A staycation can do us the world of good and sometimes it can be easy to forget the beauty we have right here at home. Britain’s coastlines may not have the warm waters and that tropical feeling, but the charming variety around the country makes for a fascinating adventure with a much smaller price tag. From piers and pebbles to pure sand and pubs, there’s something to suit everyone.
Here’s our top 5 tips on making the best of your British Beach Day …
- Choose the Best Beach for You
Around the coast you will find a selection of beaches with unique characters. Discover places of natural wonder, historic sites, ‘off the beaten track’ and dog-friendly spaces perfect for getting sandy paws. Fantastic pure sand beaches include Bournemouth, Dorset and Newquay, Cornwall whilst a more historic choice could be Bamburgh Castle Beach, Northumberland and a dog friendly favourite mention goes to Brancaster Beach, Norfolk.
- Explore the Area
Beaches are just the forefront of a whole new adventure so make it your mission to get to know the surrounding areas better whilst you’re there. Visit local attractions like a lighthouse or castle, explore nearby shops or get that adrenaline rush from water sport activities like paddleboarding or windsurfing. There are many watersport centres along Eastbourne's coast to try out whilst you're staying with us!
- Try the Local Cuisine
We all know and love a good old-fashioned English chippy, so be sure to support the local businesses by your beach and enjoy a tasty fish and chips, followed by a Mr Whippy, of course. Many seaside towns rely on tourism so this is a great way to support the local community of the town you're visiting.
- Respect the Environment
It goes without saying to respect the environment and not drop litter, but it’s especially important around beaches. Marine wildlife is hugely at risk of human carelessness so we must remember to take responsibility of our surroundings. Wear eco-friendly sunscreen and bring a reusable water bottle so you don't need to purchase single use plastic that can end up left behind and cause harm to the wildlife.
- Stay Safe
Be aware of the potential risks along the British coasts. Tides in Britain can be unpredictable so check the local tide tables and stay in the designated swimming zones to avoid hazards like strong currents and jellyfish. It’s also important to take caution walking along cliffs or rocks so pick sensible footwear and take note of any cliff fall/erosion signs.
If you are planning a summer trip to our coastline doorstep, with a visit to The Grand Hotel Eastbourne, then be sure not to miss all the wonders our seaside has to offer: explore the rockpools when the tide’s out, get a sweet treat from one of the many ice cream parlours and enjoy the stunning views from the chalk cliffs at Cow Gap and Birling Gap. We know you will love it here, so you better get planning your trip and enjoy a very British Beach Day.