Top 10 Best British Beach Guide for Families
A day at the seaside for a frolic in the sand and surf is a perfect family holiday. Britain is privileged with hundreds of fine beaches that are spacious and impressive, with good access and quality facilities.
June to September is best for sunning, however in places the water may be rather cold until late summer when the coastal waters are at the warmest temperatures. The unreliable UK weather means an alternative to sunning is walking, and the best British beaches have lovely trails that are enjoyable even on a grey day.
Many beaches do not allow dogs from May through September and if permitted they often must be on a lead. All the beaches featured here pride themselves on cleanliness and owners must always clean up after their dogs.
1. Bournemouth, Dorset
The fine sand and long beach of Bournemouth is inviting and popular. It is honoured with awards for being one of the cleanest UK beaches. The weather is the warmest and driest on the English coast and it is easy access to the nearby countryside. On a stroll to the seashore delight in the beautiful Bournemouth Central Gardens, and along with fine shopping, cafes and clubs, enjoy free admission to the Russell-Cotes museum to take in the 19th century artwork.
2. West Wittering, West Sussex
A favourite seaside destination for families is West Wittering near Chichester. The water is of highest quality and the beaches a natural, unspoilt, expansive beauty, with nearby mown grassy areas for picnicking and enjoying the wildlife. Shallow lagoons make for safe, warm swimming. A coffee shop and several ice cream and drink outlets are available. Wind and kite surfing are restricted to club members from March through October.
3. Croyde Bay, North Devon
A relaxing family holiday is an escape to Croyde Bay in Devon with its superior water quality. The area has a wonderful reputation amongst young surfers and surf schools are available. Lifeguards patrol the privately owned beach from May through September. The village is charming and offers a variety of restaurants and pubs, superb walks or guided rambles, and rock climbing.
4. Holy Island, Northumberland
A most memorable place to visit is Holy Island, or as it is also known, Lindisfarne. It was during the Dark Ages a most important centre of Christianity. There are historical attractions to take delight in as well as the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve with its rare birds and plant life. Be sure to check tide tables for safe passage between Holy Island and the mainland as it is only accessible twice daily at low tide.
5. Holkham, Norfolk
This secluded beach forms some of the Holkham National Nature Reserve. It is a haven of mixed habitats for those seeking solitude, bird watching or rambling. The beach is fringed with dunes and scented pine forest. A very low tide means lagoons are quite safe for children to play amongst, however there are no lifeguards or facilities at the beach. There is an isolated nudist section on the west side. Dogs on leads are always welcome at Holkham Beach.
6. Great Bay, St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly
This stunning beach is not to be missed with its cobalt water and creamy white sands. It may be Britain’s best kept secret, a tropical paradise that was recently rated the best beach in the UK. It can be reached by a 20 minute walk from the quay.
7. Blackpool, Lancashire
This northwest English coastal area is famous for its sandy beaches and traditionally known as the British fun spot for family summer holiday. There are numerous visitor attractions including some of the most outlandish roller coasters to be found in the UK.
8. Abereiddi Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire
The beach has excellent water quality and is popular for canoeing, boating and surfing. The brilliant deep blue colour of the water in the Lagoon makes it a romantic and breathtaking location. The beach is a great point for coastal walks with a splendid cliff landscape and gorgeous sunsets. Dogs are welcome.
9. Sinclair’s Bay, Caithness
This bay was for many years the finest lobster and crab producer in Scotland. It is somewhat over fished now but boasts a clean, long, soft white sandy beach. There are two 16th century castles to behold and the bay is a playground for porpoises and whales.
10. Porthcurno, Cornwall
The beach is beautiful and unspoilt, with fine white sand, rock pools to come across and a stream for children to play in. An open-air theatre nearby hosts a wonderful atmosphere for play performances.
Essential Beach Wear
When enjoying your time on the beach, it is important that you are well protected against the sun, whilst still looking great. Here are some essential items that you may want to take along: