We love to be beside the seaside and Hampshire has some gorgeous locations for you to while away your day. Whether you are looking for a beachy adventure or a place to simply enjoy the sun, sea and waves, there is somewhere for everyone.

Hayling Island

These family friendly beaches near Chichester are fantastic for the whole family to enjoy. The three main beaches have an international Blue Flag award and the Keep Britain Tidy award flags for beach cleanliness! The Hayling website tells you which beaches are best for swimming (West Beach is particularly good) and you can find out where you can get your adventure on with jet skiing, kayaking, powerboating, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, windsurfing and more!

We don’t know about you, but Hayling Island is on our list of places to visit this summer!

Lepe Beach

A part of Lepe Country Park, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this shingle and sand beach has a great area for swimming and fantastic views of the Isle of Wight. If you’ve got your walking shoes on you can traipse along coastal cliffs, D-day remains and wild flower meadows, there’s even a nature trail for children, just £1.50 each for pencil, crayon and Lepe wristband. There’s so much to see and do! If guided activities are more your style ask about their Bat Walks, Nature Detectives and Marine Wonders.

Chichester Harbour (not quite in Hampshire, but not to be missed!)

One of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England, this too is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll see a wide variety of birds (and other wildlife) in the saltmarsh and mudflats. Book a boat trip to see the harbour and the Isle of Wight from the deck to enjoy the views and sea spray. If you want a true beach day at Chichester Harbour you’ll want to spend part of your day at West Wittering beach with their beautiful white sand beaches.

If one of these beaches isn’t perfect for you and your family’s day out, then you can take a look at one of the MANY other beaches in Hampshire. The Visit Hampshire website is a great resource for planning a day trip and they have a page devoted entirely to their beaches.

With so many things to do in Hampshire we’re writing a series! Next week we’ll be tackling ‘Hampshire under the canopy’, covering forest pursuits both thrilling and tranquil.

You might also be interested in our article, ‘Hampshire is for families’.