AWAY we go! With Boris Johnson giving the go-ahead for holidays in England, there’s been a surge in demand for staycations.

There’s more good news as swimming pools, outdoor gigs and gyms are on the way back, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s mini-Budget saw VAT on food, accommodation and attractions slashed from 20 to five per cent.

Opt for a staycation this summer and visit Britain's best secret beaches with our guide

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Opt for a staycation this summer and visit Britain’s best secret beaches with our guideCredit: © Declaration. All images shown on this site are protected by International Law and by th

And then there’s the Eat Out To Help Out discount which means we can save up to 50 per cent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.
All over Britain holiday fever is back in fashion.

In Scotland, caravan parks and cottages without shared facilities are opening, and the rest will follow from Wednesday.

Wales is preparing from Monday for stays in caravans and cottages while Ireland is open to tourists from July 20.

We have scoured the country to locate coastal gems for you, finding secluded beaches and coves, and with Sun Holidays from £9.50 back soon we have suggestions for parks nearby.

We’ve also picked out top fish & chip shops, ice cream parlours and great pub gardens . . . and have lots of tips for first-time campers.

Read on for your guide to the best Britain has to offer this summer. All we need now is some sun . . . 

Porth Joke, ­Cornwall

KNOWN locally as Polly Joke, this hidden, private cove is nestled between the headlands that surround Newquay. Despite its proximity to the bustling tourist town, it’s surprisingly remote.

The beach is deeper than it is wide and backs on to a valley with a stream running through it.

Porth Joke in Cornwall's beach is a private cove nestled between the headlands that surround Newquay

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Porth Joke in Cornwall’s beach is a private cove nestled between the headlands that surround NewquayCredit: 4Corners Images

At low tide there’s plenty of sand to enjoy as well as rock pools to explore. The water here is also shallow, so perfect for little ones to paddle in.

Take a walk along the clifftops and headlands and admire the fields and meadows bursting with wild flowers before descending on to the soft, golden sands. The views from the West Pentire Peninsula are spectacular.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but there is no lifeguard.

STAY NEARBY: Parkdean’s Crantock Beach holiday park is just a gentle stroll from the spectacular sands and offers great views from the park itself.

North Landing, N Yorks

THE imposing chalk cliffs that flank the beach near Flamborough have an uncanny effect on this natural cove, with the waters an azure blue lagoon on a sunny day.

There is soft sand and pebbles as well as rock pools to discover at low tide.

North Landing has incredible local bird life from cormorants to puffins

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North Landing has incredible local bird life from cormorants to puffinsCredit: Alamy

It also had a starring role in the ITV smash hit Victoria, in which the young Queen enjoys a day out there with her husband Albert and children.

Keep an eye out for the local bird life, with cormorants, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and even puffins to spot.

The beach can be accessed via a paid car park where there are toilets and a small cafe. The descent to the beach is quite steep, which may be an issue for anyone with mobility problems.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but there is no lifeguard.

 STAY NEARBY: Haven’s Thornwick Bay Park is just a mile away and has star power of its own – it featured in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Happisburgh, Norfolk

PRONOUNCED “haze-bruh” this fabulous stretch of sandy beach on the Norfolk coast is home to a famous red and white lighthouse.

Dating from 1790, it is apparently the oldest working lighthouse in the UK and on some weekends in the summer it opens so you can climb the 96 steps for an amazing view of the beach and village.

Happisburgh has miles of coastal paths to walk

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Happisburgh has miles of coastal paths to walkCredit: Alamy

The surrounding cliffs have been affected by coastal erosion and you can spot some of the attempts to keep the sea at bay at low tide.

From the beach itself there are miles of coastal paths to walk as well as footpaths to discover the surrounding area.

Dogs are allowed on the beach but there is no lifeguard.

STAY NEARBY: Haven’s Caister-on-Sea park is half an hour’s drive from the beach and has been welcoming visitors since 1906. It’s new Adventure Village is due to open this year.

Whitesands Bay, ­Lothian

THIS rural, secluded beach features a stretch of fine, clean sand curving gently around the bay.

The bay faces east so it gets lots of early morning sunshine, making it perfect for those who enjoy a sea swim with soft sand and gently sloping waters.

Whitesands Bay is a rural, secluded beach

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Whitesands Bay is a rural, secluded beachCredit: Alamy

Backed by grasslands filled with wild flowers and flanked by low-rise cliffs and rocky areas, it is relatively sheltered and good for surfing too in the right conditions.

There are interesting rock pools to explore at low tide, too.

You can access the beach from a grassy car parking area behind. A geology trail starts in the car park, and…

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