Come rain or come shine, come frost or come fog, when you have five children aged from four to six between you, get-togethers mostly take place outdoors. Few days are too cold for outdoor adventures with only the fiercest of downpours and the strongest of winds keeping us indoors, noses pressed against the window waiting for the elements to subside.
Living in North Wales (Rachel) and on the Wirral (Karen), we’re so incredibly lucky to have so many amazing places to meet up and let our children run free and explore. With the coast on one side and the Welsh hills on the other, we could head in any which direction and end up somewhere beautiful.
We both agree though that one of our favourite places, and somewhere the children love to spend their weekends, is West Kirby Beach. Small but beautiful with views over to Wales (if you squint you can see over to Prestatyn, the beginning/end of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail), it’s perfect for family walks and games. Frisbee, anyone?
Providing you all wrap up warm (it’s all about the layers!), there’s absolutely no reason why beach visits should be limited to the summer. In fact, there’s nothing nicer than a walk – or breakfast – on the beach with few people around.
Pack a hamper full of pastries and a flask or two of hot chocolate, zip up those coats, pop on a bobble hat, call some friends and head out on a cold but bright Sunday morning. Some might call it bracing, but we say ‘go for it!’
We both love Joules for the practical but great-looking clothing; proof that the two can go hand in hand and not at the expense of one another. We want to be warm and snug but we also want to look good, too. And it’s the same for our children, although they have the extra need of being able to move around easily and to run really, really fast – to catch the Frisbee and to get to the picnic hamper first!
Of course, wellies are an absolute essential for winter walks on the beach. The sun might shine but that water? Freezing! And the children? Yes, they still want to paddle. Of course, they do!
With eye-catching designs and gorgeous colours, all five love pulling on their Joules wellies. Flowers, carousel horses and friendly dinosaurs on skateboards, these are the coolest wellies for the most adventurous of children. And for the mums? Well, we opted for slightly plainer versions but equally as fun for splashing about in.
1. Like we said earlier, it’s all about the layers. Even if the sun is shining, it can still be cold, especially as you’re right by the sea with nothing to break the wind. Wrap up warm!
2. Take spare clothes, particularly if you have children who are drawn to the water. On almost every visit, a wave will unexpectedly crash and drench everyone. Pack a towel and an extra pair of socks and trousers for your little ones.
3. When you’re four, five and six and spend your days running around in the fresh air, you need the odd snack or two to keep those energy levels high. Pack a picnic or pop some fruit pouches and rice cakes in your bag.
4. Beaches are wonderful for walking along and the sea is brilliant for paddling in, but to make a morning or a day of it, take some games along too. It could be a bucket and spade, a ball, a frisbee or a fishing net. They’re all light in weight and not too difficult to carry.
5. Do a little research beforehand. Rest stops and ice cream stops. It wouldn’t be a day out without needing both!
Will you be heading to the seaside soon?