Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

There are many beautiful beaches in the UK. Here we look at the Top Ten as compiled by Visit Britain.

I think we often underestimate how fantastic our UK beaches are;  we have many ‘gems’ dotted around our coastline, many of which could easily rival those of the Med or even the Caribbean. When the sun is shining there is no better place to spend quality family time. We take a look at the top ten beaches as compiled by Visit Britain to help inspire your seaside adventures.   

Bournemouth Beach, Dorset

Bournemouth Beach is a perfect choice for families. Nestled beneath the stunning cliff line, the beach enjoys its own micro-climate and offers some of the warmest sea temperatures anywhere in the UK. With RNLI Lifeguards based along the 7-mile stretch, Bournemouth is one of the safest beaches in the UK. There are plenty of attractions for families including a variety of water sports, a traditional seaside pier and the opportunity to hire your very own beach hut for the day.

Ainsdale Beach, Southport

The only beach in the in the North West to be awarded the International Blue Flag for clean swimming waters, Ainsdale is a popular choice with families. The local nature reserve makes a perfect backdrop for children to explore while older kids may be more interested in trying a bit of kitesurfing.

New Quay, Wales

If you have keen wildlife spotters in your family then the traditional seaside town of New Quay, near Cardigan in Wales is a great place to visit. The sheltered harbour is a favourite for Bottlenose Dolphins which are regularly seen swimming and diving in the bay. You can join a local boat trip to explore the full delights of this beautiful coastline.

Three Shells Beach, Southend

This popular clean beach is situated at the end of Southend Pier and offers an abundance of family friendly facilities to ensure kids of all ages are kept entertained. Adventure Island Theme Park, The Pier and the High Street are all within easy walking distance.

Burnt Island Beach, Fife

This lovely sandy beach is located to the east of Burnt Island overlooking the Firth of Forth. Its natural rock pools offer a great place for children and parents to explore with a bucket and a net. Away from the rock pools there is plenty more to entertain including the nearby Seaside Park, crazy golf course and annual summer fairground.

Shell Beach, Herm

This small island just 3 miles off the coast of Guernsey is an ideal ‘get away’ for families looking for a relaxing place to visit or stay. The beaches are unspoilt, safe and clean. Shell Beach is made up of millions of tiny shells and at low tide reveals an exciting array of rock pools just waiting to be explored.

Filey Beach, Yorkshire

Filey Beach is a glorious expanse of golden sand, perfect for families looking for a great day out. Build sand castles, play ball, fly a kite, this beach is big enough never to feel overcrowded, even in summer. If you visit you may be lucky enough to see seals in early spring or porpoise in summer.

Blackpool Sands, Devon

Set in a sheltered bay, Blackpool Sands is one of South Devon’s most beautiful natural treasures. This award winning ‘Blue Flag’ beach is ideal for families. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained including sand pits, a bathing raft, kayaks and paddle boards for hire. Hot and cold food can also be purchased from the beach shop.

Lowestoft Beach, Suffolk

Located on the most easterly point of the British coast, Lowestoft’s sandy beaches and traditional seaside feel is very attractive for families. The North and South beaches are considered to be some of the best beaches in Europe and both currently hold the ENCAMS Blue Flag award. Kids can enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor attractions in the town, and the odd donkey ride on the beach.

Benllech Beach, Anglesey

Benllech Beach located on the east coast of Anglesey is very popular thanks to its expanse of golden sand. This award winning beach is perfectly safe for bathing and paddling and offers easy access for disabled visitors or those with pushchairs. 


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