UK beaches are a great place to spend time outdoors this summer, from classic city beaches with a Promenade to more remote isolated sandy coves. If you are heading out for a beach day with your family or friends we have put together some essentials, all from UK companies: beachwear, picnics, beach games, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
We all know beach clothes are essential, you don’t want sand in your jeans and you want to be comfy and on-trend, all at the same time. Here are some great UK brands and products to check out.
Davy J has developed a range of swimwear designed to withstand the elements and last a lifetime. Their swimsuits and bikinis are more than just for sunbathing, you can swim, jump and dive in them with confidence. Discover their ethical collections, their circular resource system and your next piece of stylish swimwear. Pictured: The Body Top, Blue.
Dock & Bay started after the founders bonded over a passion for travel and they decided to make a stylish, quick-dry, beach towel. Hand-in-hand with their passion for travel is a love on the environment and protecting it and they aim to make all of their products from recycled consumer plastic by 2021. Pick from a range of fun, stylish and functional towels to take to the beach this summer. Pictured: Lazy Afternoons Towel.
Finisterre takes inspiration by their surfing background and is passionate about designing and making sustainable, functional and stylish products. Their new Crewes swim shorts are made from quick-drying 100% recycled fabric, perfect for beach adventures. Pictured: Turquoise Bird Print Swim Shorts
RubyMoon is an innovative, forward-thinking, not-for-profit activewear and swimwear brand. Their products are made from recycled fishing nets that are processed into regenerated yarn. You can swim happy, knowing you are helping reduce ocean waste levels. Their GymToSwim designs allow you to wear their products anywhere from the beach, to the pool or gym. Enjoy their functional and stylish swim and activewear this summer. Pictured: Razia Leggings.
Riz Boardshorts is a sustainable, British men’s swimwear brand. After identifying a gap in the market for on-trend men’s swimwear, and combining this with the drive to help stop plastic pollution crisis in our oceans, Riz was born. Their shorts are made from 100% recycled and recyclable fabric and you can even get a discount off your next pair if you return your shorts to be “Rizcycled”. Find a perfect pair of stylish shorts for the summer, knowing you are helping to fight the climate crisis. Pictured: Seaweed, Coral Shorts.
For many of us, summer memories include beach picnics, it is a British past-time. We have put together a few products to make the most of your beach picnic this summer.
Quickfire Grill is a versatile grill and pan support you can use over a camp-fire. It is portable, collapsible and made in the UK from stainless steel. It is ideal for a BBQ on the beach. You just need to build a camp-fire and you are ready to go; you even have the added bonus of being able to toast some marshmallows after! The grill’s sleek and simple design means you will be the envy of everyone else on the beach. Pictured: Portable BBQ Grill.
Make sure you have the best products to make your day out at the beach as comfy as possible. We have selected a few of our favorites to make sure you can sun bathe, lounge or picnic in comfort.
Lounging on a deckchair, on the beach, is a perfect summers past-time. Southsea Deckchairs is a traditional deckchair brand based in Portsmouth, where they craft a range of deckchairs, windbreaks, parasols and tables. Their products are perfect for a summer at the beach or in the garden and their windbreaks are an excellent addition to your day at the beach, providing some shelter while you relax on the sand.
Hamamingo’s Carnival Travel Towel (pictured) makes for the perfect picnic rug at the beach. Their towels combine traditional Turkish weaving methods and modern on-trend designs. There is nothing worse than getting sand in your perfectly prepared picnic; so make sure you have a compact, quick-drying and sand-free towel to sit and enjoy your food on.
Great Bean Bags outdoor bean bags are perfect for sitting and lounging at the beach. Their outdoor bean bags are outdoor UV and shower-resistant, making them perfect for the British summer. Enjoy your beach picnic or BBQ in style while lounging on one of their Retro Bean Bags (pictured).
Sports & Games
Playing games at the beach and enjoying the weather is a quintessential past time. We have picked out some British Classics for you to enjoy at the beach from cricket to retro Sport’s Day activities.
The combination of sand and Golf is usually bad news and means you have landed in a bunker. But it doesn’t have to be all bad news, why not practice some pitching on the beach. Golphin’s Play at Home Kit is a great way to set up a little pitching area on the beach and get some practice in!
Beach Cricket can be a fun, relaxed and exciting way to play on the beach, try a new sport and enjoy the sun and sand. get involved in Cricket. All you need to play is a bat, ball and stumps. Gun & Moore have a great Opener Cricket Set, perfect for beach cricket!
Jaques is one of the oldest sports and games manufacturers in the world. They are responsible for inventing some very well known games such as Croquet, Snakes & Ladders and Snap. Currently, they are focussed on promoting children’s active play; as screen time increases real play activity is down. Choose from a range of fantastic outdoor games that double as perfect beach activities. Pictured: Boules Set and Sports Day Kit.
It is important to make sure you stay safe and healthy throughout the summer. Protecting your skin from UV rays and preventing seasonal allergies can go a long way to keeping you healthy; allowing you to make the most of the summer.
Shade was created after the founders were frustrated at the lack of natural sun creams on the market. It is SPF25 and contains only 4 ingredients to moisturise and protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. You can find a list of online retailers through their website.
Hayfever sufferers know too well the frustration it causes every year. Before heading to the beach, where the beach grass can cause irritation, make sure you have been taking some anti-allergy medication. Most anti-allergy medication is available over-the-counter or online (always make sure you read the safety leaflet before taking any medication). Benadryl offers fast and effective hayfever treatment. Pictured: Benadryl, One-aDay Allergy Tablets.
Pro Balm is a no-nonsense brand that has created and designed skincare for people who live life on the wild side. Their Stix Lip Balm is an all-natural and cruelty-free lip balm, full of minty-moisturising goodness. It is perfect for lips exposed to extreme conditions, for snowboarders, skiers, surfers and anyone who spends time in the outdoors. Make sure you use ProBalm STIX Lip Balm to protect your lips while enjoying the sun, saltwater and sand this summer.