TripAdvisor recently announced their Top 25 beaches in the UK, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the results. We were quietly confident that some of our favourite beaches would hit the top spots, and we were right.
We thought five out of the top 10 beaches in the UK looked very familiar to us, and that’s because they’re close neighbours of some of our beautiful south coast seaside parks.
To save you a few precious moments, we’ve combed through the list and chronicled our pick of the bunch below to help you decide which sandy shore you and your family should head to next.
Weymouth Beach – Weymouth, Dorset
Weymouth Beach is a short but sweet five-minute drive from our Weymouth Bay and Seaview Holiday Parks (and a 11 minute journey from Littlesea). This beach gives its continental cousins a run for their money in the beauty stakes, with TripAdvisor placing it Europe’s 8th best beach.When down in Dorset, this soft, sandy stretch is a must-visit. As well as being mere minutes from the historic harbour, it sits right next to the town centre so you can make a proper family day out of it, as there’s more than enough activities to keep the kids occupied from dawn ‘til dusk.
Porthminster Beach – St Ives, Cornwall
Porthminster Beach claimed a well-deserved fifth place on Trip Advisor’s list, and for good reason. If you can’t face taking the kids all the way to the Med, nip down the M5 instead to this beauty spot teeming with palm trees and heaps of golden sand. Porthminster sits in stylish St Ives, serving up some good artistic inspiration if you’ve got crafty kids. It’s also just over 20 minutes fromour Riviere Sands Holiday Park, which is perfectly perched atop the beautiful Cornish cliffs.
Perranporth Beach – Perranporth, Cornwall
Coming in sixth place is the glorious Perranporth Beach, and for good reason. Amazing surf, sloping sand dunes and miles of golden sand make for one of the best beaches in Britain. If you’re little ones are big into bugs, they’ll love exploring the dunes, where you can uncover lizards, butterflies and other amazing wildlife. Our favourite thing about it though? You can quickly scuttle down one of Perran Sands’ footpaths to get directly on to the beach, meaning more time diving, and less time driving.
Fistral Beach – Newquay, Cornwall
One of north Cornwall’s favourite beaches comes in at lucky number 7. This particular spot is perfect for catching some of the country’s finest waves and even plays home to Boardmasters, the UK’s vibrant surf festival in early August. Be warned though – once your little ones see the pros at work, you’ll have them begging for their own boards. If you fancy a slice of surf life, a trip to Fistral takes 18-minutes from Perran Sands Holiday Park by car. Remember to pack the wet suits!
Sandbanks Beach – Poole, Dorset
Coming in at number 10 is the ever popular, award-winning Sandbanks Beach, which nestles snugly between Poole and Bournemouth. It’s held the European Blue Flag award for over 20 years, meaning it hits strict standards for beach safety and water quality, making it perfect for the family. If you and the kids want a change from the sailing, swimming and windsurfing on offer at beautiful Rockley Park, Sandbanks Beach is a swift 20-minute drive away.