Top 10 family beaches in the UK


Posted by Hannah on 17th February 2018

Load up the car with body boards, frisbees and a picnic and you’re guaranteed great fun for the whole family at one of these glorious beaches.

We’ve scoured the country for our top ten best family beaches in the UK, so that wherever your holidaying, you can visit a beach that’s perfect for both you and the kids.

10. New Quay, Wales

Close to nearby shops and cafés, the harbour beach in New Quay is certainly the most popular with families. Spend a day building sandcastles and paddling, or take some time to explore the rugged coastline of Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay either by boat or on foot. Keep an eye out for dolphins; they’re often spotted leaping and playing in the harbour.

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9. Ainsdale, Merseyside

The only beach to be awarded blue flag status on the North West coast, Ainsdale is perfect for families. The Discovery Centre is full of shell collections and local wildlife information, and is ideal as a break from the sun, or more likely, shelter from a spot of rain! They also offer free cycle hire during the Summer.

8. Sennen Cove, Cornwall

Another of the UK's previously blue flagged beaches, Sennen is one of the cleanest in Europe and definitely one of the most beautiful. It’s the perfect place for swimming or learning to surf and lifeguards keep an eye on everyone from May to September. There’s also a great selection of shops and restaurants nearby.

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7. Filey Beach, Yorkshire

Filey is the perfect beach for kids to explore. They’ll love discovering the sculpture trail that surrounds the bay and the ancient remains of a Roman signal station can be found on the cliffs just above. Filey is well known for its rock pools too and your little ones can spend hours looking for curious marine life.

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6. Southwold Pier Beach, Suffolk

Southwold is one of Suffolk’s best known resorts and has a long tradition as such. The traditional seaside atmosphere follows on from the town to lines of pretty pastel beach huts and onto the pier jutting out from the shingle into the clear waters. There really is no mistaking you’re at the great British seaside! The quality of the beach has been recognised over the years by regular Blue Flag awards making it a great beach for families to visit.

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5. St Ives, Cornwall

The bay of St Ives has over fifty miles of golden sand to enjoy and the beaches are some of the cleanest in Europe. The bay is perfect for body boarding or stand up paddle boarding and there are several water sports schools to offer instruction and equipment hire. Make sure you explore the quirky streets too, full of gift shops and tasty local produce.

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4. Sandbanks, Dorset

Having held a prestigious blue flag award for over twenty years, Sandbanks in Poole is one the safest beaches in the country. The sand slowly slopes into the sea making it perfect paddling ground for small children and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September.

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3. Sanna Bay and Ardtoe, Scotland

Nestled on the west coast of Scotland, this beach is a bit of an adventure to get to, but you're rewarded with seclusion and beauty. Even on a summer's day you’re likely to be one of the only families on the beach, and can chill out at your own pace without having to rush down early and bag a spot.

2. Watergate Bay, Cornwall

Watergate Bay is perfectly located just outside the bustling seaside resort of Newquay, popular with families. There’s lots for the kids to get involved in, from surfing to kite buggying, and there are frequent events throughout the year from beach polo to thundercat racing. Enjoy an Extreme hot chocolate or pick up a souvenir in the local gift shop.

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1. Woolacombe Bay, Devon

This fantastic North Devon beach has recently won a Premier Beach Seaside Award and it’s easy to see why! Woolacombe has held Blue Flag status for over twenty years and the Environment Agency has described it as a safe bathing beach and ideal for families in every way. Play in the sand, hit the surf or sit back, relax and enjoy a BBQ, the choice is completely yours!

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More inspiration

If you're looking for even more great ways to spend the holidays with the kids, take a look at these guides for ideas:

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