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Reaching Peaks of Holiday Perfection in the Peak District

peak-district-1-20851287391863hzMHAt the southern end of the Pennines, the Peak District National Park covers over 500 square miles of moorland and rock, it’s highest point being Kinder Scout. The area has springs and caverns, historical market towns and charming villages, and a multitude of things to see and do. There’s plenty self-catering accommodation in the form of holiday cottages, giving you the right kind of freedom to explore the area and shape your break.

 

Deep, Deep Down

Despite the area being known as the Peak District, there’s a lot to see and experience under the ground. At Poole’s Cavern and Country Park you can take a guided tour through vast limestone caverns and see underground chambers lined with crystal-formed stalactites and stalagmites. This natural limestone cave is two million years old and stretches underground for some 1,000ft.

The Heights of Abraham is another popular, underground destination. This spectacular network of caverns goes deep down, penetrating the surrounding hillside. It was the site of lead mining, from Roman times to the 17th century and has now become the site of a fascinating guided tour, enhanced with state-of-the-art lighting. Above ground, you’ll find a breathtaking cable car ride, 500ft up, which gives you spectacular views of the Derwent Valley below.

The Hope Valley is also home to three caverns open to visitors: Treak Cliff Cavern, Peak Cavern and Speedwell Cavern.

 

Matlock Bath – Little Switzerland

Close by to the Heights of Abraham is the spa village of Matlock Bath, developed from an historical village site after the discovery of warm springs in 1698. Its reputation grew and when Lord Byron visited it he compared it with alpine Switzerland, leading to its Little Switzerland nickname.

Its location is stunning, dramatically situated in a deep gorge of the Derwent Valley. It is still served by a local railway line that is an attraction in itself. The overall impression Matlock Bath gives is of a characterful seaside resort, but without the sea, obviously.

You can enjoy fine views of the River Derwent from the narrow, iron Jubilee Bridge, built in 1897, which spans the river and was lovingly restored to its original state in 2014.

In the village there are plenty of places to eat and drink, as well as the nearby Matlock Bath Aquarium and the Peak District Lead Mining Museum.

Ideal for Walking

The Peak District is one of the UK’s most popular walking destinations, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of space for you to enjoy the freedom of the countryside without bumping into lots of other visitors.

There’s plenty of choice in how you might want to go about it: 500 square miles of access land, which means you don’t have to keep to public footpaths; high moorland treks; and more tranquil, riverside routes.

You can go for adventurous, long distance trail walks, such as the Limestone Way, or take a guided walk with an experienced tour-guide through some of the Peak District’s most stunning scenery.

The Cotswolds: Visit England’s Bedrock

cotswalds-of-englandThe rolling hills of the Cotswolds stretch across five counties of England and take in historic towns and villages of great character, alongside beautiful rural scenery. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

As an area to visit, the Cotswolds offers a quintessentially English holiday experience, with sites of historical interest, a wide variety of activities, and places where you can simply relax and enjoy the natural world around you. It also offers a great choice in holiday cottages and self-catering holiday accommodation.

Unspoilt Towns and Villages

Some towns in the Cotswolds are rightly famous – Cheltenham, Gloucester and Cirencester for example – but there are others, tucked away in semi-seclusion that preserve an historical magic, and feel like well kept secrets.

In the North Cotswolds you’ll find Bourton-on-the-Hill, containing many 17th and 18th century cottages made of the distinctive, yellow Cotswold stone. In the centre of the village is Bourton House Garden with its historical tithe barn and striking plants and flowers. Nearby is Batsford Arboretum, which has a garden centre and adjoining terrace restaurant.

A little off the tourist trail is the village of Naunton, home to a fine pub and historic dovecote. It’s peaceful, scenic, and dotted with footpaths along which visitors can explore the surrounding area.

Winchcombe maintains a feeling of tranquillity despite being a popular centre for walkers on the Cotswolds Way. This market town is a great base for exploring the more rural areas of the Cotswolds but is itself a great visitor destination. The Gloucestershire Warwickshire heritage railway runs through it and it contains many charming, independent shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants.

