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Our everyday lives have been disrupted over the last few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, from homeschooling the children, working from home (even travel bloggers!), not seeing family and friends to cancelling travel plans. Life has been impacted greatly and it looks like it could be like this for a while as we all adjust to a ‘new normal.’

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With summer upon us, a lot of people would usually be going on holiday or days out around the country but because of the pandemic, this means that our plans are currently on hold for the time being. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking ahead even planning holidays with toddlers and looking to places you want to travel to and explore when lockdown restrictions are eased. 

It could be quite some time before we are allowed to travel further afield to other countries as the measures and restrictions in other places will be different to those here in the UK. But we’re lucky enough to have some amazing locations across Britain that can be explored. Which are your top 10 UK beaches?

If it’s sun, sand and a splash in the sea you’re in need of, then you can take inspiration from Regatta’s latest campaign that looks at seaside towns across the UK and how they have changed over the years. If you are driving a distance why not look for a maize maze to visit on the way?

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Blackpool is home to a variety of attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool Tower and the Illuminations along the promenade, which is why it remains to be one of the most popular UK seaside resorts today. 

The coastal town has seen major changes over recent years, with the tramway being upgraded and the seafront widened. The iconic Tower has also been updated and it now includes a dungeon and 4D cinema. There’s plenty of things to do, whether you explore the three piers, check out the waxworks at Madame Tussauds or learn about the thousands of marine creatures at SEA LIFE Blackpool. Be sure to enjoy some traditional British foods while there at somewhere like Harry Ramsdens too.

Coral island at Blackpool


Visiting the quaint North Wales seaside town of Llandudno feels like you’re stepping back in time. It’s a classic holiday destination, known for its stunning promenade, the Great Orme and its Victorian architecture. Llandudno became popular as a tourist destination in the late 19th century and it is still a popular choice with thousands of people visiting each year. 

No trip to Llandudno would be complete without a stroll along the pier, catching a Punch and Judy show and stopping by the bandstand to listen to some music. There’s plenty to see and do, from classic funfair rides, amusements arcades, donkey rides along the beach and a play area for the kids. 

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Ice Cream Cones


Located on the south coast of England, Brighton is a popular destination for many holidaymakers. It’s less than an hour away from London by train which makes it perfect for those looking to to escape from the hustle and bustle of the capital. Head to the pier to explore the amusement arcades, relax in the free striped deck chairs and sample some delicious fish and chips.

There are many activities you can do to keep entertained, from visiting the world’s oldest aquarium, which is now called SEA LIFE Brighton, to taking a trip up the British Airways i360 observation tower. Standing at 150 metres high, this offers amazing views of South Downs, Brighton and the Channel.

Kent beaches

Some of the UK’s best beaches are in Kent, a beautiful county and one I know I would love to visit more. I even have friends there so should make the road trip. Do you love any of the towns specifically? I plan to visit Deal as I have friends there but I am sure there are some hidden gems I am not aware of? Don’t forget to consider Scottish beaches too.

These are just a few of the seaside towns you can explore here in the UK. If you have any coastal memories that you’d like to share or a seaside town you want to visit, join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #CoastalBritain. Have you tried the drive on beaches? There are quite a few good ones in the UK so read about drive on beaches and see where you could go.

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