Please can you suggest some ideas for a UK summer seaside break that will keep my three kids happy (aged two, four and seven)? Ideally we'd like somewhere with some nice places to eat out, and things to do if the weather lets us down.

Stretching from Poole to Exmouth, the Jurassic Coast has everything from bucket-and-spade resorts to fossil hunting at beaches like Charmouth. Ideal for young children, Ladram Bay Holiday Park offers six-berth chalets from about £600 per week during August, including entry to the onsite children’s club and indoor swimming pool.

Self-catering specialist, Classic Cottages has a new property near Mevagissey on Cornwall’s south coast. Sleeping six, The Cottage at Polgorran costs from around £924 per week. Sandy beaches at Gorran Haven and Caerhays are just a five-minute drive away, while Falmouth’s National Maritime Museum makes an excellent bolthole on a rainy day.

For a seaside break with a rural twist, try a farmstay in St Florence, Pembrokeshire. Fuschia Cottage at Lillimoor Farm sleeps five and costs around £645 per week. Feed the chickens first thing in the morning, then head to the sandy Blue Flag beach at Saundersfoot. Oakwood Theme Park is 15 minutes away by car, while nearby Tenby has plenty of good places to eat.

Prefer more in the way of coastal chic? Try Glebe Cottage near Seahouses on the Northumberland Coast, available through Baby Friendly Boltholes for around £1100 per week peak season. A private chef service can be pre-booked at this stylishly renovated five-bed barn conversion, while nearby Alnwick Gardens has the magical Treehouse restaurant.