More well known is the Stow on the Wold, the highest of the Cotswolds towns, situated on the 800ft high Stow Hill. It has a vast market square, a testament to its historical importance as a trading town. It hosts a biannual Gypsy Horse Fair and it’s a great centre for antique shopping. It has plenty of fascinating boutiques and specialist shops, as well as pubs and tearooms.

Activities in the Cotswolds

For those seeking a more challenging, physically active holiday, the Cotswolds isn’t all idyllic scenery and views. It’s a great place for walking and cycling holidays, including the Cotswold Way, stretching the length of the Cotswolds, from Chipping Campden in the north to its finish at Bath Abbey, in the south.

The 102 mile trail takes you through picturesque villages and close by to historical sites such as Sudeley Castle and Hailes Abbey, so there’s plenty of opportunity to stop off and take in these places of interest.

For cyclists, the numerous country lanes and bridleways of the area provide an excellent network for exploration, combined with enough uphill exercise and downhill stretches to make you feel you’ve earned a drink and something substantial to eat in one of the many characterful local pubs.

 

The Inspiring Coast of Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is Britain’s only Coastal National Park. Located in the south west of wales, Pembrokeshire has award winning, Blue Flag beaches, abundant wildlife and attractive towns and villages. It’s an ideal destination if you want to combine the countryside and the seaside on your holiday, and it’s an ideal location for holiday cottages.

 

The Smallest City and Towns With Charm

Small in scale but big in charm, most of Pembrokeshire’s towns are intimately connected with the sea, having had links with ocean trade at some point in their history. The area also has the UK’s smallest city, St David’s, with just over 1,500 residents.

St David’s is located on a peninsula with stunning coastal scenery and access to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. As well as being ideal for walkers, St David’s is the base for several wildlife watching trips, where you can travel by boat to see whales and dolphins, and the massed Gannets nesting on Grassholm Island.

The city is also home to the Oriel y Parc Gallery, built in 2008 to house Welsh national treasures, and the impressive St David’s Cathedral.

On the North Coast of Pembrokeshire lies Newport, a picturesque market town with a gorgeous, laid-back, undeveloped feel. The walled seaside town of Tenby is busier, but retains a charm of its own. It’s an award-winning coastal resort with a thriving harbour and three great beaches. It provides plenty of opportunities for watersports enthusiasts, including kayaking and jetskiing, and it offers more sedate attractions in the form of the Tudor Merchant’s House, owned by the National Trust, and the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.

Further inland, the town of Narbeth has a high street lined with multi-coloured Edwardian and Georgian buildings and an impressive number of real one-off shops, from antiques sellers to vintage and other gift and craft items. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafés and pubs to break up the shopping.

Haverfordwest is Pembrokeshire’s administrative centre with its own castle and museum and the recently excavated riverside ruins of an Augustinian priory. There is also an award-winning farmers’ market, and plenty of holiday cottages in the surrounding area.

Historical Sites for Sightseers

Pembrokeshire is home to medieval castles and prehistoric tombs, including Pembroke Castle, Carew Castle and Cilgerran Castle. Gilgerran Castle overlooks  the Teifi Gorge, in the most dramatic of locations.

West of Abercastle, on the north side of the St David’s Peninsula is Carreg Samson, an exposed Neolithic burial chamber, known as a cromlech. Another burial chamber is located in the heart of Bluestone Country, near Newport. This is Pentre Ifan, the most popular megalithic site in Wales, dating from around 3500 BC.

Like other parts of Wales, Pembrokeshire has a real feel of somewhere rooted in heritage and in the character of its surroundings. It’s popular as a holiday destination but much of the area retains a feeling of unspoiled, natural character and beauty.

Green With Soul: the Valleys of South Wales

miner-sculptureFrom eastern Carmarthenshire to western Monmouthshire, and from the vale of Glamorgan to Swansea Bay, the Valleys of South Wales are steeped in cultural history and the industrial heritage of Wales. They also provide a wealth of activities and things to see, including walking and climbing, mountain biking and sightseeing.

They cover a large area of South Wales, ideal for self-catering holiday cottage accommodation, and for days of exploration and relaxation.

The Industrial Past

Industrialisation transformed the pastures and wooded valleys of South Wales. With the dramatic growth of first iron works and then coal mining in the 19th century came the development of towns and villages. When the iron industry declined, coal mining took over, reaching its peak in the early years of the 20th century.

