Best Beaches in Dorset & Hampshire

Discover some of the best beaches in the UK

You don't need to jet off abroad for a fantastic beach break!

Locally we have some of the finest award winning beaches the UK has to offer, meaning your next beach holiday doesn’t need to cost the earth. It’s time to feel that soft sand underfoot and enjoy the clear blue sea gently lapping over your feet!

Make the most of the stunning local Hampshire and Dorset beaches, and explore all the best scenery the South Coast has to offer from Shorefield Holiday parks. From the stretching Bournemouth beaches to Lulworth Cove, make your holiday one to remember.

The diversity of the coastline surrounding our Dorset and Hampshire holiday parks means there are plenty of beach destinations with their own unique charm and character to explore, from miles of sweeping golden sand to secluded private coves and everything in between.

But which should you visit? Whether you prefer not to have sand in your sandwiches or can't call it a beach day until you've made the world's largest sand sculpture, we know there's no 'one size fits all' when it comes to favourite beach types. It's why we'll show you whether you can expect sand between your toes or perfect pebbles when you arrive at each of the beaches we visited.

Bournemouth, Boscombe & Southbourne Beaches, Dorset

Did you know? Bournemouth beach has recently been awarded the title of 'best beach in the UK' by TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards. It also ranked as 14th best in the world, and it's not hard to see why. The seven-mile stretch of golden sands and tranquil waters make it a haven for relaxing or even some water sports.

Each of the Bournemouth beaches has its own charm and collectively hold 4 Blue Flag awards (for Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman's Walk and Southbourne beaches) as well as the Quality Coast Award around Bournemouth Pier. The surrounding shops, restaurants, pier and Oceanarium make for a fantastic day out, so it's worth getting there early in summer.

Milford on Sea, Hampshire

Milford on Sea is a stony beach that offers great views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles. Away from busy towns and popular sandy beaches, Milford on Sea is a lovely beach for a quieter day out. There is easy access to the local village shops that are just 500 yards away, and next to the beach you’ll find a cafe, ice cream kiosk and a children’s play ground.

The beach is popular for those who enjoy pleasant scenery and a nice stroll. Walk along Hurst Spit and enjoy a visit to Hurst Castle one of the must see attractions in Hampshire.

Sandbanks, Dorset

Sandbanks is a small sandy peninsula in Poole. It is one of Dorset's most popular beaches, and for good reason. It has fine golden sand, clean and safe water, and is perfect for family days out to the beach. It has won the European Blue Flag for a record 21 years! The promenade boast good facilities and things to do, including mini and crazy golf.

There are a range of exciting watersports available including power boat rides and parascending, as well as windsurfing, sailing, kite surfing, kayaking and waterskiing.

Swanage Beach, Dorset

The sandy beach at Swanage is a popular attraction of the town. Located along the length of the town it offers a clean beach with plenty to see and do in the immediate area, including amusements and attractions. A popular location for watersports you can hire pedalos and kayaks, and other watersports include diving, sailing, waterskiing and wind surfing.

The beach has won many European Blue Flag awards for its clean water and has been awarded the Encams Quality Coast Award.

Highcliffe Beach, Dorset

Highcliffe beach is located close to the centre of Highcliffe Village. It offers a mix of sandy and shingle beaches with numerous promenades and cliff side paths to explore. Accessibility can be tricky due to a series of steep, gravel paths to the beach.

Swimmers, paddlers and watersports are segregated into designated areas between numbered groynes, it’s a popular spot for body boarding and surfing and offers lots for watersport enthusiasts. Located on top of the cliff overlooking Highcliffe is the Cliffhanger Cafe that offers a range of food a drink.

Mudeford Sandbank, Dorset

Mudeford Sandbank is a long sandy beach with bucketfuls of old-fashioned seaside charm. It is famous for its 365 colourful residential beach huts which fetch astonishingly high prices.

Mudeford Sandbank offers beautiful views of Christchurch Harbour and the beach is recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for its excellent water quality. Perfect for a family day out.

Studland Beach, Dorset

Studland is effectively a continuation of Sandbanks across the harbour entrance by chain ferry. It is more simplistic and although still ideal for water sports it does include the most popular naturist beach in Britain! The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

Designated trails through the sand dunes and woodlands, allow for exploration and spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers. It also boasts great views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. A peaceful beach for those who enjoy good views and nature.

Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Lulworth Cove is a shell-shaped cove surrounded by limestone cliffs and is one of the most iconic and photographed beaches in the UK. The beach shelves steeply but is quite safe for swimming, and there are rock pools to explore at one end of the beach.

At the far end of the beach is access to the ‘Fossil Forest’ where one can see the remains of fossilised tree stumps. Lulworth Cove is a well-known beauty spot and is very close to the world-famous Durdle Door.