West of the lively pier on stony Brighton beach, south-east England.
Brighton beaches are, for visibly obvious reasons, more about walking and other traditional seaside activities than swimming. But if the sun’s shining, the temperature’s up and the wind is down then a bracing plunge into the English Channel is doable, preferably wearing beach sandals of some sort.
Some of the watersports available here for rental and instruction on the right day include sea kayaking, board paddling, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kite boarding.
But for younger kids there’s another solution, the free paddling pool and playground beside the West Pier skeleton (just visible left).
Brighton Pier is, of course, loaded with kid attractions – merry-go-rounds, dodgems, haunted house, candyfloss, catching fish as well as some seriously scary high-altitude, high-speed pendulums that guarantee screams and nausea-induced tranquility.
Brighton’s famous Grand Hotel, where the ornate Victoria Lounge is the place for an old English tea ceremony serenaded by a pianist. The only truly fine sand on these beaches is laid down for summertime volleyball, here in use by Dyke’s Dynamics.
A view of the town’s useful double-promenade arrangement, with faster traffic including bikes and skaters on the upper level and grazers waddling the lower Brighton Beaches section within easy reach of postcards, burgers, beer and ice-cream.
Ship Street, off Brighton beachfront and bordering The Lanes.
And when tourists have had enough salt air, shingle and slot machines of the city beaches they can explore the occasionally shabby but always striking streets of the city centre.