There’s no easy way to say this but… August is almost over. So it’s time to wave the summer Goodbye and prepare for the beginning of the autumn.
Still, there’s at least one good reason to celebrate this warm Friday since 30th of August is the #NationalBeachDay.
So don’t wait any longer and head up straight to the beach. You may not need an excuse to do so but still, why don’t you spend the weekend caresses by the gentle sunlight with a cocktail in hand, taking advantage of the #BeachDay, which will surely be viral today.
Unfortunately not all of us can afford a trip to… or an exclusive cruise but this doesn’t mean that we don’t know how to have fun in the sun.
So you’re very welcome to join on our tour to one of the most stunningly brilliant beaches near London.
Take me to the beach
All of you City folks don't worry, you don’t have to spend a whole day travelling to spend some quality time at a brilliant beach. The UK’s capital is well connected to some of the best beaches in the country, and we’re about to present to you the ten best beaches in less than two hours of London.
Camber Sands, Sussex
This stunning coast is not only among the best getaway places near London but among the top beaches in the whole of England, as well. The Arabian look of Camber Sands got it plenty of screen time. This golden shore has been used as a décor for a number of desert film locations, including
Carry On - Follow That Camel.
How to get here: It will take you only 1h 40m by train from London St Pancras International to Rye in East Sussex. Once your there, all that’s left is a short four miles long bus ride to the beach. It will take you approximately two hours by car.
West Wittering, West Sussex
When it comes to the south coast – this surely is one of the finest beaches, which offers tons of pleasant summer activities. The weathered shabby-chic beach huts may be West Wittering’s significant signature but nature, which surrounds it shouldn’t be underestimated as well.
How to get here: It will take you 1h 30m by train from London Victoria to Chichester and a short bus ride to the beach itself or nearly two hours by car.
Minnis Bay, Birchington, Kent
If you’re planning to spend some quality time with your family this weekend, then say no more and enjoy the lovely Blue Flag sandy beach on the north Kent coast. Free parking, a children's outdoor play area and a paddling pool to explore the marine life together. Windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing are on the menu as well and you can enjoy a meal at some of the restaurants with a bar and great sea views. We think that this place has to offer something interesting for each and every one member of your family so pack your bags and spend your weekend together.
How to get here: The trip will take 1h 30m minutes from London St Pancras International to Birchington-on-Sea plus a short walk to the beach or approximately 2h by car.
Mersea Island, Essex
Welcome to Britain’s most easterly inhabited island, where you can relive the ancient Roman history. The estuary island can be reached via the Strood – the old Roman causeway, which links it with the mainland. Enjoy a meal at some of the various oyster bars and taste the difference of a freshly caught haul, became a fossil hunter for a day or simply appreciate the magnificent nature all around you. On top of that East Mersea’s quiet beaches backed by cliffs may reveal shark's teeth and animal bones dating 300,000 years back in time. And in case you’re a wine aficionado don’t miss to try the local grape juices or pick up a souvenir at Mersea Island Vineyard and Brewery.
How to get here: Catch the train from London Liverpool Street to Colchester for a 1h ride and then spend 45 minutes on the bus to Mersea Island or enjoy a 2h road trip by car.
We’ve picked this beach because of the 86ft shipping tower, which will bedazzle you with the spectacular panoramic views from its top over the Essex coast. The nowadays art gallery is indeed something that should be in your summer bucket list. You can as well head to the Hamford Water Nature Reserve and spot common harbour and grey seals. If you’re a nature-lover than mandatorily sign for one of the numerous boat trips, which can reveal all sorts of wild and plant life in a rich area of tidal creeks, mudflats, salt marshes and grasslands. Hunt for turtle and bird fossils or spend the whole day tanning at the Blue Flag beach. The lovely peninsular, which havers Walton on the Naze is indeed packed with so many interesting things to do.
How to get here: All it takes is a 1h 50m ride from London Liverpool Street to Walton-on-the-Naze or nearly 2h road trip by car.
Tankerton Beach and The Street, Whitstable, Kent
Our last pick is another of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of England. Pretty beach huts, rolling grassy slopes, a quite long promenade and the captivating blue waves of the sea – what else do you need? Tankerton Beach is indeed a magnificent place with a well-known bonus – it is just a 20-minute walk away from one of the UK’s busiest seaside towns, Whitstable. So no matter if you’re looking for privacy or a lively summer experience, this is the right place - here you can have it both. The mesmerize views are just the cherry on the top. How to get here: 1h 20m train ride from London Victoria or 1h 10m from St Pancras International to Whitstable is all that separates you from a day at the Tankerton Beach or approximately 1h 40m road trip by car.
There’s much more to the #BeachDay than meets the eye at first sight
National Beach Day logically was created to celebrate the beach but there’s more to the story than just that. The main idea of its inventor was to encourage the cleaning up of the beaches worldwide.
The day was created back in 2014 by Colleen Paige – the brainchild behind a plethora of other trending national days, such as the beloved National Dog Day, National Cat Day, National Puppy Day and many more, who is considered one of America's leading Pet & Family Lifestyle Experts – and since then, it has been observed annually on every 30th of August.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, starting with heading up straight to the nearest type of beach, that lays around. It doesn't matter if it is at an ocean, at a sea or at a lake. Just pack your bag (and mandatory bring some kind sun protection lotion, decent pair of sunglasses, a hat and plenty of drinkable water) and go out for a swim or simply lay on your beach towel in the sand, on the grass or at the end of the nearest pool.
You can surf, sunbathe, take a long walk on the shore or through the nearest park, have a picnic, throw out a garden party (especially if you have some sort of a pool even if it’s a plastic one), take pictures of the wildlife by mandatorily including some sand, water or at least your sunglasses, play a song of the Beach Boys, and enjoy a cocktail garnished with a colourful umbrella.
In other words, simply celebrate everything Beach related - parties, family, friends, great food, photography and of course the sun –don’t forget about the cleaning, though.
A friendly piece of advice: bet on reusable straws – there are already plenty of options in the market so choose whatever fits you best and contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution worldwide.
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever… - we couldn’t say it better than Jacques Cousteau but still, it’s up to us to keep it this way. A no easy task nowadays.
The environmental contamination with tons of plastic puts the lives of ocean mammals and seabirds in serious danger. Tens of dozens of animals are killed every day by fishing line, plastic, aluminium cans, oil spills, and due to the deadly trash and debris left on beaches around the globe, which ruins their natural habitat.
All of the above poisons animals and by getting tangled in wings, beaks and intestines, causes them agony, starvation and eventually leads to their slow painful death.
Not to mention that pollution of the beaches affects our wellbeing as well and by that, we don’t simply mean the unpleasant feeling to tan near piles of garbage but our health.
There are already tons of researches, which have proved the harm that the micro plastics causes. We’re basically and quite literally fill with plastic particles, which run through our bloodstream and even though the consequences aren’t well-known, it simply can’t be good.
It’s about time to raise the alarm and do at least a little something about it. Why don’t start with cleaning up of the nearest beach or simply stop using single-use plastic?!
There’s much that we can do only if we want to, so while enjoying your perfect beach getaway this weekend thing about it and do some good for nature and its wildlife as well. It will surely repay – at least with a sense of satisfaction.
Use the #Trashtag and embrace its challenge in order to pay your dues to nature and show a bit of respect for its unique wholeness.
After you have fun in the sun is over, take the time to leave no trace after. Be sure to do your part and help to keep beaches beautiful, clean and safe for generations to come and for the animals that call the water their home.
Since your weekend is fully occupied, go and have fun in the sun, because
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