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5 of the UK’s Best Urban Beaches you HAVE to visit this Summer!

Landlocked but have a hankering to feel the sand between your toes? Why not visit one of the country’s urban beaches easily accessible by train and get paddling! We’ve hand-picked five of the best for a fun-filled day of splashing around or lounging about for you to check out...

Nottingham Riviera CREDIT TO Star Treatment Photography 5
Nottingham Riviera CREDIT TO Star Treatment Photography 5

Nottingham Riviera

Aside from the beach essentials such as a paddling pool, deck chairs and sandcastle-building there are many-a special event to help pass the time at the Nottingham Riviera beach. Be sure to check out the major sports events being shown on the giant screens for beach-wide viewing. What’s more, be sure to check out the upcoming performance schedule to see which live music acts will be playing throughout the day *weather dependent of course!*.

And what’s a British seaside without fairground rides?! The Nottingham favourites such as bungee trampolines, F1 car ride and sand dune racer are back once again but with some brand new additions alongside especially for 2018! Debuting at the beach this year include high ropes course and reverse bungee as well as a range of traditional sideshow games such as archery, hook-a-duck, Ping Pong, Foot Pool (pool played with your feet as the cue!), limbo and a photo booth with comedy props so you have a comedic souvenir of your day out together!

When: Open from 13 July - 2nd September

Where: Old Market Square, Nottingham City Centre, NG1 2BY

Admission fee: Free entry

Nearest train station: Nottingham train station

Cotswold Country Park and Beach

As one of the largest inland beaches in the UK, Cotswold Country Park and Beach boasts a mighty huge and mighty-fun floating obstacle course starring slides, bridges, trampolines, tunnels and even giant inflated pillows to bounce your friends into to the water from! And do not fear, the freshwater is beautifully crisp and clear so you won’t feel as bad for launching them off the floating course and into the water! The water is ideal for swimming, amplified by the fact there is a designated zone fully supervised by Lifeguards throughout the season.

If this wasn’t enough fun for one day, there’s plenty more on offer here! From the classic kayaks and pedalos for hire, to Water Zorbs and stand up paddle boards, for you, you and your friend or your whole family with single, double and family boards on offer!

Need to get your land legs back? There’s crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, bouncy castles and more. There’s plenty of lakeside land for a chilled out walk if you need to wind down after all that too (phew!).

All this activity can make you pretty peckish too - the recently refurbished Beach Shack Cafe or the cafe within the Millennium Building will do just the job for you. The cafe inside the Millennium Building offers a gelato parlour, a pizzeria and a viewing gallery for your pleasure. Want to stay outside for lunch? No worries - there are nominated BBQ stations surrounded by extensive grassed areas for relaxing and playing too.

When: Already open - go go go! Open from March until end October

Where: Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Gloucestershire, GL7 6DF

Admission fee: Entrance from £4.50 - admission price depends on number of people visiting, and time of season

Nearest train station: Kemble train station

Blue Lagoon Beach at Bosworth Water Park Beach

Demonstrating exactly what the English countryside has to offer whilst hosting the additional bonus of a sandy beach and shoreline, Bosworth Water Park Beach is surrounded by 50-acres of parkland for walks, runs, cycles, picnics, even a café overlooking the Blue Lagoon. There’s a pirate adventure playground, crazy golf and a further 20-acres of lakes and lagoons for boating, fishing and windsurfing to fill your summer days. This is what the Park calls ‘Beach Therapy’!

Need something a little different? Try one of their events being hosted such as a classic car show being held at multiple times throughout the year, or even sailing courses on their lagoon!

When: Open now! Open for 364 days of the year (excluding Christmas Day)

Where: Wellsborough Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, CV13 6PD

Admission fee: Free admission

Nearest train station: Atherstone or Nuneaton train station

The Beach at Brent Cross Shopping Centre

A beach in London - you read that right! The double award-winning beach experience is back for 2018 and better than ever before with more sand, more space and new fairground rides for all ages all in a convenient concentric circle to save trekking up and down the length of the coast!

Feel free to bring your own fold-up chairs and blankets to sit and watch the big screen viewings of the greatest summer sports such as Wimbledon, World Cup matches and Silverstone races.

Got little one’s that just won't sit still? Get them being creative at the crafts workshops on offer throughout the summer, or even circus workshops for something truly unique! There’s even pirate treasure hunts for the explorers amongst us!

Don’t forget your rubber rings to float around on the water and remember your arm bands for when family splash battles commence in the splash pools too!

At lunch times, you’ll have many-a choice as food stalls take on a British seaside theme including the classic fish ‘n’ chips, sandwiches, doughnut as well as Pimms and slushies for both the kids and us big kids too!

Please note - bucket and spades required for the full Costa del Brent Cross experience and ultimate family fun day out!

When: Open from 2nd June until Sunday 2nd September.

Opening hours from 2nd June - 20th July: Mon-Thurs: Closed, Fridays: 4pm-10pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 12pm-10pm.

Opening hours 20th July - 2nd September: Mon-Fri: 12pm-10pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 11am-10pm.

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, NW4 3FP

Admission fee: £3 per person (Children under 3 years old go free)

Nearest train station: Hendon train station

Urban Beach at London’s Royal Dock

And if one London beach on offer wasn’t quite enough to quench your seaside thirst, here’s another! the Urban Beach at London’s Royal Dock is the more chilled option for those London-bound beach-seekers. With fresh golden sand being *shipped* into the Dock, there’s plenty of space for lounging around on blankets or in deckchairs to really take advantage of this wonderful weather we’re having!

Get your best plane-spotting talent activated too as you may even get to enjoy the spectacle that are Emirates Airlines gliding overhead as the breeze from the River Thames brushes your face.

There’s no swimming available at this location, but you won’t even miss it when there’s as much space as there is here for family games and sandcastle building galore!

When: Open from 18 July - 2nd September, 10am-8pm

Where: 1 Siemens Brothers Way, E16 1GB

Admission fee: Free entry

Nearest train station: Stratford (London) train station

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