Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Day at The Beach Doesn't Have to Be Hot Especially if it's Weston Super Mare

So, last weekend, at the end of half term, we headed off for the beach. May as well end half-term with a bang eh? It was overcast and not particularly hot but that wasn't the reason we were going. We wanted to go on the rides, enjoy the "sea" air, look out to "sea" and just generally be there. Hubby doesn't like the heat, so it was the perfect day to go. Aaron's not yet done the whole beach thing (his last time at the beach was Summer 2012, a day trip to Brighton) so he wasn't nagging us to paddle or anything like that. PLUS he'd just been (I nearly forgot there) on Wednesday of half term, to Southend with me, ALL of his cousins, and my brother in law. So to him now, beach means rides. By the way did you know that Southend has the longest pleasure pier in the world - no I didn't either! Anyway rides is what we went to both beaches for. Great eh! No beach for 2 years and then 2 in 1 week. Like buses, you wait ages and two come along at once!

Will have to re-train Aaron when the weather kicks in, that sun, beach, sand and sea, means towels, picnics, cossies, sun cream, tans and sandcastles, and NOT rides.

You can tell by how he's dressed that it wasn't a particularly warm day:

He's sporting his brand new bucket and spade, as he's never owned one bless him!

I join in with #CountryKids when I can because Aaron is SUCH an outdoors active boy and because he ADORES animals and is fearless unlike me:

On honeymoon, would I go on a camel ride? Would I 'eck. But suggest a donkey ride to Aaron and on he hops, and even makes his Dad pay four times as he refuses to get off. I think if he could have done he'd have taken one of them home. Dare I go to Coombe Mill when he literally won't want to leave?

So, above kind of gives you an idea as to how a beach post has become a #CountryKids post. My boy, preferred more time with the animals than on rides. I am so glad I get out and about with him as much as I do, as this boy was built for the great outdoors. Don't get me wrong, he has about 15 favourite shows on TV, so he's not a complete farm hand, but he is a robust adventurer!


By the way, it's deliberate that he is on a donkey called JAKE as Jake and the Neverland Pirates is his favourite show on TV.

As enamoured as he was with the donkeys, what then made even more of an impression on him was the Weston Wheel,

The views from up there are spectacular which you don't really get from my photos - sorry. Hopefully you can see the bars on the right hand side of the beach photo to see that that is an on ride view :-)

What I haven't told you is Aaron did not at all want to go on. We had to drag him on convince him! Yet he couldn't get on quick enough for the second ride and as this pic shows, due to the cool temperatures (it didn't actually rain) there were no crowds, so bliss, no queues!
Whenever Aaron's had a good time, he doesn't want to leave. This was the "I don't want to go home yet pose!"


Which was closely followed by the "you will if I carry you pose"


But bless my fun seekers, on the way to the carpark they stopped at an arcades place (we got kicked off the pier as it closes quite early). So we stopped in somewhere, after the above, and they ended up having a full game of ten pin bowling. Considering I was on the team at Uni, you'd think I would have joined in, but my gout had given up the ghost by this point so I sat on a high bar stool and just enjoyed watching them have fun:


Oh, before I forget, apart from some GREAT donkey photos, this is my favourite photo from the day:




With our beach day in the bag, the next day, the Sunday, the last day of half-term, when the temperatures soared and everyone else was at the beach, we spent the day gardening:


I did a bit much, despite going easy, and ached for the next few days after. Clearly I need to do it more often and get fit. Who knew gardening could be exercise ;-)

Bye for now,

Liska xxxx

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 

30 comments:

  1. I live near this beach! I havent ridden the wheel tho a bit pricey =P I am glad you have so much fun here =) #countrykids

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    1. Lucky you living there. Well the link I included from 2011 says 6.50 pounds for an adult but when we went it was only 5 pounds. It also said up to 4 year olds are a pound, and our Aaron at 3 years was free. I think at 5 pounds it is great value as it went around 6 times. Each time we came down we were amazed that we were going back up again LOL.
      Love the garden in your #CountryKids post xx

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  2. Sounds like a great day out. I have only been there once and it was a brief stop. Love the I don't want to leave pose! #countrykids

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  3. Love that he wanted four rides on the donkeys. Lovely pictures :) Weston is a great place to go when the weather is on the cool side as there's still lots to do. I wasn't brave enough for the Weston wheel!

