Our Beach Awards

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches

LONDON, UK. – 18 February, 2015 – Woolacombe Beach in Devon has today beaten beaches in Italy, Greece, Thailand and Costa Rica to be named fourth best beach in Europe and thirteenth best in the world in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards for Beaches.

The Devon beach also took the title of UK’s number one, while Weymouth Beach in Dorset was named second best rated beach in the UK and eighth in Europe. Wales’ Rhossili Bay took third place in the UK and eleventh in Europe. Also named in Europe’s top 25 were St. Brelade’s Bay Beach in Jersey’s and Portminster Beach in St Ives, Cornwall, placing fourteenth and eighteenth respectively.

“In its third year, these awards recognise the best beaches in the UK and worldwide, based on the reviews and ratings from travellers around the globe,” commented James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson. “The presence of two UK beaches in Europe’s top ten is further proof of what a fantastic tourist draw the UK’s coastline really is.”

Backed by sandy hills and the Woolacombe Downs, Woolacombe Beach boasts a three-mile long stretch of golden sand and rolling, unbroken surf which makes it the ideal hotspot for surfers. The sheer length of the beach means that there is no shortage of sand to sit down and relax on during the busy summer months.

One TripAdvisor reviewer who recently visited said, “Came here first in 1950. I am still coming here and although there are a lot more people now it is still possibly one of the best beaches in Britain, the clean sand, beach huts for hire, 3 miles to walk the length and fantastic clifftop walks make this a very special place.”

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Coast Magazine's Best Beach Award 2012

We were delighted to be invited to London to collect the prestigous  Coast Magazine's Best Beach Award 2012.  The annual Coast Awards, in association with Joules celebrate the people and places that make the British seaside so special, representing all that is innovative, valuable and exciting around our shores. 

A panel of ten experts – TV Presenter Ben Fogle, Olympic Sailor Ben Ainslie, Co-founder of the Seaside Regeneration Campaign Roma Backhouse, Slow Food UK Chief Executive Catherine Gazzoli, Marine Conservation Society Communications Manager Richard Harrington, Surf Nation Author Alex Wade, Cool Camping Writer Jonathan Knight, Hotel Critic Sally Shalam, Visit Britain Director of Strategy and Communications and Joules Managing Director Tom Joule – joined Coast Editor Clare Gogerty to nominate those they thought had shone during 2011.

Coast magazine received a record 40,000 votes from readers across the UK who voted for their favourites from the nominees and the full results are in the July issue of Coast (on sale 28 May).



The Mrs Deakin Award

Wendy and Stewart Deakin have visited Woolacombe for over thirtyeight years, initially with their parents, then with their daughters and latterly with their grandchildren.  They have always enjoyed the traditional, unspoilt village and the beautifully kept, safe, award winning beach, with it’s rolling sands, beach huts and blue sea.  Woolacombe has everything needed for a traditional seaside holiday.