Seaside Links

Piers

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.

www.piers.co.uk

Lidos

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

www.lidos.org.uk

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.

Twentieth Century Society

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.

www.thestubs.co.uk/lidos

The Saltdean Lido

Information about the Saltdean Lido today.

www.saltdean.info/lido.htm

Lost Lidos

Fantastic new site about lidos featuring many nostalgic images.

www.soyouwantto.co.uk

Buildings

Classic Cafés

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!

www.classiccafes.co.uk

Pastscape

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.

www.pastscape.org.uk

Nostalgia Sites

Retrowow

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.


www.retrowow.co.uk

RetroSellers

A web site containing articles about anything retro. It provides a directory of shops, dealers and other web sites specialising in antiques and collectibles.

www.retroSellers.com

Tourist Guides

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.

www.isleofwighttouristguide.com

Suffolk Hotels Guide

Guide for hotels in Suffolk, UK, from budget to luxury, including country hotels, spa hotels, wedding and conference venues.

Suffolk Hotels Guide

Seaside Art

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.

www.andyhughes.net

Holiday Camps

Butlins Redcoats

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.

See www.butlinsredcoats.com.

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.

www.nationaltrust.co.uk

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.

www.blueflag.org.uk

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".

Dorset Coast Digital Archive

Footprints in the Sand

A historical site about Bournemouth and Torquay. Information goes up to 1907.

Footprints in the Sand

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

 
 

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