WW1 affected a great many people in the UK in many different ways. Unquestionably, the most traumatic aspect of this war was that it completely removed a generation of young men and left survivors horrifically injured both physically and mentally. Everyone knew someone who had died or been horribly injured. As for the survivors, their experiences were boxed away and family, friends and good times were a great distraction from the horrors etched in their memories. For the women who were left as war broke out, their lives changed dramatically. Some were plunged into poverty as their line of income stopped, and many were thrust into work for the duration of the war. For many women, the war brought nothing but suffering, but for many, it was liberating and almost certainly an catalyst to the suffrage and equal rights movements that followed.
Paid vacations in the 1920s were almost unheard of, and the concept of a long break or annual leave was something that had to be saved for. This can be seen by the number of marriage ceremonies conducted on Christmas Day - the one day in the year which was a holiday for everyone! Turning to the seaside as a holiday destination, with the development of trams and the railways, families were able to get away to the seaside more easily than before. Middle class families often preferred quieter beaches and would avoid Sunday seaside shenanigans when everyone and anyone swamped to the coast to get the most out of their day off (Horn, 1995).
Horn, P (1995). Women in the 1920s.