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Best British seaside entertainment, from pleasure beaches along the Lancashire coast to traditional piers

Museums, amusement parks, shopping centers, and traditional English piers: What are you waiting for?

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Piers Essex’s Southend Pier

There is nothing more enjoyable than enjoying a leisurely stroll all the way to the end of the Thames Estuary’s 1.33-mile-long longest pleasure pier. There is also a railway, a museum, cafés, and mini golf if you don’t feel like walking. Southendpier.co.uk, $2

Hampshire’s Clarence Pier

Clarence Pier in Southsea, one of the biggest amusement parks on the south coast, offers a wide variety of attractions, rides, food booths, and family-friendly activities. Access is free at clarencepier.co.uk.

Western Sussex’s Worthing Pier

Worthing Pier is less busy than others, uncomplicated, and well kept. It contains a small center amusement arcade and the Perch on the Pier restaurant at the end. Free admission, worthing-pier.adur.gov.uk

East Sussex’s Hastings Pier

Hastings Pier is a favorite with both locals and visitors and is pleasant to stroll along. Everyone will be entertained by The Pavilion Restaurant and the neighboring beach hut-style food and beverage shops, vintage fairs, exhibitions, and the family-friendly calendar of events along the beach. Visit1066country.com/things-to-do/hastings-pier for free entrance

East Sussex’s Brighton Palace Pier

Brighton Pier, a Grade-II listed pier, is a popular tourist destination with rides, fish and chip stands, arcade games, and a restaurant that overlooks the water. access for free at brightonpier.co.uk

East Sussex’s Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne’s beachfront landmark, one of the best examples of a Victorian pier in the UK, features a range of shops, a chippy, a nightclub, tea rooms, fishing piers, and great views of the English Channel and the adjoining Marine Parade Beach. Visiteastbourne.com/things-to-do/eastbourne-pier-p1238091 offers free admission.

Suffolk’s Southwold Pier

On a pier that extends 623 feet into the North Sea from the Suffolk coast, there is food, shopping, amusements, a view of the water, and authentic British seaside fun. Families will love it. Entry is free; see southwoldpier.co.uk

Norfolk’s Britannia Pier

Britannia Pier, which is located in the center of Great Yarmouth’s seashore, features live performances, ice cream and candy shops, rides, arcade games, and its very own tavern. Britannia-pier.co.uk, free admission

Somerset’s Grand Pier

The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare offers a ton of traditional family entertainment. The pier has had a significant makeover since it burned down in 2008 and now features fish and chip stands, attractions, vintage arcade games, mini golf, and restaurants. Grand Pier offers free admission.

Dorset’s Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth Pier offers hours of entertainment with live music, a zipline, caving tunnels, clip and climb, restaurants, bars, and a stunning beach. Thebournemouthpier.com offers free admission

Devon’s Paignton Pier

The 1879-era pier in the center of Paignton’s sandy beaches is now home to an amusement park, a fortune teller, deck chairs, and food and beverage shops. Free entry. Paigntonpier.co.uk

Lancashire’s Blackpool Amusement Pier

It’s easy to understand why this pier is still one of the most well-known in the UK. There is much to keep visitors entertained, including a 108-foot big wheel, carnival rides, arcades, and bars with views of the Irish Sea. Free admission; see blackpool.com

Lancashire’s St. Anne’s Pier.

Located at St Anne’s-on-the-Sea, a classic British seaside town, take a trip down the pier before checking out the bandstand, Victorian shelters, and beachfront gardens close by. Visitstannes.info/about/seafront/st-annes-pier offers free admission.

