Discover England’s top five seaside staycation towns

There’s no doubting that 2020 has been a troubled year for holidaymakers everywhere. Unless the only trips you had in the diary fell in the first three months, it’s highly likely that your plans have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

With foreign travel heavily restricted, more and more people have been looking closer to home for their getaways this year, whenever the rules have allowed. And for some much-needed fresh air, away from the busier urban areas, many have chosen the coast as their holiday destination of choice.

Although the introduction of a second lockdown in the UK will have likely scuppered any immediate plans, seaside staycations are set to keep rising in popularity as we head towards a new year. With that in mind, Park Holidays have done their research and ranked the very best coastal getaway destinations.

What were the ranking criteria?

A number of factors were taken into account when Park Holidays compiled their list. These included the nation’s best beaches, the area’s cleanliness, average weather and the number of nearby fish and chip shops. And here are the results:

  1. Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

With low rainfall and high average sunshine hours, this little corner of Norfolk enjoys its own microclimate. The beautiful beach is known for its cleanliness and with plenty of golf courses and the superb Sea Life Centre and all the weird and wonderful sea creatures all close by, a trip to Great Yarmouth is sure to provide fun for all the family.

  1. Bournemouth, Dorset

With plenty of accommodation options, a trip to Bournemouth guarantees a comfortable stay and spectacular south-coast views. Take a walk along one of the resort’s stunning beaches and if you work up an appetite, you can treat yourself in one of the area’s 30 fish and chip shops.

  1. Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Located on the Thames estuary, Southend is a thriving seaside resort that offers something for everyone. Adventure Island is a place where the kids can let their hair down or, for those who prefer to take life at a steadier pace, Priory and Chalkwell Parks offer luscious green landscapes among which you can wander peacefully.

  1. Brighton, Sussex

The beach at Brighton is one of the country’s most famous, attracting tourists from all corners of the world, and it’s little wonder. With sensational views out to sea, excellent weather and almost 50 fish and chip eateries close by, it’s well worth its place on this list.

  1. Margate, Kent

When it comes to seaside destinations steeped in history, few can top Margate. A stroll around the old town is a welcome throwback to a bygone era, while for a more modern twist there is the Turner Contemporary art museum. Combine all that with the pristine shoreline and you’re onto a winner.

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