South England

(c) Will Gray

Brace yourself Brixham; look out Lyme Regis! When the summer holidays arrive, the Southwest receives a flood of families in search of quintessential British seaside. You can almost smell the factor 40 and hear the rattle of spades against buckets. Cornwall, Devon and Dorset are fringed by some of the world’s most child-friendly beaches, offering everything from surf, rock pools and unrivalled sandcastle potential to great-value resorts and copious rainy-day attractions.

Family attractions in Southeast England include everything from theme parks and castles to traditional seaside resorts like Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. However, if you have to pick just one place to take the kids, it has to be the Isle of Wight with its beaches, coastal walks, cycling tracks and watersports. Another great option for active families, the New Forest has miles of cycle tracks and several riding stables, while the North and South Downs offer plenty in the way of gentle walks.

This is edited copy from Britain with Kids by William Gray.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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