Salty hair, sand between their toes, ice cream galore and splashing in the sea; what could be more fun than a day at the seaside? If you’re planning on going coastal in the summer holidays, make sure to head to one of these beautiful, family-friendly beaches. Buckets and spades at the ready!
You simply can’t run out of things to do at Blackpool beach. Take a step back in time at the North Pier where you’ll find a carousel, an ice cream parlour, comedy acts and the famous penny slots. Next, take a wander onto the Blue Flag beach where you can hitch a ride on a donkey. Head into the arcades to take cool off then get the adrenalin pumping at the Pleasure Beach. And don’t forget about the Sealife Centre and Blackpool Tower. You’re in for a fun-filled day!
Fistral Beach, Newquay
Water babies will be right at home at Fistral Beach, the home of British surfing. Those who want to dive straight in should make a beeline for the surf school. There’s a choice of bodyboarding, surfing and paddle boarding and all levels are welcome. Don’t fancy taking a dip? Drink in the view with some tasty fish and chips, then spend your day on the warm golden sands. Dogs are welcome too, so no one’s left out!
Robin Hood’s Bay
Fancy a journey back in time? Take a trip to Robin Hood’s Bay, part of the famous Dinosaur Coast. Hidden among its sandy beaches, you’ll find fossils that are up to 180 million years old! Go armed with a bucket and see how many swirly ammonites you can find.
New Quay, Wales
Not to be confused with Newquay, New Quay in Wales has transformed from a busy port into a thriving seaside destination. The golden sands are perfect for sandcastle building and the sheltered harbour is great for trundling along in a boat but the biggest, most exciting attraction? The Bottlenose dolphins which swim and play in the harbour.
Killiedraught Bay, Scotland
To find crabs scuttling along sideways, fish flitting about, sticky sea anemones and playful starfish, spend the day exploring the rockpools of Killidraught Bay on the West Coast of Scotland. You’ll discover all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures, from breadcrumb sponge to butterfish!
Sandbanks Beach in Poole is widely thought of as one of the best, cleanest and safest beaches in the UK. It’s won the Blue Flag award for 29 years in a row and lifeguards patrol the beach from May to September. It’s also brilliant for paddling as the shoreline gradually slopes into the sea; no unexpected depths!
Looking for something more than standard sandcastles? Weston-super-Mare has exactly what you’re looking for. This summer, the Marine Parade is once again home to the famous Weston Sand Sculpture Festival where you’ll find the most amazing, gravity-defying creations. This year’s theme is the circus and creative kids can get involved in the special workshops to make their very own sculpture.