With thoughts turning to warm days and gentle breezes, I was revisiting some of my previously published articles and came across this lovely piece from last summer’s House of Fifty magazine, British Summer Traditions:
While many Brits make a point of escaping their home island in search of summer sun, there’s no denying that a traditional day at the beach carries a distinctive English charm, even if there’s no guarantee the weather will behave.
For classic British fun, consider visiting Bournemouth, Brighton or Scarborough. In Suffolk, Southwold is beautiful with appealing small shops and wins the approval of the main character in Saving Saffron Sweeting. 🙂
For slightly quieter beaches, try Devon or North Norfolk.
Your traditional day should include:
- A stroll on the pier or promenade.
- A picnic on the beach behind your wobbly windbreak. There are great beach supplies at The Seaside Company. Or, if you’re determined to be extra-stylish, rent a beach hut for the day.
- A donkey ride (only for little people and those not too concerned about animal welfare).
- Candy-floss (cotton candy) on a stick. Bonus points if the wind blows it into your hair.
- A game of bingo. (When I was small, the seaside was the only place where one could indulge in a little light gambling. These days, of course, you can do it online too: check out FoxyBingo.com.)
- Fish and chips – extra points here if you have to fight off the seagulls.
I freely admit that, since moving to California, I may be remembering British beach days through rose-tinted spectacles. But, with the right frame of mind and an appropriately dogged attitude, there are few things to beat North Sea salt in your nose or English Channel sand in your toes.
A contributor assisted in writing this post.
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