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  4. I love going to the beach when its not too hot as it is quieter and I prefer that!

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  5. Lovely photos of all the family and some very happy ones of Aaron overjoyed to be riding the donkey - he would really enjoy making friends with all the animals here at Coombe. You've proven that the sun doesn't have to shine all the time at the beach for some seaside fun!, thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  6. Aaahhh he looks so happy but love the don't want to leave face too! We love the beach and it really doesn't matter if it's sunny or not. My girls popped into Coombe Mill for a few hours and didn't want to leave. They wanted to move in x

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  7. Southend Beach sounds like a fun day. It's a shame the weather wasn't that good but you guys seem to have had a great day. No fish and chips? That's what I like eating when I go to the seaside.

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  8. We usually go to Burnham to walk the dogs along the beach. Really ought to visit WSM again. Definitely a sign that they are having a good day when they don't want to leave. Love the photos of Aaron riding the donkey. WSM wouldn't be the same without the donkeys. Skittles is a fun way to end the day. #CountryKids

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  9. What a gorgeous, smiley little chap you have there! Great photos. I'm sure he will soon appreciate the beach for a huge variety of entertainment!

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  10. Oh it looks like you had a fantastic day (I love him "I'm not going home" stance :)

    We took O bowling recently (a 2.5 yr old and his 14 year old niece... I thought he would play up, but turns out he played 3 games straight and even won one quite happily!!) It's a really fun activity for them, isn't it? My grandparents used to have a caravan by the sea and holidays always included some kind of rides and activities as well as the beach!! Such lovely memories you are making with Aaron xx

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  11. It's great going to the beach when it's not super hot as you get a lot more room.

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  12. What a lovely day out! I'm dying to get Boo on a donkey but she screams when we go anywhere near ;-)
    Lovely post #CountryKids

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  13. What a fab day hun! I love the donkey pics, baby rode one at Xmas when she was 9 months old, but haven't seen any since. x

    http://www.youbabymemummy.com

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  14. I love Weston, I went on one of my first dates with my husband there. I would love to go back and revisit and see how it has changed.

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  15. What a wonderful time - in spite of the crappy weather! I used to live in southend many, many moons ago, haven't visited for years though - really should since it's only down the road >_< xxx

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  16. Sometimes the yucky weather helps to make those precious childhood memories - looks like you all had a great time!

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  17. I agree! we love taking a trip to Weston even in the winter it's fun! x

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  18. my husband has a habbit of just jumping in the car with us and then telling us he wants icecream out of seaside season lol x

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  19. Lovely pics and sounds like you had a lovely day! We only live around a 50 minute rive from Weston so visit quite often in the summer and my little boy loves it! The donkeys are also his favourite part and demands numerous rides lol! The pier is great now they hav redone it and the wheel is definitely on my list of things to do next time we visit!

    Jess
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  20. It looks like you had a great day. I love going to the beach even when the weather isn't great. In fact my favourite time is during the winter when you can get wrapped up warm and there are no other people about!

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  21. Lovely pictures sounds like you had a fabulous day. We took our baby boy to the beach for the first time Friday (his 17 weeks now). The beach is a lovely place to spend time with the family no matter what the weather x
    Jen x
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  22. Gardening is definitely exercise (as is sitting on the couch eating ice cream don't ya know?!) Aaron is looking so tall nowadays! That happy face photo just tells a story all of it's own!

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  23. What is our weather doing at the moment!
    I like a post with lots of great photos! your beach day looks like it was lots of fun!

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  24. That smile just says it all. Rain or not, your boy does seem to have had an absolute blast!

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  25. Sounds like the beach was just fab, and there are some lovely picture here too! Lovely post!

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  26. Looks like you had a lovely day out. I would love to go bowling soon!

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  27. I can't wait till we can get to the beach. It's been ages but hopefully we'll make it a few times this summer :)

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  28. Sometimes the beach can be more fun in less than perfect weather. My brother gf lives in Suffolk and two years ago we went down for a child free weekend the day before new years eve...six adults ended up paddling and playing in the freezing sea!

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  29. Looks like an amazing place and that you had lots of fun!! Yours pics are fabulous!! :)

    Lucie x

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