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20% of families 'unable to afford seaside holiday'

A bank holiday seaside trip is now out of reach for one in five families because their incomes are so low, children's charity Barnardo's has warned.

Thousands flock to Brighton, Sussex, as Britain basks in warm sunshine. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Even cutting out all but the basic costs, the poorest families would have too little disposable income to be able to afford a city-to-coast visit, Barnardo's research showed.

The charity found that a family of four going, for example, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire to the Dorset resort of Bournemouth would need to fork out £172, with other city-to-coast trips, including London to Margate in Kent and Manchester to Blackpool, costing from £40 up to £127.

Barnardo's said that, as the minimum disposable income for the poorest 20% of families was £39, such trips would be unaffordable.

The charity's calculation was based on a family-of-four day trip to the seaside taking in the cost of the cheapest rail fare, a fish-and-chip meal, sun cream and ice-creams.