Is this the best family beach in the UK

Going to the Seaside

At Binky Bear, we’ve got a thing about going to the seaside.  As a child we spend every Whitsun at Hayling Island and I still have fantastic memories of running along the beach, trailing huge pieces of seaweed, jumping off the breakwaters and edging ourselves slowly into the freezing water of the English Channel. Now I have to get to the coast about once a month at least, whatever the season and regardless of the weather.  I know the beaches in Hampshire well and a few in Devon but how do you find out the best seaside places to go when you are away from your home patch?  You don’t want to travel miles, with the kids in the car only to find the beach is really not to your liking or that you missed the really good stretch of sand and ended up on the shingle bit.

Back in early June we asked our Binky Bear Facebook fans to tell us their favourite UK family beach destinations. Over 100 people took part and we put have put all their suggestions into a list of the Best UK Family Beaches.

Whether your ideal beach is remote and deserted like the one in the picture (see if you can guess where it is) or it has kiosks selling seaside treats,  you will find somewhere you like in this list.

Have a read and find out the UK’s most popular family beach, which county got the most best beach mentions and finally where this beautiful seaside place of fine white sand and turquoise sea, actually is.

And if your favourite seaside place is not listed, let us know and we will add it in.

Bude, Ilfracombe, St Ives, Perranporth Beach, Praa Sands, Crackington Haven and Kinance Cove.

County Durham:
Seaton Carew with this extra this comment: “It’s not the prettiest, it’s not the longest beach but it’s local and the fish and chips and ice-creams are good too.”

Wollacombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, Lee Bay, Dawlish Warren Beach, Hope Cove, Exmouth and Westward Ho which gets a big thumbs up from one family for “so many childhood memories.”

Dorset – yes Dorset got the most mentions:
Mudeford, West Bay, Bournemouth, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove, Weymouth, Chesil Beach, Swanage and Charmouth.
Mudeford is recommended for: “Lovely sandy beaches, the little ferry to Hengistbury Head, good cafes (especially at Friar’s Cliff) and crabbing”.
Lyme Regis gets a mention as having “both sand and pebbles and is a great place to keep the kids amused, good cafes, fish and chips”
Studland is recommended as “The Best Beach in Dorset.”
Weymouth and get a recommendation as follows: “Weymouth beach is great for the kids to play on.”

East Yorkshire:
Barmston Beach.

Frinton-on-Sea, Brightlingsea and Southend-on-Sea.
Southend got a lot of mentions with this comment “The pier is great and the longest in the world.”

Camber Sands, Hastings and Broadstairs: “…as it holds so many fantastic childhood memories.”

Hayling Island  – “Where coast meets countryside…”
Lee-on-Solent, Stokes Bay, West Wittering, Southsea and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.

Fleetwood, near Blackpool gets a recommendation for its beautiful promenade with views over the Lake District and Heysham
Blackpool, recommended by several people as a place where there is a lot to do.

Skegness and Mablethorpe as, “The cleanest beach in Lincolnshire”.

Great Yarnmouth and “The Norfolk beaches in general.”

Druridge Bay, Newton by Sea, Holy Island, Bambrugh Castle and Seahouses.


Here it is! Beautiful Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides – wow what a beach! Did you guess?
Tentsmuir, Fife as a favourite place to collect shells, pebbles and driftwood.
Saltcoats, North Ayrshire.

Weston Super Mare is particularly enjoyed by one family “and our dog Teddy” and also Clevedon.

North East Coast:
St. Mary’s Island, North Tyneside is “perfect for rock pooling and very near some beautiful beaches
Whitby. “Has terrific fish and ships and a great beach.”

West Sussex:
Brighton got the most recommendations of all – 6 in total
Littlehampton Seafront, Bognor Regis and Worthing.

Trearddur Bay, Anglesey, Barmouth, Barry Island and Swansea Bay in South Wales.

The Wirral:
New Brighton with its, “Black Pearl pirate ship made of drift wood.”
Meols Beach, Hoylake.

Yorkshire (North Humberside)
Hornsea Beach

1. Most recommended seaside destination is Brighton.
2. The most remote beach is Luskentyre, Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides.
2. The county with the most recommendations is Dorset.

Didn’t find your favourite beach on our list?  Email us at and tell us where it is.