Our holiday parks are situated in some of the most naturally beautiful parks of the UK – it’s no coincidence either as we have a strong affinity with nature, wildlife and the great outdoors. The majority of our parks are either on the coast or just a short walk or drive from the sea and some of Europe’s, let alone Britain’s, finest beaches.
A great beach really makes a Great British family holiday truly memorable. It’s where you can do all manner of things from kick back, sunbathe and spot wildlife to build sandcastles, fly a kite or hit the surf. The sea air, the lapping of the waves, the distant cry of a gull – it simply can’t be beaten.
So, we’ve asked all our park managers and staff to recommend the beaches that they really rate and why.
Best Cornwall Beaches
Where do you start? Cornwall is blessed with gorgeous golden beaches, studded with hidden coves and awash with world-famous surf. Well, with parks in Padstow and Mawgan Porth, we’re really spoilt for choice.
Let’s start with Mawgan Porth Beach, which is just a 15-minute woodland walk away from our Sun Haven Holiday Park. Far enough from surfer’s paradise Newquay to avoid the crowds, this stunning golden, sandy beach is part of a stunning coastline. The beach is dog-friendly and perfectly sheltered by high cliffs. It has rockpools, caves for the adventurous and a stream running down its southern side. Perfect for kids of all ages.
Harbour Cove is a truly historic and fabulous sandy beach which is surprisingly quiet considering it is so close to Padstow and our Padstow Holiday Village. It’s a wide, sandy, dog-friendly beach that looks over the Camel Estuary. Backed by sand dunes, it’s sheltered and when the tide is low, you can walk to and explore neighbouring Hawkers Cove and Gun Point.
Best Norfolk Beaches
If you like vast sweeping beaches and big azure blue skies, Norfolk is the place to head. The coastline is dotted with award-winning blue flag beaches and attracts a wide diversity of wildlife.
Sea Palling beach is quite literally a stone’s throw away from our Golden Beach Holiday Park. This wonderfully family friendly beach has Blue Flag status and wonderfully soft sand even at high tide thanks to Sea Palling reefs. The other great thing about Sea Palling is that it forms part of the Norfolk Coast path, so it attracts keen walkers. You can also see seals bobbing about in the water from time to time.
Horsey Beach is just 7 miles south of Sea Palling and is a hot spot for grey seal watching. Tucked away down a little track through sea grass, there are no shops, amusements or in fact anything – it’s a real escape for those wanting peace and quiet. This lovely sandy beach is dog-friendly and attracts other visitors too with grey seals often found basking in the winter months and sometimes in the summer.
Half an hour south of Golden beach Holiday Park is the Victorian seaside town of Great Yarmouth. Blessed with a vast sandy beach and two piers including the nostalgic Britannia Pier, the beach is also backed by Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.
Best Suffolk Beaches
Suffolk has some of the finest dune-backed golden beaches and secluded coves in the country. Expansive and un-spoilt, they are perfect for paddling, dog walking, kitesurfing, sun bathing and sandcastle building.
Corton Sands, just north of Lowestoft, is a really dog-friendly beach that appeals to everyone from walkers to surfers. From our Azure Seas Holiday Village, you actually have direct access to this lovely sand and shingle beach – so you can enjoy be on the beach in a couple of minutes from stepping out of your holiday home.
Lowestoft, also known as the ‘Sunshine Coast’, is just a 15-minute drive south away and boasts a large sandy beach just north of Claremont Pier. South of the pier is Victoria Beach which is a fine stretch of sand lined with colourful beach huts and nearby are lawn bowls, tennis courts, restaurants and cafes.
Best Kent Beaches
The Isle of Sheppey in Kent is home to three superb family-friendly beaches at Leysdown-on-Sea, Minster-on-Sea and Sheerness. It is also home to two Lovat Parks, Golden Leas Holiday Park and Hollybush Farm Holiday Park.
Minster Beach is a wonderfully tranquil place to relax and enjoy the sea air. It’s a long shingle Blue Falg beach with a promenade running behind it and it’s really popular with sun worshippers, families and dog
Leysdown Beach is a Blue Flag award-winning, shallow and family friendly beach. It’s long, has coarse sand, a wide promenade and is safe for swimming, however dogs are not permitted on this beach. For nature lovers, nearby are a Coastal Park and nature reserves. The third Blue Flag beach on Sheppey is Sheerness Beach where the rivers Thames and Medway meet the
sea. This mainly shingle with sand beach has views across the estuary and the Essex coastline. It’s very popular with families in the Summer and kids love crabbing and shell hunting in the shingle at low tide.
Best Wiltshire Beaches
Now, when you think of the New Forest and Wiltshire, you tend to think of ancient woodlands and pretty villages. Yes, that’s true, but there are also beaches if you know where to look. Wiltshire actually has a 40-mile coastline with several great beaches to explore and relax on which are only around 30-40 minute drive away from our Green Hill Farm Holiday Park on the edge of the New Forest.
Famous for its fossil beds, Barton-on-Sea has a shingle beach that’s great for sunbathing with colourful beach huts in front of the clay cliffs. You can take dogs on the beach but they must be kept on a lead.
Milford-on-Sea has wonderful views of Hurst Castle and beach areas that are perfect for fishing, swimming, walking, water sports and bird watching.
Keyhaven and Hurst Castle Spit has a lovely beach that is sandy at mid to low tide and has stunning views of the Needles and Isle of Wight. The spit forms a lagoon which makes the water inside it safe for swimming, dinghy sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Other Wiltshire beaches worth investigating are at Eling, Lepe, and Calshot.
If you have any recommendations for beaches, please do let us know and we’ll share them with our other holiday home owners and guests.