I’ll start with a disclaimer, anyone who is familiar with the UK will know that sun, no matter what time of the year, can never be guaranteed. However, now that the winter is letting up we are all starting to wonder where we want to spend our holidays this year. I want to argue that it is not necessary to fly to the Mediterranean or further afield to enjoy some relaxing beach time. Britain has some very nice coastal resorts which are enjoying somewhat of a renaissance of late. Here are some of the places in the South of the UK which you should consider spending your summer holidays in.
The South Wales harbour town of Tenby has been called the ‘all-round charming resort’ by photographer Martin Parr. The combination of hilly surrounds, picturesque beaches and cobbled streets make it a truly unique proposition. The town has two great golf courses, a laser quest and some fun watersports – something for everyone.
Named the number one ‘Sunniest Place in the UK’ (2013), Bude maybe deserves it’s place in this list more than anywhere else. The north Cornwall resort is typical of the county’s quaint charm and, in contrast to somewhere like Newquay (which bucks this trend), has a relaxed feel especially when the sun goes down.
The beaches of St Ives along with the blue sea will have you feeling like you’ve left the drudgery of the UK and your working life behind you. Dolphins and porpoises have even been spotted in the bay to add to the foreign-feeling charm. More than 50 miles of pure white sands are very welcoming and will have you wanting to come back the following year. Take a look at the deals on offer for this fantastic resort at UK Breakaways.
As the Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, Bridport with it’s charm, history and vibrancy makes it a great place from which to explore this fascinating place. Fans of the television series Broadchurch may also find a lot of places around the area familiar.
Perhaps the jewel in the English Riviera’s crown, Brighton has something for everyone. From the famous pier to the cool cafes and boutique shops, the Sussex town may be a popular destination for daytrippers from the capital, but it is still well worth your time.
In the last few years, Folkstone has quietly gone about becoming the trendy place to spend your English week in the sun. The Kent town boasts history, chic shops and cafés and, on a good day, a view over the English Channel to France.
Suffolk’s ‘Sunrise Coast’ is also very deserving of it’s place on this list. The most easterly point of Britain has award-winning beaches, fine dining and rich history to keep all the family happy.