While this brief period of sunshine has got us Mancs going crazy, we all know we need to make the most of the gorgeous weather while we can.
What better way to celebrate the sun, than by visiting some of the North of England’s best beaches? While it may not be the scene you’re imagining – sipping your Pina Colada on the Almafi Coast – at least you’ll be feeling the sea breeze in your hair and feeling the sun on your skin.
Here’s a round up of some of the best beaches near to Manchester (within two hours) to visit this weekend.
Ainsdale Beach has been recognised as one of the premier beaches in the North West, with a range of activities including kite buggy and kitesurfing available for those who don’t fancy lounging in the sun.
Home to the red squirrels, Formby is owned by the National Trust, and features sweeping sand dunes and soft, yellow beaches. It is also surrounded by woodland, if you fancied a walk after your sunbathe.
Visiting Blackpool beach will transport you back to your childhood. Recently awarded its first ever Blue Flag, and recognised as one of the best beaches in the North West, it is a perfect day out for the whole family, or for those wanting somewhere to walk the dog.
In the North West corner of the Wirral, New Brighton beach (Wallasey) is 3/4 of a mile’s worth of golden sands. From the beach, you can see stunning views of the Liverpool skyline, and you can often spot ships making their way across the Atlantic from the mouth of the Mersey estuary.
West Kirby is only a small beach, but is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Watersports are popular, and there’s free parking towards the promenade near to the marine lake.
A seaside town, Hoylake is a popular destination to visit for a few hours, a day trip, or even a weekend getaway. Perfectly located along the Wirral coastline, Hoylake beach offers stunning scenery, and is perfect for families and dog walkers.
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Located on the Flyde coast, Lytham St Annes is a seaside resort just South of Blackpool. There are donkey rides and a stunning Victorian pier, as well children’s play areas for the kids.
Something to look forward to this weekend?
(Feature Credit: Andrew Hurley)