Jubilee fever at Hastings Pier!

People came out in their hundreds on Saturday as cottages4you and Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust teamed up to lead the Jubilee celebrations in Hastings.

We gave our support to the pier by co-organising the event which used the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as a perfect excuse to encourage people from the town to join us in raising much needed funds for its restoration. The day’s festivities were enjoyed by adults and children alike with a host of stalls ranging from food to ceramics as well as lively entertainment including music from local band, Dende Drummers. A special throne was even installed for the day, giving everyone the chance to get a taste of what it feels like to be the Queen!

Our recent research revealed that Hastings Pier was number five in the UK’s favourite piers despite its recent fate and together with the fantastic turn out for the jubilee party, it is a clear indication that so many people still hold the former seaside attraction dear to their hearts.

Here are some photos from the day:

If you would like to donate to the pier’s regeneration, visit the trust’s website.

Don’t forget you can be in with a chance of winning a £500 cottages4you voucher by entering the Britain’s Best Seaside Snaps competition on our Facebook page

Beach Holidays in Cornwall

Crantock Beach

For many of us when considering a beach holiday in Britain, the destination of choice is instinctively Cornwall. This is something deep-rooted about this, imprinted from childhood with distant thoughts of Cornish vanilla ice creams, sand castles with miniature paper union jacks or rampant lions and of course….hours of fun in the sea.

As adults the pull of the Cornish peninsula is still strong. The ice cream still tastes great, you can still buy the paper flags and of course there is a timeless quality about the beautiful beaches, welcome echoes of our childhood dreams. If you are returning with children it is the perfect opportunity to regress.  Whilst hunting down pensive crabs or futile attempts to catch up with darting fish, the separation of age between parent and child suddenly becomes blurred. Growing up we learn to appreciate the finer things in life, where once all that mattered was clambering across rocks to reach ‘the pirates cave’, now we stand transfixed by the golden sand dissolving into stunning aqua-marine. The water clarity is impressive and the azure tones sometimes leave you wondering if you are really on holiday in Britain at all.


Whilst many things in Cornwall remain unchanged, as time has past, the allure of the region has been enhanced by the quality of its evolving holiday infrastructure.  As the culinary palate of the nation has become more sophisticated, Cornwall too has enjoyed a renaissance in the quality of its restaurants. After a hard day’s rock pooling, the evenings offer satisfied reflections whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most stunning eateries. Perched on cliffs overlooking lagoon like bays or tucked in the harbour overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall can be proud of its burgeoning restaurant scene.

There is something about a Cornish beach that really cleanses the soul. It is more than just the separation of the mind from a computer monitor; it is coming face to face with the timeless peace of nature at its best. The seascape is ever-changing, the rise and retreat of the tide constantly changes the view. From the disappearing tidal river at Crantock or at Perranporth, where the sea consumes a huge three mile expanse of sand, the borderline between the different worlds of land and sea constantly shifts. Beach after beach along the vast coastline offers a delightful choice of holiday backdrops. From Sennen and Porthcurno in the west to Holywell and Constantine Bays in the North, you are sure to find your picture perfect British beach holiday in Cornwall.

By Gareth McKillop

Jubilee Party on the Pier at…Hastings

We’ll be in Hastings this Saturday (2nd June) to co-host a free party on the pier with a team from the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

The fun-packed family event will celebrate the final day of British Beach Week as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a range of activities including a drumming band, selection of food stalls, face painting, craft tent and a treasure hunt with a chance to win a cottages4you coastal break worth £250.

Running from midday until 4pm the party is being held to raise much needed funds for the restoration of the pier which suffered a devastating fire back in 2010. Despite its recent fate, the pier is still close to the country’s hearts as our recent research reveals it as number five in the list of the UK’s favourite piers. The top five were:

  1. Blackpool
  2. Brighton
  3. Weston Super Mare
  4. Southend
  5. Hastings

Why not join us or if you are interested in donating to the pier’s regeneration, visit the trust’s website.

Don’t forget you can also be in with a chance of winning a £500 cottages4you voucher by entering the Best Seaside Snaps competition on our Facebook page

Please click here for Treasure Hunt terms & conditions

101 places to go – 5 of the best British beaches

Since it’s British Beach Week, and so far the weather hasn’t disappointed: offering scorching sands all over the country, we thought we’d take our latest installment of ‘101 places to go in the UK, Ireland and France’ to celebrate the UK’s shoreline. Not being ones to shy away from a lightly warmed debate, we couldn’t decide on just one, so we’ve selected a few of our favourite beaches, with a few additional suggestions from our Facebook fans.

If you disagree with any of the suggestions then let your voice be heard, and leave a comment below!

• What are your demands from the ultimate beach location? White sands and clear waters, perhaps? How about stunning natural scenery and a great walks on the headland? If you answered ‘yes’ whilst adding an open-air theatre and shelter from the elements then Portcurno is undoubtedly the beach you’re looking for. Not only is this stunning Cornish beach widely regarded as one of the UK’s most stunning coastal locations, but its charms are such that it can also hold its own against the World’s finest. We’d also recommend taking in a show at the Minack during summer season – there isn’t a venue like it!

