Top Family Beaches To Visit In The UK This Summer
August 23, 2018
The summer holidays have arrived! Great news for the kids and maybe not so great news for the parents. But with the summer holidays comes 6 weeks of finding things to do.
If you are looking for a beach for the whole family to enjoy then you’re in luck as here are the top 10 family beaches here in the UK that should be enjoyed over the summer months.
So, load up the car with the body boards, frisbees, beach balls and that all important picnic and you are guaranteed for great fun for the whole family at one of these glorious beaches.
The country has been scoured to try and find the best 10 so that wherever you have decided to holiday on the mainland this year you shouldn't be too far away from one of these gems.
New Quay, Wales
Close to nearby shops and cafes, the harbour beach in New Quay is most certainly very popular with families. You can spend the day building sandcastles or taking some time to explore the rugged coastline of the Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay either by boat or foot. Also, keep a close eye out for dolphins as they’re often spotted leaping and playing in the harbour.
The only beach to be awarded blue flag status on the North West coast, Ainsdale is perfect for young families. The Discovery Centre is full of shell collections and local wildlife information, and is pretty much ideal for a break from the sun or let's face it more likely, shelter from the rain! So if you forgot your umbrella it’s all good. Another great feature of this area is they offer free cycle hire during the Summer months.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Another of the UK’s previously blue flagged beaches, Sennen is one of the cleanest in Europe and has to be one of the most beautiful. It’s the perfect place for swimming or even learning to surf and there will be lifeguards on duty to keep an eye on everyone through from May to September.
Filey Beach, Yorkshire
Filey is the perfect beach for kids to go and explore. They will just love the sculpture train that surrounds the bay as well as the ancient remains of a Roman signal station which can be found on the cliffs just above. Filey is well known for its rock pools so your little ones can entertain themselves for hours looking for curious marine life.
Southwold Pier Beach, Suffolk
Southwold is one of Suffolk’s best-known resorts and has a long tradition to go along with it. The traditional seaside atmosphere follows on from the town to lines to stunning pastel beach huts and onto the pier jutting out from the shingle into the clear waters. There really is no mistaking you’re at the great British seaside! The overall quality of the beach has been recognised over the years by regular Blue Flag awards making it the perfect beach for families to visit.
St Ives, Cornwall
The bay of St Ives has over fifty miles of golden sand to be enjoyed and the beaches are some of the cleanest in Europe. The bay is a perfect destination for body boarding or stand up paddle boarding and there are several water sports school to offer instruction and equipment hire. Make sure if you explore the quirky streets room full of gift shops and tasty local produce too.
Having held the prestigious blue flag award for over twenty years, Sandbanks in Poole is one of the safest beaches in the country. The sand slowly slopes down into the sea making it perfect paddling ground for small children and there are lifeguards on duty through from May to September too.
Sanna Bay and Ardtoe, Scotland
Nestled nicely in the west coast of Scotland, this beach is a bit of an adventure to get to, but when you get there you will be rewarded with pure seclusions and beauty. Even on a summer’s day you’re likely to be one of the only families on the beach and can chill out at your own pace without having to rush down early and battle to get a spot.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Watergate Bay is perfectly located just outside the bustling seaside resort of Newquay, popular with families, there are loads of things for the kids to get involved in. From surfing to kite buggying, there are also frequent events throughout the year from beach polo to Thundercat racing.
Woolacombe Bay, Devon
The beyond stunning North Devon beach has recently won a Premier Beach Seaside Award and it’s so easy to see why! Woolacombe has held Blue Flag status for over twenty years and the Environment Agency has described it as a safe bathing beach which is ideal for families in every way. Play in the sand hit the surf or sit back, relax and enjoy a BBQ, the choice is completely yours!