Best British beaches for the bank holiday

Since the credit crunch more and more of us have been returning to British seaside resorts in an effort to cut costs. With the bank holiday just around the corner and summer on its way why not escape to the coast and enjoy all that the seaside has to offer.

Here is a guide to the best of British beaches.

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Camber Sands, East Sussex, is blessed with miles of golden sand framed by grass-topped dunes. There is lots of parking and at low tide a vast beach reveals itself. Relax and enjoy the space and endless sand. It's a great to fly a kite or take a hamper with some friends and shelter in the dunes. You could pop to the nearby eatery, The Place, for a good lunch or maybe a hearty breakfast is more your thing. In which case try the Kit Kat café.

Woolacombe beach, Devon is a fabulous beach with cafes galore in Woolacombe village at the north end of the beach. The waves are good enough to keep swimmers and surfers busy and there are lifeguards in the summer months.

Rhossili, Gower, Swansea is one of the finest of Gower's 70 beaches and coves. Great views across Cardigan Bay to Pembrokeshire. Rhossili is buffeted by the Atlantic and is popular with surfers. Families with young children find the more-sheltered southern end quite convivial. Plenty of refreshments can be found in the village of Rhossili itself.

Ringstead Bay, Ringstead if you are looking for miles of golden sand then you will be disappointed. There's plenty of room to roam on this shingle beach and take in the fabulous views. Look for crabs, prawns and sea anemones in its rock pools or watch out for fossils, this is the Jurassic coast after all. Try the Blue Café on Weymouth Esplanade for food.

Holkham, Norfolk is apparently the Queen's favourite beach. Sand dunes mark the entrance to a vast golden beach. It's fairly unspoilt without an abundance of provisions but this is its charm. There is little in the way of toilets, teas or even seating so you need to come prepared. Try some seal spotting before heading back for a well-earned cuppa.

Sinclair's Bay, Caithness when the sun shines you could be in much warmer climes. This bay is picture perfect with its white sand and deep blue sea. There are castles, porpoises and even killer whales to see.