I do love to be beside the seaside!

A young family relax by the beach in 1959

Down to the Beach (1959). Photographer Raymond C Lawson - Credit: On loan from Nicholas D Corde

You don't know what you had before you had to give it up for a pandemic lockdown - so this exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery celebrating the art of summer holiday couldn't come soon enough

We've probably all seen some: old photographs with young families enjoying a picnic, older couples relaxing on deck chairs or teenagers lounging with ice cream - the Great British holiday is a grand tradition and, thanks to a new exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery, it is a visual feast.

Curated by Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson, Seaside: Photographed is a touring exhibition organised by Turner Contemporary. 

Hayling Island A cool pink truck sits outside a snack bar in this photograph taken in 1986

Hayling Island A cool pink truck sits outside a snack bar (1986) - Credit: Anna Fox, courtesy James Hyman Gallery

A photograph dating to 1979 of Butlins holiday camp in Minehead, Somerset

Butlins, Minehead Somerset. Vibrant colours at the famous holiday centre taken in the summer of 1979 - Credit: Dafydd Jones

A group photograph of women and children on holiday

21st Century Types, Wo 2005 - Credit: Grace Lau

A group gather as a baby takes first steps

New Brighton, England, from The Last Resort (1983–85) - Credit: The Last Resort

Working behind a cafe counter in New Brighton, England in the early 1980s in Brighton

Giving it some attitude: a young woman work behind a cafe counter in Brighton - Credit: The Last Resort, 1983-85

A group of young people on a seaside pier

Untitled, from the series Day Out, 1974 - Credit: © Vanley Burke

A group photograph of women and children on holiday

21st Century Types, Wo 2005 - Credit: Grace Lau