Gwynedd’s Garth Pier

Garth Pier, which is more laid-back than most other piers, offers a tranquil stroll across the lovely Menai Strait waters, with Victorian stalls and seats dotted along the route so you can have a bite to eat and unwind. 50p to enter; bangorpier.org

Borough of Llandundo Pier in Conwy County

The longest pier in Wales lies in the seaside town of Llandundo and features great views, food stalls, gift shops, arcades, and funfair rides. Additionally, fishing is allowed, but licenses cost £5. llandudnopier.com

beach resorts

Merseyside’s Southport Pleasureland

Right on the beach, there are rides, trampolines, a miniature railroad, face painting, and a maze. There is also a pier and a promenade. Southport Pleasureland, free admission

Beach of fun at Bottons, Lincolnshire

Prepare yourself for fairground rides, arcades, games, and food stalls as you enjoy some classic seaside entertainment on Skegness Beach. $10 for tickets; pleasurebeachskegness.co.uk

Lancashire’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a sizable amusement park that is located a little farther south than the pier. boasting one of the last remaining twin-track coasters in the world, the highest rollercoaster in the UK, and a ride that is hung over water. Adrenaline addicts will be ecstatic. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Adults from £40, Children from £35.

Island of Fantasy, Lincolnshire

Fantasy Island, which is situated in Ingoldmells near Skegness and only a short distance from the shore, has a lot to offer, including adventure golf, rides, river rapids, bowling, and a market. Tickets start at £10 at Fantasy Island Resort

Tyne and Wear’s Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

There is plenty to keep people entertained with rides, traditional 2p pushers, food vendors, laser tag, and a gorgeous position just meters from Sandhaven Beach. Access is free; see oceanbeach.co.uk

Kent’s Dreamland Margate

Dreamland Margate has established itself as one of the hottest pleasure beaches on the list. With retro rides, an extensive event schedule (including movie screenings, live music performances, and bingo), street food vendors, pubs, and a roller disco, all just a short distance from the ocean. Dreamland.co.uk offers free access.

Kent’s Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach

Both adults and children will enjoy the thrill rides, historic attractions, gardens, and typical seaside delicacies at this pleasure beach. £15, pleasure-beach.co.uk for tickets

Hampshire’s Funland Amusement Park

On Hayling Island, which has miles of undeveloped beaches, lies Funland, which features mini golf, rides, attractions, and a candy shop. Prices differ; see funland.info

Norfolk’s Rainbow Park Beach

Prepare yourself for penny drop machines, a Ferris wheel, a helter skelter, and food booths at this classic seaside fair on the outskirts of Hunstanton South Beach. Entry is free; see rainbow-park.co.uk

Essex’s Clacton Pavilion

There is plenty to keep families entertained with a large range of rides and amusements to suit all ages, a water park, and a high ropes course. Visit the nearby Upside Down house as well. Prices vary; see upsidedownhouse.co.uk and clactonpavilion.co.uk.

Dorset’s Fantasy Island

With its bumper cars, Helter Skelter, games, and food booths, this amusement park is a well-liked family destination and is situated on the little beach of Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth. Fantasy Island Weymouth’s prices range

Barry Island, Glamorgan Vale

Barry Island Pleasure Beach is a must-visit destination known for its golden beaches, family attractions, colorful beach huts, and, of course, the BBC series Gavin & Stacey. Visitthevale.com/towns/Barry-Barry-Island for free entrance

Glamorgan’s Coney Beach Pleasure Park

Since its opening more than a century ago, Coney Beach Pleasure Park in Porthcawl has offered all the excitement and fun of a classic fairground. A mile of sandy beach, award-winning ice cream shops, funfairs, and arcades await you when you arrive. access for free, coneybeach.co.uk

County Durham’s Curry’s Fun Park

Curry’s Fun Park, which is situated on the Portrush coast and has recently changed its name from Barry’s Amusements, is jam-packed with rides, dodgems, food booths, and carousels. Additionally, it is five minutes’ walk to West Strand beach. Entry is free; see currysfunpark.com

Scotland’s Codona’s

Codona’s on the Aberdeen coast offers adventure play, go-karting, bowling, pizza parties, a Ferris wheel, and an interior arcade. Tickets cost £21.99; fees may apply. codonas.com

