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DAY AT THE BEACH, ANYONE?

The sun’s making an appearance again so we’re thinking of an impromptu day trip to the beach. Here's the closest ones to Leicestershire and Rutland. Now, where did we put our beach towel?

Did you know there’s two sandy beaches in our hood? Yes siree! But if you want a proper jaunt to the seaside, it’s still doable if you get an early start.

We’ve put together a few suggestions which are just over a two-hour drive – depending which part of the county you live in. Grab the sun lotion and let’s go!

Rutland Water Beach

Pic Credit: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/rutland-water-park

One of the closest beaches to us is the tiny sandy shoreline over in Rutland Water’s North Shore. Skyes Lane Beach is a mere 140 metres long and can get really overcrowded, so if you’re not happy to be elbow to elbow with another family, probably best to travel further afield. If this doesn’t bother you then we suggest packing a picnic and getting there really early. Swimming is only permitted when lifeguards are on site doing their Baywatch thing from 1pm- 5pm weekdays and 10am-6pm weekends. How far? 40 Minutes from Leicestershire.

Bosworth Water Park Beach, Bosworth

Grab the bucket and spade and head to this secret sandy, man made beach. It’s part of the Bosworth Leisure Water Park but entrance is free so you can visit for an hour or spend the entire day here, (parking £3 an hour) and it’s well worth it if you’ve got little ones in tow. Forgot the cossies? No problem! The kids can play in the large wooden pirate ship, try their hand at crazy golf or you can hire a pedalo and enjoy the water without getting wet. How far? 35 minutes from Leicestershire and just over an hour from Rutland.

Hunstanton, Norfolk

Pic Credit: via Mark Timberlake, Unsplash

Hunstanton beach is known for its striking pink and white striped cliffs and at low tide there’s a wide expanse of sand with shallow waters making it popular with body-boarders, kite surfers and families to splash around in. The Esplanade Gardens is designed for strolling but there’s also a bowling green, children’s play area, crazy golf and more. In summer a little train trundles along the sea-front, to and from the Hunstanton Lighthouse. Adorable! The beach itself faces west making it one of the few places on the Norfolk coast where you can actually watch the sun set over the sea, making it the perfect spot for a pic! #doitforthegram. How far? Just over 2 hours from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Cleethorpes beach, Lincolnshire

Pic Credit: Visit Lincolnshire

If you love the feeling of sand between your toes, this picturesque seaside resort has miles of it. There’s also heaps of things to do for families, everything from donkey rides, arcades, a small bouncy castle and all the other British seaside attractions you’d expect. There’s also stand up paddle-boarding, kite surfing as well as the beautiful flower-filled gardens which stretch along the whole promenade. Don’t leave without trying the amazing seaside doughnuts. How far? Just over 2 hours from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Chapel St. Leonards beach, Lincolnshire

Pic Credit: https://visitlincscoast.co.uk/explore/chapel-st-leonards

Forget the busy seaside town of Skegness and instead, head 6 miles further to Chapel St. Leonards. This unspoiled beach stretches for miles and is backed by colourful beach huts. There’s also plenty to keep little people busy including crazy golf and amusement arcades. You’ll also find the UK’s only purpose-built North Sea Marine Observatory here as well as plenty of ice cream shops and cafes, but for traditional fish and chips by the seaside, we suggest Marina Fish and Chips on The Esplanade and oh, don’t forget to bring back a stick of rock! How far? Just over 2 hours from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Are there any other favourite beach spots you like to visit? Let me know in the comments below.

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