Swim, surf and dive: Beach thrills for families around the UK

Up for some adventure in the ocean with your entire family? Head to the south coast of England or cross the English Channel to reach Jersey to swim, surf and dive. Beach adventures are plentiful in and around the UK. Collect ideas from travellers who journeyed with kids and plan your next getaway.

Blackpool, England. Ever dreamt of snorkelling with sharks? Gear up for the experience

1. Blackpool, England

Ever dreamt of snorkelling with sharks? Gear up for the experience

J Joanne

Blackpool was great, I visited the Sea Life Centre were my daughter did the keeper for the day which included feeding and snorkelling with sharks. This was an amazing experience. Places I saw: Dungeons and sea life, [it] was excellent... Royal box in the circus was my 7-year-old boy's favourite experience. I liked the sea and the beach was my personal favourite part of Blackpool. 

Bournemouth, England. Dive to the bottom of the sea to spot amazing corals and marine life

2. Bournemouth, England

Dive to the bottom of the sea to spot amazing corals and marine life

J Jacob

My kids liked the beaches and ice cream. The ferris wheel was very high and a bit scary. Adventure activities I liked: Swimming out to a yellow buoy about 100m from the shore and diving down 3m to the bottom. Places I saw: Mostly the beaches but also walked through some of the nice parks. I'd definitely go back to the beaches. I liked walking along the beach front with my family. 

Jersey, Channel Islands. Go crab hunting and surfing – also try the giant wheel together Ranjeet

3. Jersey, Channel Islands

Go crab hunting and surfing – also try the giant wheel together

H Halima Wanjiku

Jersey is awesome. Clean beaches, a lot of activities and breathtaking sights. My kids liked the beach and adventurous activities. Adventure activities I liked: Zip wire adventure, giant swing, wave surfing. 

A Anonymous

We spent 3 days in the pool [and] at the beach. Activities I did: Lots of swimming and some shell collecting and crab hunting at the beach during low tide. 

J Joanna

Kids loved the beach... They loved playing in the sand and snorkeling in the Lido. Overall definitely worth a trip in the summer for the amazing sandy beaches. 

Newquay, England. Head to Fistral beach for surfing, zoom around on a powerboat Richard

4. Newquay, England

Head to Fistral beach for surfing, zoom around on a powerboat

K Keith

Beaches are great, surfing is great, lots of choices of restaurants and pubs. Recommend the Rib powerboat trip, saw lots of seals. Chilled atmosphere. My son really enjoyed the surfing and able to stand up from his first go, he also enjoyed the thrill of the powerboat ride. I liked the atmosphere and the beaches. 

N Nicola

Loads to do, various places to eat. Beaches are within walking distance too. Activities I did: Surfing, body boarding, scuba diving, boat trips [and] pirate adventure. All available along the seafront. The kids loved body boarding and the arcades. 

Brighton, England. Zip lining, swimming, hiking – adventure activities are plentiful Dawn

5. Brighton, England

Zip lining, swimming, hiking – adventure activities are plentiful

N Niyad

The weather was truly amazing, the beach was lovely full of happy friendly people. Definitely a place for a getaway on a hot summer weekend. De-stressing tips: Beach, wellness, nightlife and music. My kids enjoyed Preston park, zip line on the beach, swimming and hiking. I enjoyed every minute of the trip. There was nothing I didn't like. Everything was truly amazing. Best weekend in a long time. Stunning weekend away. Will definitely be going back there. 

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