The history of the British Seaside holiday

This site is all about the history of the British Seaside Holiday. There are features about lidos, holiday camps, piers, hotels, camping and sun bathing as well as arcticles about how to enjoy the British coast today.

Beach huts

Beach huts

The traditional beach hut is the height of fashion. We take a look at the origin of the beach hut and how they are being enjoyed today. We also visit Bournemouth, Mudeford and Southwold to check out some of the beach huts.

Read more about Beach huts.

Badge for Butlin's, Clacton, 1960s


Holiday camps started in the early twentieth century. Butlin's started in 1936. The 50s and 60s though, were the heyday of the British holiday camp.

The Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay in 1970


Fawlty Towers

The Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay was the inspiration for "Fawlty Towers".

The Gleneagles Hotel

Sidney Little's concrete shelter at Hastings

Sidney Little's Hastings

In the 1930s Hastings was transformed into a concrete and chrome tribute to the modern age.

Sidney Little's Hastings

Sun, Sea and Sand - the history of the British Seaside holiday

Sun, Sea and Sand

Our latest book about the history of the Great British Seaside Holiday is available now!

Read more: Sun, Sea and Sand

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Seaside history

The British seaside holiday