March 08th, 2023

8 stunning English beaches to stroll down this spring

With spring right around the corner and the weather starting to warm up, you’re likely starting to think about where you want to spend your Easter break.

If you dream of lounging in the sun on picturesque beaches, then there’s no need to travel halfway across the world for glorious sands and rolling waves, as England boasts some breathtaking beaches.

So, here are eight stunning English beaches you can stroll down this spring, all while remaining close to home.

1. Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare has been a go-to destination for generations, and for good reason – it has everything from amusements, a promenade, a traditional pier and even donkey rides.

This is one of the UK’s longest naturally-occurring beaches, and better yet, it’s located within a 90-minute drive from Gloucestershire, so you won’t need to travel far to take in the glorious sights of Weston Bay towards Wales and south towards Exmoor.

If relaxing on the sand and eating fish and chips doesn’t whet your appetite, the beach has plenty of exciting activities to keep you and the family occupied, such as water sports and kite surfing at the Uphill Sands end.

2. Bournemouth

While it is often distinguished by its recognisable pier, Bournemouth has plenty more to offer. Indeed, the breathtaking spot has been a favourite beach destination since the Victorian era, and as such, a vast entertainment industry has built up around the city.

This includes everything from cafés, restaurants, theatres, concert halls and cinemas. On top of this, the beach itself has plenty to offer for the family, such as the Bournemouth Oceanarium, or even the pier-to-shore zipline for those who crave a little adrenaline.

According to SkyNews, the sheer number of activities may explain why Bournemouth was voted the fifth-best beach in Europe last year.

3. Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach is a world-class location for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts alike, as it is home to the UK Pro Surf Tour.

If you’re still a novice surfer, or have always wanted to try to hang ten, this could be the location for you; the Fistral Beach Surf School can supply you with everything you need and coach you in the ways of surfing.

If relaxing is more your thing, then Fistral Beach’s sunset-gold sands, idyllic views and trendy restaurants that line the boardwalk – such as an eatery named after Rick Stein, the celebrity chef – certainly won’t disappoint.

4. Brean

Brean can offer a truly unique experience for those who crave adventure. The seven-mile beach near Bristol promises relaxing walks along its golden sands for families and dog walkers alike.

Historic landmarks may not come to mind when you initially think of a beach escape. Though, after a day of unwinding on the sands and enjoying the sunshine, you can climb the 97-metre Brean Down nearby, which has a Roman temple and a 19th century fortress standing proudly at the top.

Better yet, the hill has stunning views of the beach and surrounding area, making it the perfect location for those who want to take in the beauty of the English coast.

5. Weymouth Bay

Located at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Weymouth Bay is considered one of England’s most traditional seaside resorts. In fact, the breathtaking beach was a favourite location of King George III, after his doctor advised him to get more sun.

Today, the beach is famous for its transparent blue shallows and three miles of stunning meandering sands. The resort was also presented with a Blue Flag award in 2021 for cleanliness, so you can rest assured that the striking views won’t be spoiled.

Weymouth Bay is a go-to destination for sandcastle enthusiasts, as the sand on the beach is regularly voted the best for constructing sandy forts.

If you still have the energy after visiting the funfair on the esplanade or the Weymouth Pavilion, plenty of traditional activities take place in the area, such as donkey rides and Punch and Judy puppet shows.

6. Bigbury-on-Sea

To some, relaxing in the sun and taking in glorious views is the idea of a perfect spring getaway. If you feel this way, Bigbury-on-Sea could be your ideal destination.

The largest sand beach in South Devon is located in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has stunning views of Burgh Island, the village’s world-famous landmark found just 270 yards offshore.

There’s plenty to keep the family occupied while you soak in the sun – the rock pools during low tide offer the perfect place for youngsters to explore, and the exposed causeway provides a link to the breathtaking island.

7. Blackpool

Blackpool is a location that needs little introduction. While it may not be as popular as it was in its prime during the Victorian era, the seaside resort still offers many activities for you and the family.

The beach boasts three stunning piers and was recently awarded Blue Flag status. After unwinding on the pleasant sands, you may want to climb the 513-foot Blackpool Tower.

As for activities, you won’t be left wanting for more in Blackpool, as the esplanade is packed with leisure activities, such as theme parks with exciting roller coasters and quaint tea rooms.

8. Ladye Bay

Situated along the breathtaking Somerset coast, Ladye Bay offers stunning views and many exciting activities for you and the family.

The small stretch of sand is truly a hidden gem – you can soak in the sun on the beach, try your hand at sea fishing, or even climb the dramatic downs behind the beach. The area is dog-friendly, too, so your four-legged friends can also enjoy frolicking on the sand while you unwind.

The picturesque cove can be accessed by the coastal path between Clevedon and Portishead, and is only a 20-minute walk from the beautiful Marine Parade.

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