Traditional seaside holidays

There is a general misconception that tradition seaside resorts have all but disappeared, or have gone the way of Whitstable and Brighton, but the fact is that many such resorts still exist. They are gloriously traditional as well as being modern, thus offering their visitors the best of both worlds. Here are just two who have managed to combine tradition with the modern amenities today’s tourists demand.

Last summer, the focus of the world was on Weymouth in Dorset as it hosted the sailing events in London 2012. Due to this, the town made an effort to more upmarket, and upgraded deckchairs and boat shaped cafes appeared on the beach, as well as uplighters along the seafront. Look past these and, thankfully, it is still the same old Weymouth.

The beach still offers donkey rides, a traditional Punch and Judy Show and boasts that it is the perfect sand for sculptures and castles. If you fancy a good old fashioned ice cream then head for Rossi’s Retro Parlour. Set right in the sea front, the ice cream here has been made from the same recipe since 1937 and has to be tasted to be believed. The new Sea Life Tower which opened last June is a welcome addition and by taking an airlift up to the top you are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view.

Eastbourne is allegedly the sunniest place in the UK, and boasts a 4 mile stretch of white shingle which curves around Pevensey Bay. It is a laid back town with an altogether slower pace of life than its neighbour Brighton, with palm trees, tea dances every other Tuesday in the Winter Gardens Ballroom, row upon row of majestic Victorian terraces and a cheery promenade. This is a bone fide traditional seaside resort, and is very appealing to those shunning the Med for a staycation.