The history of the British Seaside holiday

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

Beach huts

Beach huts

We look at the origin of the beach hut.

Badge for Butlin's, Clacton, 1960s

Butlin's

Butlin's in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Gleneagles Hotel, Torquay in 1970

Fawlty Towers

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

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

Read more: Sun, Sea and Sand

 
 

Seaside history

The British seaside holiday