Find the nearest Seaside Award
Seaside Award beaches . Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Barafundle Bay beach is sheltered golden sands nestled between limestone headlands backed by dunes and woodland. The approach is part of the visit with woods and then an arch and steps down to the beach. Owned by the National Trust this is a good family beach with safe swimming, good sand for traditional games and woodlands to explore. Barafundle has been voted many times as one of the best beaches in Britain but regardless it should be on your visit list when visiting Pembrokeshire and you can make up your own mind. Access only by foot but well worth the 10 minute walk along the cliffs from the car park at Stackpole Quay which is where you have toilets and cafe.
- Whitby Sands beach is a sandy beach with some rocks situated to the west of the town and the beach is also known as West Cliff Beach. The River Esk splits through Whitby and a unique swing bridge connects the West and East sides of the town. On the east, you have a small sandy beach below the Abbey and this is protected by the outer harbour walls. To the East, you’ve some specialist shopping, cafe, pubs and the Cook Museum. To reach the abbey the only way up is via the 199 steps (Caedmon’s Trod). The West of the town has Theatre, cinema, Whitby Sands beach, Whitby Museum, Lifeboat Museum, parks, a boating lake and mini golf and high on the cliff the Captain Cook Monument and Whitby whale bones. You will not be short of facilities, include car parks, toilets, cafes/restaurants/pubs and beach huts.
- Tenby Castle Beach is within a cove between the Castle and the East Cliff, with the beach being sheltered by the cliffs. This is the smallest of the Tenby beaches and can get crowded. At low tide boat trips run to Caldey Island or if a little more adventurous it is possible to walk out to St. Catherine’s island, but beware the tide can cut you off. Facilities include cafe, toilets, deckchair hire and summer lifeguards, but you then also have access to many cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops in Tenby.
- Seaton beach is a mile long pebble beach, gently sloping and safe to swim. At low tide you can see some coarse sand patches. At the top of the beach is the Esplanade, a flat paved walk 1,160 metres in length stretching from Axmouth Harbour at the eastern end of the bay to the Chine café towards the western end. In the winter or when risk of flooding barriers may be in place meaning you have to use steps to progress along the esplanade. Parking and facilities within Seaton itself.
- Chalkwell Beach is a sandy beach with groynes backed by a grassy area and the beach has a seawater paddling pool. Chalkwell is part of the long Southend-on-Sea seafront, sitting towards the Western end and is less busy than the stretches near the pier. Facilities at the beach include parking, toilets, cafes and kiosks. Chalkwell train station marks the end of the Southend seafront and is just a five-minute walk away
- Freshwater East beach is a lovely crescent shaped sandy beach with dunes and woodland at the rear which form a local nature reserve and Red Sandstone cliffs on either side. It is a rural beach on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and measures nearly 1km across. The beach is great for families with good for swimming, walking, boating, fishing, building sand castles and relaxation. Not usually a surf beach but when there is surf then it is good surf. Facilities include car park and toilets.
- Herne Bay is a popular Kent seaside town with a long promenade with the central part of the seafront including seafront gardens and a central bandstand housing a visitor centre. The beach is shingle with wooden groynes giving way to sandy mudflats at low tide and is a popular bathing area for families with amusements and amenities nearby. The sandy mudflats provide great opportunities for beachcombing with many prehistoric sharks’ teeth fossils on the foreshore. Facilities include beach huts, town centre shops, cafe, restaurants, toilets, lifeguards and parking.
- Llanddona beach is a good sized family sandy beach that shelves at a decent but not alarming rate. This north east facing beach is located on the eastern side of the Red Wharf Bay area, measures approximately 2.5 km in length, although the bay itself is more than 4 km wide. Llanddona village is located on high ground between Benllech and Beaumaris, it is popular as a holiday destination on Anglesey. The road down to the beach is for the confident driver as it is steep single track with passing lanes, so be prepared for hill starts. Once on the beach it is well worth the trip. Popular with windsurfers, sailers, kitesurfing and fishing. Parking by the beach, slipway, cafe and toilets. You do have a pub in Llanddona at the top of the hill although it has no shops.