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Although some people will only think that visiting the seaside is only for the summer there are so many wonderful things that you can do that does not require getting wet or cold (providing its not pouring down with rain, of course). I know that you will think that I am completely bonkers but you should take a trip to the seaside during the winter! Believe me when I say that there is a certain appeal to seeing the coast in all its beauty in the colder weather.

Going to the beach is a different experience altogether and the best part about it all? More often than not you will have a whole stretch of beach to yourselves so little ones can run wild and you will always be able to see where they are from any vantage point.

So without further ado here are my reasons as to why you should go to the coast in the winter...

1. Beautiful photo opportunities

I am not the best at taking photographs however this does not stop me from snapping away. Both my husband and I love to get our camera out and a beach in the winter is perfect location for those beautiful landscape photos. But we will always make sure that we take lots of photos of Amelia and an odd selfie or two.
Just to clarify my husband is a happy chappy just hates taking selfies.

2. Shell collecting

I can always remember shell collecting when I was child and now my little one is old enough she will be able to enjoy it as much as I did. At our last visit we did lots of shell collecting with the odd pebble here and there but it wasn't until later in the car that I realised my niece was keen on collecting lots of sand in her coat pockets - the little monkey. Lets just hope that Amelia doesn't do the same at our next visit to the beach I really don't fancy getting sand EVERYWHERE again!

Remember to save your treasures you collected from your trip to the beach. As they can be made into a crafty masterpiece made by the little ones that can be a little keepsake to look back on.

3. Fly a kite

Lets go fly a kite, up to the highest height...

Little ones love flying kites and if you don't have one it could be fun trying to make one. I have come across some great tutorials from My Best Kite that show in detail how to make small kites for small children to the larger flying creation for the bigger children. Yes Dads we are talking about you!

4. Make sand castles

An outing to the beach, even in the winter, is not complete with getting sand everywhere. So you best make sure that you dig out your bucket and spade from the garden shed as you will be needing it.

5. Play Games
Don't let the cold weather stop you from playing some of your favourite games at the beach, everyone loves a kick about so go get yourself sandy. You never know you may fancy a little paddle in the sea to cool down from building up a sweat.

6 Lastly...

A visit to the seaside is not complete without indulging in some fresh fish and chips as you walk along the promenade. However if the cold does get too much you could always enjoy your hot food in a car and watch the waves crash against the shore.

I wasn't ready for my photo Mummy?

What is your favourite winter activity with your children?
31 comments on "A VISIT TO THE SEASIDE IN THE WINTER | Are we mad?"
  1. I am totally with you. My family and I absolutely love the beach all year round. I absolutely love it in winter, we too she'll collect and kite fly and I love how quiet it is. We take our dog and she runs all over. Most Sunday mornings are spent at the beach. I love taking photos too and this time of year you can get some beautiful cloudy skies to shoot. In Holland we have some great all year round beach cafes too and we love nipping inside for a hot chocolate with whipped cream in front of the fire. Lovely post!

    1. Thank you so much. I think it's so important for family to see a beach during the winter as opposed to just in the summer. It's so much better. There are only a few cafes and restaurants open all year round at our local beach, which is a shame. But we have taken our own picnic and ate that in the car. There are just so many great reasons why families should visit their local beaches during the winter months though. Thank you so much for your lovely comments and for stopping by on the blog! x

  2. Hi Kelly-Anne, we are lucky enough to live close to several beaches and I much prefer visiting them in the winter or very early in the morning in the summer. going to the beach in the winter blows away the cobwebs and is perfect for letting children and dogs run free safely.

    And a visit to the beach in the UK, wouldn't be complete without a bag of hot, salty chips and a pocket full of sand.

    I would have to say that our favourite winter activity with the family is taking the dogs up the hills.


