If you talk to almost any adult about their holidays when they were a child one of the things that they will probably remember most vividly is the opportunity to play on the beach. Racing into the waves, or building sandcastles and trying to defend them as the tide comes in have been a part of the British summer holiday for well over 100 years.
Taking a holiday let on the coast gives you the opportunity to continue this tradition and let your children enjoy the same simple pleasures that you did as a child, and which are still capable of inspiring this generation of children to turn-off their phones and iPads and to enjoy some great family time at the beach.
Sun, Sea and Sand Holidays
The coastline of Britain is dotted with many beautiful beaches, any of which would make a great spot for your family to relax for a week or two. This list is simply a sample of what is available, and to show some of the variety of what is possible even within the UK. Our coastline has everything from rocky coves, to miles of golden sand, so the destination you chose can be as individual as you.
Great Yarmouth is well known for it’s many miles of beautiful, clean golden sand. Nearby is Caister-on-Sea, another popular destination that is also worth a look for any family holiday on the Norfolk coast.
Not far away is Clacton. This is perhaps one of the most loved seaside towns in the country. There is much more of an entertainment centre, and taking a holiday let here will give you plenty of options to keep your family entertained even when they feel like a break from the beach. Clacton pier has entertained generations of children with hours of thrills and adventure.
But another strong contender for the seaside entertainment crown must be Blackpool. Blackpool is indisputably one of the most famous of the English seaside towns. It’s not just the beach that draws tourists here year after year, but the range of activities that day-trippers and those who choose to holiday here can enjoy. The friendly atmosphere, the amusements, the pier and the seaside shops selling holiday souvenirs have an almost irresistible charm for young and old alike and the reason that Blackpool has remained at the top of the list for so long.
A totally different type of beach holiday can be found at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. This has been a popular holiday resort since Victorian times. Today this stunning beach front is still just as popular due to the clean, safe waters that miles of sandy beaches that surround it. A near perfect location for your family getaway with some of the noise and bustle that Blackpool can bring with it.
Even more peaceful is St Bees in Cumbria, Visitors to this beach will find a shingle and sand beach that is backed by low cliffs. If you would like a quieter beach holiday then this may be the perfect location to bring your family. There are pretty stones and shells to sort through across the beach, so you enjoy a quiet hour or two picking your favourite stones to take home and polish then this is the ideal spot. St Bees is also known as the start of the famous Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast path that runs across the country to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire.
On the south coast of England Poole is somewhere that often gets unfairly overlooked. It boasts a fantastic natural harbour that is perfect for water-sports so if sports are your favourite beach activity then head for the south.
For a more exclusive holiday in Dorset try Sandbanks. The clean water here and the ‘swimmers -only’ bathing areas help to make Sandbanks a fantastic family beach. There are designated barbecue sites for relaxing together after that exhilarating swim. Just lay back and enjoy the company, and the enchanting scenery on what is often called one of the most scenic beaches in the country.
Moving further round into Devon we reach Exmouth on what is known as the English Riviera is home to exceptional Devon scenery and a family-friendly beach that is hard to beat.
Further still around the English coast there are Newquay and St Ives, these beaches are often considered some of the best in the country.
Perhaps the most surprising gem here is Pedn Vounder. Located on one of the most remote coastlines in western Cornwall on the north coast of the Penwith Peninsula, Pedn Vounder is little more than a sandy cove. It’s charm lies in its seclusion. It is largely inaccessible by road and can only be reached by either boat or by walking from Treen the nearest village. The isolation of this beach means that is is popular with naturists so don’t be too surprised by what may await you here.
If you enjoy travelling a little further afield then Pentle Bay in Tresco on the Scilly Isles is worth a look. At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a tropical location, but in reality you are only about 30 miles off the coast of Land’s End. While this is still within the UK, the climate here is frequently hotter than the rest of the country, and the clean white sand and blue sky make this a tempting spot to relax in the sun or take a swim in these safe bathing waters. Tresco is also renowned for watersports so if you would like to try something a little more energetic then this is the place to go for it. Nearby you will find Tresco Abbey Gardens with a large tropical plant collection so if you need a break from the beach there is plenty to keep the family engaged.
Woolacombe Sands in Devon is another beach with fantastic water conditions that have given it a long history with surfers. It is also very popular with families and is often thought to be one of the most popular beaches in the UK. Just along the north Devon coast is Ilfracombe with a good selection of shops, and a great place to spend an afternoon wandering on a relaxing shopping trip.
Heading into Wales tourists can find the Gower Peninsula and Rhossili Bay. The peninsula is home to many coves lined with golden sand, and at the western end is Rhossili Bay, an unspoilt mass of white sand and steep limestone cliffs. One feature of this beach that you can’t miss is the Helvetia. This Norwegian ship was wrecked here in 1887 and has now become something of a local landmark. The size of Rhossili beach means that even when it is at it’s most popular it rarely feels too busy and there is plenty of space for everyone.
At the northern end of the bay is where you will find the surfers. The waves here have long been popular with both novices and the more experienced enthusiasts. Away from the beach this area is popular with walkers, so anyone preferring to burn off some excess energy can head out for an afternoons stroll around Dylan Thomas country.
Not all seaside holidays have to be about the beach, or even the water. Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast is a great base for long coastal walks. The town is popular just as much for romantic breaks for couples as family breaks. Here families can enjoy rock-pooling, hunting for crabs and other sea creatures at low tide while lovers explore the town or stroll for miles along the coast gazing out to sea before heading back to their holiday let for an evening meal, and some rest.