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Hands up if you love the familiarity and comfort of a British seaside town?

Apparently, a growing number of people would be responding now, as some of the UK's hidden coastal gems are enjoying a resurgence of interest.

This is certainly true of the cosy corner of the Lancashire coast that is St Annes on Sea. Forget its garish and chequered neighbour Blackpool the pretty coastal town of St Annes is a world away.

From its clean family beach and strutting pier to its beautifully presented shopping "Square", this Victorian seaside haven is re-inventing itself for modern families. But it also knows how to make the most of anyone wanting a trip down Nostalgia Lane and craving a simpler time.

Shop owners, cafes, local craftsmen and a whole raft of other St Annes folk have joined forces to organise a Victorian Festival Weekend on 3rd and 4th December.

This is far from just a marketing ploy, as the warm folk of St Annes are having fun with this project. Apart from dressing in appropriate outfits, local cafes will serve traditional Victorian Christmas goodies and free musical performances will also be appropriate to the era.

The Palace Rooms in the town will be bedecked by craft stalls and Christmas items for sale, and entertainment for the weekend includes a wonderful Town Crier known for having audiences in stitches.

St Annes on Sea town square always twinkles and shines during the festive season so that's a given, but look past all that to see the beautiful Victorian architecture that makes the area easy on the eye.

There is an abundance of lovely places to eat in St Annes and some great walks along the Promenade. There's also much to explore at Ashton Gardens; a grade II listed 10 acre area just off the Square which is on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

So it's recommended that if you are going to the Victorian Festival in St Annes on Sea, you make a day of it. Or even a weekend as local hotels and B&Bs are also known for the warm welcome too!
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When: 3rd and 4th December
Where: St Anne's on the Sea
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