Load up the car with body boards, frisbees and a picnic and you’re guaranteed great fun for the whole family at one of these glorious beaches!
New Quay, Wales
Close to nearby shops and cafés, the harbour beach in New Quay is certainly the most popular with families. Spend a day building sandcastles and paddling, or take some time to explore the rugged coastline of Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay either by boat or on foot. Keep an eye out for dolphins; 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 families. The Discovery Centre is full of shell collections and local wildlife information, and is ideal as a break from the sun, or more likely, shelter from a spot of rain! They also offer free cycle hire during the Summer.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Another of the UK’s previously blue flagged beaches, Snneen is one of the cleanest in Europe and definitely one of the most beautiful. It’s the perfect place for swimming or learning to surf and lifeguards keep an eye on everyone from May to September. There’s also a great selection of shops and restaurants nearby.
Sandbanks (Poole), Dorset
Having held a prestigious blue flag award for over twenty years, Sandbanks in Poole is one the safest beaches in the country. The sand slowly slopes into the sea making it perfect paddling ground for small children and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September.
The beach is a large expanse of sand that is a favourite spot with beachgoers and there are often large waves here which are perfect for surfing. The size of the beach means that even if it is busy in the summer months it never feels crowded, there are also donkey rides, swing boats, and amusement arcades all on offer. In keeping there is a pleasant promenade skirts Barmouth Beach and during the summer months a land train runs along it, there are also boat trips across the harbour.
Watergate Bay (Newquay), Cornwall
Watergate Bay is perfectly located just outside the bustling seaside resort of Newquay, popular with families. There’s lots for the kids to get involved in, from surfing to kite buggying, and there are frequent events throughout the year from beach polo to thundercat racing. Enjoy an Extreme hot chocolate or pick up a souvenir in the local gift shop.
Woolocombe Bay, Devon
This fantastic North Devon beach has recently won a Premier Beach Seaside Award and it’s 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 and 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!
St Ives, Cornwall
The bay of St Ives has over fifty miles of golden sand to enjoy and the beaches are some of the cleanest in Europe. The bay is perfect for body boarding or stand up paddle boarding and there are several water sports schools to offer instruction and equipment hire. Make sure you explore the quirky streets too, full of gift shops and tasty local produce.
Alum Chine Beach (Bournemouth)
Alum Chine is a wide, sandy beach with a paddling pool and a large adventure playground, making it very popular with families, good for surfing, water skiing and fishing. Plenty of amenities, including free beach wheelchairs and a land train. There is a sub-tropical garden at the back of the beach, with excellent views over the Solent.
Adapted from: Holidaycottages.co.uk