The sun does come out in summer, even in the UK, believe it or not. This year, Britain could see soaring temperatures, with the Met Office predicting hotter than average conditions. According to the forecasters, in the months up to July 2015, hotter than average temperatures are more than twice as likely than colder conditions. That said, there is also a higher chance of rain, so for those days that the weather gods are benign, remember that sand and sunshine are the perfect formula for a coach journey to the beach.
These are the top UK beaches -all serviced by coaches- that you can choose from. So knot your hanky, dig out the sandals, pack the sun tan lotion, and come along...
St Ives – First things first, the sea resort of St Ives is known for having some of the cleanest water in Europe, which is not something you might suspect when walking around in this posh ageing people’s town in western Cornwall. If you would like to go for a swim, pick Porthmeor, Porthminster or Carbis Bay beaches, which all have fully-qualified lifeguards during the summer season. The town itself is a pleasure too, with some really good art galleries, the cobbled streets and characteristic pubs.
Bournemouth – This is a swanky beach, which is very generously laid out across seven miles of entirely sand. This means one thing: there’s plenty of space on Bournemouth’s beach, whether you head for the main beach or the side beaches.
Portsmouth - Great town to take your kids along to. Portsmouth beach is famous for its fun, traditional seaside amusements. If that breeze is still a bit frisky after all, you can opt to walk a little further along the beach, and head for the indoor swimming pool. Can’t find it? It’s slap bang on the edge of the beach! Still can’t find it? Ask for The Pyramids Centre.
Blackpool – Blackpool is a must for every self-respecting citizen of the UK. It’s only in Blackpool that you get the Blackpool experience, complete with rock, fish ‘n’ chips on the pier and donkey rides on the beach, not to forget those white-knuckle rides at the famed Pleasure Beach.
Brighton - Just like Blackpool, Brighton is a must for everyone. Even though the beach itself is devoid of sand, it lends itself to marvellous photographs and you will have an unforgettable time having a drink on the promenade in a deckchair. Stunning views, great for people watching and enjoying live entertainment.
Newquay – This is one of the more established beach towns in the south of Enland, which nevertheless has not lost its authenticity and natural charm. No less than eight beaches are nestled underneath cliffs. If you’re done sunbathing, you can walk into town from the beach. Needless to say there are many facilities for beach goers including well maintained toilets and showers.
Poole – This is a lively affair, with three miles of sandy beaches which lend themselves perfectly for some serious castle building. The water is really clean too. In recent years, Poole beach has seen an increasing number of trendy bars and restaurants open up.
Filey – Nestles in the rugged Yorkshire coastline, this traditional seaside resort is a gem of sorts. It resonates historic beauty. When you hit the promenade, you will be entirely taken in by Filey beach and its lovely beach chalets.
Whitby – Like Filey, Whitby is part of the magnificent rugged Yorkshire coastline. Its cliffs provide ample photo opportunities and there is a chance you find te odd fossil in its shale banks. Whitby is also renowned for its fish n’ chips.
Scarborough – This is a lively Yorkshire town, where you have the option of heading to North Bay or South Bay. Plenty of attractions and entertainment and a few pleasure steamers too.
Weymouth - One of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, Waymouth’s white sand will make you think you are abroad if there’s a heat wave and you have washed off the fake tan, are halfway through the latest Stephen King exploit, whilst casually sipping a spritzer. It is a great place to take the kids to and relax in the sun.