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February half-term can be a difficult holiday to fill as the weather is still cold which restricts the amount you can do with the children. But if you do find there is a sunny day forecast, there is nothing better than a visit to the seaside to blow the winter cobwebs away.
Check out the Trusted Dealer’s favourite seaside locations to visit this half-term holiday:
Whitby, North Yorkshire
Whitby is an extremely popular seaside destination, not only is it a picturesque seaside town it’s also a fascinating place steeped in ancient history. Set on the North Yorkshire Coast, Whitby’s coastline is often referred to as Jurassic coastline and its history dates back to AD 657 when the construction of the Abbey greatly shaped the character of the town that it is today. Whitby is a vibrant and exciting place which makes for a fun-filled family day out. Packed with cafes, restaurants, tourist attractions and shops, there is something for everyone in this pretty seaside town.
Llandudno is a seaside resort in Wales and is well known for attracting vast numbers of tourists all year round. Situated between the Great Orme and the Little Orme, the resort sports a handsome Indian-Gothic pier which is the longest in Wales. Llandudno beach is an attractive starting point to the Great Orme Country Park which is the main attraction in Llandudno offering a range of activities for all seasons including cable car rides and skiing on the resort’s PermaSnow ski slope. You can even zip over the Happy Valley gardens on a high-wire aerial cabin lift or do the scenic Marine Drive circuit, and there is plenty of excellent accommodation to choose from if you wish to extend your stay even further.
St Ives, Cornwall
St Ives is one of the gems of the Cornish coastline, situated on the Southern tip of Cornwall, a few miles away from Lands End, this pretty seaside fishing town is an extremely popular haunt with those who favour beautiful open sandy beaches. In fact, if you’re a keen surfer then you’ll be spoilt for choice as St Ives has a selection of beaches perfect for soaking up the sun or catching a good wave – and don’t worry – in St Ives people surf all year round, even in February! If surfing is not for you, you can spend hours wondering around the cobbled streets of the town which offers plenty of restaurants, bars and rows of quaint little shops selling everything from jewellery and homemade local candles, to high-end fashion and surf clothing.
Warkworth Beach, Northumberland
Warkworth is pretty much a typical British beach, popular for its two-mile long stretch of yellow-white sand and a backdrop of rolling dunes it’s the perfect beach to visit as it never feels crowded, even in high summer. It’s a great base for all sorts of beach related activities such as kite flying, swimming (if you’re brave enough), sailing and walking, and you can even picnic on the beach as the sand dunes provide an ideal shelter from the wind all year round. Recommended by the Good Beach Guide, this is a clean beach which is great for children and adults of all ages.
Weymouth, West Dorset
This beach was the chosen location for sailing in the 2012 London Olympics and it’s not difficult to see why. Weymouth city council has invested money into making it an extremely attractive beachfront location thanks to the insertion of some trendy boat-shaped cafes on the beach, uplighters on the seafront and upgraded deckchairs – and despite all this, thankfully it still maintains its original seaside charm. The new Sea Life Tower is well worth a visit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding coastland. Head to the beach for attractions such as donkey rides, the popular Punch and Judy show and Sand World, providing plenty of all-round entertainment for the whole family whatever the weather.