The weather is set to be lovely over the weekend a perfect opportunity to hit the beach, sadly Milton Keynes is pretty land locked so where is the best place to visit?

At 64  miles from Milton Keynes, Southend-on-Sea is the closest beach, or more accurately the nearest collection of beaches with nine sandy beaches in total making up the Southend area. As  you can imagine with nine beach areas to choose from their should be something for everyone from a traditional see front with Pier and Arcade, to relaxing spots to watch the world go by to areas for extreme sports such as kite surfing. Locals suggest that the Three Shells Beach is best suited for those with young children due to its central location.

Although it can’t compete with the under two hour travel time, Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, has to be worth a mention for a trip to the beach. It floods me with happy memories of my childhood and is without a doubt one of the best beaches around if the weather takes a turn for the worse. Right on the sea front there is a large leisure centre with a great indoor swimming pool with wave machine and slides as well as an indoor soft play centre. Further down the sea front is the SeaLife centre with penguins, sharks, and many types of endangered sea creatures. The tunnel you walk through with the fish swimSouthwoldming above is a great sensory experience for younger children and with Finding Dory hitting our screens its a hugely topical way to get little ones interested in nature.

If arcades, crazy golf and pony rides aren’t your style Southwold in Sussex is a much more relaxed trip to the beach. Pretty beach huts line the sandy coastline, there’s a posh fish and chip shop in the high street which is brimming with vintage shops, delis and branded fashion shops.