Lockdown restrictions have greatly eased and just in time for the summer. And what better way to take advantage than with a trip to the beach? Fortunately, there’s no shortage of suitable destinations near to Tunbridge Wells, and each of them offers a slightly different experience. Let’s take a look at five of the best!
Eastbourne tourist board describe their little corner of the country as ‘the UK’s sunniest place’. While this isn’t always true, there’s certainly no shortage of things to appeal here, including the famous Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters. If you’ve always wanted a close look at the famous white cliffs, then a trip to this part of the country is among the best way to get one. There are stunning hotels, classy restaurants, and plenty of historical interest to accompany all of the charm of a seaside holiday.
Getting on a train to Eastbourne is made simple by purchasing tickets in advance, and there are trains running from here to nearby Hastings regularly, meaning that you can easily combine two beaches into a single day. The journey is around forty minutes.
There are actually several noteworthy beaches near to Whitstable. The west beach tends to be perfect for those looking for a quiet walk – especially early in the morning. It’s also distinctive for being among the only beaches in the country to have a pub on the seafront. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, on the other hand, you might make the trip to Tankerton Beach. There’s a long-established sailing club here, and a shingle beach that’s rich in rock pools and a haven for windsurfers.
Hastings is among the most important places in the country, from a historical perspective. But its beach is often overlooked. There are arcade games, a recently renovated pier, and a range of funfair attractions. If you’d like to take a break from all the surf and sand, then you might pop into the nearby Grosvenor Gardens – or, of course, the famous battlefield.
Among the south coast’s largest tourist towns, Brighton would be worth a visit even if weren’t within easy reach of Tunbridge Wells. There’s all the traditional fun of the beach, along with more modern attractions like the eye-popping British Airways i360 tower, from whose summit you’ll get an unrivalled view of the surrounding town and sea.
You’d be pretty hard pressed to find a genuinely sandy beach in Sussex, but Camber Sands is the exception. The best sand dunes in the county are to be found here. There’s plenty of space to spread out into, especially during low tide, when the wet sand is perfect for sandcastles.