Many beaches around the country are expecting their first lifeguard patrols of the year this Easter, ensuring the safety of you and your family. We recommend for those planning on heading to the beach to go to their nearest lifeguarded beach.
Whilst many beaches are lifeguarded only throughout the summer months, others are patrolled all year round and some from Easter.
A full list of RNLI lifeguarded beaches is available from our website, including season dates, or download our free Beach Finder App that tells you your nearest lifeguarded beach.
Here is our handpicked selection of the best lifeguarded beaches this Easter, and a few ideas of what you could get up to whilst you’re there.
1. Woolacombe, North Cornwall & North Devon
Recently voted the UK’s 2nd best beach in Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice awards, Woolacombe beach epitomises the great British beach. With over 3miles of sandy beach and dunes to explore, you will not be short of things to do here.
There will be lifeguards stationed on the beach over the Easter weekend this year and then from May till the end of summer. Lifeguards are always kept busy on Woolacombe as it’s a hotspot with families and water–sports enthusiasts.
There are numerous rock pools waiting to be explored and the sandcastles waiting to be built – Woolacombe definitely lives up to its family-friendly reputation.
Nearby Croyde beach, also lifeguarded over the Easter Weekend, is also a popular choice with beachgoers and surfers. Its only a 15mintue drive from Woolacombe, so if the swell appeals to you, it might be worth a journey over!
2. Crosby beach, Sefton
One of only a handful of beaches in the UK that are lifeguarded 365 days a year, Crosby beach in Sefton is a great day out, especially during Easter.
The beach is home to Anthony Gormley’s, internationally acclaimed, Another Place installation of over 100, life-size cast iron sculptures that attract visitors from all over the UK.
The statues are scattered over 2miles of coastline and stretch over half a mile out to sea. The extensive tidal range of Crosby beach means that the statues can be partially, or totally submerged at any one time.
Since the installations first took up residence on the beach in 2007 they have been weathered and worn which give visitors to the beach a real sense of the power that the tide holds here.
With the days getting longer and warmer, having a leisurely stroll along the expansive beach at Crosby could be the perfect way to spend some of your time over the Easter break.
Maybe you fancy something a little more invigorating? Crosby and the surrounding coastal areas, boast an array of picturesque designated walking and cycle routes. From the 23mile long Sefton Coastal Footpath walk, which starts in Crosby Marine Park, to 3.5mile cycle routes – there’s something for everyone.
If you want to venture a little further a field, just over the Mersey, and easily accessible by car and public transport, is one of the RNLI’s most established and interesting lifeboat stations.
New Brighton Lifeboat Station is home to one of only four active RNLI Hovercrafts (See Photo above) and has particularly long lifesaving history – voluntary crews from the station have saved over 1,200 lives in the last 150 years. The station welcomes visitors to discover a bit more about the RNLI and their unusual lifesaving vessel – a perfect day out for kids and big kids, alike!
3. North Fistral, Newquay & Padstow
North Fistral is widely appreciated as the surfing capital of the South West, with an array of surf schools and surf hire shops along the local coastline accommodating for everyone – first-timers to seasoned adrenaline junkies!
The shelf-like topography of the beach allows for a ‘shore break’ at high tide which are the perfect conditions for a novice to learn in.
The beach is topped and tailed by headland that channels the powerful swell into the beach forming some of the best waves in the UK. Such is the quality of the surf on Fistral, all the big national and international surf competitions happen here.
It is extremely important to adhere to the flag system that operates on all RNLI lifeguarded beaches – if in doubt, ask a lifeguard.
North Fistral will have a lifeguard service from the Easter weekend till the end of October this year.
With more lifeguarded beaches to choose from this year, than ever before, you are sure to have a blast at the coast this Easter. For more information about our Beach Finder App, click here.
By Matthew Jones