Kids prefer foreign beaches to the UK

More than a fifth of the UK’s children (22%) have never been to the British seaside, according to a survey of 1,000 children between six and 15.

The survey also revealed that 66% would rather go on holiday abroad than visit a beach in Britain. More than three quarters (78%) said they have been on holiday abroad and 19% said they had not visited a British beach for between five and ten years.

The survey of 1,000 UK children aged between six and fifteen carried out to mark the launch of brand new kids’ game Big Beach Sports™2 found that two thirds (66 per cent) would rather go on a holiday abroad than in Britain.

The survey, carried out to mark the launch of THQ’s Big Beach Sports 2 game for the Wii, also found that ten-year-olds would prefer to go on holiday abroad more than any other age group (a huge 92 per cent of 10-year-olds said this) and 14-year-olds followed with 83 per cent.

41 per cent of children polled from London said that they would not be visiting a British beach this year, compared to the national average of 25 per cent. And while 34 per cent of children surveyed from London have never been to a British beach, a huge 91 per cent have been on a beach holiday abroad. A huge 90 per cent of those polled in Belfast and 86 per cent in Newcastle said they would prefer to go on holiday abroad rather than in the UK.

While 17 per cent of girls polled have never been to the British seaside on holiday, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of boys have never done so. However, 74 per cent of girls polled said that they would prefer a beach holiday abroad than to visit the British seaside compared to 60 per cent of boys surveyed.

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