Lulworth Cove in Dorset was undoubtedly the most popular suggestion from our Facebook question, which is hardly surprising as it’s also undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular coastal locations. A concordant coastline, comprised of different rock types that have eroded at different levels over the ages, Lulworth’s origins may be slightly beyond our comprehension, but its status as one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions is beyond reproach. It’s surprising then that a brief stroll along the beach, past the iconic Durdle Door, can often lead to you enjoying your stunning surroundings in complete peace.

• Despite the amount of naturally stunning locations around the country, it’s easy to forget that much of Britain’s seaside heritage is built upon more man-made attractions. Take Blackpool, for example. While its sands are undoubtedly attractive, it’s the additional seaside trappings that make it a must-visit. Donkey rides, fish and chips, ice-creams, arcades amusement parks and, of course, that great big tower are just a few of the reasons so many visitors return year after year.

Bamburgh Beach is a direct contrast to Blackpool’s seaside heritage. This wild and often windswept location offers miles of unspoilt heritage coastline to explore, all under the fantastically atmospheric shadow of Bamburgh Castle. Part of the North Northumberland Dunes Special Area of Conservation, Bamburgh’s dunes are one of the region’s many highlights, so much so that they were designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1995, thanks to a rich and diverse array of flora and fauna. If you’re after seeing the wilder side of Britain’s Beaches then we can’t recommend this one highly enough!

• Last but by no means least are the wonderful beaches at Tenby. If this gorgeous little Welsh town didn’t have enough to celebrate, through its medieval heritage and enviable location on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, it can add four gorgeous beaches to its long tally of attractions. North Beach is the most popular with visitors, offering a promenade and a welcome array of beach facilities to accompany its rock pools and clean waters. The golden sands of South Beach may be less populated but they’re no less beautiful. Smaller still are Castle Beach and Harbour Beach. Both offer stunning views, clean sands, clear waters and plenty of opportunities to create fantastic holiday memories.

Find a fantastic British seaside holiday cottage on cottages4you.

Read more British Beach Week articles.

Pic of Durdle Door by Caroline McCabe from our ‘Britain’s Best Seaside Snaps‘ competition. Click here to enter and be in with a chance of winning a £500 cottages4you voucher!

British Beach Week starts tomorrow!

British Beach Week is here and with the sun finally shining, join us and make the most of our beautiful coastline over the next week. Here are some ideas to get you started:

 Saturday 26th May 2012

  • Shoreham Rowing Club Regatta – Shoreham By Sea

The Annual Coastal Rowing Regatta is affiliated to the Coast Amateur Rowing Association and takes place from 9am until 6pm.



Sunday 27th May 2012

  • Seafront Display of Classic Cars – Bexhill on Sea

A parade and display of classic cars line the beautiful seafront at the Old Bathing Station on De La Warr Parade.


  • Gannet and Puffin Cruise – Bridlington’s North Pier

Board the ‘Yorkshire Belle’ for a spectacular cruise. From May onwards, the cliffs of Bempton and Flamborough are crowded with over 200,000 seabirds setting up home. Watch gannets flying overhead as well as thousands of other seabirds, including kittiwakes, razorbills and the colourful puffin.


  • Blackpool 10k Beach Race

The course is one lap along the beach from Blackpool to St. Annes – 11 am start from the Solaris Centre, South Promenade, Blackpool.


Friday 1st June 2012

  • Deganwy Dash

Starting at the breakwater, halfway between Deganwy beach and West Shore, the five mile course runs from Conwy Castle to Deganwy Promenade. Open to all runners from 16 years of age upwards.


  • Fat Boy Slim Big Beach Bootique – Brighton Beach

This is the first major music event at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton which is being headlined by Fat Boy Slim himself. Other acts include Carl Cox and Annie Mac.


  • The Royal Escape Race – Brighton

The Royal Escape is the largest offshore race on the South Coast and starts just off Brighton Pier. It is 67 nautical miles long and held annually with a mixed fleet of monohull yachts.



Saturday 2nd June

  • Watch this space to find out more about our pier party!

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Join our Pier Party for British Beach Week

cottages4you is co-hosting a pier party to both celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and raise much needed funds for the restoration of one of the UK’s much loved piers. The free event will mark the end of British Beach Week, on Saturday 2nd June from midday until 4pm. A great day out for all the family offering food stalls, plenty of music, arts and crafts and a special treasure hunt with a chance to win a cottages4you UK seaside break.

Take a look at these pictures and see if you can guess where we’re going to be…

Win a £500 cottages4you voucher!

Join us in celebrating the country’s coastline by taking part in our summer photography competition. Upload a photograph of your best beach view to our competition app on the cottages4you Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a £500 gift voucher (terms and conditions apply).

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British Beach Week Returns!

We are delighted to announce that cottages4you will be hosting British Beach Week for the second year!

Starting on 26th May and running until 2nd June, the aim of the week is to encourage everyone to join us and share in our passion for the UK’s coastline.

In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the focus this year is on Britain’s iconic piers as a key part of our national heritage. Whether it’s the fun-packed attractions at Brighton or taking in a show at Cromer, our much-loved piers can turn a family seaside break in to a great holiday to remember. So why not take our lead and visit a pier this summer by visiting one of these great British institutions.

As we gear up for British Beach Week, we want you to share your love of Britain’s seaside with us. Tell us which UK coastal resort you love and why and watch this space to find out how to enter our summer competition!

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