Most children grow up with fond memories of beach trips – building sand castles, buying inflatable rafts to sail to France, or digging your way there with a bucket and spade! Those sandy fingers and sickly rock-filled tummies are familiar memories treasured by all Brits.

With the school holidays looming, why not head down to an award winning local beach, all of which have something unique to offer. Here is a summary of the top beaches in Essex for you to visit this summer:

Mersea Island

Explore Mersea Island this summer; home to the world’s best oysters! Kids will enjoy paddling and playing on one of the many beaches the Island has to offer.

Brightlingsea

Explore the boating lake and outdoor swimming pool that line Brightlingsea’s beautiful coast; a calm and relaxing day out for the whole family.

Dovercourt 

With 2 miles of coastline, Dovercourt offers a sandy beach, playgrounds, a swimming pool and many water sports.

Southend On Sea 

With seven miles of glorious, award-winning coastline, the world’s longest pier and the action-packed Adventure Island, Southend has something to offer everyone.

Shoeburyness

Just three miles east of Southend lays the quieter, yet just as beautiful, Shoeburyness: perfect for a picnic and paddle in shallow waters.

Clacton On Sea

All the attractions of a seaside town, with the extremely popular Clacton Air show in August.

Frinton On Sea

With clean golden sands backed by luscious green grass, Frinton offers a calmer alternative to Clacton, but just as fun.

Walton on the Naze

With everything you could possibly need close at hand, Walton on the Naze beach is ideal for families who want to enjoy both soft sands and plenty of attractions.