The Blackwood Miners’ Institute, in Blackwood, Caerphilly is a hub for arts and entertainment in the area. It hosts various theatrical and musical events and exhibitions throughout the year, and while remaining a dynamic heart of the community. Also in Caerphilly you’ll find the Senghenydd Mining Memorial, opened in 2013 to commemorate all welsh mining disasters. There is a ceramic memorial wall and a dramatic bronze sculpture – “The Rescue” by Les Johnson – set in beautifully landscaped memorial gardens.

The Rhondda Heritage Park is the site of the first deep coal mine in the Rhondda Valleys, at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery. The park offers full underground tours and the visitor centre has an indoor reconstruction of a period village street. There is also a contemporary art gallery and café.

Activities and Exploration

At the world heritage site of Blaenavon visitors can combine walking with visiting an intriguing range of historic sites, from prehistoric remains to industrial heritage. Blaenavon covers 33 square kilometres, and the walks cover mountainous terrain and picturesque landscapes of reclaimed industrial sites. Blaenavon town has rows of old miners’ cottages and the imposing Workingman’s Hall juxtaposed with specialist shops and independent cafés. You can also visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum and the historical iron works at Blaenavon.

There are some 400 kilometres of off-road tracks to explore throughout The Valleys, many with gentle gradients that make them family-friendly. Two of the most famous routes are the Taff Trail and the Trevithick Trail. The Taff Trail stretches between Brecon and Cardiff, whereas the Trevithick Trail follows the route taken by the first steam locomotive to pull a load by rail, back in 1804.

Other activities in The Valleys include kayaking, climbing and archery, and mountain biking, of course.

The Valleys could have been made for mountain biking, so suited is the terrain here. Key routes include the Twrch Trail in Cwmcarn Forest, Darren Fawr mountain bike trails, and BikePark Wales in Merthyr Tydfil.

The South Wales Valleys present visitors with a wide choice of activities, suitable for different ages. They resonate with the industrial past but also have a great feeling of reclaimed and natural beauty combined.

 

Mystery, Adventure and Relaxation on the Island of Anglesey

Anglesey_south-stack-pathThe Island of Anglesey lies off the north-west coast of Wales, and it’s a place resonant with ancient history and character. It is an area associated with the druids, the Iron Age and the Roman occupation of Britain. It has a scattering of small towns, sandy beaches and a beautiful rural coastline.

Anglesey is a small island of less than 300 square miles, and it has a feeling of self-sufficiency, close to but apart from the Welsh mainland. This brings with it a unique character, and this is reflected in the hospitality shown towards its visitors. For anyone considering staying in a holiday cottage on Anglesey, it has much to recommend it.

 

Exploring Along the Coastal Path

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path runs for some 125 miles along much of the island’s coastline. 95% of the Anglesey’s coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This takes in woodland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-march and cliffs. There is also a National Nature Reserve.

The island is divided into 12 sections, which is handy if you don’t actually fancy trying to walk the full 125 miles (though if you do, the Friends of the Anglesey Coastal Path will award you with a special badge and certificate).

Highlights of the route include Holyhead Mountain, the highest point on the island, the imposing Menai Suspension Bridge, and the Cemlyn nature reserve.

Ancient Monuments and Castles

If you want to get a real sense of history, stretching far back to times of pre-Christian worship, then Anglesey is the place to be. The island has over 120 ancient monuments, including around 30 burial chambers dating from Neolithic era and Bronze Age. There are also plenty of standing stones.

The island is home to a number of castles. Beamaris is the most famous, built during the reign of Edward I in 1295 but never fully completed. In contrast with the squat sturdiness of this construction are the ruins of Aberlleiniog castle, seemingly embedded in surrounding woodland, and the eerie, hillside Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber.

 

Anglesey’s Best Beaches

For those less inclined to explore rugged paths and ancient monuments, there is always the beach, classic UK summer weather permitting. Anglesey is blessed with a number of outstanding beaches, from the wide expanse of Lligwy Beach to the rural seclusion of Porth Nobla.

Porth Tywyn Mawr Beach is popular for watersports and has a nearby campsite and village for amenities. The sheltered cove at Bull Bay has plenty of rock pools for kids to explore and also some good fishing locations. Moelfre’s small pebble beach is a good for boats, while Cemaes Bay feels like pretty much the perfect sandy beach.

