A winter afternoon on the beach

Living inland means opportunities to walk along a beach are a rare treat for my girls. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to have fun on the beach during our recent weekend in Torquay even if it was January!


It might have been chilly, but the sun was shining and it was a beautiful afternoon. Naturally the girls made a beeline for the water so they could paddle in their wellies. I couldn’t resist joining in too! It was a shame that hubby didn’t have any wellies and wasn’t able to join in as well.


Jessica and Sophie standing at the edge of the sea: A winter afternoon on the beach

We weren’t very well prepared for a trip to the beach though. Jessica had to settle for just using her hands to try and build a sandcastle. She was quite happy though – until the tide came in and started to “melt it away.” It did make me chuckle to see Jessica holding her hand out and telling the sea to stop, like a mini modern-day King Canute!

Jessica building a sandcastleJessica holding out her hand to stop the tide from coming in

Hubby quite enjoyed trying to explain to Jessica about tides and how the moon pulls on the earth and makes the sea go in and out. I don’t think Jessica really understood Daddy’s little science lesson though! She made herself a second sandcastle further away from the sea but it wasn’t too long before the tide came in and surrounded that one too!


Jessica and Sophie drawing in the sand

Sophie had fun picking up the seaweed on the beach to decorate the sandcastles. Between collecting seaweed and splashing in the sea she managed to get quite soggy. It was just as well our hotel wasn’t too far away!


Sophie picking up seaweed at Torquay beach

I honestly cannot remember the last time I spent time on the beach in winter. It was such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. I loved seeing Jessica and Sophie having so much fun splashing in the sea and building sandcastles. It didn’t matter to them that it was a chilly winter’s afternoon. As long as they were wrapped up warm, they could have just as much fun as they would have done in summer.


Jessica and Sophie paddling in the sea in their wellies

Jessica and Sophie on the beach in Torquay


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35 thoughts on “A winter afternoon on the beach

    1. Thanks Lisa. We rarely get to the beach winter or summer – it was lovely just to have that time there! πŸ™‚

  1. It’s lovely to see the girls splashing about in the sea together, winter days on the beach are always lovely family bonding time. I love that Jessica set to, even without a bucket and spade, and made not one but two sandcastles, I love the shot of her trying to stop the waves from coming in and knocking it over. It’s fab that Sophie was happy to collect all the seaweed and enjoy a splash around as she went.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    1. Thanks Fiona. It was such a lovely way to spend some family time together. The girls were in their element and had such a wonderful time πŸ™‚

  2. What a lovely day!! I couldn’t be without the sea in our lives, it is so refreshing for everyone, especially in winter! and children are amused for hours, giving some chill time for parents πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sonia. It must be so lovely to live near to the sea. We had such a wonderful time on the beach – it’s a shame we can’t do it more often.

    1. Thanks Mary. It was such a beautiful afternoon and the girls loved every minute of it πŸ™‚

  3. Oh I just love the beach in Winter. Your photos are fabulous and really make me want to head to the beach, I must do it over the next few weekends.

  4. This is how childhood memories are made. What a perfect winter beach time. I hope Jessica wasn’t too devastated by the tide’s destruction. And you never know, I bet a small part of your husband’s tide and moon explanation sank in. #CountryKids

    1. Thanks Cheryl. She wasn’t too bothered about the tide “melting” her sandcastle – it was funny watching her try to stop it though! πŸ™‚

    1. They certainly did. It was fairly quiet and we had just as much fun as we would have done in the summer πŸ™‚

  5. Such a lovely time at the beach. Sometimes it really doesn’t matter if you have any buckets and spades, kids just love it there. I am exactly the same whenever my girls ask me something that I can answer in a mini Science lessons!

  6. I absolutely love a beach during the winter. There is something so special about wrapping up warm and listening to the waves. They look so lovely in their little coats, looks like they had lots of smiles! #CountryKids

  7. There’s something so special about the seaside! We live in the midlands so it’s a rare treat for us as well. Your girls look like they had a lot of fun, I can’t wait until we go to Devon in April for some beach time! #countrykids

    1. Thank you Lauren – we had a lovely time. Hope you have a wonderful time when you get to the beach in April πŸ™‚

  8. It doesn’t look like the middle of Winter with the sun shining like that! Looks like you had a lovely family day out. I also think of The Hotel TV programme when someone mentions Torquay! #countrykids

    1. It was such a lovely sunny afternoon – the coats are really the only giveaway that it was fairly cold! πŸ™‚

  9. Being so landlocked in Oxfordshire seeing posts like this remind me of just how magnificent the sea is, and making sandcastles in the sand when it’s sloppy and grey like is just as much fun for the kids!
    How cute that she was asking the sea to stop…I love the mini King Canute reference!


    1. It is lovely to get the chance to go to the seaside and it did make me chuckle when she tried to get the sea to stop πŸ™‚

  10. The weather look glorious! I love the fact that Hubby explained how it works, we have tried with Monkey but he didn’t really get it either! We so take for granted the time we get to spend at the beach you’ve made me want to take a trip this weekend. Stopping by from #CountryKids

    1. It was a gorgeous day even if it was cold. It must be lovely to live close to the beach and be able to visit more regularly πŸ™‚

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