UK Tourism: The fall and rise of the seaside resort
I was born in the southern-most part of England, except for the Isle of Wight; which we lived a stone’s throw away from. Down on the south coast and within about 50 miles of each other, we had access to the delights of Bognor Regis, Brighton Parade, Southsea Esplanade and many more. The seaside resort town was king of the Great British getaway, before it all fell apart when people started making their own fun at home.
Despite this, foreign tourism in the UK is still growing year on year, and it’s perhaps time those tourists started looking at our seaside resort towns. Not to mention that down on the south coast we’ve got a whole heap of gorgeous countryside at our fingertips.
The seaside holiday park
Back in the heyday of British holidaying people often travelled to the likes to Blackpool, Butlins and Hayling Island to seek round-the-clock entertainment before trotting off to their static caravans. The likes of Status Quo even started out playing on these holiday parks… Good old fashioned family fun, with everything under one roof.
Whilst many a holiday park has closed down since the glory days of the 70s, there are still a regalia of these resplendent seaside relics dotted around our windswept shores. Perhaps you could visit theravaged cliffs of Cornwall and their West Star Land resort, or maybe head to historic Hastings to take in the site of the Norman conquest of England… If seaside resorts are good enough for kings and the Quo then they’re good enough for anyone.
There is something humbling though about sleeping in a half-building half-vehicle hybrid. I think it’s the adventurousness that the thing is technically a vehicle, thus it could move at any moment; coupled with the security that actually it has no wheels and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Believe it or not there’s a definite trend towards owning one of these static vehicles as a kind of permanent holiday home. If you fancy it, it’s entirely
possible to own a little piece of Great British holiday history, with a residential park home from Allens Caravans.
Maybe I’m biased but one thing the United Kingdom does better than anywhere else in the world, is our stunning and dramatic coastal countryside. The likes of the Plymouth Hoe and the cliffs of Dover offer breath-taking moments of escape by the sea, but at the same time you can look for the alternative focus – the rolling hills masked in a layer of trees that nobody ever photographs. This is the real beauty of Britain.
It’s easy to overlook all of the beautiful green spaces that we have access to in the UK. Even big cities like London and Edinburgh have made space for parks, nestled amongst their busy buildings and even busier occupants.
With tourism in the UK rising year on year it’s an exciting time for our coastal towns – especially those teeming with greenspace and boasting luscious parks and countryside. Who knows, it might be about time for a revival of the Great British holiday after all.