Seaside holidays

Beach holidays

As soon as the sun peeks out from behind the clouds, no matter what the thermometer says, most of us will head to one of our lovely English beaches. Whether it’s for bracing walks in winter, for heat-hazed holidays in the midst of summer, or for getting out in those precious fleeting moments of warmth in spring and autumn, the beaches in England are a magnet. Couples and families, dog walkers and solitary thinkers all find space by the sea. The sound of the surf soothes the soul, and days lazing on those sandy beaches in England make everything seem alright again.

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Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark

Spot rare wildlife, go coasteering, and discover stories of drowned forests at South Devon's Global Geopark, a fascinating area with rich historical and geological heritage.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 

Catch some waves at Woolacombe Beach

North Devon has some of the county’s most popular family beaches, including award-winning Woolacombe.

Location: Woolacombe, Devon

 

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.

Location: Camber Sands, East Sussex

 

Discover a seaside sporting paradise

The island where windsurfing was invented has got to be an ideal place for watersports, but Hayling has beautiful countryside as well.

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

 

Enjoy beach sports on Brighton beach

Brighton beach is famously full of pebbles, but at Yellowave there is plenty of sand making it the place to go for all kinds of beach sports.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Explore The Grand Pier of Weston-super-Mare

Relive happy childhood memories of eating ice creams, skimming stones and skipping along piers in Weston-super-Mare.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

 

Leap into the surf at some of Cornwall’s most spectacular beaches

Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves at one of Cornwall’s golden beaches, with well-trained instructors.

Location: Across Cornwall

 

Explore the Cornish sea

The Cornish Sea is the unique marine graveyard, and also doubles up as a mecca for scuba divers.

Location: Falmouth, Cornwall

 

Bird watching in St Bees

The largest seabird colony on the west coast of England is at St Bees Head.

Location: St Bees, Cumbria

 

Take a dip in Bude Sea Pool

Take the whole family to this part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Location: Bude, Cornwall

 

Try sea kayaking in St Austell Bay

With its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for sea kayaking.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Enjoy an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves and three miles of golden sand at Cornwall’s popular Perranporth beach.

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall

 

Go sailing in Scilly

Indulge in an exotic island escape… just off the Cornish coast.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Mackerel Fishing at Beer

Take a sea fishing trip in Devon.

Location: Beer, Devon

 

Soar above England’s highest chalk sea cliff

Work up the courage for a unique, exhilarating way to take in the iconic scenery of East Sussex’s famous Beachy Head, near Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Go all One Direction in North Somerset

Visit Clevedon Pier where boy band One Direction filmed their ‘You and I’ video and cruise on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

Location: Clevedon, North Somerset

 

Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Hunt for fossils on the beach or solve the mermaid mystery and sail on a pirate ship. Go on a dinosaur walk or explore the Maritime Trail.

Location: Scarborough, North/East Yorkshire

 

Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take a dip in the 1930s art deco outdoor Tinside Lido, where you can go for a dip or relax with a snack.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 

Wander along sparkling Scilly beaches

With sparkling white sands reminiscent of the Caribbean, Scilly is a tropical break that is close to home.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Get Your Blood pumping in Newquay

With iconic surfing beaches, this town a favourite holiday destination for fun in the sun, and anything else the weather might throw at you.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

 
Bay, with steep cliffs and rocks on the beach, on the North sea coastline of Yorkshire. Sunset. Evening. Calm seas.

5 of the best beaches for wildlife spotting

From fluffy seal pups, to bottlenose dolphins and soaring sea birds, England's beaches are great places to see nature at its very best.

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