England has more than 6,000 miles of beautiful coastline to explore, including a host of stunning beaches, many of which hold a coveted Blue Flag award.

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From unspoilt coves and rock pools to bucket-and-spade resorts bustling with amusements, your family will be guaranteed a whale of a time.

Enjoy homespun fun like bat and ball, have a go at sea kayaking, sailing or surfing – or simply relax in a deckchair.

Take a stroll off the beach and you’ll discover heaps of other attractions. Our piers are national treasures, packed with funfair rides, trampolines, games and eateries.

There are aquariums where your family can get up close to sea creatures and zoos where they can meet animals wild and wonderful.

Thrill-seekers will love the theme parks, while those who prefer life in the slow lane will enjoy discovering historic National Trust homes and gardens.

Summer’s the time to catch some wonderful festivals, featuring live music, sand sculptures or even an airshow.

Finding somewhere to stay is easy, too with hundreds of caravan sites, B&Bs and hotels available as well as other more unusual places to rent, including ex-lighthouses, fisherman’s cottages and log cabins.

All we need now is that heatwave they keep promising us!

For more information on great holidays beside the seaside, go to VisitEngland.com/moreseaside