Life’s a Beach: The UK’s Sunniest Spots and Where to Find Them
Decided to stay on UK soil this summer? We don’t blame you. Staying put can mean you’ll save a fortune on travel alone, and you can even head to a nearby beach and back in just a day! If you’re visiting from abroad, why not take a look at hotel jobs for the summer season to help you make money while exploring some of Britain’s best beaches, too.
So, pack up a picnic and grab your sunglasses – there’s a host of gorgeous spots here in good old Blighty you can get to by car, bus or train. Here’s just a few of them…
Camber Sands Beach
Located in East Sussex, Camber Sands beach is hidden behind a mountain of stunning golden dunes. With soft sand that stretches for seven miles, the beach is absolutely gorgeous for a stroll at sunset and there are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby, too.
With clear seas and sand that stretches to Seahouses (three miles away), this Northumberland beach offers views to Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands. The perfect spot for a family day out or a romantic afternoon walk with your other half; this should definitely feature high on your list of UK beaches to visit.
Just a 40-minute train journey from London, Littlehampton beach has two beach cafes designed by top architects. Check out the West Beach Café from Asif Khan and the Thomas Heatherwick-designed East Beach Café – both lovely places for an afternoon snack or refreshing cup of tea.
One of Britain’s most famous beaches, Cornwall’s Porthcurno, close to Land’s End, is simply stunning. Enjoy turquoise sea and take in an evening show at the nearby Minack Theatre. But not before indulging in that age-old seaside treat: traditional fish and chips.
Studland Bay, Dorset
This is a National Trust-protected beach offering a gorgeously golden strip of land, with beautiful views of the nearby Isle of Wight. But don’t be alarmed if you turn up only to be confronted by people in, let’s just say, a state of undress; it’s also a popular naturist beach!
Central Beach, Skegness
Home to one of three remaining Butlin’s holiday resorts, Skegness’ Central beach in Lincolnshire is affectionately known to locals simply as ‘Skeggie’. Ride donkeys, head down to the nearby fun fair or stroll down the promenade; this is the British seaside at its best.
Morecambe Bay, Lancashire
Up in the north west, Morecambe (known to some as a mini version of Blackpool) offers stunning views over to the Lake District and one of the most impressive art deco hotels in the UK. A classic 1930s building, The Midland welcomed some of the biggest stars of its generation back in its heyday, and has more recently been restored to its former glory thanks to a huge investment. Enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel in front of huge windows overlooking the promenade.
South Bay, Scarborough
Last but not least on our list has to be Scarborough’s South Bay. With soft sand and calm waters, the bay almost faces south of the harbour and is a beautiful sun trap. It’s also relatively close to the town’s shops, restaurants and harbour – plan a trip there this summer, just don’t forget your bucket and spade!