The Best British Beaches for a Day Trip

Fast-paced city life got you in a slump? A day trip to the beach might be just the refresher you need - and aren't we just spoiled for choice here in good old Blighty?!

We’re rounding up some of the many British beaches that may well be only a drive away from you – so there's no need to book overnight accommodation! Read on…

Woolacombe Beach, Devon

Once you’ve stepped foot on the soft sands of award-winning Woolacombe Beach, you’ll quickly see why this place is considered time and time again one of the UK’s best beaches.

Located on the north coast of Devon, this family-friendly beach has plenty to offer, including waves to satisfy any swimmer or surfer, water activities like kayaking and kitesurfing, a long expanse of sand to walk and access to the seaside shops, cafes and restaurants of the village of Woolacombe. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for a traditional seaside experience.

Whitstable Beach, Kent

Not only is the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent only an hour and a half out from London, but it’s also got all your needs covered for a daytime beach trip. Its sheltered beach is the perfect getaway for urbanites, with plenty of waves to splash about in and colourful beach huts for relaxing.

Once you’ve tired of the surf, head into town for fresh seafood, or pop into the local book shop for a browse.

Blackpool Beach, Sunny Lancashire

If a kitsch but oh-so-fun seaside trip is what you're after, you can't go far wrong with Blackpool. Located in the north west of England, Blackpool beach is the only British beach resort with three piers, so you know you’ll be spoilt for choice when heading there.

Down on its Golden Mile, gorge on fish-and-chips and enjoy amusement rides, arcade games and tram and donkey rides - it's the perfect place for good, old-fashioned family fun. You can even soak in the entire scene from the top of the 33-metre Ferris wheel.

Sandhaven Beach, South Shields

The South Shields coast in northeast England is an excellent place to visit if you want to spot pods of dolphins. Aside from the marine life, Sandhaven Beach boasts long stretches of sand and breath-taking sand dunes. The isolated location means it’s a relaxing spot for picnics, sunbathing or reading a good book in the shade.

There are several seaside restaurants, cafes and pubs to choose from when you start getting peckish. If you’re looking for a little more action, there are a couple of nearby parks, as well as play areas for little ones (and 'big kids'!)

Holkham Beach, Norfolk

The unspoilt sands and gorgeous landscapes of Norfolk’s Holkham Beach will make your worries feel so far away. Surrounded only by sand, sea and sky, this laidback beach is the perfect spot for birdwatching, as countless birds, such as the little tern and oystercatcher, call this place their home.

Horse riding is allowed at Holkham Beach, so if you’re lucky, you might spot riders taking advantage of the long stretches of sand right by the shoreline.

Ready for your great British beach day trip? Do bring along plenty of sun protection, as well as your best warm weather wear.

Until next time…