It might be Friday but that’s not the only uplifting news we have to share with you all today. The numbers are in and we’re happy to announce that there are only… 25 days until the official start of summer, yippee! And that means one thing… SEASIDE TIME!
Believe it or not, we are very lucky when the sunshine hits as the UK is home to some of the world’s most striking beaches; and we’re happy to have heard that Blackpool has received its first ever Blue Flag Beach Award. There are 68 Blue-Flag beaches peppered across the UK, each of which has been internationally-recognised as a clean, safe and all-round beautiful place to while away a summer’s day.
After doing a little bit of digging through the sandy pile of UK coastal spots, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 UK beaches which hold this prestigious Seaside Award.
1) Blackpool South, Blackpool
After its recent accolade this week, Blackpool deserves to swipe our top spot of best Blue Flag Beaches. With its golden sands, traditional donkey rides and its unrivalled views of the iconic Blackpool tower, Blackpool South is a beach with buckets and spades to do. From experience, I’d recommend strolling down one of the famous piers, a double-scoop ice cream with extra sauce and sprinkles in hand, mmm!
2) Polzeath, Cornwall
Second on the list is the southern delight that is Cornwall. With its unspoiled landscapes and pristine beaches, it’s no surprise that Cornwall is the county with the most Blue Flag Beach Awards in the UK. With Polzeath, Porthminster, Widemouth and St Ives’ premier beach, Porthmeor just a few of the internationally-acclaimed beaches; there are many relaxed afternoons to be had with the silky sand between your toes.
3) Bridlington Beach, Bridlington
We’re heading back up the country for our third breathtaking beach and we’ve arrived at Bridlington’s North Beach. The sand and shingle beach in Bridlington stretches for miles and features a scenic promenade with impressive views of Flamborough Headland’s chalky cliffs of . A great beach for families, it’s a great spot for rock-pooling and sandcastle building.
4) Botany Bay Beach, Kent
For a secluded beach with plenty of character, Botany Bay Beach in Kent is an absolute must. Famed for its azure waters, white cliffs and charming chalk stacks, it’s easily one of the UK’s most attractive beaches. While away the hours hunting for fossils and wade through rock pools to discover all of the hidden gems spilling from this award-winning beach.
5) Southbourne, Bournemouth
Home to four Blue Flag beaches, the seaside town of Bournemouth is a beach-lover’s haven. Southbourne, Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk and Alum Chine beaches all boast exceptional water quality and scenic panoramas. They all make great spots to splash in the sea or enjoy a sunset stroll in the evening.
6) Sandbanks, Poole
Aptly named Sandbanks, Poole’s must-visit beach is a sandy paradise with a tranquil atmosphere and idyllic scenery. Sitting prettily on the South Coast of England, Sandbanks has been labelled as the best beach along the southern coastline. With plenty of aquatic activities and clean waters, it’s a beautiful beach for an afternoon of kayaking, jet-skiing or swimming.
7) Mablethorpe Town Beach, Mablethorpe
Forming part of the Lincolnshire coast, Malbethorpe Town Beach is a sandy stretch ideal for family seaside breaks. With over four miles of sun-kissed sand and foamy surf, it makes no wonder that this Blue Flag beach is a popular haunt for those looking to enjoy a steaming box of fish and chips with a refreshing side of salty sea breeze.
8) Tenby North Beach, Pembrokeshire
Tenby North Beach is a Welsh wonder which occupies the last spot on our exclusive list. This beach in West Wales is a paradise for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and those looking for a sumptuous swimming spot. Tenby North and its famous Goskar Rock is one of the most photographed views in Wales and with its postcard-perfect sands, sunshine and cool sea breeze, it’s easy to see why.
Blue Flag beaches are the ice-cream of the seaside crop, so if you’re looking to kick back, relax and greedily absorb some sun on your next beach SuperBreak, make sure you visit one of the UK’s best!