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Submitted by on April 6, 2013 – 9:05 amNo Comment

Even if the great British weather doesn’t deliver sun, the beach is still a great destination for a day out. Good food, fun activities, stunning landscape and scenic walks can all be found all along Britain’s miles of coastline. Whatever time of year you visit the seaside, make sure you come prepared: buckets and spades, a picnic blanket and swimwear for girls and boys are all essential. Don’t wait for the sun to come out, and instead take your pick from our top selection of British seaside hotspots.

Lyme Regis, Dorset

This beach is easily accessible and is part of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, surrounded by green unspoilt countryside. The beach is a mixture of pebble and sand and is large enough to fit plenty of families on even the busiest of days. Kids will love scouring the bay for fossils or splashing around in the shallow waters. Parents can keep an eye on their youngsters whilst enjoying a drink in one of the cafes lining the bay on the raised Cobb. The old town dates back to the 14th century and is a great for picking up freshly made fudge.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall

Owned by the National Trust, this bay is located on the Lizard Peninsula, and backed by dramatic cliffs. This secluded cove is great for adventurous kids and adults – the rough waves are perfect for bodyboarding, and several small caves can be explored. As the tide goes out it is possible to access a second bay, with swathes of golden sand. Above Kynance Cove is a café and shop serving hot and cold food and drinks, as well as the obligatory buckets and spades!

Rossili Bay, the Gower

Voted the best beach in the UK in both 2010 and 2013 this is a huge sandy bay and so perfect for families with smaller children. Low tide allows for walks to Llangenith, where you can look out for seabirds and their nests amongst the cliffs. Located on the Gower peninsula, this 3 mile long beach is a short, although steep, walk from a carpark and café. Rossili makes a great visit for pet-owners as dogs are allowed on the beach all year round.

Viking Bay, Broadstairs

This long, sandy horseshoe bay is a must-visit in the county of Kent. A picturesque spot, the beach is backed by a clifftop boardwalk, promenade and has plenty to see and do in the shops and cafes nearby. There is plenty here for children, with a tidal pool, children’s rides and a surf school open from March until October. Viking Bay is ideal for families with pushchairs or wheelchairs, as there is a lift to the beach and disabled access to shops and amenities.

There’s no need to leave the country to enjoy a fun day at the beach. Whatever the weather, take the kids to explore some of the best spots along Britain’s miles of gorgeous coastline.

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