Summer is in full swing, and what a summer it’s been so far! The sun is shining, and the UK is making the most of every moment of the warm weather. With the school summer holidays upon us too, you may be looking at family days out and trips from Manchester. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of beaches you can easily reach from Manchester. Take a look…

1. Blackpool

Blackpool is around an hour’s drive from Manchester, and promises a fantastic day out for the whole family. With a vast, sandy beach there’s endless amounts of free entertainment to be had. But with the roller coasters, arcades and famous attractions as well you can find plenty of unique and exciting ways to spend your day. Take selfies with celebs in Madame Tussauds or find your inner adrenaline junkie at the Pleasure Beach! The possibilities are endless for a day you’ll never forget.

2. Southport

Fancy something a little quieter? Then head up the M6 towards Southport. The sweeping golden sands are a sight to behold, making it the perfect spot for a day of sunbathing with a book or a splash in the sea. The quaint town offers a wonderful selection of cafes and gift shops, so you can also stroll through the pretty streets and grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to pack a bucket and spade and a kite!

3. Morecambe

You may opt to go further afield, for a visit to picturesque Morecambe. The famous promenade is ideal for a scenic stroll and looks like a postcard picture all year round. There are plenty of traditional seaside treats available, including ice creams and fish and chips. Not only that, but there is the option to try watersports such as windsurfing too. You won’t fall short of family-friendly activities, and all the way the beautiful beach is just waiting to be explored.

If you’re planning a family visit to the beach this summer and want to take the stress and hassle out of driving and parking, consider mini bus hire. A mini bus is the perfect way to travel with the whole family!