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beach holidays in south west england for families

Winter is well and truly upon us and the blustery winds and freezing temperatures mean that it's the perfect time to start planning your summer holidays to give you something to look forward to. The south west of England is home to a veritable feast of beaches, making it the ideal destination for families wanting to get away from it all.

Beach holidays in Devon for families

Devon offers the perfect combination of picturesque countryside and miles of countryside, bringing together ancient ruins and modern shopping centres to offer something for everyone. What's more, Devon is fantastic if you're looking for value for money, with a wide range of free activities, including the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the Agatha Christie Literary Trail, not to mention the South West Coast path, where you may be lucky enough to find your very own ancient fossils!
Devon is a top location for surfers and if your family enjoys riding the waves, there are plenty of easier peaks on the south coast, most notably Woolacoombe Beach in North Devon. If you have more experienced surfers in your party, you'll want to visit Croyde, which also boasts beautiful rock pools for non-surfers to explore.
There are countless Blue Flag beaches around Devon suitable for even the youngest of families. Your children will love crabbing or building sandcastles at Dittisham and if you don't want to take your children paddling in the sea, Shoalstone Open Air Pool is a fantastic alternative.

Beach holidays in Cornwall for families

Further south west is Cornwall, which is home to some of the top beaches, not just in the UK, but the world. With 80% of the county surrounded by sea, it has 476 kilometres of coastline, the longest in the UK, so you really are spoilt for choice. As there is excellent water quality and coastguards on duty most of the time, if you love the seaside, you'll want to head down to Cornwall.
With so many beaches to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Porthcothan Bay Beach in Padstow was recommended in the Good Beach Guide 2014 and is dog friendly all year round, meaning the whole family can enjoy its sandy, sheltered dunes. Down in St Ives, Porthminster Beach has stunning views of Godrevy Lighthouse, which inspired Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'. The mild climate allows for palm trees to grow and, combined with the clear water, you could almost believe you were in some distant tropical paradise.
Three miles from Newquay is Watergate Bay Beach. Stretching over two miles, it attracts surfers and families and there are various events and competitions hosted on the strand all year round, including the annual Polo on the Beach. With plenty of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance, it's a great place to spend your days.

Beach holidays in Somerset for families

Somerset is a top tourist destination, with gems such as Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge waiting to be discovered. However, you may not realise that it's also great for beach lovers. Clevedon is a quaint Victorian seaside town with a Grade 1 listed pier where you can enjoy cream teas. During the summer months, you can take a trip on the Waverley paddle steamer or the Balmoral pleasure cruiser and meander down the coast and even over to Wales. Salthouse Fields offers children's entertainment and summer concerts and the coastal walks have proven to be a rich source of inspiration for many writers over the years, including Coleridge and Tennyson.
Minehead is located at the edge of the National Park and marks the point where Exmoor meets the sea. It offers everything you could want from a traditional British seaside resort, with a promenade and both sandy and pebble beaches as well as great views of Wales across the Bristol Channel.

Beach holidays in Dorset for families

If you enjoy rambling, follow the South West Coast Path. Starting in Minehead, it follows the coastline all the way down to Poole in Dorset, offering you exceptional views and the opportunity to learn more about our native flora and fauna.
Once down in Dorset, you'll find plenty more coastal towns and villages, such as Weymouth. The Georgian town offers great family activities, including donkey rides and that perennial favourite, Punch and Judy. Alternatively, Swanage is renowned for its family friendly attitude and if your children enjoy building sandcastles, they can't do better than Swanage's sandy shores. If you're looking for something a little different, Durlston County Park is right next to the town and hosts a large National Nature Reserve with plenty for children to see and do, including fantastic bird and dolphin watching sites.
There's so much to see and do in the South West of England that you really can get lost amongst the hundreds of miles of beach. Wherever you choose to go, there's no doubt that you'll create some beautiful family memories you'll all look back on with fondness for years to come.

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Article By Sophie Childs and Lucilla Paull.

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