Even if you are not taking a trip abroad this year, the chances are you will have at least one day at the beach. The UK is full of stunning beaches that are well worth a trip on a sunny day, with a recent survey by GreatBritishBingo.co.uk declaring that Blackpool was the nation’s favourite beach, closely followed by Brighton and Bournemouth beaches.
My personal favourite is Aberdovey in Wales. It has golden sands, the sea comes in nice and close for paddling, and there are is a gorgeous fish and chip shop just across the road for a traditional lunch on the beach. We will be heading to Wales in late August and are hoping the weather will be kind enough for a t least a few beachy days – Joe will have his bucket and spade all packed and ready. Here’s what else we always take to the beach.
1. A waterproof, wipe clean beach bag
Sand gets everywhere, doesn’t it. With this in mind, the best sort of beach bag is one that can be wiped clean. The gorgeous John Lewis Beach Hut collection can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. I also really like these small bags that you can get from Poundland which are perfect for wet swimwear, or for storing things you want to keep dry like mobile phones and cameras.
2. Something to sit on.
Beach mats, foldaway chairs or a good beach towel, if you are going to be spending considerable time at the beach, you need something to sit (or lie) on. Marks and Spencer have some really cute designs, and, at the moment, you can get some great sales bargains as many beach items are reduced.
3. A good sunhat
Whether you are trying to keep the sun off your face, or the sand out of your hair, never forget your sunhat. You might be sitting on Blackpool beach, but with a glamorous hat you can pretend you’re in St Tropez.
4. A beach cover up
The British weather is so changeable, glorious sunshine one minute, and then decidedly overcast the next. This means a cover up of some sort is a practical item to have in your beach bag. This could be a thin knit cardigan, but I prefer a pretty kaftan that could also double as a beach dress.
These are just a few of my essentials, I also have suncream, a great book, a beach ball and sunglasses in my bag. What do you have in yours?