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The Best Destinations for Coastal Getaways in Autumn/Winter

We’re extending our season into November and December at 13 of our holiday parks. Find out why now is a great time to book with us and discover the top twenty beach resorts to visit in the UK.

The typical holiday season has been a little different, with many of us staying on UK shores and taking a well-earned holiday later in the year. As a nation, we particularly love a seaside break and a Great British seaside staycation is on the cards for half of us at some point in the next three months.

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74% of Brits are planning an autumn / winter coastal staycation ( in the next six months)

Here at Park Holidays, we’ve seen more demand for autumn/winter coastal breaks than ever, which is why we have decided to extend our usual season and welcome guests until the week before Christmas at 13 of our parks. You can now book a late-autumn break with us.

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So, what makes an out-of-season holiday on the coast so great? Well, we especially love taking long walks on the beaches, which are typically a lot quieter at this time of year - but just as beautiful!

To help you find the best coastal destination for your autumn/winter holiday, we have done some research, and we’re proud to say that many of the top ten locations are close to Park Holidays resorts.

We began by researching the nation’s favourite beaches in the UK (this gave us a list of 80 places). We then looked at accommodation options, nearby fish & chip shops, average weather, and even each beach’s cleanliness rating (because while we know you’re unlikely to be swimming, it’s nice to walk on a lovely clean beach).

So where came out on top?

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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England

The beautiful resort town of Great Yarmouth is renowned for its long, sandy, and super clean beaches. In our research it scored highly as a great autumn/winter staycation destination, earning first place! Contributing factors included its 40 fish & chip shops, low rainfall (averaging just 66.9mm in November), and high number of sunshine hours (averaging 76 hours in November).

You can stay very near Great Yarmouth with Park Holidays this November/December, at our beautiful Broadland Sands park.

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Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Another historic and popular seaside resort, Bournemouth took second place in our research thanks to its extensive accommodation options, 30 fish & chip shops, good average temperatures (11.5°C in November), plentiful sunshine (80.1 hour in November on average) and 5* clean beaches!

You can stay very near Bournemouth with Park Holiday this November/December, at our beautiful Sandhills site – with enviable views over the Solent!

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Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England

The Essex, Thames Estuary resort town of Southend-on-Sea has long been a British seaside favourite, and in our research, it scored well for low rainfall (averaging just 52.3mm in November) and sunshine (averaging 83.1 hour in November) in particular.

Our nearest Park Holidays site to Southend-on-Sea is our tranquil Steeple Bay holiday park.

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Brighton, Sussex, England

Brighton beach, situated on the southern coast of England, attracts tourists from all of the world; but is particularly popular with Londoners seeking a bit of sea air! Taking fourth position in our research, Brighton offers visitors oodles of accommodation options, 48 fish & chip shops to pick from, excellent-rate beaches and water (in terms of cleanliness) and of course a very respectable 83.8 sunshine hours (on average in November).

Our nearest Park Holidays site to Brighton is our beachfront Pevensey Bay holiday park.

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Margate, Kent, England

Tourists have been enjoying Margate’s beautiful, sandy beaches for decades and now this timeless seaside town can claim fifth position in our research! Its super clean beach and water (rated ‘excellent’), low rainfall (just 64.3mm on average in November) and sunshine hours (79.6 hours on average in November) make it a must-visit destination.

You can stay very near to Margate with Park Holidays this November/December, at our beautiful Birchington Vale park.

In positions 6-20 were…


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All 80 of the top UK coastal locations we researched have been plotted on this public Google Map.

At Park Holidays resorts specifically, we can also offer you a few more tempting reasons to stay with us this autumn/winter, including our fantastic accommodation options which have central heating and double-glazing (so it will be nice and cosy indoors); fast Wi-Fi so you can work remotely whilst gaining access to many of our fantastic on-site facilities ; pet-friendly resorts, a deposit as low as £20, and extra reassurance with our Coronavirus booking guarantee.

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