With the Easter holidays peeking its head around the corner, we’ve been on the hunt for the best seaside trips to take you away from London. Not so far away that you spend half your weekend travelling, but far away that there’s some sand between your toes and an ice cream to melt in your hand (even if it really isn’t that warm yet). While a mid-April trip to the UK seaside might not be all “sun, sea and sand”, there’s a whole heap of food, history and walks to fill your boots. Here are our favourites.
If there’s one thing that says summer’s on its way, it’s the brightly painted beach huts that line the Southwold coast in Suffolk. The home of Adnams Brewery and a prime location for an afternoon crabbing, Southwold should be on your list. Spend the night in Sutherland House (think sleigh beds and slipper baths) and eat in their restaurant, where the food is locally sourced (the food miles are even printed onto the menus) and always seasonal.
A seaside town with a whole lot to offer (as well as the sandy beaches), spend your afternoons on the rides at Dreamland or take in the art at Turner Contemporary. When you’re ready to retire for the day, take up residency in The Walpole Hotel: a step back in time with it’s 1920s ballroom, verandas and bars. And for food? Suppers don’t come any better than at Angela’s where they serve up delicious, sustainable seafood straight from the fishing boats that morning.
Whitstable & Bridge
With all the charm of the countryside, but close enough to the coast for some dreamy day trips, spend the weekend at The Pig Hotel in Bridge. A beautiful hotel with its own restaurant supplied by its own kitchen garden, you can expect incredible food and luxury rooms, too. Take a day trip to nearby Whitstable, with its pebbled beaches, amazing food and local English wine. Don’t leave without a pitstop at The Forge for some local beer, fish and chips and a side or two of famous Whitstable oysters.
With miles of coastal walks and great pubs, the North Norfolk coast is hard to beat. Stay over at Cley Windmill; a five-story, 19th-century mill with a cracking breakfast, then spend the day walking up the beach (stopping to pick some samphire from the marshes) to Brancaster Staithe, where The White Horse village pub serves up a delicious menu championing the local catch.
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With it’s famous pier, independent shops, cafés and restaurants galore, this fun-filled city is perfect for a seaside minibreak. The Artists Residence is as creative and eccentric as the city that it sits in and with family- and dog-friendly rooms available, it’s got a room for every occasion. While you’re in town, make sure you head to The Coal Shed for the beef sharing roast. It’s sensational.
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