The UK’s best weekend beach breaks

There is nothing quite like a relaxing beach break to recharge the batteries.

The unpredictable weather in the UK might make a beach break a bit risky at certain times of the year, but when the sun does come out all your cares and worries are going to be forgotten.

Are you looking for inspiration for a beach break in the UK this year? Here are our recommendations for some of the best options to consider all over the country.

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The Bay, Filey

The Bay, Filey

Starting on the gorgeous North Yorkshire coast, The Bay Filey is definitely a great weekend beach break.

The site, which is home to self-catering accommodation in cottages, is dog-friendly and has everything you need to make a home from home for a few days.

Filey itself is perfect with the sandy shore – just a short walk away from The Bay – named the winner of the Sunday Times’ Best British Beach Guide in 2018.

The cliffs of Robin Hood's Bay can be seen from the beach, which is the ideal place to fly a kite with the kids.

The Bay Filey has facilities including a gym, sauna and steam room on the site, guests can play sports such as table tennis and archery and the John Paul Jones public house is there too.

Phone: +44 1723 518130

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Address: 1 Moor Rd, Primrose Valley, Filey, YO14 9GA

The Leeway Whitby

The Leeway Boutique Bed and Breakfast, Whitby

Staying on the same coastline, the Leeway Boutique Bed and Breakfast is the ideal place to stay on a weekend beach break in Whitby.

Did you know that Whitby is home to the only Blue Flag beach in Yorkshire?

Blue Flag awards are given out to those beaches in the UK that are proven to be clean and safe with top-class facilities and excellent water quality.

The Leeway Boutique Bed and Breakfast, which has a Gold award from Visit England, is one of the best places to stay in Whitby, whose Abbey was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
The four-star accommodation includes Tassimo drink makers in every room while breakfast is included in the price and features a full English breakfast that is freshly cooked to order.

Local produce is used where possible, with bread being supplied by Bothams of Whitby for example.

Phone: +44 1947 602604

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Address: 1 Havelock Pl, Whitby, YO21 3ER

Sands Hotel, Margate

Sands Hotel, Margate

Margate has an increasingly hip reputation and is an up-and-coming destination for weekend beach breaks in the UK having shaken off his traditional feeling in the past few years.

The Sands Hotel is one of the best places to stay in the town, with guests having access to a private rooftop terrace that boasts brilliant views of the beach.

Speaking of the beach, the Sands Hotel could hardly be closer with its amusement arcades and tidal pool.

The hotel is also home to the excellent Bay restaurant and bar, which offers al fresco dining when the sun comes out to play.

Some people are calling Margate the new Shoreditch by the sea, with Dreamland a must-visit for anyone booking a weekend beach break here.

Dreamland is an old-school funfair with classic rides, though it has some fantastic street food options to try out as well. Dreamland also hosts special live music nights, so check out the schedule if you are planning to visit Margate.

Phone: +44 1843 228228

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Address: 16 Marine Dr, Margate, CT9 1DH

Isle of Barra Hotel, Outer Hebrides

Isle of Barra Hotel, Outer Hebrides

Anyone who prizes peace and quiet above all else on a weekend beach break in the UK should consider booking a stay at the Isle of Barra Hotel in the Outer Hebrides.

Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands and can be reached by ferry from Oban or plane from Glasgow.

The Isle of Barra Hotel is arguably the best accommodation the island has to offer, with the three-star hotel claiming to be the most westerly hotel in Britain.

The hotel is virtually on the beautiful white sands of Tangasdale Beach and offers views of both Halaman Bay and Ben Tangaval. Facilities include a lounge bar with access to the beach and a cinema room.

Barra – known as Barradise from those in the know! – is home to the medieval Kisimul Castle, while a round at Barra Golf Club offers some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

Whales and dolphins can often be spotted from Barra's beaches, while there is a chance to take surf lessons or go snorkelling and kayaking if you want to stay active during your beach break.

Phone: +44 1871 810383

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Address: Tangasdale Beach, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XW

Fishguard Bay Camping & Caravan Park, Pembrokeshire

Fishguard Bay Camping & Caravan Park, Pembrokeshire

Over to Wales, where the Fishguard Bay Camping & Caravan Park offers a low-key weekend beach break in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Fishguard Bay is great for glamping, while there are luxury lodges and cottages to pick from as well, so you do not necessarily have to take your tent. Lodges are laid out just like a luxury boutique hotel and they boast sea views.

Fishguard International Music Festival is arguably the best time of the year to visit, with world-class musicians heading to the Welsh coast every July.

Fishguard itself is a quaint town with fantastic rambling routes nearby, while Dyffryn Fernant garden and the West Wales Art Centre are among the other attractions. Fishguard is ideal for seal and porpoise-watching too.

Phone: +44 1348 811415

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Address: Bay Resort, Fishguard, Newport, SA64 9ET

St Michaels Resort, Cornwall

St Michaels Resort, Cornwall

Falmouth's Blue Flag Gyllyngvase beach is just across the road from St Michaels Resort and nothing is quite like a weekend beach break in Cornwall.

St Michaels hosts a world-class spa offering dozens of different treatments, so it is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend away.
Paddleboarding, coasteering, snorkelling and kayaking can all be enjoyed nearby for those who want to be a bit more sporty during their holiday.

Views of Falmouth Bay are offered from some rooms within the resort complex and St Michaels also boasts what it claims is the largest and best-equipped health club in Cornwall.

Brasserie on the Bay, which occupies a site overlooking sub-tropical gardens and the sea, is the perfect place for a bite to eat like the catch of the day.

If you can bear to drag yourself away from the luxury on offer at St Michaels Resort, Falmouth is home to attractions including the National Maritime Museum, the scenic Helford River and Pendennis Castle, while it hosts the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week in August every year.

Phone: +44 1326 312707

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Address: Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, TR11 4NB

St Brelade's Bay Hotel, Jersey

St Brelade's Bay Hotel, Jersey

The island of Jersey is a brilliant place to go for a weekend beach break, with St Brelade's Bay Hotel occupying a perfect position just moments away from the sandy shores.

The four-star hotels sits in five acres of gorgeous gardens and has 77 luxurious rooms and suites to pick from.

An on-site health club, spa and hair salon will keep you busy during your time away!

Dine at the Bay Restaurant or Petit Port Cafe within the hotel or head over the road to the famous Oyster Box restaurant, which offers meals including Jersey lobster and fruits de mer.

Jersey might not be officially part of the UK but it offers a unique break that offers a mix of British and French culture.

Get there on the ferry from Poole or Portsmouth, or fly from airports across the UK.

Must-see attractions on the island include the Jersey National Park, La Mare Wine Estate, Le Moulin de Quetivel and Hamptonne Country Life Museum, while the south-facing St Brelade's Bay itself is regularly voted among the best beaches in Britain.

Phone: +44 1534 746141

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Address: La Route de la Baie, Jersey, JE3 8EF

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