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.
- Trecco Bay beach is one of the many Porthcawl bays and is a large sand and rocky beach between two rocky points, situated between Sandy Bay and Newton Beach. The only facilities are at the holiday park and you do have seasonal lifeguards. Although only a short walk from Trecco Bay holiday park this beach is typically not that busy.
- St Annes Beach is a few miles down the coast from Blackpool and St Anne’s is a great contrast to the bustling Blackpool Beaches. The beach is very long, and when the tide is out it can take a long walk to get to the sea. It also often seems as though the tide never comes in. Facilities at the beach include parking, toilets, beach hut rental, food options and pier.
- Tywyn beach is a long seafront backed by a promenade and grass areas. The beach is sand and pebbles backed by sand dunes, stretching 7 km of the Welsh coast line, from Tywyn town in the North, to the harbour at Aberdyfi in the south. The beach is west facing and is popular with surfers, bodyboarders and windsurfers. Facilities include car parking, toilets, promenade with shelters and benches, amusement arcades, cafe/restaurant and slipway.
- Avon Beach is situated at Mudeford to the east side of the Christchurch Harbour entrance, near Bournemouth and is a 1/4 mile of sandy beach with views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles Lighthouse. Avon beach is a great family beach providing a great place for beach games, a safe gentle slope into the sea and sand bars to play on. Watersports has its own designated area in front of the car park and is great location for surfing, SUP, canoeing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Due to the sand banks the beach provides a good place for kitesurfing and windsurfing beginners. Facilities include car park, toilets, shop, cafe/restaurant and hire of beach huts, deck chairs, sun loungers, wind breaks and canoes. Lifeguards in the summer and free identity wristbands to parents with children to enhance child safety on our beach.
- Ruby Bay is a sandy beach in a sheltered bay to the east of the village of Elie that is backed by dunes and grass areas. The beach is also referred to as Wood Haven. The beach is known for “Elie rubies”, blood-red pyrope garnets embedded in the volcanic rock along the shoreline. On a sunny day, you can lie down along the high tide line and you should see the rubies glinting in the sunlight. Facilities include toilets with disabled access, picnic area, parking, although more is available in the town and cafes/restaurant nearby.
- Oddicombe is a shingle beach at the bottom of red sandstone cliffs. The cliff top has magnificent views across the bay and to get down to the beach you will need the steep path or the cliff railway. Facilities include promenade, Babbacombe Cliff Railway, cafe, beach huts, toilets (summer only), beach shower, disabled visitors’ facilities, deckchair and boat hire.
- Pwllheli beach is a very long stretch of south facing sand on the Llyn Peninsula and is also known as Pwllheli South Beach. The beach starts out at the marina and stretches for approximately 3 miles to Llanbedrog and as you move away from the town you have a beautiful remove beach. Pwllheli is known as the unnoficial capital of the Llyn Peninsula. Parking on the road behind the beach, toilets, promenade, beach shop and Pwllheli has a harbour.