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Hotels near nudist beaches could see UK holidaymakers caught with their pants down

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Research by hotel booking platform, Hoo, has revealed that hotel room rates surrounding Britain’s nudist beaches cost 57% more than the UK average.

Hoo looked at the average room rate of hotels surrounding 41 of the best beaches to bare all in the UK. The research shows that when booking a seven week stay the cost of a hotel room per night came in at £115 on average, 57% more than the room rate of the average UK hotel (£73).

However, the cost of accommodation while letting it all hang free by the sea does come in considerably higher depending on which famous nudist coastal hotspot you opt for.

Lymington’s Taddiford Gap in Hampshire is the most expensive of the lot. On average, a hotel room close to this nudist beach comes in at £181 per night, 148% higher than the national average.

In neighbouring Dorset, Knoll Beach in Studland sits along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and also provides the added freedom of leaving your swimsuit at home. However, a hotel close to the beach will set you back £175 per night, 140% more than the UK average.

Carolyn Bay in St Austell, Cornwall, also ranks within the top three, with the average hotel room rate sitting 128% above the national average at £167 per night.

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In fact, Cornwall is home to a further three popular nudist beaches where surrounding hotels are all home to an average room rate more than double that of the UK average.

There is hope for the ultimate alfresco staycation at an affordable price though. Hotel room rates surrounding Cumbria’s popular nudist beach of West Shore Walney Island average just £71 per night, coming in -2% below the UK average.

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Hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented: “Although a visit to one of the UK’s most popular nudist beaches might mean a lighter suitcase, it’s also likely to come at a higher cost with the average room rate surrounding almost all of those we looked at coming in above the UK average.

Of course, it’s hard to put a price on such a feeling of complete freedom, not to mention the fact that many of these beaches are found along some of the best stretches of coastline the UK has to offer.

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However, if you’re less inclined to go starkers while at the seaside, you might want to look further afield as it could mean paying less where accommodation is concerned.

Whatever beach you opt for, just remember to bring the sun cream.”

Average room rate of hotels surrounding each nudist beach and the percentage difference compared to the average UK hotel room rate

Nudist BeachLocationAverage hotel room rate per nightDifference vs UK average
Taddiford GapHampshire£181148%
Knoll BeachDorset£175140%
Carlyon BayCornwall£167128%
Vault BeachCornwall£165125%
Porthzennor CoveCornwall£159118%
Porth KidneyCornwall£158116%
Budleigh SaltertonDevon£13484%
Pedn VounderCornwall£13382%
Moor SandsDevon£13078%
Brighton NaturistEast Sussex£12875%
Kemp Town BrightonEast Sussex£12368%
Morfa DyffrynWales£12268%
Sandwich BayKent£12064%
Druridge BayNorthumberland£11760%
Llanddwyn BeachWales£11760%
Meon ShoreHampshire£11456%
EastneyHampshire£11152%
Cayton BayNorth Yorkshire£11050%
Porthluney CoveCornwall£10645%
Birling GapEast Sussex£10645%
Rocken EndIsle of Wight£10544%
Lower LargoScotland£10544%
Petit TorIsle of Wight£10543%
Weston MouthDevon£10543%
Scabbacombe SandsDevon£10443%
Fairlight Glen HastingsEast Sussex£10443%
Wells / HolkhamNorfolk£10443%
Yaverland SandownIsle of Wight£10239%
Corton SandsSuffolk£10139%
Normans BayEast Sussex£9936%
Crakaig BeachScotland£9733%
Slapton SandsDevon£9733%
Sillery SandsDevon£9631%
Wild Pear BeachDevon£9530%
Leysdown-on-SeaKent£9428%
ShellnessKent£9328%
Marros SandsWales£9124%
St OsythEssex£8821%
KeristalIsle of Man£8821%
Abbot’s CliffKent£809%
West Shore Walney IslandCumbria£71-2%
Average£11557%

Best UK nudist beaches sourced from the Beach Guide
Average hotel room rate based on a 7 nights stay between Aug 9th to Aug 16th 2021 – sourced from Hoo and Hotels.com
Percentage difference based on the average UK hotel room rate of £73 per night – sourced from Finder

Lead image: Marros Sands in Carmarthenshire (Image: rhedeg.co.uk/Flickr)


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West Wales car dealership to double in size

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Dafen-based Llanelli Motor Company have broken ground on a new development that will see their forecourt double in size over the coming months.

Led by Managing Director Ian Jonathan, the two-phase project will see the independent car dealership increase the number of used vehicles it has on sale to over 400 by January 2023.

