We care for nearly 750 miles of coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so this August why not spend some precious holiday time discovering somewhere new? From the spectacular to the family-friendly, we can help you choose the perfect beach.
If you're after something adventurous we know some great surf beaches in Cornwall, if you're relaxing then enjoy the breathtaking sea views, or for a family day out try ticking off our top ten '50 things' beach activities.
Whatever the weather, August is a great time to get outdoors and closer to nature. We’re hoping to get 200,000 children playing outside this year as they complete their 50 things challenge. So instead of watching Usain Bolt on telly, get closer to the action and set up a snail race.
This August marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. To mark the occasion why not visit one of the houses involved in the war effort and imagine what life was like. There are commemorative events being held and we have war memorials up and down the country where you can pay tribute to those who lost their lives.
A new Archimedes screw will power the first house ever to be lit by hydroelectricity.
A pair of rare bee-eaters have become only the third on record to breed successfully in the UK.
Eight hundred young yew trees have been planted in Trerice, Cornwall creating a new Ladies' Garden.