    1. We are so fortunate that we do too, we have many to choose from. Lol. Oh yes a morning walk with the dog sound great, my Jack Russell loves going for a run and dip in the sea. Thank you so much for your comments and for stopping by! x

  3. We love beach trips in the colder months too! Very atmospheric and usually we have the whole place to ourselves! Love your piccys and suggestions for things to do! #JustAnotherLinky

    1. Thank you so much I am glad you liked my ideas. I just thought that not many people will think of going to the beach during the colder months. But children love the beach whatever the weather! Thank you for your comments and for stopping by x

  4. Lovely photos. I haven't made a beach trip in the cold yet but have been thinking about it and think we will do it next weekend or even tomorrow maybe! xxx
    Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky

    1. Oh I hope you will be fun!!! Let the children run wild...they will certain feel the benefit from the visit to the beach. My little one crashed before we even left the beach. Thank you for hosting and thank you for your comments x

  5. Not mad at all. We love the beach in the winter. Room to run and be free without people being in your way. Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    1. Thank you so much lovely. We really did have a fantastic day and hope we go again before it becomes busy. I'm glad we are not the only ones who like to visit the beach during the winter!!! Thank you so much and for your comments X

  6. What a lovely day out! We'd love to visit the seaside through the year if it wasn't a minimum 2 hour drive away. We've done it for a short break during the winter before though and loved it! #bestandworst

    1. Oh no! That is a real shame you don't like closer. But at least you can have lots of short breaks during the winter. Thank you so much for your comments x

  7. I love the seaside in the winter, too. We went to Cornwall over Christmas and I really enjoyed it. Maybe it's being from a cold country with lots of beaches. Great tips and a great post #bestandworst

    1. Haha more than likely!!! I would love to visit Cornwall it's on our to do list! I have heard so many great things about Cornwall and follow bloggers that live there - it looks so beautiful. Thank you for stopping by the blog and for your lovely comments x

  8. Looks like you had a fabulous time Kelly-Anne, I love the beach any time of year & collecting shells is one of my favourite past times along with drift wood if I can find any. Thanks for sharing, popping over from #BloggerClubUK

    1. Oh my goodness yes we did, we had a fantastic time Sarah! Glad my husband and I are not the only ones who love to go to the beach during the winter. There are not too many people about, which is perfect for children to run wild and release their energy!!! Thank you so much for popping by and for your comments X

  9. We love winter days at the Beach, my little one loves collecting pebbles and throwing rocks in the sea. I hadn't thought of building sand castles in winter- don't know why!! So next time I'll be making sure we have a bucket and spade with us #BloggerClubUK

    1. Even though the sand is colder it's still fun!!! The sand castles tend to hold so much better until the little ones decide they no longer want the sand castle of course! :) Thank you for your lovely comments x

  10. We love the beach in all weather, in fact sometimes i prefer it in winter as it is so much less crowded. All great beach ideas you have here, our favourite is surfing but my children are older. Please pop over and join me for Country Kids, it is for all outdoor fun like this. Stopping by today from #bloggerclubuk

    1. Oh yes I shall do. I would love to get more ideas for my little family. :) Surfing is definitely something we could do when she is older though...I know her Dad would love it!!! Thank you for your comments x

    2. Thanks so much for joining me, I hope you'll be back again with some more adventures

  11. I don't think you can beat the seaside come rain or shine I love it. Lovely post and thanks for linking up #bestandworst

    1. Thank you so much for hosting!!! A visit to the beach in colder weather is a must though! Thank you for your comments x

  12. Hot chips taste the best when eaten on a cold beach! One of my favourite family days ever was spent at the seaside in November...the quietness and stillness makes it even more magical.
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub

    1. Oh yes most definitely aw thank you so much for hosting and for your lovely comments x

  13. Aw, I'd never think to go to the beach in winter, but I can see the appeal! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

  14. Looks like you had a fab time great post thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

  15. The beach in the Winter is a definite for us. You can't let the cold stop you from having a fab day at the beach. All that fresh air and open sand to run on in your big coat and wellies. Oh yes! #PicknMix x

  16. I love going to the beach in winter for all the reasons you list out. Collecting shells & photo ops especially. It can be quite windy here though so we have to wait for calm days. Thanks so much for sharing with blogger club uk x

  17. I love the beach all year, there really is nothing like being near the sea to relax and destress :)

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stveie x

  18. I agree! The beach is perfect any time of year! I love the beach in winter when it's all blustery, especially if you been organised enough to take a thermos of something hot and some cookies! Plus as you say lovely photo opportunities. xx


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