Best UK Beaches to Visit with Children this Summer


With the country slowly opening up post COVID and summer in full swing, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you 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. Always check local information and government guidelines before you plan your visit.

And if you prefer to stay at home just a little longer, we have some brilliant lockdown staycation ideas for you!

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 for the brave sand-castle makers to enjoy). 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 and safety measures.

2) 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.

3) 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 (beach car parks and some toilets are open). And for when the lockdown is fully lifted, there’s also a play area for children, a barbecue area, a café and even crazy golf courses to make your family day out even more exciting.

4) 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. Once the facilities open up, it will again be packed with games, old-style game machines and funfair rides so you can spend hours on this fun-filled pier. and until then you can still enjoy walks on the beach! The one thing you can’t do is build sandcastles. Fun fact – the beach is made up of over 1,000,000 pebbles.

5 best UK beaches to visit with children this summer

5) 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 – perfect while most places are still closed. And once the lockdown is fully lifted, 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 around, too – check local information for opening restrictions.

What is your favourite beach in the UK to spend a lovely day with your family?