Whether you want to enjoy the heart-stopping thrills of Adventure Island, take a relaxing walk along miles of beach, or simply enjoy the spectacle of the UK’s longest pleasure pier, this seaside resort has it all. The new lagoon offers safe swimming all day, and the seafront eateries offer a meal with a view.

Sandcastle rating

The new Three Shells beach is sandy enough for castles, plus it has a kids play area.

Surf’s up

Thorpe Bay Beach is home to the Beach Club (01702 215 620), which offers everything from sailing to banana-boating.

Don’t miss

At the Sea Life Adventure Centre you’ll see penguins, sharks and, incongruously, meerkats.


Rossi’s Parlour has been serving the best ice-cream in the county since 1932.

Rest sun-kissed limbs

The self-catered Pier View Luxury Apartments are in a restored Georgian property replete with original fireplaces, sash windows and sea views.

Great value train fares

Avoid the hassle of driving, parking and car park charges by taking the train. There are many Off-Peak fares which are really good value. What's more you can save as a group with Groupsave. A third off when you travel as a group or 3 or more.

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You could be dipping your toes in the lovely coves and get an adrenalin kick at Adventure Island in no time. Book your ticket today! The further in advance that you book, the more you'll save.

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