While the kids are on holiday and the good weather holds out, why not take a day out of your schedule to visit one of Britain’s top beaches.

With a respectable number of blue-flag beaches (meaning they are clean, safe and well-kept throughout the year), there are a great selection of top spots to visit that mum, dad and the kids can all enjoy.

Some of the best beaches in the UK will have a number of local attractions, such as aquariums, arcades and funfairs that can all be incorporated into your day trip making it even more memorable.


Photo: Flickr – Squirmelia

This is the perfect beach day out for those families who like to pack a bit of history and education into every day trip. Scarborough’s beach is split into two bays, the North Bay and the South Bay and between the two bays is the Castle Headland. The Iron Age castle ruin sits on a rocky cliff that boasts spectacular views of the North Yorkshire coast and overlooks the bays below it.

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Photo: Flickr – DraXus

Down in Dorset are the luscious beaches of Bournemouth famous for its sandy coastline. Not only is the beach itself a great place to spend a day, but the surrounding town centre provides plenty of alternative things to do and places to visit.

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Lowestoft Beach

Photo: Flickr – Stuart McCallum

Lowestoft beaches along the East coast of England provide a perfect escape for the family. The beaches are sandy and there’s plenty of local entertainment to be found, such as arcades, restaurants and shops along the high street all set within the historical town of Lowestoft.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Pleasurewood Hills
  • Africa Alive


Photo: Flickr – Ingy the Wingy

One of Britain’s sandier stretches of coast, Blackpool in Lancashire has been at the top of our list of fun beaches since the start of the 1900s when the first major seafront attraction opened its doors to the public. Today, the beach continues to be one of the most visited in Britain.

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Sennen Cove, Land’s End

Photo: Flickr – Dmitry Shakin

If you’re making a trip to Land’s End then why not walk the short distance along the coastline to Sennen Cove. The town of Sennen is home to less than 1000 people making for a quiet holiday, but by no means less fun! This is a beach trip for those who prefer an educational adventure with castle ruins and Bronze Age burial cairns to marvel at.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Cape Cornwall Golf and Country Club
  • Geevor Tin Mine Circular

West Cliff Beach, Whitby – North Yorkshire

Photo: Flickr – Calotype46

The place where you can find Britain’s very own Khyber Pass is home to traditional beach huts and coastal entertainment. During the summer months the Red Arrows are a common feature and there is plenty for kids to do with crazy golf and bumper boats.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Whitby Abbey
  • Go Ape