Anglesey is full of contrasts, from ancient to contemporary and rugged to relaxing, which makes it an excellent UK holiday location, particularly if you want to strike out on your own in a self-catering, holiday cottage.

A Varied Beach Assortment for All in Cornwall

Cornwall has over 250 miles of coastline, including around 400 beaches. With such a varied landscape and different conditions, this means the choice of beaches is really wide, with something to suit everyone, from family-friendly, to rugged and solitary.

 

North and South

Cornwall’s North Coast is exposed to the Atlantic swell and so has many beaches ideal for surfing. By contrast, the South Coast is more sheltered and includes characterful coves, estuaries and harbours.

With this much choice, your selection of beach may be down to what you want to do there, as well as location.

 

A Selection of Cornwall’s Best Beaches

Gyllygnvase Beach, in Falmouth, is a firm family favourite. This comes from its many facilities, which are the key to keeping your kids entertained. They’re not going to settle for lazing in the sand with a book, so with its beach volleyball facilities, bouncy castle and a paddleboarding school, Gyllgnvase has enough to occupy them and help them burn off all that holiday energy.

In St Austell, Pentewan Beach provides a half mile stretch of sand, in front of Pentewan Sands Holiday Park. There’s free parking here, along with local facilities in the local village square, including a pub and shop, and a kiosk on the beach.

The north-west facing Treyarnon Bay is the setting for a picturesque sandy cove, popular with both families and surfers.

On the North Coast, Perranporth Beach is an immense, golden sandy stretch that’s always popular with families. There is a nearby surf school and a beach café, and the beach is easily accessed from the nearby village.

Sennen Bay is a distinctive white crescent of sand on Cornwall’s North West Coast, part of Whitesand Bay, and it’s the nearest village to Land’s End. The beach is large enough not to feel overcrowded, even at its busiest, and there are numerous access points to it.

 

Secluded Charm

With so many beaches, Cornwall has it share of secluded inlets and hidden coves, full of character and off the beaten track. Many retain a kind of timelessness because they feel so impervious to change.

Penberth may be the most unspoilt cove in Cornwall, lying at the bottom of a sheltered, wooded valley. There are a few traditional stone fishermen’s cottages and the cove itself is a good starting point for coastal walks.

On the Lizard Peninsula, West Cornwall, you’ll find Mullian Cove, home to a working, fishing harbour, and flanked by robust sea walls for storm protection. It’s dramatic to look at and provides close by access to the sheltered sandy beach at Poldhu Cove, ideal for families.

There are two beaches at Cadgwith Cove, separated at high tide by The Todden, a small headland. The cove is full of Cornish character with its original stone and thatch houses and the Cadgwith Cove Inn, thought to be over 400 years old.

This is only a small snapshot of the many different beaches that Cornwall has to offer, helping to make it a great destination for exploring and enjoying the English coast.

From Science Fiction to Science Fact: The Eden Project

Inside a massive crater, surrounded by green countryside, is a very futuristic looking complex with two huge enclosing, steel-framed structures comprising hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal plastic cells. These twin biomes are like giant greenhouses; the largest simulates a Rainforest environment, the smaller a Mediterranean. This is the Eden Project, a few miles from St Austell, and one of Cornwall’s leading visitor attractions.

 

The Eden Project’s Atmospheric Attractions

Tim Smit first conceived The Eden Project in 1995, earmarking a giant, 160 year old, disused clay pit for its location. The project was eventually opened in 2002, combining a pioneering visitor attraction with an educational charity and social enterprise.

The large Tropical Biome is 180ft high and covers 3.9 acres. It houses tropical plants and trees, and is both warm and humid. By contrast, the smaller Mediterranean Biome has a much dryer heat and is used for growing plants such as grape vines and olives.

The Eden Project also has outdoor gardens and a covered educational and exhibition space known as the Core.

As a visitor experience, the Eden Project is unique, being artificial yet encouraging people to experience a relationship with nature. It manages the difficult trick of being entertaining and educational at the same time. You can delve into the information about our dependency on the environment, or you can just soak up the atmosphere and the impressive scale of the whole thing. Lovers of gardens and plants will find plenty to fascinate them, and kids plenty to distract them.

