Toddlers' Day Out @ Weston-Super-Mare
We made a spur of the moment decision yesterday morning and decided to take a trip to Weston-Super-Mare! I'm so glad we did because it was a beautiful day and didn't even end up costing us all that much. We packed a picnic and spent the majority of the day on the beach (though ice-creams and buckets & spades were purchased, of course) and as it's A's first ever time on the sand, he was more than happy to take it all in.
I must've been to Weston a hundred times or even more, I know we used to visit loads when we were kids as it's so convenient (only an hours drive) and though almost every time the sea would be miles out we always had such a fantastic time as kids. We arrived around 10am and it wasn't too busy, A had fallen asleep in the car so we ended up visiting the new Grand Pier (rebuilt after the fire of 2008) and it's fantastic!
The arcade is huge and not only does it house old favourites such as air hockey (I won), it also has an indoor go-kart track (seriously) and a house of horrors as well as tonnes of other rides. Though we vowed we wouldn't (as everyone does), we probably spent most of our money in there and ended up winning A a sword (damn tickets are addictive) and delighting at the way he was so overwhelmed by the light and music. There's also a cafe, and shops at the beginning where you can get all types of terrible (but wonderful) treats, from hotdogs to donuts.
After visiting the Grand Pier, we decided to get on the beach as the weather had really picked up (it was nice all day, but the sea breeze was a little chilly when we turned up) and it was so nice & warm. A absolutely loved the sand, he was more than happy to run it through his fingers & toes and dig for hidden treasure. I remember loving visiting the beach as a kid with my parents but there's something truly amazing about experiencing it with your own children, you delight in their joy and it really made me feel warm & fuzzy to see how much he was enjoying himself.
We took A for a nice cold dip in the beautiful brown sea and he ran straight in without hesitation (do kids not feel the cold!?) and absolutely loved it. He faceplanted a couple of times but got straight back in there and cried when we had to return to camp. To cheer him up, we decided to let him ride the donkeys! Though we were concerned he might be too young, he was really good and stroked his donkey as he sat waiting and kept lifting himself up & down trying to make the donkey go faster (sorry A, there's not much we could do about that). We also met a donkey with the same name, what a dude.
We also wandered around after the beach and bumped into an impromptu classic car show which Grandad enjoyed (he's a fanatic) and brought back some lovely memories for me (I discovered I was pregnant the day after I'd visited my own classic car show with Miss Figgy, my Nissan Figaro - I miss her!). To finish the day off in style, we all had fish & chips (a must-do at the seaside!) and had the most incredible ice-creams. Mine was sherbet & sprinkles but they could do literally anything you wanted including a birds nest (chocolate sprinkles with mini eggs in the middle).
We had an amazing day and for not much £££ at all. Here's some money-saving tips if you want a gorgeous day out on a budget:
- Rope the grandparents into driving, teehee
- Aim to go visit on a day with nice weather; as long as the sun's shining, the kids will be happy on the beach, otherwise prepare to empty your pockets in the arcade
- Take a picnic (this one should apply anywhere you're allowed, saves so much!
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