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.
- Robin Hoods Bay beach is a large beach in a small fishing hamlet situated on the Yorkshire Heritage Coast just south of Whitby, the bay is located on a steep hill and marks one end of the coast to coast walk. This beach is a great family location with the beach being shingle with many rock pools and is also large enough to cope with the summer crowds. The Coastal walk between Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay is one of the best parts of the Cleveland Way National Trail and you can imagine why in the 18th Century the bay was reported to be one of the busiest smuggling communities on the Yorkshire coast. Facilities include toilets, pubs, car park (although at the top of a steep hill), restaurants, shops, slipway and the Old Coastguard Station is one of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Centres, exhibition and tourist information all at one location.
- Meadfoot beach is a small beach with a mixture of rocks, shingle and sand set below cliffs. The spilt level promenade backs onto a tree covered hillside. Facilities include parking (car park and some street parking), promenade, cafe, beach huts, toilets (summer only) and beach shower, disabled visitors’ facilities, deckchair hire and slipway.
- Maidens Turnberry beach is thought to be named from The Maidens of Turnberry, a series of rocks in Maidenhead Bay which have became an extension to Maidens harbour wall. This is a sandy beach that curves in the bay northwards away from the harbour and village of Maidens.
- South Landing beach is on the south side of the Flamborough Headland near Bridlington. South Landing beach is a curving sandy and pebble beach under cliffs. A great family beach where you can play traditional beach games, picnic and explore the rock pools. The surrounding woodland and Flamborough cliffs are great to explore and observe a wide selection of sea birds. Facilities include car parking and toilets.
- Newport Sands is in Cardigan Bay, facing the Irish Sea and is also known as Traethmawr. This 1.5 km beach is a broad, long, flat, sand dune backed beach at the mouth of the River Nevern. At low tide you can wade across the river to Parrog. The cliffs to the north are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Very popular with all kinds of watersports. Facilities include a car park, toilets, cafe and seasonal lifeguards.
- Cullercoats sits between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay. The Cullercoats beach is a semi-circular sandy beach enclosed by small piers with cliffs and caves. Cullercoats is a popular destination for families and day-trippers. The name is thought to derive from Dove (or Culver) Cotes. The south of the bay has a launching area for local fishing boats and leisure craft.
- This sandy beach links the Shetland mainland to St Ninians Isle. The 500 metre stretch of sand is the UKs largest active tombolo – a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or bar. It is well worth a look around St Ninians Isle as you have some great vies, a wide range of seabirds and some archaeological finds. You have a car parking area next to the beach with picnic tables along with a cafe in nearby Bigton.
- Clarach Bay is a sand and shingle beach although a large sandy beach is exposed at low tide. This is a westerly facing beach approximately 500 metres wide and is sheltered by shale cliffs on either side. Clarach Bay is connected to Aberystwyth by a mile long nature trail which on clear days offers outstanding views across Cardigan Bay. Facilities include limited parking, summer lifeguards, shop and food outlets, children’s amusements and holiday park..
- Montrose beach stretches for just under 5km from the mouth of the River South Esk northwards to where the River North Esk joins the beach. The beach is a sandy beach backed by a high dune system. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets, picnic tables, cafe, shop, amusement centre and Seafront Splash, a modern, purpose-built play area.
- Westward Ho! beach is also known as Golden Bay and for its surf and clean sand backed by a pebble ridge and grasslands which extends for about three miles merging with Sandymere beach. At low tide the many rock pools which will keep children entertained. The beach has designated surfing areas and with plenty of sea bass it attracts anglers. Lifeguards in the summer, car parking, toilets, food and deckchair hire. We have no dog information for Westward Ho! beach.