The National Piers Society
This site is a source of news and other information about piers. It contains photographs of the 55 remaining piers and links to other pier-related web sites.
Lidos in the United Kingdom
A very comprehensive site covering lidos throughout United Kingdom. There are some fantastic pictures and plenty of detail. It also contains details of opening times and telephone numbers of pools still open to the public
The Twentieth Century Society
The Twentieth Century Society is dedicated to the preservation of buildings from that century. 1930s lidos are of particular concern. Lidos are often under threat due to short-sighted planning policies and commercial pressures.
Lidos and outdoor swimming pools in the UK
A web site listing lidos open in the UK, together with details and telephone numbers. There is also a brief description of what a lido is.
The Saltdean Lido
Information about the Saltdean Lido today.
Fantastic new site about lidos featuring many nostalgic images.
A web site dedicated to the 1950s Formica and plastic café. There is a section about seaside cafés called - "Formica on Sea". It features cafés at Broadstairs, Worthing, Brighton, Morecambe, Cromer and Aldeburgh. Well worth a visit!
An online database, maintained by English Heritage, containing information about and pictures of historic buildings throughout the UK. Many seaside buildings are featured, including pleasure piers, seaside pavilions, winter gardens, hotels, fairgrounds, cinemas and theatres.
Retrowow is an online resource about the 50s, 60s and 70s. On this site there are articles about life in Britain in the 50s, 60s and 70s. There are also guides to the style of these three decades and discussions of life in the past.
A web site containing articles about anything retro. It provides a directory of shops, dealers and other web sites specialising in antiques and collectibles.
Isle of Wight Tourist Guide
Isle of Wight tourist guide caters for all the tourist needs on the Isle of Wight. It is an extensive guide for all tourism and leisure activities.
Suffolk Hotels Guide
Guide for hotels in Suffolk, UK, from budget to luxury, including country hotels, spa hotels, wedding and conference venues.
Dominant Wave Theory
Visit Andy Hughes' site for some intriguing and thought-provoking photographs of waste objects washed up on our shoreline. His book, Dominant Wave Theory, is published by Booth-Clibborn Editions.
This site is a celebration of Butlins and the Redcoats and staff who worked there. There is a reunion planned for Butlins Redcoats on 23 May 2008 at Billy Butlin's first camp at Skegness.
Other Useful Sites
The National Trust
The web site of the National Trust. It contains details of the Trust's buildings in the UK and an online shop.
Blue Flag Beaches
If, like me, you like to swim in the sea, check out this site for British beaches that meet the Blue Flag Standard.
Dorset Coast Digital Archive
This site has three sections, including "Settlements and Society" which contains maps, photographs, newspapers and archaeological records which show how society and its settlements have changed on the Dorset Coast. The other two are concerned with the physical coastline - "Physical Changes to the Coast" and "Managing the Coast".
Footprints in the Sand
A historical site about Bournemouth and Torquay. Information goes up to 1907.
The Memorabilia Pack Company
The Memorabilia Pack Company's specialist field is in the reproduction of memorabilia and ephemera for companies, institutions, museums, football clubs etc.The Memorabilia Pack Company - www.mempackcompany.com
The British seaside holiday