Trips to the beach are few and far between for us as a family. We live well over an hour’s drive from the nearest one. It was therefore one of things I knew we had to do during our holiday at Butlins in Minehead. We nearly didn’t manage it though. There was so much to do on site and Jessica had her own list of the things she wanted to see each day which didn’t allow time to visit the beach! Thankfully I managed to persuade her to give “Simon the Fireman” (more usually known as Fireman Sam) a miss in favour of an afternoon at the beach on our final full day.
As soon as we got on the beach, the girls were eager to get started with building sandcastles and trying to bury Daddy in the sand. I was happy just to sit and enjoy the sunshine (which had been in short supply during our week away!) The sand was a little too dry for sandcastles. It didn’t stop the girls having fun trying though!
With the tide being out, it felt like there was a lot of beach to explore as we headed towards the sea for a spot of paddling.
I was expecting the sea to be cold. It was quite a surprise when it felt pleasantly warm against my bare feet. The last time Jessica had paddled in the sea, she hadn’t liked it all. This time she was quite happy to splash about and paddle. Sophie loved it and would have gone in quite far if we’d let her! We weren’t very well prepared for lots of paddling to be honest. I hadn’t really thought to bring swimsuits. Hubby got his trousers very wet but was quite happy to sit in the sunshine afterwards and let them dry out again!
As well as paddling and building sandcastles, the girls had fun collecting seaweed, looking for shells and pebbles and drawing in the sand.
It was quiet too. For a while we had the beach to ourselves which was lovely. As much as we’d loved all the activities on site, it was nice to be off site for a while. Thankfully there was no further mention of wanting to see “Simon the Fireman!”
Since coming home, we’ve been putting together our summer activities list. Jessica has asked to go to the beach again. Minehead is a little far away for a return visit. I’m sure we can manage a day out somewhere a little closer to home at some point though!