Summer holiday breaks are seeing a surge in prices as Britain emerges from lockdown with some trips to the seaside double the cost this year.

Research by Which? looked at popular destinations, including Eastbourne.

It found a 70 per cent increase in price for a one-bedroom property in the centre of Eastbourne on Airbnb.

Last year, a one-week holiday in the first week of August would have cost £409, but this year the same week is £696.

The editor of Which? Travel, Rory Boland, said: ‘Many holidaymakers are looking forward to finally going to the seaside this summer, so it’s perhaps not a surprise that high demand has seen prices for some destinations shoot up too.

‘If people are prepared to pay more for their summer holidays this year, it’s essential that they know their money will be protected or returned to them without hassle in the event they cannot travel.’