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52 Weekends by the Sea [Paperback]

Craig Easton , Brigid Benson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Book Description

15 April 2010

Feel the tingle of salty breezes on your skin and the drama of wide horizons where seabirds fly.

From the romance of sunset picnics in a Welsh landscape to the thrill of wild camping on a remote Scottish beach, from the flavours of the freshest seafood in Seahouses to the luxury of a hideaway hotel in Crinan, writer Brigid Benson and photographer Craig Easton have created 52 weekend breaks that will inspire you. Share their secrets to create your own adventures and meet intriguing people in surprising places along the way.

52 Weekends - where will you be going?


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753519321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753519325
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A stylish, useful and well-researched book" (Tim Jepson Daily Telegraph)

"Beautifully presented...as much a document of indigenous life as it is a travel guide" (Lonely Planet Magazine, Book of the Month)

"A nice idea, nicely done ... A stylish, useful and well-researched book" (Daily Telegraph)

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Make the most of your weekends with these sumptuously illustrated, hand-picked ideas for weekend breaks around the British coast

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 23 April 2010
One of the problems with living in England is that you know there are wonderful places to visit, but often have absolutely no clue where they are, how to get to them or what to do if you ever find them!

This book gives you 52 fantastic weekends right around the coast of Britain, presented in a stunning format with photography that makes you want to see them all.

The book suggests you "do" all 52 weekends but even if you manage just a few, it's perfect for a lazy Sunday.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 5 May 2010
If you're like me and are always searching for tucked-away little places on the coast then this is a wonderful book. I love travelling around Britain but sometimes feel as if I've seen everywhere so this book came as a bit of a surprise. I had no idea most of these places existed nor did I realise you could take the Hogwarts Express or go whale watching in Britain. I think it's fair to say that over the next few years I'll be spending an awful lot of time exploring our coast again.

My only concern with the book is it's going to get a bit battered in the back of the car (which might spoil the beautiful photos - but then it'll look even more loved, I suppose).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Reading!! 19 April 2010
Really enjoying reading this book, it is inspiring us to see other parts of our fantastic coastline.
It seems really well researched as the book tells us new things about the places we thought we already knew. Nice photographs as well.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Present 22 April 2010
By Kevin
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This book just makes you want to pack up the car and head off to one of the destinations. I already knew about half a dozen of the places and there were some that I felt should have been included, but well worth the money for the content. Really well written with beautiful photographs and ideal for the discerning traveller who doesn't like the run of the mill holiday resorts. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't like this as a present.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book 29 Jun 2010
Just got back from a weekend in Maldon and Mersea, inspired by this wonderful book. We found the material on what to do and where to go very useful, but the real value of the book is that it gives you a flavour of the beauty of each location and the unique communities that live there. It inspires you to consider trips to places that would otherwise never occur to you. There are beautiful, interesting places right under our noses, and this book helps us to see them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is certainly a good read, but is a bit prescriptive for my taste, and leaves me wanting more in the way options, in terms of "If I'm not into that, so what else could I do there?".

It's a great ideas book, and this I think is it's real strength.

It's certainly a good reference, but is no match for books like "Wild Swimming Coast" which is far more than just a swimmers Reference.

52 Weekends for me lacks real depth. After getting past the photos and poetic language (which themselves are very good) it seems to be missing much in the way of helpful information if you've decided "right, that's the place for me".

All in all it's a good book, and a lovely coffee table reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great celebration of coastal retreats 9 Oct 2011
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Seaside holidays are a British Institution. Yet, like many institutions that can mean they are not particularly nice, and perhaps some thing that has passed its prime. However, this book shows that there are an awful lot (awful is perhaps not the right word there!) of places that are anything but passe for weekends - or indeed longer - away at the seaside.

It's a difficult book to categorise. I was drawn to it because of the wonderful photography. Others will be so because of the authoritative writing. But it is neither a photographic book nor a guide book. Rather, it's an interesting blend that makes for a really compelling read. In terms of the locations visited they are well distributed around the coast. Inevitably there are concentrations - Cornwall, West Wales and so on - but this reflects the reality of great locations around the coast.

My only criticism - and it's been raised by at least one other reviewer - is the lack of proper photo captions. Admittedly this is not a photographic book and the photos are, in every sense of the word, illustrative but to have a little more details would make this an even better book. Six stars? Perhaps!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photography 6 July 2010
I actually bought this book together with an Alastair Sawday hotel guidebook, as a wedding present for a mature couple who weren't in need of traditional "housey" type gifts. They do however love short holidays, and were delighted with both books. I was assured by them that I couldn't have chosen better, and they look forward to using them as soon as possible.

For myself, I had a careful scan through the book before wrapping it, and thought what a good quality book it was, printed on thick glossy paper, the photography throughout was superb, and the author's narrative poetic, creating an atmospheric feel to each area covered. It made you want to go places, and wonder why on earth you bother to go abroad when Britain has such stunning places to visit. There were also practical tips on where you might eat, or stay over if you wished. Even in places you are familiar with, there seem to be things mentioned that you hadn't previously noticed.

In short, I was very impressed with this guide, and intend to buy myself a copy as well!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book beautifully illustrated and packed full of ideas to make the perfect weekend
Published 16 days ago by Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost made to order
We had already decided to travel all around the coast of mainline Britain, visiting as many coastal towns and villages as possible, when I came across this book - serendipity... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. M. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow This is a great book
There are not many books I would blindly follow were to go for a break but this is the exception. so glad I got this book it was like it was just written for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jean Ponsford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book and great gift
Great book which covers just what it says in the title. Great to give as a gift to just about anyone
Published 6 months ago by rwelch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
Great Product and I delighted with the quality... Very good value for money and arrived within a couple of days.
Published 9 months ago by ian3107
4.0 out of 5 stars Chritsmas present
Although I have not used this book its a Christmas present and looks lovely with great ideas for uk mini breaks
Published 10 months ago by Helen RobInon
5.0 out of 5 stars weekends by the sea
can't wait to try out some of the places listed in the book although have done a few already -easy read
Published 10 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Seaside
Oh I love being by the seaside, so this book suggests lots of places to go. It is alovely book to read as well.
Published 11 months ago by jadze hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can't get away to the sea ....
Sit back and relax and read this book. It's delightfully photographed and written and if nothing else makes you want to get out and visit all these beautiful places, this book... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs R Beckham
5.0 out of 5 stars Gt Britain
You dont need to travel the globe, not when you have treasures like this on your doorstep. Do a little research also and you will be astounded what good value this country is. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Greg
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