For a good old fashioned bucket-and-spade day out, a leisurely stroll with the dog, or just catching the sea air, the Somerset coast has some very diverse beaches – and some wonderful surprises. Burnham-on-Sea is a traditional resort that’s very popular with families; build sandcastles, have a donkey ride, hire some deck chairs, splash in the sea, and gaze out over the Bristol Channel from the pavilion on Britain’s shortest pier. There’s sand, shingle and rockpools at The Strand at Minehead – great for family fun and beach games. Take the dog for a run at Sand Bay, or on the seven mile expanse of flat sands at Brean, see the mud flats at low tide; explore the rockpools along the shoreline and hunt for fossils on the rocky beach at Kilve. Stroll through the pretty village of Bossington and enjoy the peace and quiet on the beach; if you’re feeling fit, take the steps down to the beach at St. Audries Bay and see the waterfalls cascading down the cliffs.