Collecting seashells with the kids on a golden stretch of sand. Cooling off with a dip in the calm, shallow surf. Grabbing fish n’ chips and stretching your legs on a coastal stroll. Then heading back to your cozy cottage for a family meal, followed by buttery popcorn and an evening huddled up with a movie.
When it comes to the best family holiday destinations in Europe, Camber Sands is at the top of the list. Here’s why a trip here (and a stay in our family-friendly cottages) is sure to be an experience that lives long in the memory.
A Gorgeous, Family-Friendly Beach
The long and pristine beach in Camber Sands is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the country. It’s also pretty much crowd-free for most of the year, and there’s a lifeguard on duty during the summer months, too.
With mile upon mile of golden sand, the kids get tons of space to run and play, and grown-ups get plenty of room to sprawl out and relax. Until the little ones grab you to help build another sandcastle!
Feel like taking a dip in the sea? Pull on your swim gear and make a splash in the paddling-friendly waters. If you’ve got older kids, Camber Sands offers fantastic opportunities for windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can also hire kite buggies for an adventure zipping along the shore.
If you’re in the mood for exploration, head off together for a stroll among the tumbling dunes that line the beach.
Days Out and Nearby Attractions
Quaint fishing villages, medieval towns, buzzing cities, and laid-back seaside resorts. They’re all just a short drive from your door – another reason why Camber Sands offers one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe.
Head 17 miles west to the coastal town of Hastings – made famous by the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Wander around the ruins of one of England’s first castles – constructed under the orders of William the Conqueror. To dive deeper into history, join ‘The 1066 Story’ for an immersive audio-visual programme about the castle’s ancient past and military conquests.
While you’re in Hastings, taking the little ones to cast a line, ride the mini-railway, or even see a movie on the big screen at Hastings Pier. From swashbuckling pirate mini-golf to awe-inspiring sea life at the Blue Reef Aquarium, there’s plenty of ways to spend an afternoon on the Hastings seafront.
Endless family fun awaits in the pretty seaside town of Eastbourne – 17 miles further west from Hastings. Visit The Miniature Steam Railway for rides on its 1/8th scale miniature train. Or give little ones a seafaring adventure at the pirate-themed Treasure Island Adventure Park. Regarded as the best small zoo in Europe, Drusillas Park offers another exciting trip out with opportunities to encounter hundreds of exotic animals.
Just 5 minutes away, you’ll discover the cobbled lanes of medieval Rye. Wander to the summit of St. Mary’s Church for spectacular views, treat the kids to a magical experience at The School of Wizards & Witches, and put big smiles on little faces with creamy hot chocolates and milkshakes at Knoops.
From Rye, you can catch a direct train into London St Pancras – it takes around an hour to reach the capital. While 50 miles west of Camber Sands, the buzz and bustle of Brighton offers a wealth of attractions including Sea Life Brighton and Brighton Toy & Model Museum, while colourful fairground rides and neon-lit amusement arcades are sure to please.
Cozy Accommodations at One of the Best Family Holiday Destinations in Europe
Our cozy cottages are contemporary, spacious, and perfect for families seeking a relaxing base to unwind by the sea. In fact, we’ve received multiple gold awards for our properties and service by independent customer review site, Feefo.
Travelling with babies or toddlers? We offer a collection of baby-friendly holiday cottages that come with all the essentials, including travel cots, high chairs and stair gates.
Start planning your beach break today by learning more about our accommodations.