Hannah & Rebecca (founders of This Is Your Kingdom) handpick their top UK seaside spots…
We’ve just discovered the gorgeous website This is Your Kingdom, and it’s fair to say we’re all smitten. Designed with the curious and adventurous in mind, this beautifully curated site is a trusted place to share and discover lovely things to see across the UK – from grand adventures to simple pleasures and all the curious nooks and special spots in-between.
We asked founders Hannah and Rebecca to handpick just a few of their favourite things to see and do up and down our glorious coastline this summer.
Hannah and Rebecca from TiYK. Photo by Rosie Bray.
Partake in an alfresco banquet in Cornwall
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“Make a pit stop at the fantastic Hidden Hut overlooking Porthcurnick Beach. This relatively unknown gem on the Roseland Peninsula offers a truly unique al fresco dining experience and the fact that you can only get there by walking makes it all the more special. During the summer months they host special feast nights that require booking in advance. The formula is simple. Bring your own bowl, cutlery and drinks and they’ll lay on delicious food in a beautiful setting. You couldn’t ask for more!” Shared by Rhianna Morton
Land your pick of the local catch in Dorset
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“Davy’s Locker is a fantastic fish ‘lock-up’ where the fish and shellfish arrive just minutes after being landed. It’s hidden behind the pretty market town of Bridport and supplies all the best local restaurants… The secret is that we can all buy there too, and buying at Davy’s Locker is an absolute pleasure. The men and boys will regale you with jokes, stories and recipes and you’ll probably see a van arrive straight from Lyme Regis filled with the freshest crabs and lobsters. Fantastic prices mean you can buy and eat what is truly local and seasonal – the rich meat of fresh hen crabs, the juiciest, sweetest lobsters, mackerel, sardines, wild sea bass…the list goes on.” Shared by Emma Drew
Find a private picnic nook in the sand dunes in Norfolk
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“My favourite place for afternoon tea is up in the sand dunes on beautiful Holkham Beach, looking out over the vast stretch of unspoilt white-gold sand. I like finding my own private sheltered spot between the grassy hills. I’ll pack my picnic basket with teeny, tiny egg sandwiches, homemade scones, a few squidgy chocolate brownies and a juicy bowl of strawberries. The best strawberries are of course those picked locally – try Wiveton Hall between Blakeney and Cley. If the weather’s on the chilly side, bring a big flask of hot chocolate and extra blankets to snuggle in. I can sit for hours enjoying the endless horizon and huge sky.…” Shared by Vicky Gorry.
Indulge in some seaside nostalgia in West Sussex
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“My friend Ali’s traditional painted beach hut on West Wittering beach near Chichester is one of my favourite places to spend time. The beach is in an unspoilt stretch of golden sand, the car park is simply a field and there’s no real development save an old-fashioned beach café and shop. It’s like going back in time to the days when the seaside was simply that. To escape the traffic jams during the height of the summer season, either get there early or arrive after lunch and stay into the evening as the sun goes down. Then head to The Boulevard in East Wittering for some freshly cooked local fish and chips. It’s not a fancy place but the food is always great and the portions are enormous.” Shared by Laura Dunkley
Find a beach all to yourself in Scotland
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“As you make your way along the East Lothian coast you come to the little village of Gullane – just half an hour from Edinburgh, yet you could be a million miles away. The beach here is my favourite place in the world…Wild dunes, wind so cold it makes your eyes water, vast stretches of sand and that solemn greeny-grey of the North Sea. As you emerge onto the golden sand turn left and keep walking over the rocks to a quiet stretch where birds swoop and call. After your walk, head down to the main street and snuggle up with a steaming pot of coffee and a delicious scone or decadent sachertorte at Falko Konditormeister. ” Shared by Rebecca Gibb
Embark on a treasure hunt at hidden coves and caves in Cornwall
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“Kynance Cove is the stuff of childhood dreams; rocky, wild and raw. Scrambling over large boulders, we finally landed on the most spectacular beach with white sands and soaring cliffs covered in barnacles. At very low tide the sea allowed us to skip round to the other bays, to search for buried treasure in the many caves. In recent years gold coins have been found washed up on the beach, sadly we didn’t find one, maybe next time.” Shared by Lou Archell
Play castaway on an island with wild ponies in Wales
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“Llandwyn Island isn’t technically an island… It becomes cut off from the main beach at high tide, and then for a short time, it is an island. Either way, it truly is a magical place with a feeling of timeless antiquity. At every turn you’ll find small sheltered sandy coves, perfect for just sitting down and taking it all in. At this time of the year, the grass is full of wild flowers of every hue, wild ponies graze and the sight and sound of seabirds fill the air as they look for mates.” Shared by Tracey Lester
Looking to bring a touch of Coastal into your home? We’ve cherry picked our favourite Laura Ashley Coastal accessories…
Love this. Like looking through a porthole. Just to be able to have a little giggle to myself over my bonkers windswept hair as I step in off the beach.
Amazing! A throw named after the seaside village I grew up in. Me and this throw were meant to be – snuggled up together after a long day on the beach.
Looks like the perfect seat to cosy up in, read a book and look out at the sea on a stormy day. Accompanied by my Shaldon Stripe throw of course.
These have to be the shades I would deck my perfect beach house out in.
Very pretty and most practical. These would be filled with logs, to fuel the little woodburning stove in my dream beachside shack.
To set the scene on my little beachhut veranda – sundowner in hand of course!
Do you have somewhere special in the UK you’d like to share? TiYK would love to hear from any curious adventurous types out there who’d like to join their team of writers!
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