A Celebrating Summer series wouldn’t be complete without a post dedicated to the great British beach. Victoria Welton at Vevivos has compiled a brilliant list of the UK’s best beaches, as tried and tested by Tots100 bloggers. Although beaches and summer go together like salt and vinegar, many of these posts prove beaches certainly aren’t just for sunny weather.
The UK’s Best Beaches
Whether it is a family day out or a UK holiday, there is nothing quite like a traditional British beach to get the kids excited and the parents paddling. I have so many fond memories of holidays in this country and a major love for the British seaside resort.
Below, in no particular order, I share twelve of my favourite family beaches in Britain, whether it be for the activities they offer or their sheer beauty. Some I have visited, some I would love to visit one day.
1. Lyme Regis, Dorset
This little gem is one of the most picturesque places I have had the opportunity to visit. I can remember it from my childhood and it hasn’t changed an awful lot over the years. It is one of the most famous beaches on the Jurassic coast and, although much of the beach is pebbly, the harbour end has a beautiful stretch of sand. There is a handy car park right next-door and a great walk around the harbour wall. As well as that, there are plenty of places to go rock-pooling together with the traditional arcades and crazy golf along the prom. Be sure to visit the fab pasty shop for a tasty (if unusual) chocolate and banana pasty! Monika at Mum on the Brink proves that Lyme Regis is a great place to visit all year round.
2. Weymouth, Dorset
Another I remember as a child, this wonderful beach has a huge expanse of sand with so much potential for castles, hole-digging and the like. But, if you don’t want to build sandcastles or paddle in the sea, there are plenty of other things to keep you busy including the traditional donkey ride, sand sculptures and trampolines. The penny arcade there is great! You can collect tickets which pour out of the penny waterfall machines and use them in exchange for gifts. MumofThree World had a great time in July – check out the beautiful pictures if you’re in need of any persuasion to visit Weymouth.
3. Camber Sands, East Sussex
It isn’t really any wonder that Camber is often used as a film location. Lined with dunes, there are around 7 miles of blue flag beach to be enjoyed. There’s no need for overcrowding as everyone can have their own patch of beach. It is very clean and there are great facilities including plenty of amusements, a cafe and a pub where you can sit and watch the kite surfers. A word of advice – bring a windbreak! HPMcQ took some beautiful shots of the beach when she visited last summer.
4. Woolacoombe Bay, North Devon
It is easy to see why this particular area features on almost all of these types of list! A multi-award winning beach, it is a 3 mile stretch of golden sand, clean water and great facilities. It is also one of the original surfing beaches in the UK as well as being home to the sand castle building championships. Adventure Mummy had a fun-filled weekend there last September.
5. West Wittering, West Sussex
The water quality of the sea at West Wittering is among some of the best in the UK and the wide, sandy beach has welcomed generations of people over the years. Another blue flag, award-winning area makes this a safe place for families, together with it’s natural beauty and unspoilt views. The tide stretches out far and wide, leaving little pools for old and young alike to paddle in. Raising Wild Ones enjoyed a day on the beach here complete with toasted marshmallows – perfect!
7. Central Beach, Skegness
Yet another blue flag beach, this holds all the traditions of a British holiday beach. You will find donkey rides, a fabulous pier and amusements by the bucket load. There’s a lifeguard on duty from June until September, swimming is good here as well as bodyboarding and surfing. This post from The Life of Wife proves that it’s not just Central Beach that’s worth exploring – the nearby Mablethorpe looks just as lovely.
8. Morecambe Bay
A beach worthy of a visit with it’s beautiful views of the Lake District, Morecambe Bay is sometimes branded a ‘mini Blackpool’. There’s a long stretch of promenade along which you’ll find many family-run hotels. It is also home to the Eric Morecambe statue and a wonderful stone jetty which holds artwork of various birds commissioned by the Tern Project. Lakes Single Mum enjoyed a cycle ride along the prom overlooking the beach – a lovely activity in the rain or shine.
9.Saltburn, North Yorkshire
Retaining much of it’s Victorian charm, Saltburn was originally famed for its status as a smuggler’s paradise. There’s an Italian Garden linked to the beach by a miniature railway as well as a fully-operational beach lift which has been in place since 1884. It provides visitors with a fantastic panoramic view and its gentle descent takes you down to the newly-created pier and beach where you can try your hand at crabbing. Mum in the Madhouse shows us it’s not just a beach for the summer in this post written back in February.
10. Rhossili Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales
If an adventure is what you want then this is the beach to experience one. With views across to West Wales and North Devon from the top of Rhossili Down, you can take a cliff-top walk from the National Trust shop across to the Old Coastguard look-out. You’ll see the wreck of the ship Helvetia, dating from 1887, showing at low tide. For the really adventurous how about a walk across the causeway to the tidal island of Worms Head to see the grey seals? There really is something for everyone. Looking for Blue Sky has many happy memories of this beach – check out her post for other things to love about the area.
11. Bamburgh, Northumberland
It is easy to see why this beach is part of Northumberland’s areas of outstanding beauty. This is one for the history lovers as the stretch of golden sand and dunes is overlooked by the magnificent Bamburgh castle. Once holding the seat for the Kings of Northumbria, the castle is now open to visitors all year round. Thousands of families enjoy the views across to the Farne Islands and the lighthouse on Inner Farne. North East Family Fun has some great tips if you want a day out at the castle.
12. Brighton, West Sussex
I just couldn’t leave this one off the list. A fabulous seaside resort both on and off the beach, this place holds years of great memories for me at many different times of the year. The shops, lanes and restaurants are exciting and varied with lots of family-friendly places, the pebbled beach is a hive of activity and, my favourite place, the pier is somewhere a family could spend the whole day finding something to keep them amused. Not Another Mummy Blog recently enjoyed a day trip to Brighton involving amazing food, scenery – and a mid-afternoon glass of wine. You can’t beat that!
Have you got a favourite UK beach that’s not on our list? Share it with us in the comments!
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