniently placed in the town you can get there from all around the UK with ease. Head down in August for the infamous Boardmasters festival featuring the likes of George Ezra, The Chemical Brothers and Catfish & The Bottlemen.
A brilliantly craggy beach on the outskirts of St David’s, the Welsh patron saint’s final resting place, Whitesands is another of the country’s most popular surf spots. Once you’re done with the waves, head around the cathedral and ruined Bishop’s Palace for some medieval realness.
ST IVES, Cornwall
Also in Cornwall and also a surfers’ paradise, St Ives offers something that those other towns don’t – ART (plus a lovely Jack Wills store of course). Tate St Ives features a rolling programme focussed on British artists and as well as the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden – days of seeing and sea-ing for all!