Old fashioned seaside holidays inspire a great deal of nostalgic affection among British people. Quintessential elements such as seaside donkeys and sickly sticks of rock are easily identifiable and memorable ingredients of a tradition that most people in this country have experienced. Focusing on the one-hundred-year period from 1870 to 1970, this book taps into collective nostalgia for an inside look at how ordinary people spent their seaside holidays. It examines what it actually meant to go to the seaside and what one could expect upon arrival, as well as various places to stay and how to spend one's days. Each chapter explores a different theme in order to build up a picture of holiday life and how it changed over time.