It has plenty of on-site facilities, including restaurants and cafes and gift shops. It’s architecturally stunning and artistically stimulating, home to vivid sculpture and art.

 

Events and Entertainment at The Eden Project

The Eden Project hosts special events all year round, such as dinosaur invasions and adventure activities, including zip wire rides.

Those looking for something less frantic can enjoy Mediterranean-inspired dining on the Mediterranean Terrace (naturally) on selected evenings during the Spring, Summer and Autumn months.

The Project is also home to the famous Eden Sessions outdoor concerts every June and July. These are essentially a series of live mini-festivals held in the setting of the Eden Project, combining stunning natural acoustics with the imposing backdrop of the lit-up Biomes. Artists who have appeared here include Pulp, Muse, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Elbow and Elton John. Just remember to book well in advance if you want to combine the Eden Sessions with a self- catering holiday stay in Cornwall.

Why Visit Cornwall for a Cornish Pasty?

Have you ever wondered, when eating something, about its authenticity? Take the Cornish pasty, for example. You can get a pasty probably almost anywhere in the UK, but how much different might the genuine article taste in Cornwall itself? The Cornish pasty has an interesting history that ties it very much to a time and place, and it has a proud tradition that is carried on in how it is prepared and cooked.

 

The History of the Cornish Pasty

The Cornish pasty may well be one of the earliest convenience foods, designed to be portable, practical, and eaten away from home. The spread of its popularity arose from the growth of tin mining in Cornwall in the 19th century.

The pasty was an ideal shape to be taken down the mines as food for the workers, adults and children, who laboured there. One theory has it that the thick crust of the pasty was used as a handle for carrying it, and then thrown away once the bulk of the pasty had been eaten. This makes the Cornish pasty a kind of pioneering edible lunchbox.

The original pasties were designed to be an economic way of eating food, in the days when mining families would have been very poor. The contents were made up of vegetables only, including potato and swede. The addition of meat was a later addition. Recipes would have been family affairs, passed down from mother to daughter, which means that there probably is no definitive Cornish Pasty recipe.

Nowadays, it’s established that a genuine Cornish pasty should contain a minimum of 25% vegetables and 12.5% meat. The filling should only consist of the following: diced or minced beef, sliced or diced potato; swede and onion; and seasoning, mainly salt and pepper.

The pasty is slow-baked and it can consist of shortcrust, rough puff or puff pastry. Its distinctive D shape comes from the crimping of the pastry on one side. A Cornish pasty can only be known as such if it is produced west of the River Tamar, in the county of Cornwall. This is legally protected.

 

Where to Buy a Cornish Pasty?

Obviously when visiting Cornwall, the pasty is a mainstay of many a high-street baker, but just as obviously, you want to enjoy the very best quality pasties Cornwall can offer if you want to experience the genuine article.

The Cough Bakery in Padstow, the Crantock Bakery in Newquay, Crib Box in St Austell, Etherington’s in Redruth, Proper Cornish in Bodmin and St Agnes Bakery are just a few of the many places you can buy a genuine Cornish pasty.

Always look for the badges of the Cornish Pasty Association and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) when intending to buy.

You don’t have to go to Cornwall for a genuine Cornish pasty, but the right setting can only make the experience of eating one that much more enjoyable.

St Ives: Charm, Culture and Character by the Sea

The town of St Ives in Cornwall is a hub of cultural activity and it’s a glorious holiday destination, repeatedly voted the best seaside town in the UK. With its picturesque harbour, sandy beaches and galleries and exhibitions, St Ives has so much to offer to visitors, from traditional seaside activities to sightseeing, shopping and world-class art.

 

Beach Life

One mile east of St Ives is the northeast-facing Carbis Bay Beach. This is one of Cornwall’s top five beaches, with a 2013 Blue Flag rating. It’s sheltered and peaceful and so ideal for families. Edged with a mile of sandy beach, the sea here is a glorious turquoise shade and is great for swimming in. The Carbis Bay Hotel owns the beach, and here you can take a break from the sun with an afternoon Cornish cream tea.

