It is official - we can now say we are in the midst of a heatwave. Flip flops on and sunglasses out as it is time to make the most of the glorious sunshine.

And what better way to do that than head down to the beach?

Okay so being in the Midlands, we are not the closest to a beach but there are some hidden ones by water you might not know about.

However, if you don't fancy a long trip in the car to the coast, then they might be perfect for you.

Just remember NOT to go swimming in the water at such places as it's not safe to do so, but you can certainly enjoy sitting on the 'beach' and maybe building a sandcastle or two.

So maybe they are not technically at the beach but some even have sand and all close to idyllic swathes of water.

With forecasters predicting temperatures of 28 and 29C this week, here's a few local beaches close to land-locked Burton and South Derbyshire you might fancy.

Have fun - but remember to slap on the sun cream:

Albert Village Lake

Albert Village Lake

Quality family time with a picnic is the perfect way to spend the afternoon so why not grab the kids and the dog and head to Albert Village Lake.

The reservoir is a popular destination for all in the warmer weather, and with small areas of sandy terrain, you could even try your hand at building a sandcastle.

Make sure to stick to the sand though, as swimming in the reservoir is banned, and can be dangerous.

Foremark Reservoir is always popular when the sun comes out

Foremark Reservoir

Foremark Reservoir is the go-to destination for sun-seekers, with its community woodland, varied wildlife and great views. The site has its own beach area too so visitors can feel as though they have spent the day at the coast.

If you're feeling more adventurous, then check out Carver Rocks at the southern end of the reservoir for some unusual habitats and rare wildlife.

It's free to visit but it will cost a couple of pounds for parking. Beware not to swim in the reservoir though, as the dangerous conditions mean even the strongest swimmers could find themselves in trouble.

The book details walks around South Derbyshire and the National Forest including a stunning walk that passes Staunton Harold Hall
Staunton Harold is ideal for a day out

Staunton Harold

Staunton Harold Reservoir features an extensive beach area so it is almost like being at the seaside.

Those who fancy a bit of exploring can also pop to the visitor centre and wildflower meadow to find out more.

The reservoir is popular when the weather heats up, so don't forget a picnic blanket in case all the tables are taken!

It's free to get into the reservoir, but a pay and display car park is in operation. Visitors cannot swim in the water.

The Ferry Bridge, between Stapenhill and Burton
Pictured: The Ferry Bridge
Picture: Simon Deacon The Ferry Bridge, between Stapenhill and Burton Pictured: The Ferry Bridge

Ferry Bridge

Those who want to leave the car at home do not have to travel far to top up the tan with the town's landmark Ferry Bridge.

Sun-seekers can sit back and relax while they watch the swans gliding down the River Trent or head down to the sandy shores of the river afor that real seaside feel to the day.

Anyone can walk down there at any time, and there's plenty of places to park your car in Stapenhill. Again don't go into the river as it's not safe.

Branston Water Park

Branston Water Park

With picnic tables surrounding the lake, Branston Water Park would be the perfect place to take the little ones for a day out.

Swimming is strictly prohibited but there is still plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

The park boasts free admission and free parking, so there's no excuse not to enjoy the sunshine. But again stay away from the water.

Branston Water Park has been celebrated for the quality of their green space
Branston Water Park is perfect for a family day out

Still fancy going to the seaside? Here's some which aren't too far away from home:

Skegness

Skegness beach

The award-winning sandy beach in Skegness, Lincolnshire, features plenty of activities to keep everybody amused, and it's right next door to the popular Fantasy Island amusement park.

It takes two and a half hours to get to the beach.

Colwyn Bay

Colwyn Bay beach, with Victoria Pier in the background
Colwyn Bay beach

Colwyn Bay is one of North Wales' classic Victorian seaside resorts, and has been transformed in recent years with a multi-million-pound waterside development.

The Blue Flag beach has plenty of facilities along the beachfront and the town is just a few minutes' walk away. You could get there in two hours and 15 minutes from Burton.

Blackpool

Blackpool

Blackpool on the Lancashire coast is possibly the best-known seaside resort in the UK and it's hugely popular with visitors.

Take a stroll on one of the three large piers, or climb up the 500ft-tall Blackpool Tower. It will take just two hours 15 minutes to get there.

Scarborough

Scarborough

Scarborough beach in North Yorkshire has two beach bays, one of which has Blue Flag status.

Attractions include the miniature railway, the Sealife and Marine Sanctuary and Peasholm Park.

It's a little further away at just less than three hours, but still definitely worth it.

Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes is looking particularly glorious in the sunshine
Cleethorpes

The Blue Flag beach at Cleethorpes, in North-East Lincolnshire, stretches for miles, and the flower-filled promenade gardens encompass the whole length of the resort.

For that proper beach feel, don't forget to enjoy some fresh Grimsby fish and chips!

Taking around two hours to get there, it's the ideal place to slap on the sunscreen and go searching for some seaside fun.

Formby

Formby Beach
Formby beach

Formby Beach on Merseyside's coast offers views across the Irish Sea, and boasts way-marked paths to the beach and woods to explore.

There's no lifeguard cover, so take note of beach safety flags.

It's one of the closest beach to Burton, at just one hour and 58 minutes away.