If it’s all the charm of a traditional day by the sea you’re after then it’s got to be Ventnor Beach, the southernmost stretch of sand on the Isle of Wight and a Blue Flag holder. Tucked beneath the Victorian town this sand and shingle beach still has everything we love about a bucket and spade holiday, from vintage beach huts available for hire to deckchairs and a paddling pool.
The beach huts were once wheeled down to the sea with the gentry inside, and although we can’t promise you’ll receive that treatment you will have your wind break hammered into the sand with a mallet if you hire one!
The bandstand on the seafront adds to the quaint feel we all love about Ventnor, and if you step inside the views are uninterrupted. The paddling pool has been a favourite with children for more than a century, and if you look closely you’ll notice it’s in the shape of the Isle of Wight. The seafront has everything you’d expect from a beach that has welcomed visitors for decades, including arcades, shops, a bistro, ice creams and the Spyglass Inn.
If you want to swim while you’re at Ventnor then try to swim from the centre of the beach. The channel in this section has no rocks as the fishermen cleared it years ago.