Best UK Beaches to Visit with Children this Summer


With the warm weather we’ve been having recently, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a trip to the coast with the family. We wanted to share with you some of our favourite family-friendly UK beaches to visit with your children.

Read on to know more about our favourite beaches in the UK, pack a bucket and spade and spend an unforgettable family weekend outdoors.

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1) Blackpool Sands, Devon

Looking for the perfect family gateway? Head to Devon and enjoy a sunny day on one of the loveliest beaches in the UK. Blackpool Sands is a family-friendly, safe beach with exceptionally clean water. Your little ones will have lots of space to run free and build sand castles (there are large sandpits available). You can also try family kayaking or paddle boards and spend a wonderful and active day outdoors. There’s also a café, a shop and the beautiful Blackpool Gardens just behind the beach – check the individual websites for opening information.

2) Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Enjoy a walk along this pristine, sandy beach with views of the Bamburgh Castle which can be accessed for true explorers. For a real seaside adventure, take a trip to the nearby Farne Islands by boat between March and October and look out for puffins, seals and even dolphins if you’re very lucky.

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Bamburgh Beach. Photo by Bruce Edwards on Unsplash

3) West Wittering beach, West Sussex

West Wittering beach is a lovely sandy beach, perfect for a relaxing family day out, surrounded by wildlife and different plant species. There are lifeguards on site, so you and your gang will be in safe hands all day long. Don’t worry if you forget your bucket and spade – you can buy all the summer essentials in the beach shop. There’s also a beach café if you get hungry or need a little pick-me-up but check local information before you travel.

4) Polzeath Beach, Cornwall

Known for it’s surfing, Polzeath Beach is a great place to come for a family day out. Be sure to time your visit well by looking at the tide times as at low tide, the sand extends around half a mile in both directions where as when the tide comes in there’s hardly any beach at all. Don’t forget wellies for exploring the rock pools.

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Polzeath Beach. Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash

5) Sandbanks Beach, Dorset

This lovely sandy beach is one of the nicest on the South Coast. With lots of fine, gold sand around, it calls for sand castles and sand pies. All the facilities you may need are close to the beach and there’s a play area for children, a barbecue area and even crazy golf courses to make your family day out even more exciting.

6) Yellowcraig Beach, Scotland

Voted as the best place to picnic in Scotland in 2019, Yellowcraig Beach is the perfect day out for mini pirate adventurers as it was reportedly the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. There’s even an RSPB nature reserve which is home to a huge variety of seabirds so remember to bring your camera when you visit.

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Sandbanks Beach. Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

7) Brighton Beach, East Sussex

If an afternoon of family time spent on the beach is what you want, head to Brighton. Brighton beach is perfect for a fast-paced and adrenaline-filled family trip. The iconic Brighton Pier, which opened in 1899, is the place to be.

8) Mablethorpe Beach, Lincolnshire

This quiet, clean, sandy beach is perfect for a family day out with your little ones. It’s also a paradise for the shell collectors. And remember to take a ride on the Beach Train – we’re sure your children will love it! There are lots of places to eat, have a cuppa or an ice cream too.