You’ll find Porthminster Beach a short walk from the centre of St Ives. This is a crescent-shaped area of sandy beach with a fabulous view across the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration for Virginia Wolfe’s pioneering novel “To The Lighthouse”. Again the waters are calm here, which means the beach is great for families with young children. Nearby is the award-winning Porthminster Beach Café, where you can enjoy delicious, locally-grown and sourced produce.

Porthmeor Beach is also close to the centre of St Ives, and attracts both swimmers and surfers. This popular stretch of sand is close by to the Tate St Ives Gallery and holds a Blue Flag award, reflecting its water quality and sound environmental management.

The smaller St Ives Harbour Beach is a great stopping-off point from exploring the town centre. Take a break, enjoy the harbour view, sample an ice cream, but watch out for hungry seagulls!

 

A Town for Culture and Discovery

St Ives is an area of quite stunning natural beauty, which explains why it’s been attracting artists since the mid-19th century. JMW Turner was an early visitor. Since then it’s become a true artists’ colony, with numerous galleries. It’s also home to Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The Tate St Ives opened here in 1993 and the gallery marks St Ives’s importance as a centre of art on the international stage. It’s also home to many significant works from the St Ives School of painting, dating from the mid-1800s to the present.

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is an exhibition space for the work of one of Britain’s most important twentieth-century artists. It was originally the location of Trewyn Studios, where Barbara Hepworth worked and lived with her husband the artist Ben Nicholson from 1939 onwards until she died in 1975. A selection of Hepworth’s key bronze, stone and wood sculptures is on display here, along with archive material consisting of drawings, sketches and notes.

St Ives town centre is also great for chance discoveries, with its maze of  cobbled streets and old fishermen’s cottages. You’ll also come across plenty of independent shops and galleries, and interesting places to eat.

St Ives is a busy holiday town, but it retains a magnetic charm, combining a very Cornish heritage with an almost tropical feel.

Rugged Rocks and Resorts: Explore the Yorkshire Coast

WhitbyNatural beauty runs throughout Yorkshire, and this is particularly true of the Yorkshire coast. This comprises a wide variety of visitor

experiences, from the rugged charm of fishing villages to traditional seaside resorts and more for visitors to discover.

 

From a Hidden Gem and a Dramatic Coastline to Dracula

The village of Staithes is a real hideaway, a sheltered cove of fishermen’s homes, holiday cottages, small B&Bs and a lovely, picturesque harbour. It pretty much defines the idea of rugged, and it’s ideal for walks and exploring the coastline. It’s also a key destination for geologists and fossil hunters, as well as being an artists’ colony – and it has its own autumn Arts and Heritage festival.

Further down the coast is the resort town of Whitby. It’s home to the brooding presence of Whitby Abbey, a site of literary inspiration, most famously that of Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula. The 13th century abbey’s ruins are a great family destination and the site offers stunning panoramic views across the town and harbour.

Whitby has a whole lot of other visitor attractions, including the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and the old steam North Yorkshire Moors Railway. You can experience great sea-views from the West Pier and its lighthouse, and the town itself has plenty of great places for food, drink and shopping.

 

A Smuggler’s Hideout and the Original Seaside Resort

With its steep descent from the clifftop to the beach, Robin Hood’s Bay is a naturally dramatic coastal setting. Historically it was a centre for smugglers. It offers a great beach for families, but it’s also a popular stop-off point for walkers, as it is on the eastern end of Alfred Wainwright’s 190 mile coast to coast walk. This original home to a fishing community is small but bursting with character, replete with interesting cafes and shops, and host to regular events and festivals.

Scarborough is possibly the UK’s first seaside resort, dating back to the 1600s, when the health-giving properties of its spa waters became widely known. It’s a popular holiday destination, which combines both traditional and contemporary seaside character. It has two distinctive bays for beach-related activities and relaxation: the bustling South Bay and the quieter North Bay.

It’s a great centre for water sports, including water-skiing and surfing, and also boat rides. It’s also close to the countryside and great walking country.

The town has lots of attractions including its Sea Life Centre, a miniature railway and Scarborough Castle. It’s also home to the pioneering Stephen Joseph Theatre, with its long-standing artistic director, the famous playwright Alan Ayckbourne.

Whatever the drama you crave, the Yorkshire Coast has it, from natural beauty and settings to seaside entertainment.