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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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

 

Bask in the traditional charm of Shanklin Seafront

Shanklin Seafront is one of the Isle of Wight's most popular seaside resorts, with loads to keep the kids quiet and plenty of places for adults to take it easy.

Location: Shanklin, Isle of Wight

 
Sandhaven Beach, South Shields

Make a splash at Sandhaven Beach

Sandcastles, surf and smiles await in the fantastic seaside town of South Shields!

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

 

Enjoy a classic holiday by the seaside

When the sun shines there is only one place to be – beside the sea.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Settle down on Sunderland's award-winning beaches

Grab a blanket, a picnic and your favourite flip flops, and head down to the beautiful twin-beach resorts of Roker and Seaburn.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Savour family fun in sandy Scarborough

If you’re looking for good old-fashioned fun that's easy on the wallet, you might want to consider Scarborough beach, also known as the “St Tropez of the North”.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

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

 

Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Pick up your bucket and spade and take to the sand on a family holiday at one of Lincolnshire's favourite seaside resorts.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 

Discover sharks, seals and summer fun in Great Yarmouth

From mysterious creatures of the deep to sandcastles and donkey rides, Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile has it all.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

 

Take a family escape to the golden sands of Weymouth

Dig your toes in the sand, paddle in the waves and make memories with the kids at this spectacular seaside town.

Location: Weymouth, Dorset

 

Have a traditional Victorian seaside experience

Head to the delightful seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a fun trip up a sea-cliff lift and dine on fish and chips with a view.

Location: Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

 
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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