In praise of the British Seaside.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Venod, 9 Sep 2019.

  1. Venod

    Venod Eh up

    We have just spent another very enjoyable weekend in Whitby, we have spent many a weekend here and it keeps drawing us back, they have a lot of themed weekends throughout the year and this draws in some weired and wonderful people, this weekend was pirate weekend, raising money for the RNLI.
    If you like pubs Whitby has loads, many with live music and proper beer, we walked from Whitby to Robin Hoods Bay on Saturday, it was very windy but was on our backs so not so bad, there were a lot of people walking the other way which must have been unpleasant.
    As a bonus had the best B&B we have ever been in at Whitby and we have tried all sorts of accomodation.
    Whats your favourite British Seaside town.
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  2. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    The only one I've ever really liked was Tenby.
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  3. Slioch

    Slioch Guru


    The Goth weekend is totally bonkers.
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  4. Got to agree;
    Whitby (1)
    Two sisters who are (very long time) friends of mine, organise one of the WGW' parties, & every year seem to invite me (granted, I'd be paying like everyone else - but it's nice to be asked)
    However, as I'm not a socialite, SWMBO would be asking why I wanted to go to a nightclub, even though she knows them too

    Followed by;
    Robin Hoods Bay (not really a town though)

    And 'abroad';
    St Ives

    And... sigh.... Morecambe:blush:
    That's a hard one to say for a Yorkshire born & bred lad, but..... my parents took me there a lot as a kid (grand-dad worked on railways, so I think he wangled cheaper tickets??)
    I went there a lot in the early-mid 70's & can remember the Super Swimming Stadium being there, if decaying, the Winter Gardens being open & the Midland Hotel (2) being a B&B!

    1 Don't like Scarborough, even though it looks good, on the Tour de Yorkshire finishes
    It's a bit too much Blackpool-on-the- North Sea for me

    Filey, has always struck me as Royston Vasey -by-the-Sea (ie League Of Gentlemen)
    A few years ago, a local shopkeeper refused to sell something to the mother-in-law, as even with a pricetag on it, she wasn't selling it to someone who'd take it out of the town!!!

    2 Now both are reborn
    The Midland is a full-blown glamourous hotel, & the Winter Gardens were being totally renovated
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  5. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    We haven't been to the seaside for ages, Llandudno, Sandown, or weymouth, to name three, I could name more.
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  6. pawl

    pawl Guru

    With you on Whitby.Love it.
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  7. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    Whitby for the day, Scarborough for a stay. I've been visiting both for well over 60 years.

    In 'forn parts, St Valery sur Somme is fabulous, nearly as good as Whitby!
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  8. captain nemo1701

    captain nemo1701 Space cadet. Deck 42 Main Engineering.

    Probably Whitby, great memories of 1970's holidays there. Nice sandy beaches, playing in the arcades with handfuls of pennies, walking out the the farthest point on the harbour wall (always seemed to be bloody windy), counting 199 steps & pretending to be Dracula in the church yard...aah...youth:okay:. Plus like most seaside towns, an odd mix of smells, mainly chip fat, fish & candy floss hanging in the air.....
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  9. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Whitley Bay has improved a lot in the 40 years I've been going. There's an Italian family cafe called the Rendezvous on the prom [often featured on Vera!] which hasn't changed at all, except they started to call their mugs of 'white frothy coffee' a cafe latte and the black coffee an Americano to keep up with the trendy rival which opened round the back!

    My mum and dad used to drive our Ford Anglia from Leeds to Scarborough/ Whitby/ Bridlington/ Saltburn for the day. Dad's idea of a 'day out' was to sit in the car in the car park watching the sea through the rain-streamed windscreen, eating tinned salmon [mixed with vinegar] sandwiches from a Tupperware box and drinking over-sweetened coffee made with Carnation milk, before I had to battle the wind on the beach to 'take the dog out'. Then we'd pack up and drive home...
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  10. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    There might start to be a resurgence from November
  11. kynikos

    kynikos Well-Known Member

    +1 for Whitby - plenty to do even if the weather's not so great.
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  12. Im from Withernsea originally and so anything from Spurn Point to Flamborough light is considered local.
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  13. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    I'm a Morecambrian and could see the sea from our house

    So I'm going with Bedruthan Steps in Cornwall (well, Mawgan Porth actuall), Morecambe's rubbish
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  14. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    i used to love it there, and Hornsea, for the wide skies [and the cafe at the Potteries].
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  15. OP

    Venod Eh up

    I can see where you are coming from with that, but we do a lot of walking at Scarborough and it really is much better than Blackpool, I think its the cluster of amusement places on the south bay that spoils it, now they have demolished the eyesore old theatre things are looking better.
    The Harbour Bar for a coffee or icecream is a must, hasn't changed in years.
    The town in general is looking a little run down.

    The A64 is crying out for a full dual carriageway all the way to Scarborough, it can be very congested at times.
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