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“It’s certainly an exciting period for the business,” said Ian, “and with the significant changes to the used car market, we felt now was the right time to start the project, which has been in the pipeline for over five years.”

Although the business was potentially looking at 2020 as a start date for the developments, the Coronavirus Pandemic put the brakes on the project.

However, since the easing of lockdown restrictions and the delay in obtaining new vehicles, the used car market has seen an unprecedented spike in demand.

Dafen based Llanelli Motor Company is planning to double in size
The company have broken ground on an expansion that will see over 400 cars on sale by the end of January 2023

“The last 12 months have been exceptionally busy,” continued Ian.

“No sooner are we finalising our 140-point safety check on vehicles before placing them on the forecourt, than they are being purchased within a matter of days”.

With the ability to stock 150 nearly new vehicles of all makes and models at the moment, the 1-acre expansion will increase this to 250 by September before more than doubling it to 400 by the spring of 2023.

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In order to facilitate this growth, the company will also be entering a recruitment phase and looking to employ at least 10 new members of staff across its sales, workshop and admin teams as well as taking on new apprenticeships.

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Swansea man’s delight as he scoops combined £37,000 cash-and-car prize

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A Swansea man who was feeling lucky during the working week was left in a state of delighted disbelief on finding out he had won a combined £37,000 cash-and-car prize with online competitions company BOTB.

Anthony Brain from Swansea could not believe his luck when BOTB’s Christian Williams picked up the phone to let him know he was the winner of its Midweek Lifestyle competition.

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Anthony, who works for Swansea-based automotive products company Marelli, scooped a brand new BMW 128ti, as well as a cash prize of £2,000.

After recovering from his initial shock, Anthony said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable – I’m over-the-moon and still on a real high from it. It’s rare that I take part in the Midweek Lifestyle Competition – I think I’ve only entered it once or twice before – but I was feeling lucky during the working week, so thought ‘why not?’ When I got the call to say I’d won, I was stunned.

“Being a car enthusiast, I’m really excited about winning the car but the cash is brilliant too. We’ve already booked some holidays with some of the winnings, including to Italy and Florida. It’s nice to have something to look forward to.”

Anthony said his prize win has prompted colleagues to throw their hat in the ring and give BOTB’s competitions a go.

He added: “The thing is you’ve got to be in it to win it – and I think once you know someone who has won, you feel more hopeful that you could be in with a chance. I’d encourage anyone thinking about entering to try it for themselves.”

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Other recent winners have bagged a motorbike, a luxury holiday to Barbados and £15,000 in cash. 

The company, listed on the stock market, was founded by William Hindmarch in 1999 and has given away more than £47m worth of cars so far. 

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Winner winner, weekday dinners: Morrisons introduces midweek dinners for under a fiver in its cafés

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Amidst the cost of living crisis, supermarket giant Morrisons is introducing a ‘meal of the day’ for under a fiver to its cafés nationwide.

Every weekday from 3pm, a ‘Daily Special’ will be discounted, offering a saving of up to £3.89 on the individual product price.

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The meal on offer will rotate each day and customers can choose from British roast chicken served with chips and coleslaw, a hearty chicken tikka masala, a 9-piece breakfast brunch, a succulent British cheeseburger served with chips and coleslaw and the ultimate beer-battered fish and chips.

The offer includes a drink and vegetarian alternatives are also available.

Each meal will be priced at £4.99, which the supermarket chain says makes them cheaper than the same evening meals at Wetherspoons, Harvester and Beefeater.

Morrisons also say that kids can also eat free all day with the purchase of any adult meal, meaning a family of four can enjoy a meal out together for just £9.98.

Ali Lyons, Head of Morrisons Cafés, says: “We know how hard it is for our customers at the moment and we want to make sure they are still able to enjoy a meal out, even on a budget. We’ve handpicked these favourites so that no matter what day it is, our customers can enjoy a saving.”

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Morrisons £4.99 offer will be available in its 406 cafés nationwide after 3pm every weekday. The ‘Daily Specials’ on offer are:

MondayRoast Chicken served with Chips & Coleslaw or Cheese & Onion Quiche served with Chips & Coleslaw 
TuesdayChicken Tikka Masala or Mac ‘n’ Cheese 
WednesdayBreakfast Brunch or Full Vegetarian Breakfast 
ThursdayCheeseburger served with Chips & Coleslaw  or Vegetarian burger served with Chips & Coleslaw 
FridayUltimate Fish & Chips

(Lead image: Morrisons)

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