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On a sunny day, I’ll always feel lucky to live in Brighton and its beautiful beaches. To have the sea only a stones throw away is amazing! Despite my groaning about the #heatwave weather this week, I’m secretly loving it. I’ll always be fiercely proud of the city I live in, but I was impressed to find out that Brighton has been ranked as the #3 top UK beach destination by Go Euro. The top ranked beach was Newquay in Cornwall, which I have been wanting to visit for as long as I remember.
After reading this study, I decided to visit a few of our favourite beaches in Brighton. Although most people will be familiar with Brighton Beach next to the pier, there are several spots that I just love to see come rain or shine. Emma is turning into a real beach girl too and loves to inspect all the stones on the seafront. So going to the beach together is the perfect activity, as I can relax knowing she rarely gets ants in her pants to leave.
With the West Pier in the background, I always love to visit Brighton Beach. It’s a fantastic place to come on a sunny day, to walk along the pier or throw stones into the sea. For young families, it is perfect as there are two fantastic playgrounds nearby with a paddling pool to cool down. I love seeing the colourful beach huts, and Emma enjoys inspecting the padlocks one by one too. I do find it gets incredibly busy the hotter the weather gets, so it’s always good to have a few back-up options…
Hove Beach – Portslade
From Grand Avenue in Central Hove along to the edge of Portslade, is a beautiful section of beach that is often much quieter. Along the boardwalk, the children can bring their scooters and there is also a wide cycle lane too. Emma absolutely loves coming to Hove Beach, and we’ll usually walk along to Hove Lagoon and the Big Beach Cafe. With brilliant food at the cafe, to a superb pirate adventure playground – you can’t beat it. A bonus here is that it is much easier to park from 11am-6pm with free parking on some of the side streets off Kingsway. A thumbs up from us and you’ll see us down this way often!
Lancing Beach is one we have only discovered recently – I think it’s a wonderfully peaceful beach. Along the A259 (Kingsway/Brighton Seafront), you’ll arrive in Lancing with a large car park which costs £1 per hour to park. Before reaching the sea, there is lots of space for the children to run around and a great playground too. The beach itself is beautiful with the classic beach huts you’d expect to find, but also lots of kites on a windy day. I also love The Perch, the beachside cafe which sells brilliant coffee and some chorizo and cheese topped chips to die for.
To the east of Brighton pier, you’ll find Ovingdean and Rottingdean. I was first introduced to this area as my stepson loves to play a round of golf next to Roedean School, where there is a brilliant cafe. Across the road from this cafe, you can walk down to the seafront and see the boats. The view is spectacular; totally different to the west of Brighton, with chalky white cliffs. We’ve come here many a time when it was raining and it’s breathtaking to say the least. Along the pathway, you can walk from Ovingdean all the way to the west of Brighton – something we haven’t done yet.
On a wet and windy day last December as we were full to the brim with Christmas food, we discovered Seaford Bay. I thought it was beautiful and the perfect antidote to busy Brighton over the Christmas months. There were plenty of fisherman doing their thing on the bay, but so much room for Emma to run around. It’s also welcome that the Mr Whippy van is there whatever the weather, so each trip is rounded off with a cheeky ice-cream. Such a peaceful, serene part of Sussex and well worth a visit.
So that rounds up our top five beaches in and around Brighton – I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you love seeing Brighton Beach or are there any secret spots you’d recommend?
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