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Beach bag from Next.
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Keep the kids entertained with a traditional beach ball. Perfect for water play and soft enough to avoid any major injuries.

2 Beach storage bag, £8, from Next.

If you normally find yourself bogged down with carrier bags get hold of a cavernous beach bag like this one – pictured right – and you’ll be able to cart your stuff around in style. With the rope-style handles and suitably beach chic striped pattern, you’ll be the envy of others.

3 Minnie Mouse poncho, £6, from Matalan.

Don’t want to take all your best bathroom towels out with you? Get hold of a couple of ponchos to throw on instead. It’s the quick and easy option when you’re heading out for a day on the beach.

4 M&S sun cap, £6.

Good head wear is a must if you’re planning to spend time on the beach. This peaked cap should shield the sun from your eyes and there’s also a handy fold-away neck protector to stop sensitive parts from burning.

5 Spiderman sun protection suit, £10, from George at Asda.

Keep little ones covered up with protection suits that allow them to dip in and out of the water without the need to change into skin-exposing trunks or swimsuits. These suits don’t take away the need for sunscreen of course but will help you keep your tot safer when in the sun.

6 Ben de Lisi ‘Life’s a beach’ towel, £15, from Debenhams.

If you want to do things the stylish way, designer Ben de Lisi’s eye-catching beach towels will do the job.

7 Regatta three section wind breaker, £34.99, from Argos.

You can never bank on the British weather so a wind breaker will always come in handy during a trip to the seaside. Made with steel tubing and polyester, the Regatta has guy ropes and is sturdier than other models.

8 Four people picnic bag, £24, from BHS.

Filled with bright plastic glasses, plates, cutlery plus napkins, this picnic set is an essential bit of kit for anyone wanting to enjoy a family picnic on the beach this summer. Everything folds away neatly, making eating outdoors a pleasure.

9 Beach games set, £8.98, from amazon.co.uk

It’s unlikely you’ll experience the luxury of sitting around on a beach with a good book if you’re a parent so make sure you’re well equipped.

This beach games set includes balls, a frisbee plus a selection of bats to make sure you’ve got what you need for a bit of family fun.

10 Beach sun tent, £20, from Tesco.

Pop-up tents have become a pretty common sight on beaches popular with families these days.

It’s a good way to get a bit of shade, gives you somewhere to store your bags and provides tired-out children an ideal place to rest their heads when all the excitement gets a bit too much for them.