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Brighton’s secret suntrap

There’s a very special place few people know of, with sand for the kids to play in and sun for the adults to bathe in. It’s one of Brighton’s best kept secrets.

Thought that might have you reading on! No, seriously, take a walk from the Palace Pier east towards the Marina, keeping on the prom. On your left you will pass some amusements, keep on walking; then you will see the arches, keep on walking a little more. Now, as the prom narrows and before a road rises up from the front into Kemp Town, look toward the beach.

Unbeknown to many holidaymakers, there is an open-air volleyball complex, called Yellowave (full name: Nivea Sun Yellowave Beach Sports Venue) and it is perfect for families. I know, it sounds odd but give it a go. There is the great Barefoot cafe, which serves wines of the same name, and lovely food and cakes – the cafe also becomes a bar in the evening. And there is also a climbing wall and sandpit for the youngsters to enjoy. Picture 4

The bar runs events and BBQ’s when the weather is good, and thanks to the set-up the cafe is a sun-trap; this helps make even the mildest day feel like a beach day!

And once day turns to night, there is entertainment too. Barefoot Unplugged helps promote local acoustic talent – for £10 you get tickets and all you can eat from their BBQ.

There are full baby change facilities, and the spot is really well maintained and safe for families. Give it a go.

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