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.