Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside

Whats not to love about the British seaside, donkey rides, fish and chips and a stick of rock. Its been a long time British tradition to visit the seaside in the Summer when the whole town set off on rows and rows of buses in search of a deck chair and ice cream. There’s nothing better than a bit of seaside nostalgia is there ??

Many childhood memories for decades have been built from the tradition of the great British family seaside holiday. Looking back over old pictures of my Grandad sat on the beach in his deckchair with a knotted hankie on his head. Promenade pictures taken of my Mum and Dad walking with my sisters in their prams and of us all on many holidays to Paignton watching the train go past over the top of the beach. Me and my sister sat in the dinghy on the shingle beach and baby pictures of my mum bathing me in a little blue bowl. These are wonderful memories and I hope our kids will have the same lovely memories of adventures and trips away too.

What memories do you have of seaside holidays or days at the seaside ?? What do you and your family enjoy when visiting the seaside.

Here’s mine …

Seaside food

There are lots of foods that we associate with time at the seaside, one of them for me is fish and chips, eaten out of the paper with lots of salt and vinegar, dodging swooping seagulls hoping to catch a scrap or two. Fish and chips don’t taste the same when you have them at home. There are also many other yummy goodies available from big balls of pink candy floss, sticks of stripy rock and of cause freshly cooked donuts (not the healthiest of foods but that all goes out the window at the seaside)

If you have less of a sweet tooth you could grab a tub of cockles or welkes from the fresh fish stall. If you bring your own picnic to the beach no matter how well you try you always end up with gritty sandwiches. Chewing bits of sand as you eat your picnic.

Paddling in the Sea

Come rain or shine a paddle in the Sea has got to be done, socks off, trousers rolled up and feeling the cold sea splashing up over your feet. I remember doing the exact same thing myself as a little girl running out of the sea as the cold sea hit my feet. Even on the hottest of days the English sea is always on the chilly side.

Fun on the Pier

A visit to the amusement arcades, A ride on the big wheel or taking you money box collection of two pennies to enjoy the slot machines. Even now my two enjoy this more than anything.

Sandcastle building

A bucket and spade are essential items for a visit to the seaside, collecting water to get the right consistancy of sand to create the perfect sandcastle. Sandcastle building is definitely a family affair as Dads become very competitive to create a masterpiece in the sand.

Donkey Rides on the Beach

I remember as a little girl choosing my favourite name on the Donkeys nose before riding him up and down the beach. Now when I look at them I feel a little sorry for the poor little things. Walking back and forth all day long, but it is very much still a family favourite for many kids when visiting the seaside and my two loved it when they were smaller too.

Sea air

I love to take in the smell of the sea air and really enjoy the open air just that little bit more. The sea air is great for clearing the head and enjoy the here and now.

Is there anything I’ve missed ??

Do you like to visit the seaside ? What are your memories of visiting the seaside as a child ?  I’d love to hear…..

Until next time

Caroline X





  1. August 11, 2017 / 10:48 am

    You can’t beat a day at the beach, thankfully we are surrounded by lots of beaches. But it something that my family and I love to enjoy. My husband knew how much one beach meant to me and my family and proposed to me! The food, even though most of its naughty you kind of have to eat them because you’re at the beach!
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    • August 11, 2017 / 2:35 pm

      Oh I’d love to live by the sea and yes yummy food at the seaside is a must x Thank you for commenting

  2. August 12, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    Couldn’t agree more! Life by the sea is just better! I now live 5 minutes from the beach we holidayed in as a child. I grew up inland so I appreciate the seaside LOADS.

  3. August 16, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    What lovely happy memories. I grew up by the sea and always missed it whenever I lived elsewhere. Luckily we’re back near the coast now, making more of those happy memories!

    • August 16, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      That sounds amazing I’d love to live near the sea it definitely is my happy place xx

  4. August 17, 2017 / 3:15 pm

    Love a beach day! Any spare time we have and we are at the beach, even in the rain. 🙂

  5. August 17, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Yes – couldn’t agree more with all of this! I grew up on the beautiful Dorset coast and just feel like the sea is ingrained in me! We had many wonderful trips to the beach – I used to love wandering around looking at the boats in the harbor too and being fascinated by all the places round the world that they had come from. When I was older and went to college (6th form) we’d go down to the beach during our art lessons to sketch! I never quite feel right when I am too far form the sea and love having it close by. Sadly the new place we are moving to is not by the coast – but luckily only an hour-ish away so we can go for a day trip. I don’t think I could ever live somewhere that was hours from the coast. I need sea air in my life!!! x
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    • August 17, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Sounds such a wonderful time in your life xx

  6. August 20, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Love the seaside. I have so many happy childhood memories playing in the sand and eating ice creams 🙂 x

    • August 20, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you Emma it really is great isn’t it xx

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