10 best UK family beach holidays

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We all like to be beside the seaside – and the British Seaside Holidays are the classic ‘cheap and cheerful’ family breaks. Whether you’re looking for a quiet stretch of sand, a nostalgic pier or a bustling resort, we’ve picked 10 of the UK’s best spots for family beach holidays this summer.

Benllech beach, Isle of Anglesey, Wales

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Easy to get to, even for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs, this sandy beach has plenty of rock pools to explore and is perfect for swimming, windsurfing and sea-fishing. Located on the east coast of Anglesey the clean beach has a couple of cafes and ice cream sellers nearby for convenience and easy parking too.

Kynance cove, Cornwall

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This stunning cove on the west side of Lizard in Cornwall is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A dramatic and historic stretch of Cornish coast, Kynance Cove provides a fantastic day out for families with its distinctive white sand beach and dark red and green serpentine rock. Now owned by the National Trust, if you’re a member you can park for free!

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Blackpool, Lancashire

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The quintessential British resort for family beach holidays, Blackpool remains loyal to its traditional roots. If you’re looking for piers (there are three), penny arcades and seaside bingo then this is the place – not to mention a vast sand beach, still trodden daily by donkey rides, and a theme park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, for more fun and frolics.

Bexhill, East Sussex

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The Edwardian aristocracy loved Bexhill-on-Sea, and its biggest claim to fame was as the UK’s first mixed-bathing beach. Ideal for family beach holidays, there are two miles of promenade, including the refurbished modernist 1930s De La Warr pavilion, now an arts centre, run alongside a gently shelving shingle beach of rockpools and sand stretches where you can hire deckchairs and beach huts.

Cromer, Norfolk

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Step back in time at pretty Cromer, whose historic pier is a perfectly preserved piece of Victoriana complete with ice cream stands and seaside shows. A blue-flag beach runs underneath, and when you’ve worked up an appetite tuck into some of the fresh large, red Cromer crabs for which the town is famous – found on practically every pub and restaurant menu.

Weymouth, Dorset

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On the spectacular Jurassic Coast, Weymouth has an award-winning golden sand beach and bags of charm. Facilities are excellent – with everything from baby changing and deckchairs to summer season lifeguards for a three-mile stretch. And if you want a rest from making sandcastles, look out to sea – there are plenty of sailing regattas throughout the year.

Skegness, Lincolnshire

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‘Skeggy’ first came to UK seaside fame as the site of the first Butlins Holiday camp in 1936 – and it hasn’t deviated from its winning bucket-and-spade family formula since. The town still clusters around a pretty seafront – today with a fairground, seal sanctuary, crazy golf, adventure centre and pier – and all within easy reach of the blue-flag shingle and fine sand beach.

Crail, Fife, Scotland

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Get déjà vu at the fishing village of Crail – its ‘olde-worlde’ good looks have appeared on Shortbread tins everywhere. The fishing village itself lies within an easy drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, with a whitewashed harbour and beautiful beach – the North Sea waters might be a bit nippy for swimming, but south-facing sandy Roome Bay is full of rock pools for shrimping in and a lovely children’s playground at the north end.

Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Home of Captain Cook and Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula, Whitby has also been a favourite choice for family beach hoidays for centuries. Cliffs tower over West Cliff’s wide sandy beach, lined with brightly coloured beach huts and dotted with donkey rides and deckchairs. Whitby is also renowned for its fish and chips – buy a bag and stroll to the ruins of the 13th-century Whitby Abbey to watch the sun go down.

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

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This Blue Flag sandy beach in North Devon holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for best family resort and was voted the Best British Beach in the Mail on Sunday. The three-mile long stretch of gorgeous golden sand in one of Devon’s best loved summer destinations, great for surfing, and dunes for hide and seek. You can even get a short boat trip across to Lundry Island to see the lighthouse.

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Book a cheap UK family holiday park breaks nearby

Holiday parks are a fantastic way to treat yourselves to a cheap UK family holiday and explore some of the country’s spectacular beaches. They cater specifically for families, don’t involve the cost and hassle of air travel AND take in some of the UK’s best holiday spots. Take a look at our round up of cheap family breaks at resorts by the sea!

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