Leigh on Sea Beach (< 1 mile)
Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea Beach
Regularly voted in the Top 100 British Beaches, a lovely sandy beach which stretches for 7 miles from Leigh to Shoeburyness, excellent for swimming, windsurfing and sailing.
Tankerton Beach (22 miles)
Good for swimming but not building castles, this is a pebble and shingle beach with an intriguing natural causeway to explore.
Frinton on Sea Beach (27 miles)
Frinton on Sea Beach
Good swimming with some lifeguard cover, nice sand and excellent fossil hunting territory close by. Deliberately traditional, no arcades, etc.
West Bay Beach (33 miles)
West Bay Beach
Blue Flag Awarded sand and rock beach, with lifeguards during summer season. Good immediate facilities including cafes and shops, accessible toilets, tennis, putting, sailing and windsurfing.
Margate Main Sands (34 miles)
Margate Main Sands
This timeless beach with tidal pool, children's rides and amusement arcades caters for families who want traditional seaside fun and entertainment. Seasonal lifeguard cover.
Botany Bay (36 miles)
Popular for surfing and canoeing this Botany Bay (there are several) is a pure sandy delight with especially well inhabited rock pools to explore.
Joss Bay (37 miles)
Sandy beach with chalk cliffs popular with families, swimmers and surfers with summer lifeguard cover and great immediate amenities.
Ramsgate Main Sands (37 miles)
Ramsgate Main Sands
Long sandy family beach with summer lifeguard cover and children's amusements, arcades and family dining.
Viking Bay (37 miles)
A curved, sandy bay ideal for family trips, with tidal pool, children's rides and surf school beachside, plus cliff top promenade and boardwalk with some children's rides.
Sunny Sands Beach (41 miles)
Sunny Sands Beach
A hugely popular sandy beach at the eastern end of the Stade and Folkestone Harbour. It is a firm favourite with families throughout the summer, with good facilities nearby including WCs and cafés, pubs and beach shops.
Camber Sands (41 miles)
Mountainous sand dunes and vast expanses so even when it's full you can find a space for yourselves.
Dungeness Beach (45 miles)
Definitely for exploring, this is a visually dramatic shingle beach with RSPB hides and lots of local wildlife. No swimming, no immediate facilities.
Hastings Beach (49 miles)
Sand and shingle beach with good swimming and lifeguard cover. Many features and facilities at one end, quiet at the other. Connected to Pelham Beach.
Eastbourne Beach (57 miles)
Sand, shingle and pebble beach with water sports and swimming opportunities. Many local features.
Birling Gap (59 miles)
Chalk and shingle beach good for rock pools, fossil hunting and safe paddling, very popular with surfers and kite fliers, excellent local walks with loads of butterflies in season.
Seaford Bay (59 miles)
Shingle beach with a few features to explore and good water for swimming with some lifeguard cover.
Brighton Beach (61 miles)
Long pebbly beach in a cove with safe shallow swimming and protection and natural windshield.
Frensham Great Pond (67 miles)
Frensham Great Pond
While not technically a beach at all, as far as manmade inland varieties go it's a sterling effort: vast 13th century lake with sandy beaches, woodland trails and heavy on the natural wildlife.
The Pier Beach at Southwold (69 miles)
The Pier Beach at Southwold
One of two of Southwold's good beaches, with good swimming if you're careful and lifeguard cover. Sand and shingle surface. Regular Blue Flag awarded.
The Denes Beach at Southwold (69 miles)
The Denes Beach at Southwold
Sand and shingle beach good for swimming, canoeing and body boarding, with summer lifeguard cover. Another differently styled beach nearby.
Climping Beach (73 miles)
Shingle beach popular with windsurfers, summer lifeguard cover provided. Quite an isolated beach but connected to the East Beach which holds several awards
Basildon Park (21 miles)
This impressive Georgian mansion, surrounded by glorious parkland, was lovingly rescued from ruin by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the mid 1950s. There are waymarked trails through the historic parkland and gravel paths around the gardens.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Southend with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Berkshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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