5 Beaches to Visit for National Marine Week 2020

The Naze | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

Grab your snorkel, swimming costume and bucket, it’s National Marine Week 2020! A great excuse to share with you some of my favourite UK beaches. 

Sure, in the winter they don’t quite offer the same coastal experience as those beaches on the Gold Coast. However, in the summer, nothing quite beats sitting on the sea wall and munching on some chips after a day of intermittent British Sunshine!

What is National Marine Week? When is it and what’s on?

National Marine Week is the celebration of everything Marine and is hosted throughout the UK by The Wildlife Trust. This year, it runs from 25th July – 9th August, those of you who are a bit of a whizz when it comes to Maths will realise that’s longer than a week. This is to allow for appropriate social distancing and safety measures, there will also be several digital events you can watch online too!

An extra week of all-things marine, as well as more accessible events, can you complain? I’m certainly not! The Wildlife Trust want us to head down to the beautiful UK coastline to go rock pooling, snorkeling, and for a wonder along the shoreline at low tide in search of local marine life. You can report your coastal sightings on their website.

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5 beaches to visit for national marine week

I absolutely love the beach, I have no idea why but being near water makes me feel so happy! With over 20 years of experience of exploring the UK coast, these are my favourite beaches so far:

1. Exploring Frinton and Walton

The beach I’ve visited the most this summer is Frinton-on-Sea. Just over the Essex border, Frinton offers endless sandy beaches perfect for a day out with the whole family, your favourite pals or partner. I have certainly spent many a happy day here over the years, swimming in the sea, playing cricket on the sand, and watching the sunset in the evening.
Frinton-on-Sea | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

However, you only need to venture a couple of miles up the coast to reach Walton-on-the-Naze, a real coastal wildlife hub. Run by The Essex Wildlife Trust, The Naze Centre boasts of many marine habitats, perfect to investigate during National Marine Week.

It’s also the entrance to the Hamford Water National Nature Reserve, an area on great scientific importance to the entire UK. Worth a visit, you should keep an eye out for fossilised sharks’ teeth whilst enjoying the spectacular natural views here.
The Naze | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
The Naze | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
The Naze | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

2. Rock Pooling at Ogmore-by-Sea

If you want to see where the Earth meets the Sky, you’ll find it here. Wales has fantastic beaches that shouldn’t be forgotten when planning your coastal adventure. There’s endless space for your four-legged pals to stretch their legs too, it’s a real haven for doggos!

Ogmore by Sea | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

If you can time your visit just right, Ogmore is the ideal place to go rock pooling and fossil-hunting. Investigating these micro-habitats is a great way to spend a day during National Marine Week. For other wildlife, venture inland and up the river to follow the local salmon!

3. Spotting Seals at Thorpeness

A beach where I spent most of my childhood, Thorpeness is a stone throw from the much more renowned town of Aldeburgh, which is currently overrun by holidaymakers. It’s neighbour, Thorpeness, is nowhere near as crowded by people, so is a rich hub for wildlife.
Thorpeness | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
Thorpeness | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
Thorpeness is also a favourite spot for seals. If you’re ogling for marine mammals during National Marine Week don’t forget to bring your camera but also a pair of binoculars. Further out to sea, a dolphin or two have also been spotted of this part of the Suffolk coastline.

If you are blessed with such a sighting, make sure to report it to the Sea Watch Foundation. By doing this you are helping the foundation protect the marine life we are so lucky to have here in Britain.

4. Crabbing at Felixstowe

Now I know Felixstowe is home to a huge shipping port so doesn’t seem like the kind of area you’d like to spend a day during National Marine Week. However, if you venture to the mouth of the River Deben, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the marine life that calls it home.

The smaller ports are a hotspot for crabs, and the quays are perfect for sitting on. Bring your leftovers, a crabbing line, and an old washing net for a great day out crabbing. Remember, when crabbing make sure you do it safely in a way that protects the crabs!

Whilst you’re there, take a leisurely walk up the river to witness the marshes in their full glory as the tide goes in and out. All in all, a nice day out with the opportunity for local ice-cream and chips to finish it off.
Felixstowe | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
Felixstowe | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv
Felixstowe | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

5. Surfing at Tynemouth

Ah, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, my university town. Who knew there was such a breathtaking coastline in a place that is so commonly associated with being cold, wet, and windy? Believe it or not, the summers there are just as good as the ones down south!

Tynemouth | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

Here, the ancient cliffs have left behind much to be discovered. From rock pools to the hidden coves where pirates used to hide their loot! Now, however, it is the home to Riley’s Fish Shack – a must go for the experience alone. They also cater to vegetarians.

Porpoises, dolphins, and seals have also been spotted off the coast of Tynemouth. So, bring your binoculars and foldable chairs and be prepared to scour the horizon for a chance to spot these beautiful marine mammals.

Believe it or not, I learned to surf here. Tynemouth Surf Co. is one of the best surf schools in the UK and they offer classes to all levels. Feel like a dolphin and learn to ride the waves on your day out in the North-East. A real treat to end National Marine Week!

Tynemouth | 5 Beaches to visit during national marine week | Pigments by Liv

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So, they were five ideas on how to spend a few days of National Marine Week 2020. How will you be spending it? Let me know because I would love to hear about any coastal adventures!

Also, if you love marine animals, make sure to check out our Orca Collection which includes our bestselling Reusable Orca Water Bottle! Let’s keep the whales and dolphins in the sea and show our love for them in a different way.

‘Til next time!

Liv

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