British summer holiday: Oh we do like to be inside … a seaside chalet


Constructed every summer at the foot of Woolacombe Downs, doors are painted in the four school ‘house’ colours, brightening up the uniform white. Set up camp here, then spend your days building sandcastles on one of Britain’s favourite beaches or out surfing in the wild Atlantic waves.


A row of beach huts in a colour chart of ice-cream shades makes a pretty picture on its crunchy pebble beach. Enjoy a day playing Wendy houses in one of the huts, complete with frilly curtains, polka dot cushions and flowery bunting. 


Re-create Gavin and Stacey at one of these eye-catching huts, arranged in two blocks of 12, either side of a colourful climbing wall.

Then take a walk along the rejuvenated eastern promenade which takes in the entire length of Whitmore Bay. 

I won’t lie to you, it’s crackin’, alright? 


Jump aboard the seasonal gauge miniature railway for the mile-long journey from the town, then make your way through the forest pines to the candy-coloured beach huts standing tall on wooden stilts overlooking the beach.

They come equipped with everything you need for a day down on the sand – deckchairs, windbreak, games, as well as a gas ring, crockery, glasses and utensils.


Situated on Mablethorpe’s six miles of Blue Flag Award-winning beach, a row of bright and cheerful beach huts are available for daily, weekly or seasonal hire. 

Decorated with colourful sun-ray designs, the chalets on the central promenade are ideally located for the funfair, crazy golf and the outdoor amusements. Meanwhile the huts at Queen’s Park are in a quieter area of Mablethorpe and enjoy sweeping views of the coastline.

All come with plates, mugs, a kettle and four deckchairs. 


Situated on a seven-mile coastal footpath, Beachcroft Beach Hut Suites are the ideal seafront bolthole. 

Forming part of Felpham Village’s award-winning Beachcroft Hotel, beach suite guests get to use its deluxe facilities, as well as room service.

Accommodating two adults and two children, each self-contained abode includes a mezzanine master bedroom, bunk room and luxury shower room plus a stylish lounge with a corner sofa and a Netflix-enabled SMART TV.

Wall-to-wall glass doors open onto a private terrace overlooking Felpham pebble beach. All guests are welcomed with a complimentary bottle of rose wine and a snifter of sloe gin. From £237 per night, B&B, based on two sharing. 


Decorated with whimsical seaside accessories, these upscale beach huts on the prom have mains electricity, fitted kitchens, fresh water, fridges, heaters, microwaves, utensils and crockery. 

Each has a ship’s table, bench seating, folding chairs and complimentary tea and coffee. Hire is from 10am to midnight, so they’re popular for small sunset gatherings.

Afternoon teas and hot food deliveries are available from local shops. 


Catch the little ferry from Mudeford Quay or take a stroll across the spectacular Hengistbury Head to this row of super-posh beach huts, some with upstairs bunks, backed by dunes, on a spit of sand at the mouth of Christchurch Harbour.

An idyllic location, and a world away from the crowds on Bournemouth beach, it’s little wonder one of these huts sold for £280,000. 


Sheltered by the grassy slopes of the ‘island’, or headland which protects this Blue Flag beach from the sea breeze, the curved two-storey terrace of 39 smart 1930s beach huts come equipped with deckchairs. 

Plus there’s a gorgeous café and restaurant next door overlooking the beach. 


Brimming with old-fashioned simplicity, the painted huts on the beach and the prom lead the way past the town’s Grade II listed lighthouse and up to Southwold’s quirky pier, featuring Tim Hunkin’s eccentric machines at his mind-bending Under The Pier Show.

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