The longest day of the year arrived on the 21st June and welcomed in the summertime. Spark up those barbecues, get glittered up at those festivals and wildly flock to the beaches because the time to relax and soak up some rays is finally here!
To celebrate our current heat wave, we want to bring you 5 UK Beaches you should visit this year. You do not need to go abroad to find stunning scenery and golden sands. We want to show you what the UK has to offer- you’ve just got the task of picking the sunny weekend.
Croyde Bay Beach- Devon
Devon is known for its stunning countryside and spectacular coastlines, making it the perfect place to escape to this summer. Croyde Bay Beach in North Devon sits within a small bay and is a popular spot with surfers and sunbathers. As well as the sand and sea, Croyde Bay Beach is also known for its rockpools and walks to Baggy Point, which boasts incredible views over the coastline. For your practical requirements, the bay also has a beach car park, food outlets and swimming, surfing and canoe hire. The surrounding village makes for a great place to wonder, whilst there is a great selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from.
Ballycastle Beach- Northern Ireland
Taking a trip to Northern Ireland this summer? Then get driving to the Causeway coast to soak up the wild and stunning Ballycastle Beach. Ballycastle is a historic small town in County Antrim and alongside sunning yourself on their sandy beach, you can also visit the ruins of Kinbane Castle or go golfing. If you’re ready for an adventure, take a walk on Fair Head which is rocky cliff great for panoramic walks or rock climbing. Whilst you’re in County Antrim, you should also take a drive to White Park Bay. This national trust beach is known for its beautiful scenery, wildlife and fossils.
Margate Beach – South East England
It is official- Margate is becoming the new London. Just an hour and a half from St Pancras International, you can be building sandcastles in no time. Harbouring a retro feel, Margate was once a booming Victorian resort and popular holiday destination. There is also a lot to do in Margate other than lounging on the sandy beach. Visit the Turner Contemporary Gallery for your art fix or if that’s not your thing Dreamland, their seaside amusement park is a great place for families to enjoy historic rides and summer events. The town itself hosts a mix of shops such as vintage shops, traditional beach side shops and a great selection of cafes and bars.
Tenby Beach- Wales
Tenby is known as Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort and is made up of South Beach, Castle Beach, North Beach and Harbour Beach. So, let’s give you a run down of what to expect from each area.
South Beach is a 2 kilometre stretch of golden sands. There are less shops in this area, but it makes for a beautiful walk as it looks out towards Caldey Island.
Harbour Beach is a lot smaller but as it is sheltered by the harbour bay, it makes for a picturesque spot. From here you can also walk along the cliffs to get to the North Beach or climb the steps into the town.
Like the South side, North Beach is a golden stretch of sand. There are good facilities here but it does mean that it can get rather busy. It’s also a great place for kids to explore what lives within the rockpools!
Coldingham Bay- Scotland
This beach at the mouth of the Buskin Burn is a perfect holiday destination. The beach is close to St Abbs village and harbour for you to relax and grab a bite to eat. Situated within the St Abbs and Eyemouth Marine Reserve, it is also a conservation area that is home to some wonderful wildlife and coastal grassland. Have a look out for nesting birds amongst the cliffs.
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