Top 4 England Beach Destinations for a Family Summer Holiday

Oh, we all like to be beside the seaside! 

For families living in England, is there anything better than escaping to a beach destination in the summer?

Days spent building sandcastles, paddling, and surfing the waves are followed by evenings eating chippy chips and cosying up with a favourite film. Ice cream is a daily must, and the whole family can soak up the sunshine and soothing sound of the sea. 

With the sunny weather finally picking up, there is still time to plan a last-minute family summer holiday to one of these top four England beach destinations: use this guide to find the best spot for you and your little ones!

1. Devon 

Devon, a county on England’s southwest coast, is a favourite family holiday destination for many. Its wide sandy beaches backed by fossil-filled cliffs are renowned for being some of the most beautiful in the country and are the perfect places for safe playing. Especially beloved is Woolacombe Bay, a three-mile stretch of sand with gentle waves that are ideally suited to swimming and body-boarding. Ilfracombe is also popular. Older children will also love exploring the paths and coves of this region in search of the treasures of this UNESCO-protected coastline which range from fossils to striking unique rock formations. 

2. Newquay, Cornwall

Follow the coastline into Cornwall and you will find Newquay on the north coast. This lively destination has endless entertainment options for the family, although older children won’t need much more than the incredible surfing spots! For beaches, there’s a huge amount of choice including the famous surf beach Fistral, along with Little Fistral, Towan, Great Western, Harbour Beach, Whipsiderry, Lusty Glaze, Porth, Watergate and nearby Crantock!  Phew!  You’ll be spoilt for choice!

There’s also a great selection of vegan food in Newquay and even a bunch of family activities to do in the rain in Newquay too.

3. Brighton

Thanks to its proximity to England’s capital, Brighton is a popular day trip for London residents and tourists exploring the city and its surroundings. Brighton is just an hour by train from London – half the time taken if driving – so you don’t have to worry about parking or finding a place to stay. Brighton Beach is best known for its Victorian-style pier which still hosts fairground rides, restaurants, stalls, and a wide variety of other entertainment. 

4. Whitby

At the other end of the country, on the Yorkshire coastline, is Whitby. Part of the North York Moors National Park, this bustling beach town is surrounded by sensational countryside where there are many walks to be enjoyed – both along the clifftop and up into the heather-covered hills. The beach itself is long and golden, while the town has an enormous arcade, ghost walks, and endless eateries to keep little ones happy. A visit to Whitby Abbey, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, is a must – well worth the 199 steps it takes to reach it! 

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