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Seaside Holidays

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Seaside Holidays

According to Stephen Worrall of the Living With The Sea Project, bucket and spade holidays could disappear by the end of the century, if erosion of sandy beaches caused by climate change goes unchecked. This would mean the end of an English tradition that, in itself, has fostered so many others, such as piers, Punch and Judy shows, and fish and chips.

Seaside holidays became popular after the creation of the Bank Holiday in 1871. Coastal towns, including Bournemouth, Blackpool, Cromer, Skegness and Scarborough, became magnets for families seeking the benefits of fresh air and sea-water bathing. As the resorts became more popular, other entertainments, from pleasure gardens to theatres to fairground rides, began to proliferate.

The opening of a national railway network brought the masses to the country's beaches – usually just for the day. By the 1950s, more families were enjoying longer holidays, staying in hotels, bed & breakfast, caravans and holiday camps. The affordability of foreign holidays sparked a gradual decline in bucket-and-spade holidays from the 1970s, although some resorts are fighting back by attracting overseas tourists to come and find out what they've been missing.


Your comments

Who could derive more pleasure from building sandcastles with our children, giving them donkey rides, and eating fish and chips as we walk along the prom? Who else would sit on in a shelter in the rain wrapped up in a mac for fun?

John Bennett

We live on an island and the English are always drawn to the sea. We have taken to boats to catch fish, defend the country, emigrate. We go down to the sea to watch the waves, smell the sea air and to holiday. Building sandcastles is an English child's rite of passage. The English climate is unpredictable, the sea cold, but still thousands of families flock to the seaside to sit behind windbreakers, eat sandy sandwiches, drink tea from a flask and tread in something nasty. Long live the English seaside!
Pauline Sweetman

Deckchairs, lobster pots, kissmequickhats, knotted hankies and rolled up trousers, icecreams, arcades, piers, fishing boats, RNLI , seafood kiosks, sandcastles, fish and chips and rain.
Rowena Millar

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