The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced details of its Sea Change initiative aimed at promoting Britain's coastal resorts. The first stage of the £45m programme will see £10m invested in Blackpool, Dover and Torbay.
Torbay in Devon has been awarded £2.25m to develop two projects in its English Riviera Geopark. The plans involve artistic regeneration and will create 10 new studios and a gallery as well as a refurbished visitor centre.
Culture and Tourism Minister Margaret Hodge says she hopes the grants will inspire other coastal resorts to draw up plans of their own.