From surfing to

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Explore by theme

To guide you along this glorious stretch of coast we’ve created six themed interactive videos, each focusing on a different aspect of the region. There’s something for everyone whether you like to get up close to nature, be active outdoors, love the arts or simply enjoy life by the sea. For an overview of the region view ‘Highlights of the east coast’. During the videos you can find out more by clicking on the names that appear on each scene, then follow the links through to the Coastal Pass itinerary builder to create your own bespoke itinerary.


If you’ve never visited the beautiful east coast of England, this is for you! A great introduction to all the coastline has to offer - concert venues, museums, great attractions, nature reserves, stately homes, quaint villages and market towns, ancient churches and much, much more. Prepare to be inspired.


Grand, stately homes, ornate gardens, forts, lighthouses and historic town quarters; they’re carpeted across the east coast from Hull to Harwich. Discover links to the Hanseatic ports, explore the maritime heritage and even learn about the importance of some of our local rare breeds.

Coastal Life

Miles of wide, open sandy beaches, vast, sweeping skies - the unspoilt east coast of England is a coast-lovers paradise. From Mersea Island in Essex to Covehithe, Suffolk, dine in style on succulent seafood, kick back and relax at seafront eateries, welcoming pubs and feast on the very best fish and chips. Just taste that sea air!

Nature and wildlife

Miles of coastal paths and nature trails offer the chance to get up close-and-personal with wildlife. Seal-watching is a must in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, while bird-watchers and twitchers are spoilt for choice with the wealth of nature reserves spread across this special coastline.

Arts and Culture

2017 sees Hull become the UK Capital of Culture. The east coast is astonishingly rich in arts and culture with its repertoire of local talent and crafts, its architecture, landscapes and landmarks. See what inspired Benjamin Britten, Constable and Gainsborough. Whether it’s jazz, classical, folk or blues, you can indulge in some east coast musical magic, or explore the art installations along the Lincolnshire coast. From quirky galleries to interactive museums, click through the video to design your ultimate escape.

Active East Coast

Cycle along the seafront, take a walk along the many coastal paths or get the adrenalin pumping on a boat ride. Whether it’s kite-surfing at speed or a gentle round of golf, there’s no better place to get active in the water and on land too!