Beach days out: 5 things to do when it's cold

Kate Williams

15 March 2017

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I’ve lived near the seaside for the last eighteen years, but it’s not until we moved to Cornwall last year that I really started to spend a lot of time on the beach. Just to make things clear, I am not one of those people who think that there’s never the wrong type of weather, only the wrong type of clothes. Nope. As far as I’m concerned the only good weather really is about 30c, I have Raynaud’s Disease so I’m pretty much always cold or moaning about feeling cold, at this point you are allowed to feel sympathy for my husband, he probably deserves it by now.

But despite my complete aversion to the cold we have been out on the beach pretty much every weekend during Autumn, Winter and Spring, even when it’s rained a bit and even though my kids are not exactly the type of people who wake up in the morning begging to go for a ten mile hike (it’s all about the YouTube round ours) So how have we done it? Well these are our five favourite things to out at the beach when it’s cold and are also the ways that I’ve now got my kids to ask if they can go out on the beach for a walk every weekend. All that’s needed afterwards is a hot chocolate with extra whipped cream to warm you up again.

1. Play Football

You don’t need to carry a big heavy ball with you, but the smaller plastic ones you can pick up for a pound are the perfect size to fit in your handbag and are great for playing a family game of football with. Find a sandy bit of beach if you can and use some big stones for goal posts.

Young boy wearing wellies at a pebbled beach with one foot on his football

2. Jump in the waves

This is probably my kids most favourite thing to do in the whole world and jumping in the waves doesn’t need to stop just because it’s colder out there! We always wear wellies to the beach so that I don’t need to worry about the kids shoes getting wet and I always keep a change of clothes with us just in case.

Little boy jumping into the waves at the beach

3. Be an explorer

My kids have always hated the idea of going for a walk but they love the idea of being explorers and adventurers. Most beaches will have something to go and explore, be it rock pools, a steam, big rocks or tiny caves and if you have to climb over stuff to get there then even better.

Little girl looking at coral on the side of a cliff at the beach

4. Do a 2 minute beach clean

We’ve been doing two minute beach cleans since we moved to Cornwall but I had no idea that they actually originated at one of the beaches near us. There are hundreds of #2minutebeachclean boards around the UK with litter pickers and plastic bags to help you tidy up your beach, but if there isn’t one near you that doesn’t mean that you can’t have your own little tidy. Set an alarm for two minutes and see what difference you can make to help keeping our beaches looking great! Running around doing a two minute beach clean is a great way to burn off some energy, my kids get competitive about it and normally want to take part for much longer too.

Little boy using a litter picker to help keep the beach clean

5. Throw stones

Seriously, this has to be the oldest game in the world, right? Still works every time though. Who is the best in your family at skipping rocks and who can throw them the furthest? My three year old loves to find the biggest stones she can for maximum impact too. Got a stream at your beach? If it’s only little you can use stones to make a pathway across it or take some toy diggers and make a little construction site.

These 5 simple ideas are great to get you started to enjoy what the beach has to offer on a cold day. We go to the beach so often that I’ve been looking at where else we could go to make sure the kids get to explore a little further from home too. I’ve recently been thinking about visiting the Isle of Wight and spotted Seagrove Bay and the Shanklin beach which look like perfect places for my family to discover. You can check them out here. We’d love to hear what you love doing on the beach and any recommendations of where we could go next!

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Kate Williams

15 March 2017

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Kate Williams is a mum of two young kids and a blogger at Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable ideas for families.

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