We’ve rounded up the best eight British seaside destinations for family fun

YOU are never more than a two-hour drive away from the sea in Britain. But with more than 7,700 miles of coastline to choose from, how do you pick which stretch to visit? With the Pound still weak in the wake of Brexit, there has never been a better time to book a family staycation. JACOB LEWIS rounds up eight coasts with the most. 1 — Snowdonia THE most sparsely populated region of Wales, the Gwynedd coast, is the perfect seaside spot to get away from it all. Erw Gwenllian, a recently remodelled holiday home, sits above the village of Aberdovey with views over the River Dyfi estuary and the Cardigan Bay coast. Perfect for a secluded beach break, guests can walk the Welsh coastal path or just take in the view indoors. Seven nights’ self-catering costs from £130pp based on eight sharing in May. See ­premiercottages.co.uk. 2 — Ayrshire WITH almost 50 golf courses, this is the perfect stretch of coastline for as­piring Rory McIlroys. The 4* family-owned Gailes Hotel in Irvine is surrounded by courses and has its own nine-holes, short game area and floodlit driving range. It has 40 bedrooms, including a recently refurbished penthouse apartment with a­ ­private spa. If golf is not your thing, enjoy the beautiful Irvine harbour nearby. B&B at Gailes is from £43.50pppn, based on two sharing. Valid for March 2 arrivals. See laterooms.com. Heroes hit the seasideMARVEL comic book characters are descending on the Lancashire coast, as Madame Tussauds Blackpool announces a new superhero attraction. It will have four distinct zones, each boasting new figures as well as interactive experiences. Fans will feel they have stepped into one of Marvel’s classic comic strips as they come face-to-face with their favourite costumed crime-fighters. The £1million Marvel Super Heroes area will take inspiration from the original comics as well as the blockbuster films. It will be opened to the public from March 23. Matthew Continue Reading

UK weather: Armed Forces called in as death toll rises to 10 in coldest spring day on record

Seven-year-old girl is latest victim of extreme weather  RAF helps with relief efforts as roads, trains and flights halted and schools closed Red alert for south Wales and south west England Major rescue operation underway in Hampshire National Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demand Changeable weather could fuel rise in heart attacks, study suggests Panic buying leads to empty supermarket shelves The Armed Forces have been forced to step in as police and hospitals struggle to cope with freezing weather sweeping across Britain. Nearly every part of the country was hit by snowfall and gales as the Met Office said Thursday was the UK's coldest spring day on record. Forecasters are warning of life-threatening conditions and said winter “is still in control” as Storm Emma arrived with the country already in the grip of Siberian cold air nicknamed the Beast from the East. The death toll from the storms rose to 10 after a seven-year-old girl died whilst playing in the snow in Cornwall when a car hit a house. More than 1,000 schools were closed during disruption which is being described as the worst "in a generation", and hospitals cancelled non-urgent operations and appointments. Panic-buying and snowbound delivery lorries left supermarket shelves empty of food in some parts of the country. Theresa May has been forced to move her long-awaited Brexit speech from Newcastle to London, while households are being urged to "carry on cooking" after the National Grid issued a "gas deficit warning", prompting fears of a shortage. The Environment Agency activated five coastal flood warnings urging the public to take 'immediate action', with two in Cornwall, one at Swanage in Dorset, and others for the Tyne Estuary and one for the North Sea at Whitley Bay. Sixteen further flood alerts have been issued telling people to 'be prepared' across South West and North East England due to strong winds Continue Reading

UK weather: Military called in as death toll rises to ten

Britain's weather death toll has reached 10 after a seven-year-old girl died RAF helps with relief efforts as roads, trains and flights halted Hundreds of schools closed amid gale-force winds and blizzards Storm Emma sweeps in from Atlantic on tail of 'Beast from the East' Red extreme weather alert for south Wales and south west England Van driver killed in crash with lorry on A34 in Hampshire Environment Agency issues five flood warnings and 17 flood alerts Hundreds trapped on motorway for up to 13 hours overnight National Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demand Changeable weather could fuel rise in heart attacks, study suggests The military have been called in to assist police forces during adverse weather conditions, as Britain's weather death toll rises to 10. A total of 10 people have died after a seven-year-old girl died when a car careered off the road into a house. A 75-year-old woman died beneath a car whilst a 46-year-old man was killed in a car accident. On Wednesday a carer died on her way to work and a man in his 60s died after falling through a frozen lake. Four people died on Tuesday in two separate car incidents and a 52-year-old homeless man was found dead inside his freezing tent. England's first ever red "danger to life" alert for snow and ice has been issued by the Met Office, as people are warned to avoid all but essential travel on another day of sub-zero temperatures and "blizzard-like" conditions. The highest possible extreme warning is for parts of the south west of England and south Wales. It urges residents to "take action now to keep yourself and others safe" as Storm Emma, rolling in from the Atlantic, looks poised to collide with the "Beast from the East" weather front. As another day of severe weather left hundreds of drivers stranded overnight and more roads impassable in up to a foot of snow in Scotland and the north of England, further Continue Reading

Rick Steves: How to get around in Europe

In Europe, getting from Point A to Point B is a snap. The train system shrinks what is already a small continent, making a whirlwind or far-reaching tour a reasonable possibility for anyone. For me, trains remain the quintessentially European way to go, and the best option for romantics. However, the proliferation of extremely competitive discount airlines — and more affordable car rental options — has revolutionized European-itinerary planning: It's turned vagabonds into jetsetters.Over the years, my travel style has evolved. In the old days I used Eurail passes to go everywhere by train. But today rail passes come with more caveats — mainly that you've often got to pay extra fees to ride the fastest trains (and these trains require you to reserve your seat at least a few days in advance, cutting into the spontaneity that makes train travel a joy). Nowadays, I cobble together a mix of transit options: I buy point-to-point train tickets for one-off hops — and rail passes when I'm doing a lot of train rides in the same country or region, I take big leaps by air, and I drill into rural areas with a rental car. More: Rick Steves: How to navigate a European road trip Generally, European trains go where you need them to go and are fast, frequent and usually affordable. And for many travelers, the pleasure of journeying along Europe's rails is as good as the destination. Compared to flying, both trains and cars keep you close to the scenery and to Europeans. If you're connecting nearby destinations, the train is generally more practical than flying, and may or may not be a better option than driving.When considering a car versus other options remember these major factors: Car rental costs the same for one person as it does for a small group; if you're packing heavy or aren't very mobile for another reason, a car is a blessing; and while cars are generally best for exploring the countryside and villages, they are expensive headaches Continue Reading