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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…Summer 2019

Written by Amy Hughes

What is better than being near the sand and the sea?
We’ll all being feeling happy as can be!
From way down south to the most northern corner,
Head to these beaches when the weather’s warmer!

Luskentyre, Outer Hebrides

If you’re heading up to northern Scotland this summer, make sure you check out this beautiful stretch of sand. Hidden at the end of a winding road on the wild north-west coast of the Isle of Harris, you’ll find shallow azure water. Breathtaking.

Longleat, Warminster

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This year, Longleat are celebrating and Australian Summer in honour of their new residents, the Southern koalas and wombats. As part of this celebration, the Longhouse will be transformed into an immersive indoor beach, complete with deckchairs, a graffiti wall, sand to build castles in, surf-style wobble boards to strike a pose on, and Aussie themed games and refreshments for all the family to enjoy! BOOK NOW.

Royal Docks Beach, London

18th July – 2nd September 2019

© London’s Royal Docks

Yes, you really can enjoy the sand between your toes without leaving the capital! For the sixth year running, London’s Docklands is returning, offering sun, sand and serenity. You’ll be able to swim, paddleboard, wakeboard and even try out some paddleboard yoga!

The Nottingham Beach, Nottingham

13th July – 1st September 2019

Entertaining families for over ten years, this pop-up beach will once again take over Old Market Square. There will be a range of traditional rides and games, BBQs and bar catering. You can even enjoy some beach volleyball or a movie night under the stars.

Newcastle Quayside Seaside, Newcastle Upon Tyne

May – October 2019


Complete with deckchairs, palm trees, beach huts, golden sand and a children’s playground, there’s no need to go abroad! This year you can take part in a yoga or pilates class too. New for this year is the astroturf seating area with giant outdoor games and street food vendors.

Blackpool Sands, Devon

Credit: Alamy

Three miles south-west of Dartmouth is a sheltered bay of fine shingle. It’s a great place for swimming as the turquoise water is clean and usually calm. You can also hire paddleboards and kayaks, and there’s a cafe right on the beach too.

Formby, Lancashire

Credit: AP

Walk through the pinewoods and red squirrel reserve to reach the vast expanse of beach. The sand dunes here are spectacular and are a classified Site of Special Scientific Interest. From the tops, you can see the Cumbrian mountains and, on a clear day, even Blackpool Tower!

Marloes Sands, Wales

This beach is managed by the National Trust and you can see why. The crystal-clear water and dramatic sandstone cliffs, the views of islands, and the fossils, rock pools, and seals all need protecting. There is a half-mile walk from the car park to this magnificent beach, but it’s worth it for the treasures you’ll find here.

Bournemouth, Dorset

Seven miles of award-winning sandy beach awaits you in Bournemouth. Some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK make this a great place for swimming too. Travel from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier easily using the land train. In August, the annual Bournemouth Air Festival offers four days of flying displays visible from the beach.

West Wittering, Sussex

This beach seems endless when the tide is out and there are pools for paddling in. Walk among the sand dunes and see if you can spot acrobatic windsurfers. The road to the Witterings from Chichester can get busy so get there early to avoid the queues and bag a parking spot.

Perranporth, Cornwall

This beach is very popular during the summer and it’s no wonder why! At low tide, Perranporth beach and neighbouring Penhale sands join to form one of the largest stretches of unbroken sand on the northern coast of Cornwall. Head to the Watering Hole, a pub right on the beach, for lunch!

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