How to make the best of the beach

The hottest sand, the coolest beachwear and the funkiest beach bags - make sure you check these out before you head for the seaside

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Beaches and children are perfect companions.

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Whether it’s paddling in the gentle waves, building sandcastles that get knocked over as the tide comes in, discovering crabs in rockpools or crashing down sand dunes – it’s all stuff that childhood dreams are made of.

But only if you choose the right beach, and take the right gear with you. And remember to look out for those dastardly jellyfish.

Grab your sun parasol and we’ll show you how to be prepared and have the best fun on the greatest beaches…

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10 of the best children’s sunglasses

10 of the best beach bags

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