Theatres/Circus

Norfolk’s Cromer Pier Theatre

Watch the sun set as you stroll down the breathtaking Norfolk coast, eat dressed crab, and take in a show on the pier. Prices, dates, and times can change, cromerpier.co.uk

Cornish theater Minack

Enjoy a show in an outdoor theater with a breath-taking view of the Cornish seas located on the Porthcurno cliffs. Variable minack.com times, dates, and pricing

Lancashire’s Blackpool Tower Circus

Since it first debuted in 1894, The Blackpool Tower Circus has delighted audiences with a combination of excitement, joy, and amazing displays of bravery and skill. theblackpooltower.com/our-attractions/explore/the-blackpool-tower-circus for specific times, dates, and rates.

Crazy Golf, East Yorkshire’s North Marine

North Marine Crazy Golf is located on the beachfront in Bridlington and features 15 enjoyable, straightforward rounds of golf for the whole family to enjoy. yorkshire.com/view/activities/bridlington/north-marine-crazy-golf-and-putting-1467125

Kent’s Lillyput Mini Golf

Play a few holes of mini golf or unwind with a scone in the sunshine at this Broadstairs location on the Kent coast, which also features a seated tea garden. Adults pay £6, kids pay $4.80, minigolfbroadstairs.com

Kent’s Stokes Adventure Golf

an 18-hole miniature golf course with flora, water elements, and rockscapes on Westbrook Promenade. challenging and enjoyable. Adults pay £6.50 and kids pay £5.50 at Margate Mini Golf.

East Sussex’s Hastings Adventure Golf

Sink some holes in one at this magnificent course by the sea, which features three 18-hole courses, including a crazy golf course (it also serves as the site of the World Crazy Golf Championships). Prices differ, hastingsadventuregolf.com

Littlehampton’s Buccaneer Bay Adventure Golf

Nine-hole adventure golf course with a pirate theme that winds through gunpowder barrels, treasure chests, and cannons is perfect for players of all ages and skill levels and offers fantastic views of the Littlehampton seaside.

the Neath Port Talbot course Pirate Cove Adventure Golf

Take a golf club and travel to Aberavon Beach for a round of mini golf with a pirate theme. For afterward, there is a pizza café on the premises. Adults pay £6, kids pay £5, facebook.com/PirateCoveGolf

Funiculars and railroads

Lincolnshire’s Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway Station

This attraction, one of Britain’s oldest seaside miniature railroads, has delighted visitors young and old for more than 70 years. The leisurely two-mile round trip offers stunning views of the stunning Humberside Coast. Cclr.co.uk, return £4.50

Lancashire’s Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Take a tram ride along the Blackpool promenade, passing the iconic pier and pleasure beach, and enjoy the coastal views and fresh sea air. Prices differ, blackpoolheritage.com/promenade-tours

Scarborough Yorkshire’s North Bay Railway

Take a pleasant ride on this miniature railway along the shore of the North Sea before using the boating lake or enjoying an ice cream. Snbr.org.uk, roundtrip train ticket for £4.50

Redcar, Cleveland, and the Saltburn Cliff Tramway

This tramway is an excellent method to navigate the treacherous cliffs because it connects the Victorian village of Saltburn with the last intact pleasure pier on the north Yorkshire coast. A small railroad is also close by. Redcar Cleveland UK, Enjoy/Saltburn Cliff Tramway, £1.50

Devon’s Babbacombe Cliff Railway

Get on board for a ride to the beautiful Oddicombe Beach, which has been transporting guests to and from the coast since 1926. Babbacombe Cliff Railway, £3 for returns

On the Isle of Wight, the Needles Chairlift

The renowned Needles Chairlift, a perennial visitor favorite, is the ideal way to descend to the beach from the top of the Alum Bay cliffs while taking in breathtaking views of Needles Rock and Lighthouse. Children ride the chairlift for £6 per return, adults for £8.