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Visit the best seaside resort in Britain

09th May 2022

According to a survey of 87 destinations by the consumer magazine ‘Which?’ The small seaside town of Bamburgh has been voted the ‘Best Seaside Resort in Britain’. Holidaymakers have rated it 89% for its location, value for money, beaches and scenery. Llandudno, Conwy and St Andrews in Fife make up the top three, proving all three home nations have wonderful destinations for UK bound holidaymakers. 

The UK seaside town boost 

The overseas travel restrictions of previous years has forced many to take their holidays in the UK. Even when restrictions were lifted, the expense and confusion around tests, isolation periods and changing rules meant people were far less likely to ‘risk’ holidaying abroad. 

However, once most foreign restrictions were lifted, it was expected the popularity of staycations would wane. But this isn’t the case. It appears people have fallen back in love with UK holidays. And for very good reason. 

Britain has over 125 beaches designated as ‘Blue Flag’ the international standard for all top beaches, even overtaking Mexico, Cyprus and Croatia.  The weather recently has been more reliable throughout summer, not by European standards or temperature, but that has been a benefit too. Families are less likely to seek scorching hot weather and instead enjoy warmer or mild temperatures to get out and explore in comfort. 

Not changing currency, no messing about in airports, better transport links to many areas of the UK and yes, a certain sense of national pride has all helped elevate UK destinations as more popular holiday stays. 

Bamburgh is a great place to stay or start your adventure 

So, what’s in Bamburgh to deserve such high praise? Bamburgh is one of the seaside resorts which is lucky enough to boast a very family-friendly beach. It’s very flat and very wide, and very sandy. There are no major ports within 50 miles, keeping the sea calm and clear and the nearby islands of Farne are national trust land, home to many wonderful species of bird and seal, keeping the area an outstanding natural beauty. 

As well as charming beaches and local nature reserves, Bamburgh boasts Golf Clubs, museums, stunning walks and Bamburgh Castle. Set over nine acres, it’s been the home of the Armstrong family since 1894, standing guard on the Northumberland coastline for over 1,400 years. It really is worth the visit to Bamburgh even just to view this magnificent structure from the glorious beach. 

In and around Bamburgh 

Within a short drive, there are over a dozen English Heritage properties to explore for FREE with your membership, as well as National Trust Scotland treasures just over the border, which you may be able to request a corporate card through CSSC to access. Lindisfarne, Etal and Dunstanburgh Castles are particularly beautiful places to explore with your family for free. Remember to use your CSSC membership card for a 10% discount in EH shops. And Belsay Hall gardens make a great day trip. 

The Tyne, Wear and Northumberland region offers a 25% discount to visit Alnwick Gardens, a simply wonderfully relaxing place to enjoy the very best of the North-East. 

A little further afield for those who prefer a bit more action there are cinemas, restaurants, trampoline parks and bowling to satisfy the most energetic travellers. As well as restaurants throughout Scotland and the North of England for a great tastecard discount.  

Hidden gems 

Wherever your holiday or weekend away this year there are some truly magical places to explore right on your doorstep. Remember to download and activate your CSSC digicard before you travel and check out any CSSC savings in your destination to help not only save you money on your trip but to add to the experience of finding something brilliant.  

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