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How to Spend a Weekend on the South Coast of England

From Eastbourne to Whitstable

How to spend a lovely long weekend exploring the south coast of England.

Dig out your bucket and spade and brush up those sandcastle-building skills, because the great British seaside is back.


Over the past 20-30 years, previously popular British seaside towns suffered as cheaper, more accessible air travel meant many people skipping the unpredictable English weather and choosing to jet off to sunny European climes instead.


Now, thanks to some big-name ambassadors and investment in cleaning up our coastal towns, things are looking up for our British beaches. And the south coast is ideal for a road trip around some of the best, easily reached from Gatwick Airport in your hire car.


From pottering around vibrant port town Folkestone to shucking oysters in Whitstable, here’s how to spend a wonderful weekend meandering along the southern coast of England.

Car hire Gatwick Airport
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