Group Leisure has picked out a number of coastal locations that offer groups plenty and that are likely to leave a long lasting impression.

Located in the west coast of Snowdonia, Barmouth, is a fantastic option for those looking for a trip outside of England. The beautiful stretches of beach are enough to make you want to visit, but there is so much more to do than just building sand castles. The seaside resort, not only provides the traditional options of donkey rides, arcades, fish and chips and shops, but also has a rich heritage.

With links to Henry Tudor, the Titanic and the National Trust, visitors will find themselves caught up in its history. If you want to learn more about the heritage of Welsh town, you can pick up a Heritage Trail leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre.

Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, is known for its long stretch of golden beaches, but did you know that there is a wealth for groups to do there, besides running your feet through the sand? This Norfolk resort is surrounded by luscious countryside interwoven with the famous Norfolk Broads. Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth’s seafront, has two Victorian piers, classic seaside tearooms, pubs and restaurants.

Brighton is a typically British seaside location and a visit simply wouldn’t be complete without walking along Brighton Pier and sampling its fish and chips, sitting in the classic stripy deck chairs or enjoying a ride, if you dare. Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is another great choice for you and your group, especially for those who love history or have an artistic flare. The museum is home to a variety of galleries, from fashion to 20th century art and design. It also features interactive displays, plus exhibitions throughout the year.


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Padstow, a quaint fishing town in Cornwall.

Although Padstow, in Cornwall, is relatively small in size, its streets are always packed with bustling holiday makers, locals and families – the reason being, it’s a great location and is never short of past times when it comes to arranging a trip. The beautiful harbour allows for quaint and scenic views, whilst the many seaside shops and tearooms pose for a unique yet quintessentially British experience.

Blackpool is a place for fun, thrills and excitement. Every year, some 17 million visitors flock to the resort and when you look at everything that’s on offer, it’s easy to see why it’s one of Britain’s favourite beach destinations.

With an abundance of attractions from Blackpool Pleasure Beach, to the world famous Blackpool Tower, home to The Blackpool Tower Dungeons, Blackpool Tower Circus, The Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the Blackpool Tower Eye, you’re spoilt for choice. For an animal-mad adventure, why not visit Blackpool Zoo, or see the sharks at Sea Life Blackpool? Meet the stars at Madame Tussauds or chill out in 84-degree sub-tropical paradise at Sandcastle Waterpark. Group packages and rates are available at all the major attractions and shows.

Portsmouth may not have sandy beaches, but it’s rich in history, posing as a great place for you to take groups, especially if they love maritime history. Home to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory, and HMS Warrior, Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard welcomes group visits and encourages them to get involved with maritime themed workshops and activities. The Spinnaker Tower, which overlooks Portsmouth Harbour, is an idea for those not afraid of heights. Why not step onto the glass floor and view the harbour from a bird’s eye view?

There is plenty for groups to see and do when visiting Southport, it might just surprise you. This isn’t just your typical seaside town, in fact it hosts a jam packed events programme throughout the year meaning there is always something going on. If you fancy a spot of shopping, Lord Street is said to be the place to be, there is also plenty of quality restaurants and a range of entertainment.