When it’s your first time at the seaside

Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, and rough or rigid, but in the end, it is always beautiful. ~ Anon.

This is a second response to the Photo Challenge GRIN from Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC. Also includes Fandango’s One Word Challenge CASH and Rag Tag Community’s Sunday Challenge Horses

Friday Lunchtime – Daughter Sophie said. “I wish we could take Evie to the seaside before the weather changes.Unbelievable as it sounds, Evie had never been to the seaside.

Early Saturday MorningTwo cars, five adults, and three small children wearing big grins, set off for Bridlington and the East Coast of Yorkshire.

I prefer to drive, and especially to Bridlington, it’s a pleasant drive and the time passes quickly, plus it’s hilarious when you play I Spy with a four year old!

After a two hour journey, we arrived at the Park and Ride carpark. The large carpark is situated to the south of the town and overlooks a large expanse of beach where the tide never comes all the way in. The added bonus here is there are no amusements and no fairground rides. One can enjoy a peaceful day on the beach with no distractions!

The £5.00 car park fee includes a free journey there and back for five passengers on the park and ride bus into the town. Excellent value and saved us lots of CASH!

A camera zoom shows the tide on its way outZooming in on the beach below showed us that the tide was on its way out.

Conveniently placed at the edge of the carpark is a large new toilet block with showers, there is also a cafe and a shop. 

I’ve been coming here since I was a child, and over the years have spent many happy hours on this beach with my own children and later my grandchildren. But since Evie was born four years ago, whenever the rest of us came over, Sophie and Evie were unable to join us.

A Zoomed in View of the town from the edge of the car parkFrom the carpark I used my long lens to zoom in on the town of Bridlington.

Walking to beach

Big grins as Evie and her cousin William begin the walk down the slope to the beach

First PaddleUncle Joss takes Evie for her first paddle in the sea!

First Time paddling

Another big grin just after the over-excited child threw herself face down into the water! 

Click to enlarge – As they all played on the sand, building castles and moats (including son-in-law Alistair), Evie announced she could not believe she was playing on a real beach. 

After a few hours on the beach, we decided to take advantage of the park and ride bus.

The town was exceptionally busy on what was likely to be our last day of pleasant, late summer weather. First, we took the children to see the boats in the harbour, and then we found a decent restaurant away from all the crowds where we enjoyed a mid-afternoon late lunch of fish and chips. You cannot go to the seaside without trying the local fish and chips, it’s almost mandatory!

Bridlington has the usual tacky sea front stalls and amusements, but that’s part of the seaside experience. We avoided going inside the amusement arcades, but we treated each of them to sticks of seaside rock to take home, something that would normally be banned from their diets.

Next up was the fairground and the rides that are designed for the younger ones.  

Lots of grins from these three, including a pose from Evie after riding the stagecoach and HORSES!

We finished the afternoon with ice creams for everyone and a bag of doughnuts to share. Not being a fan of this sugary, oily treat, I declined. At the end of the afternoon, we took a leisurely walk back to the bus stop. After freshening up at the car park facilities, we were ready to set off on our two-hour journey home.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Grin from Weekly Prompts. Fandango’s One Word Challenge CASH and Rag Tag Community’s Sunday Prompt Horses.


33 thoughts on “When it’s your first time at the seaside

  1. Murphy's Law

    I just love all the family-oriented things you do together. I’m not saying it’s a lost art, but you see less and less of it today. Most families don’t sit down and have dinner together any more. If they do, they aren’t interacting with one another because everyone is on their cellphones. Or they’re eating in the living room glued to the boob tube! Sigh….

    Evie looks like she’s experiencing a dream come true! The fact that this little angel threw herself face first in the water and continued to smile means next year there will definitely be more beach time for her! 🤗

    You were blessed with a wonderful (and beautiful) family Sue, treasure every moment with them. You are truly a rich woman.

    Nice job with the prompts!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. We meant to take her long before now, I’m not sure why we didn’t make the effort.

      I realise I’m very fortunate to have such a close family. These days they’re all just a few miles away from me, in different directions , but there was a time when they were spread far and wide.

      Thank you for such lovely comments and as always they are appreciated! 🙂


    1. Oh, I agree. there is something peaceful about watching the waves hitting the beach. I hope you get to see the sea very soon.

      It was a lovely day out. Just wish we’d done it in early summer. Thank you for comments 🙂

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    1. It was a smashing day Peter, but guess who forgot to put the beach chairs in the car – this beach only has chairs available during the ‘summer’. I really had forgotten how lumpy and uncomfortable sitting on the sand can be!

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    1. Bridlington has something of a reputation as a second class resort, especially in comparison to beaches in the south of England. Nonetheless, after a lifetime of coming here I am certain the south beach cannot be beaten. Thank you so much for your comments 🙂

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  2. What a lovely, family day out, Sue! The beach is perfect for children….of all ages, isn’t it! It’s so satisfying when you see such happy little faces, enjoying the simplicity of playing in the sand & sea, and making wonderful memories. I’m sure Evie will always remember her first trip to a real seaside beach..and exactly who took her there! You can’t buy that sort of special experience! ❤️

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    1. It’s a stretch of beach that is always quiet and it has the best sand for making sandcastles. Alistair’s mother lives in Blackpool so the other two little ones are very used to the seaside. It was lovely to see Evie enjoying her first seaside experience. Thank you Debbie 🙂

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    1. I think I might print and frame some of the photos, the smiles from all three are priceless, and far better than contrived studio prints. Thank you Lois 🙂


  3. OH!!! What a beautiful, good-memory-making day! And lovely photos! 🙂
    I’m so so SO glad Evie got to spend time at the seaside with family and friends! She will always remember this day! 🙂
    And it’s so much fun for everyone else to see everything again through Evie’s eyes, smiles, and words! 🙂
    We used to live 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean when my kids were under the age of 12. We had lots of fun beach adventures! And my station wagon car was always sandy inside! HA! I gave up on trying to get all the sand out of the car! 😀
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful day with us, Sue!!! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. I’m hoping we can manage another day before the temperature drops further.

      That must have been wonderful for you to live so close to the beach, lots of happy memories for you too.

      Daughter Elizabeth and other half Alistair spend a lot of time with William and Alice at the beach because Ali’s mother lives on the opposite west coast, so those two little ones are well beach seasoned. I’m glad they chose to come with us and make it more fun for Evie.

      Thank you so much, Carolyn 🙂

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    1. You’re right it was a great day, we were so lucky to have good weather. I’m delighted you like the photographs, thank you and thank you for your comments. 🙂

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  4. Fun for all of you, especially Evie. And fun for others to read, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed you description of your day at the beach, Sue. Thank you for sharing. By the way, congratulations on slipping three prompts into one post.

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    1. Thank you Maureen. I always appreciate your kind comments.

      Yes I was lucky with the prompts, they fitted in effortlessly. 😀


    1. Yes It was a grand day and we were fortunate to have the good weather with us. You are so right, we do see it through their eyes, all that colour, music and treats. Thank you for your welcome comments. 🙂

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  5. gc

    I bet Susan you were just as thrilled being at the beach as Evie was that day. Thank you for such a wonderful write up. By the way did Evie sleep okay that night after such an exciting day. 🙂

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    1. I did enjoy my day, I’d like to go back quite soon. Evie did sleep, and all the way home too. I understand Lizzy’s two fell asleep just as soon as they left the car park! Thank you love 🙂

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