Spend Your Summer at the Coasts with the Most

Blog | Published on: 13th June 2024

Tees Valley boasts some of the best beaches around, whether you’re keen on relaxing, having fun with the family or taking on some wet and wild water sports. If the sun ever gets out this summer, take a trip to…

Redcar Beach

Redcar’s award-winning flat sandy beaches stretch eight miles, past Coatham to the South Gare breakwater at the mouth of the Tees. This makes it perfect for long walks, giving the dog a run or simply enjoying the sun.

Regular festivals and exciting events take place at Majuba beach, including the upcoming Modefest and recent Redcar Kite Festival. For family fun, the newly opened Frosty Penguin’s Putting Adventure is also located by the beach, and the Zetland Lifeboat Museum and Redcar Heritage Centre is home to the oldest existing lifeboat in the world.

2024 has also seen the opening of Redcar Beach Base, a fantastic new hub for land, beach and water-based activities. You can find out more on the hub here.

Seaton Carew

The delights of Seaton Carew beach provide the opportunity to all to enjoy a traditional seaside experience. Seaton Carew gives you everything you want – a fabulous beach, arcades, fish and chips, restaurants and of course ice-cream!

The broad sandy beach stretches over one mile in each direction from the resort centre, allowing families enough space to enjoy beach games and peace and solitude to those who are seeking gentler respite, or those who are simply wanting to enjoy a stroll, with or without their four-legged friend.


Saltburn is a popular area for surfers, with excellent conditions suitable for all experience levels. Great beach breaks on either side of the pier are well-suited to beginners and intermediates whereas, to the south, powerful breaks attract experts from across the country. The town boasts two surf schools – the Saltburn Surf School and Flow Surf School – to ease you into the action either as an individual or part of a group.

If you’d prefer to keep dry, why not explore the 200m Victorian Pier and amusements, or – if you’re visiting at the weekend – take the Saltburn Miniature Railway from Cat Nab car park along the Valley Gardens and to Forest Halt.


Between Redcar and Saltburn, you’ll find the hidden gem of Marske beach. Popular with families, walkers, surfers, it’s a quiet and serene part of the coast where boats still group on the slipway and you can also enjoy some boating and fishing. When the tide is out, there’s a vast sandy area to explore.

While in Marske-by-the-Sea, visit Winkies Castle, a unique folk museum founded in 1975 and featuring an eclectic collection of items from Marske’s history – which reference a visit to the town from Charles Dickens and Malcolm Campbell’s land speed record on the beach in 1922.


Take a relaxing stroll over the cliffs from Saltburn and you’ll find yourself at Skinningrove’s Cattersty Sands – another secluded and unspoiled but much-loved beach. It’s a fantastic stop-off point – or ultimate destination – along the 109-mile Cleveland Way.

While it’s certainly an isolated location – be sure to bring a picnic – there’s great opportunity to spot bottlenose dolphins or take in the views along to the rocky pier, a reminder of the area’s mining heritage.

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