Britons do like to be beside the seaside!
FORGET fish and chips, candy floss and
‘kiss-me-quick’ hats, when it comes to our favourite seaside
attractions, the pier is the UK’s favourite according to new
The poll, commissioned ahead of British Beach Week, runs over 23
July to 31 July 2011, by holiday letting agency cottages4you, looked
into what we love about the seaside and how nostalgic we are about
the traditional British beach holiday.
Nearly half of those questioned (42%) stated piers when asked to
name a quintessentially British seaside attraction, beating
amusement arcades (21%), donkey rides (15%) and beach huts (14%).
With the numbers of piers reduced by half in the last
century, many damaged by fire or neglect, the Victorian structures
obviously hold a fond place in British hearts.
Top 5 icons of British seaside:-
2. Amusement arcade
3. Donkey rides
4. Beach huts
5. Theme park
Despite feeling nostalgic for traditional seaside resorts, when it
comes to choosing a holiday destination, it seems modern families
prioritise sandy beaches (34%) and beautiful views (32%), with only
3% choosing a location because it has a pier.
However, two thirds of those surveyed have made a nostalgic return
to a seaside destination they used to visit as a child in the last 5
Almost half (46%) said it was the same on revisiting,
whilst a third were pleasantly surprised at the changes.
Nick Rudge at cottages4you said:- "Going to the seaside in the
UK has always had a unique appeal and with 80% of our respondents
planning a trip this year, British Beach Week is the perfect
opportunity to celebrate all the UK coastline has to offer. Whether
you want the traditional resort with pier, donkey rides and candy
floss, or a relaxing break in a remote bay, there is something for
Having a family day out was rated as the primary reason for a
domestic beach visit but 60% said they would be put off by the
weather and 1 in 5 of us are concerned about the cleanliness of the
Richard McIlwain from Keep Britain Tidy, who run the Blue Flag and
Quality Coast Award schemes in England, said:- "With so many
of us planning a holiday at home this summer, visitors to one of
England’s award-winning beaches can be confident they are visiting a
clean and safe, well-managed beach. Beaches that fly the Blue Flag
or Quality Coast Award offer holiday-makers an assurance that the
beach they are visiting is not only one of the best in the country,
but the world."
WAG Abbey Clancy
and Radio City DJ Rick Vaughan Open New Clinic
Photographs via Vamphire.com
OUR paparazzi photographers have been out and
about over the last week on Merseyside and snapped WAG Abbey Clancy
and Radio City DJ Rick Vaughan at the opening of a new laser skin
treatment clinic in West Derby, Liverpool.