With the warmer weather just around the corner, there’s one thing us Brits love to do – pack up the family and flock to the nearest beach. And with temperatures set to rise and the school holidays on the horizon, let’s take a look at what the top four UK seaside destinations have to offer so you can start planning the perfect summer break, whether it’s a day trip with the family or a romantic weekend with your other half.
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…and the seafront in Bournemouth is no exception. Located on the South coast of England, Bournemouth is home to a beautiful coastline, with seven-mile-long sandy beaches and stunning views. This award winning seafront is the best place to be if you’re searching for the seaside that has it all. Having been rated with four blue flags you can be sure you’re visiting a safe, attractive and well looked after beach, not to mention the fact that it also has two seaside awards and a silver award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Bournemouth seafront goes the extra mile for visitors and makes the perfect family destination. Not only does it offer delicious fish and chips, adventure playgrounds, crazy golf and amusement arcades, it also has a seafront oceanarium and pier. Extras, such as the land train, cliff lifts, 25 different water sports opportunities, beach hut hire and hire of sunbeds, deck chairs and windbreaks will ensure that you make the most of Bournemouth’s weather at this time of year. Don’t forget while you’re enjoying yourself in the sun; you’ll have lifeguards and seafront rangers ensuring everyone’s safety too – so you’ll be able to kick back and relax just that little bit more.
Weymouth Beach Dorset
Located in Dorset, Weymouth beach is a favourite amongst all its visitors. With 3 miles of sandy beach, fringed by a beautiful promenade, Weymouth is the perfect example of a traditional seaside. Like all seaside resorts Weymouth has a thriving seafront full of cafes, fish and chip bars, and amusements – and a short walk across the cobbles will bring you to a historic harbour.
Weymouth beach makes the top 4 seaside destination list due to its fabulous reviews, rating it one of the best in the UK. It also holds a blue flag award and seaside award from Keep Britain Tidy. You can be sure Weymouth is a quality beach and with it comes fabulous attractions such as boat trips, Punch and Judy shows, summer fireworks, live music and crazy golf, not to mention daily beach sports events and donkey rides. Weymouth beach also offers beach hut and deckchair hire and is patrolled by lifeguards.
Porthminster Beach St Ives
Known as the ‘jewel of the South-West’ St Ives is home to Porthminster beach. Although this beach is known to be quieter than some seaside resorts, this doesn’t mean that Porthminster isn’t one of the best in the UK. This award winning blue flag beach is a firm family favourite and one of the best beaches for surfers and swimmers. Surrounded by a wealth of options when it comes to holiday accommodation, during the summer months, this beach is filled with deck chairs and family picnics. This safe beach is patrolled by lifeguards and has an award winning café serving up delicious food all year round. If surfing and swimming are not enough to keep you occupied then Porthminster beach also has an 18-hole mini golf course as well as boat trips to spot seals and dolphins.
Scarborough North Yorkshire
Scarborough is a traditional seaside town, and this marine conservation society recommended beach offers the best of both worlds. The North Bay is the quieter of the two, providing coastline walks and rock pools whereas the busy South bay offers everything the seaside should. Filled with amusements, ice cream parlours, fair rides, cafes and restaurants and a sea life centre there is something for everyone, not forgetting boat and donkey rides. Equipped with lifeguards and a blue flag and quality coast award, Scarborough is definitely one of the best seaside destinations.
Whichever British beach you choose to visit this summer, if you opt for one of the above, you’re almost guaranteed to have a wonderful time – even if we can’t guarantee the weather! Though you can always check out the current days weather.