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Best family beaches and seaside days out in Liverpool, Wirral and beyond

When the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring - there's only one place to head to - the beach.

Rain or shine, you can still have fun in the many seaside towns across Liverpool, Wirral and beyond.

Treat the kids to fish and chips and an ice cream, pack up a picnic, build sandcastles or take a stroll across the golden sands.

And there are plenty of beaches that are ideal for a family trip to the seaside, so here's some of our favourites - enjoy!

You also find more places to play in the sand in this handy guide.

Formby Beach, Sefton

If you don't mind a little sand in your shoes, then you'll love a trip to Formby Beach

Southport Beach, Sefton

Enjoy a picnic on the beach or a bag of chips or and ice cream cone in the sunshine

Ainsdale Beach, Sefton

Ainsdale Beach is the perfect breezy spot to fly a kite with the kids

Oglet Beach, Hale, Liverpool

Take a stroll along the muddy banks of the Oglet shore along the River Mersey

Thurstaston Beach, Wirral

If you're looking for a quiet spot to spend the day with the family then head to Thurstaston Beach

Meols Beach, Wirral

Watch people horse riding and sand buggying on Meols Beach

Leasowe Beach, Wirral

Leasowe Beach is a wide sandy beach with a promenade and small sand dunes

West Kirby Beach, Wirral

This busy little beach lies is the perfect place for picnic and pony rides

Hoylake Beach, Wirral

Head to Hoylake Beach in Wirral to fly a kite or explore the Grace Darling driftwood pirate ship

Crosby Beach, Sefton

You can't beat a trip to the Crosby Beach in Sefton - it's home to 100 cast iron statues which never fail to amaze

New Brighton Beach, Wirral

If you want an authentic seaside experience then New Brighton in Wirral is the place to go

Wallasey Beach, Wirral

Enjoy views across Liverpool Bay from Wallasey beach

Moreton Beach, Wirral

Moreton Beach is popular with locals and visitors alike and great with a stroll with family

Red Rocks, Hoylake, Wirral

A short walk along the Hoylake shore lies Red Rocks - a striking area of rust coloured sand dunes