Top 10 Family Friendly Beaches in the UK
School’s out for summer and it is peak season for tourists visiting the UK to make the most of British summertime. You are never too far away from the coast in the UK, so there is an abundance of beaches and seaside resorts to enjoy short breaks or week long holidays. Here is a rundown of our top 10 family friendly beaches in the UK.
1. Watergate Way, Newquay
Stretching over 2 miles, this impressive open bay attracts thousands of visitors each year. The beach is a designated European beach and has reached the highest standard in UK bathing water. Young surfers are attracted to the fantastic blue seas of Newquay but there are still plenty of quiet spots to be found, for a more laid back break. Stay at The Watergate Bay Hotel and dine in Jamie Oliver’s nearby Fifteen restaurant.
2. Botany Bay, Kent
Botany Bay is probably one of the most photographed bays in the UK, due to its breathtaking views of white cliffs and chalk stacks. It is also a Blue Flag Award-winning beach. Explore rock pools and search for fossils when the tide is out or simply enjoy miles of golden sand. Joss Bay and Kingsgate Bay are nearby and are also worth a visit. There are lots of campsites nearby or you can stay in the Botany Bay hotel, if you want a little bit more luxury.
3. Camber Sands Beach
If blustery beach walks are your thing, head to East Sussex to the Blue Flagged Camber Sands beach. Ideal for flying kites, frisbees and good old fashioned family fun. The beach boasts seven miles of golden sands, a wide range of cafes and restaurants plus plenty of nightly entertainment for all. Only a 1 hour and 45 minutes away from London, this is a quick getaway for those looking for a short break away from the city. Stay at Place on the Beach, for quality self-catering at a very reasonable price.
4. Rhossili Beach, Gower Peninsula
Rhossili Beach has been voted the best beach in the UK twice in the last four years, so it must be good. The beach boasts 3 miles of sandy shores, in the heart of the Gower Peninsula, in Swansea. At low tide there is a huge expanse of beach, where it is possible to cross the bay of Llangennith over to the famous Worms head. The swell here makes it another great spot for water sports. Gower Holiday Village offers family friendly rooms and services, at great value prices.
5. Littlehampton Beach
Littlehampton offers fun for the family as well as a great location for food fanatics. Just down the road from Eastbourne, Littlehampton has lots of tiny beaches, where you can stroll along eating fish and chips, take a ride on the promenade train and have fun on the pedalos. The spot is also great for watersports, for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Slindon Campsite offers excellent facilities in a very serene setting, where you can get away from it all.
6. Marloes Sands, Pembrokeshire
This National Trust area, in the heart of Wales, is a stunning 1.5k sandy beach. The beach is part of Marloes peninsula, which boasts dramatic cliffs and calm waters that is ideal for family bathing. The area is great for walking, with a variety of paths to suit various age groups and abilities. Bird spotting is another fun family activity that is popular in this area. Stay at The Clock House, if you are looking for a friendly B and B in the village or why not hire a traditional Welsh cottage for a week-long stay.
7. Formby, Lancashire
Stroll through the wonderful pine woods that surround this wonderful North West beach and search for red squirrels in this National Trust area. The beach itself is great for relaxed family picnics with dramatic sea views. Take a bike ride over the dunes and along the miles of golden sand. You could stay in nearby Liverpool if you want to mix beach and city together on your holiday or can camp out under the stars at Formby point caravan park.
8. Priory Bay Beach, Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is home to some of the cleanest and unspoilt beaches in the UK. Priory Bay beach is an idyllic spot that boasts of excellent sea views. A quiet space, where families get to spend quality time together without fuss. Stay at the Priory Beach hotel that backs on to the beach and enjoy amazing oysters, fresh from the sea, at Priory Oyster Restaurant on the beach.
9. Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland
Sweeping along the edge of the North Coast, this 2 mile stretch of sand is one of Northern Ireland’s finest beaches. Relish in views of Inishowen headland and Mussenden Temple perched atop of the cliffs. Enjoy a guided family walk and make a wildlife treasure hunt to add fun to your journey. There are plenty of holiday parks nearby, that you can use as a base to explore the strand and nearby Causeway coastal paths.
10. Lunan Bay, Scotland
If you are looking for seclusion and tranquility, this is the beach for you. Families can enjoy some quiet time, with space to run around and allow to do what children do best. Have a traditional holiday with beach games, long walks collecting shells and an evening stroll with fish and chips. Take in all of its viking history, with information and guided tours available from tourist information. Drumshademuir is an ideal camping site for families, with excellent facilities in a central location to see more of Dundee.