50 things activities at the beach

Not many things beat a day by the seaside. And when it comes to dreaming up things to do while you’re at the beach, children often have the best ideas. Which is why they’re the team of experts behind the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge. It’s their way of sharing what they love doing outside and inspiring other kids to get outdoors too. Here are our top 10 picks for a great family day out at the beach this summer.

Children building a raft from barrels and string

No.43 build a raft

If you want to be the ultimate coastal adventurist, there’s only one thing for it. Gather anything that floats such as driftwood, and then tie it together with string to become the captain of your very own Jolly Roger. Ahoy!

Man holding a crab in front of boy over pockpool

No.39 catch a crab

To become a champion crabber you’ll need a line of string, some bait and a bucket of water. See if you can catch the most commonly found variety known as the shore crab, or try and spot the more elusive spider crab. Just remember to put anything you catch back where you found it afterwards. Crabs have busy lives too, you know.

Boy holding a net up in the air with a starfish in it

No.8 catch a fish with a net

Go on an adventure to the sea and find an underwater world that’s teeming with wildlife. You might find pollock hiding amongst the rocks and shallow waters or gobies, fivebeard rocklings and blennies lurking in a rock pool. Remember to put any fish back quickly once you’ve had a look.

Group of children exploring rock pool with nets

No.37 check out the crazy creatures in a rockpool

Challenge your family to see who can spot the most unusual rockpool creatures. Try to get to the beach for low tide as it’s the best time to look for sea creatures such as sea anemone, hermit and shore crabs or even the hard to find porcelain crabs – but be careful, they’re fragile.

Visitors exploring a cave wearing head lamps and hard hats

No.29 explore inside a cave 

Wonderful wildlife and slimy green weeds - who knows what you’ll discover? At low tide on Holywell Beach in Cornwall you'll be able to visit a sea cave tucked under the southern cliffs of Kelsey Head. From the beach it appears a mere slit, but once inside you'll find a series of stepped pools ascending towards a hole in the cave roof. Don’t forget your torch..

Barefoot walking

No.24 go on a walk bare foot

With soft sand and grassy headlands, the coast is the perfect place to kick off your shoes and go for a wander.

A young girl at the 2014 Dunstable Kite Festival, on the Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire.

No.7 fly a kite

A windy day near the coast makes for perfect kite-flying weather. While you’re flying your kite, keep an eye on the sky for seabirds such as sandwich terns, oystercatchers and black-headed seagulls that swoop and dive above beaches and cliffs.

Boy kicking and splashing while laying in the sea

No.42 go swimming in the sea

Is there anything more inviting than the big blue sea on a hot summer day? We look after lots of brilliant beaches all around the UK coastline, so you're sure to find somewhere perfect for a dip.

Girl jumping over waves

No.20 jump over waves

Beaches serve up a never-ending supply of waves: big or small, all of them are fun to jump over. Who can leap the highest?

Boy standing on sea edge about to skim a stone

No.5 Skim a stone

How many bounces can you do? Flat, smooth stones are the best for skimming, and there are plenty to be found on our beaches. Why not challenge your family and friends to a competition?