With all the unseasonably warm weather we've been enjoying of late, you'd be mad not to be heading to the seaside this summer. But for those of us who are less inclined to lie on a beach and sizzle to our hearts' desire, it's worth remembering that there's plenty going on in the UK's coastal towns. Book yourself a coach with a friendly London-based company and get yourself to one of these top destinations.
Ever the stalwart for those in Kent and Sussex desperately seeking enjoyable seaside-based entertainment, Brighton is simply magnificent for family fun at its best. Take a wander along the pier and enjoy some of the rides at the end - grabbing an ice cream or a portion of chips en route, of course. Or meander through the Lanes and uncover dusty long-forgotten treasures in the back of the incredible shops.
Known for its proximity to the popular Camber Sands, Rye features medieval enjoyment along with a unique atmosphere and a small paradise for knick-knack shoppers. You'll find everything from paintings and books to trinkets and old gardening tools, always at a knockdown price courtesy of the friendly salespeople. Rye is also home to a number of rather splendid old pubs where you can get cheap and cheerful pub food on the pier while watching the world go by.
A world-class town, Weymouth's reputation as a coastal king was cemented last year when it played host to the sailing events of the 2012 Olympic Games. As well as a great selection of pubs, restaurants and spectacular sea views, you'll also be close to a number of important sites of natural heritage. These include everything from the Portland Bill Lighthouse to the Pavilion Theatre and Portland Castle. So if the sun gets too much on the Blue Flag beach, there's always somewhere to head to.