Spring is finally here, and what better way to celebrate than thinking about booking a summer holiday. In the UK, we’re spoiled for choice, and you don’t need to jet off on a plane to have a great time. If you’re considering a staycation, there are plenty of places to choose from closer to home. If the seaside is calling, here are some of the best holiday spots on offer.
Cornwall has a dazzling array of beautiful beaches on offer. Newquay is a lively hub, and it’s great for both younger and older kids. There’s plenty going on, and the beaches are well-equipped for families. You can take surf lessons, try out different water sports and hire pedalos if it’s bright and sunny outside or venture indoors to the arcades or the aquarium if there’s a torrential downpour. Newquay offers all kinds of accommodation options from lavish villas with sea views to rustic campsites, so there’s something to suit every visitor. Fistral Beach is the main tourist destination, and there’s an abundance of activities on offer. The Eden Project is nearby, and you’re not too far from the secluded beaches of Whipsiderry and Mawgan Porth if you fancy chilling out away from the crowds.
Famed for its bright lights and vibrancy, Blackpool is a traditional seaside treasure, which is undergoing something of a revival. If you’re looking for a typical British holiday complete with sticks of rock, funfairs, donkey rides and building sandcastles, this is the place to be. You can choose from a huge range of hotels or trawl through B&B Blackpool reviews to find a room to suit your budget, and there are also camping facilities close to the seafront. You can’t guarantee the weather in the North West, but there is plenty to keep the kids entertained if the sun isn’t shining. The Sandcastle indoor pool is well worth a visit if it’s miserable outside and kids of all ages will love the thrills and spills of the famous Pleasure Beach.
Brighton is one of the UK’s most popular seaside spots, and it’s not hard to see why. This bustling resort is easily accessible from London, and it boasts an energetic and eclectic vibe. Traditional buildings blend seamlessly with chic bars and family-friendly hotels, and the beaches are packed in the summer months. There are endless streams of attractions and arcades, and the narrow, quaint streets are bursting with boutiques and independent stores if you fancy a little retail therapy after a morning at the beach.
If you love the sound of deserted beaches and stunning views, head to Wales’ Gower Peninsula. Here, you’ll find secluded coves, sea caves and rugged dunes ripe for exploration. The beaches are sheltered and safe, and you can alternate soaking up the rays and splashing around with hiking, fishing, and canoeing.
If you’re planning a seaside break this summer, don’t write off the UK just yet. Hopefully, these ideas have given you some inspiration.