With the prices of holidays abroad ever increasing, many families are choosing to spend their vacation time in the UK this year and we are spoilt for choice. From rock pools to surfing, kite flying and funfairs, Britain has some of the best family beaches in the world and we have chosen some from all over the coast to give you inspiration this summer.
Northern Ireland – Portrush West Strand Beach, County Antrim
This has to be one of Northern Ireland’s most popular beaches for families as it has miles of pure golden sand your kids will love spending playing hours on. Great for all the traditional sand castle building, it boasts fantastic coastal views and includes many local amenities. During the summer months the waters beckon water sport enthusiasts who can be seen partaking in windsurfing, canoeing and sailing. Boating and fishing tours can be arranged locally. For more information check out www.discovernorthernireland.com
Scotland – St Andrews West Sands, Fife
Stretching across Scotland’s famous golf course, West Sands is two miles of uninterrupted beautiful soft sand. It has been divided into zones to protect families by the speeding sand yachts that race along the beach and is set against the dunes to provide a natural wind break. A perfect place for kite flying, your kids will love taking their new contraptions here and the Blue Flag ensures it is clean and safe. Families can enjoy the coastal walks and adjacent to West Sands there is a Local Nature Reserve. Local attractions include the golf museum and nearby Castle and Cathedral. See www.visitscotland.com for more details.
Northern England – Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland
Bamburgh has one of the finest beaches on the Northumberland Coast, and this is an award-winning beach with a vast expanse of spectacular golden sands. The beach at Bamburgh is overlooked by the impressive Bamburgh Castle and offers over a mile of flat, litter-free sand from the shore to the edge of Bamburgh, when the tide is out. Along the coastline, the beach extends all the way to Seahouses, which is 3 miles away, so it’s great for walkers. As well as views of the castle, you can see out to Lindisfarne and Holy Island, and the Farne Islands. Www.visitnorthumberland.com has more information.
Southern England – Polzeath Beach, Cornwall
Polzeath is a super family beach with a large expanse of sand and excellent surfing. There is also a small cove at the north of Polzeath beach called Pentireglaze Haven. At Polzeath there is level access to the beach by the beach car park. At New Polzeath there are steps down to the beach. As this beach looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean, if you are lucky you may spot the odd dolphin or seal! Polzeath is a well known surfing resort and in the summer months is a very busy place. Popular with both young and old due to its sunny aspect, Polzeath offers fabulous walks, golden sandy beaches and secluded coves. Visit www.visitcornwall.com for details.
Wales – Prestatyn Central Beach, Denbighshire
This is a seven mile stretch of beach that is perfect if you fancy a traditional beach holiday. Central Beach is a wide north facing sandy beach interspersed with rock groynes The promenade is a popular area for cycling and for walking with the North Wales Cycle Trail and the Offa’s Dyke Path both converging on the seafront. More leisurely activities are catered for with a leisure centre and amusement arcades nearby. Nature lovers will appreciate a local wildlife reserve that includes protection for endangered species. Www.rhyl-prestatyn.co.uk has more information.