The 10 Best Family Beaches in the UK

No staycation would be complete without a trip to the beach. With the summer holidays finally here, there’s no better time to head to the sandy or pebbly shores of Britain’s coastline to enjoy a family get together. There are a variety of family-friendly beaches along each stretch of coastline, each with a unique appeal. From the wild and unspoilt to the traditional tourist hot spots, take a look at the top beaches in the UK, ideal for all the family to enjoy.

Crackington Haven beach, Cornwall

Cornwall has always been a popular holiday destination with families and it’s easy to see why. Crackington Haven is just one of the many beaches that offer a family friendly day out. The gently shelving beach is in a secluded bay which offers sandy shores and rock pools to keep the children entertained for hours.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant

Saunton Sands beach, North Devon

This stunning 3-mile stretch is a haven for surfers and families looking for a safe, sandy retreat. Behind the beach you’ll find Braunton Burrows, home to one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain, which is also an ideal spot to shelter when the winds pick up.

Facilities: Shop, Toilets, Café/Restaurant

West Wittering beach, Sussex

A popular spot for visitors to the South East due to its beautiful sandy shores overlooking the Solent and Chichester harbour. This beach is a great place to make sandcastles and relax in the warm sunshine. From the far western end, you can also cross a narrow ridge to access East Head, a lovely secluded sand dune spit at the mouth of the harbour. Don’t forget to get there early as you may not grab a parking space.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant

Sandsend beach, Yorkshire

If you’re looking to entertain the children, a visit to this charming beach is a must. It’s well-known as a great place for fossil hunters and the kids will exploring for hours along the shoreline. Its beautiful backdrop of grassy cliffs and colourful flora, sets it apart from its neighbour Whitby and offers a pretty beach to enjoy family fun.

Facilities: Toilets, Shop, Café/Restaurant, Pub nearby

Silecroft beach, Cumbria

For visitors looking for plenty of activities and adventure, this five mile stretch of sand and shingle beach at Silecroft offers all this and more. There is plenty of room for exploring and relaxing, and also lots of opportunities to try watersports, canoeing and water-skiing.

Facilities: Toilets, Pub nearby

Blackpool Sands, South Devon

This award-winning beach has always been a popular spot for families. Nestled in an unspoilt, sheltered bay and surrounded by luscious wooded cliffs, it’s an ideal spot for swimming due to the calm waters.

Facilities: Toilets, Shop, Café

Bournemouth beach, Dorset

If you’re looking for a traditional seaside escape, Bournemouth is the perfect option. With seven miles of glorious sandy beach, a pier with tons of amusements and the bustling town nearby, there’s plenty to do during your stay. Due to the popularity of this beach especially in the busy season, they have introduced a scheme offering colour matching wristbands to families so you can link with certain stretches of the beach and ensure your kiddies are safe.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant, Shop, Town centre nearby, Pub nearby

Bamburgh Castle beach, Northumberland

This spectacular expanse of golden sands is a great place for a family day out. Its vast, beautiful landscape offers you an ideal spot for picnics, games and sandcastle making. In the distance, you’ll also spot Bamburgh’s majestic castle which can be seen for miles around.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant

Southwold Pier beach, Suffolk

For traditional seaside stays, head to Southwold for a family getaway. The charming ambience, paired with pretty pastel beach huts and the pier jutting into clear waters, offer you the perfect British beach holiday.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant, Town centre nearby, Shop, Pub nearby

Minehead, Somerset

This large sandy beach is a popular location for visitors particularly during the summer months.  With delightful views over the Bristol Channel and along the coast to Exmoor, you’ll find a host of things to do including rock pooling, beach games and sandcastle building. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path, so there are plenty of walks to enjoy overlooking this spectacular stretch of coastline.

Facilities: Toilets, Café/Restaurant, Shop, Town nearby . . 


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