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.

Porthcurno

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

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.

http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/events/shoreham-rowing-club-regatta-p833591

 

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.

http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/events/seafront-display-of-classic-cars-p821611

  • 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.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-269788

  • 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.

http://www.visitblackpool.com/events/blackpool-10k-beach-race-p656010

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.

http://www.eventsnorthwales.co.uk/events/8322/deganwy-dash

  • 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.

http://fatboyslim.net/

  • 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.

http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/events/royal-escape-p537181

 

Saturday 2nd June

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

Read more British Beach Week articles.

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).

Read more British Beach Week articles.

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!

Read more British Beach Week articles.

101 places to go – Brighton for British Beach Week

Accompanied by well-known wildlife expert Chris Packham, we recently took to West Street beach in Brighton to launch the first ever British Beach Week. The event drew a number of budding beachcombers with the intention of exploring the stone shoreline and having fun in the sun! Along with an array of interesting items that had been washed up on the beach we also found a lovely place with a number of fantastic things to see and do.

So we’ve chosen a couple of our favourite things to see and do in Brighton for this week’s  ‘101 Places to Go in the UK, Ireland and France’. And we’d love to hear yours too! Please leave a comment with your top tips below.

• Unconventional, colorful and fantastic fun, the description of George IV’s Royal Pavilion could easily be applied to Brighton itself. A visit today will not only let you soak up the sights of this testament to regal indulgence, but you’ll also be able to learn about the extensive conservation and restoration work at the property – not to mention explore the expansive grounds and gardens.

Brighton Pier is an equally iconic testament to the region’s colourful history. Offering fun-filled rides to accompany its ‘beside the seaside’ heritage the pier is a must-see on a visit to Brighton. It also gives you one of the best views of the beach!