My Wild Ones ~ Seaside Shenanigans

This time last year we had just got back from an amazing holiday in Portugal.  This year we aren’t having a holiday so to banish my holiday blues we decided to head to the seaside for a weekend of sea, sun and sand. Well sea and sand at least.   We are really lucky that my best friend is from the North East Coast, and her parents very kindly put us up (or should that be put up with us) for a few nights if we fancy a trip.  It has meant that we have enjoyed a couple of visits to stay with them and always have a wonderful time when we are there.  This weekend was no exception.

We set off on Friday evening, but not before a quick stop at Costa for the bare essentials of a road trip, coffee!  Luca decided he wanted one too, so with drinks in hand, milk for Luca, we were on our way.


We arrived late Friday evening and got settled in ready for a fun filled weekend.  Luca didn’t get up until 8.30 on Saturday morning, he is usually an early riser so my day started off really well with a nice lie in.  We had breakfast before heading down to Tynemouth for the Mouth of the Tyne festival.  The weather forecast wasn’t great so we thought this would be the perfect place to go as the streets are lined with various cafes and pubs to dive into should it rain.


We spent a few hours watching the street performers before having compulsory fish and chips for our lunch.  We timed it to perfection as just as we sat down to tuck in, the heavens opened.



The rain didn’t last long though and we were back exploring what the festival had to offer in no time.  Luca got bored eventually and asked if we could go home so we started to wander back to the car.  On the way we stopped at Crusoe’s, a small cafe on Tynemouth beach to grab an ice cream and a coffee and just as we did the clouds parted and the sun came out.  Luca asked if he could play on the beach and with the weather looking up we agreed.



As the weather forecast had been so poor we weren’t at all prepared for our afternoon of beach fun but that didn’t stop us.  Soon we were all soaking from jumping waves, having sand fights and playing in the sea. Luckily it wasn’t cold so the lack of towels and spare clothes wasn’t too much of a problem.  There is a video us on the beach over on our facebook page if you fancy nipping over.





After a few hours we were all suitably soaked and decided it would be a good idea to head back to the house to dry off.  We spent the rest of the afternoon snuggled on the sofa watching Sherman & Peabody whilst delicious scents of roast dinner wafted through from the kitchen where Ash’s mum, Sheelagh was getting her Nigella on.  We were ravenous by tea time.

The sun came back out after we had eaten so we popped back out to grab more ice cream and walk along the beach just down the road from the house.

This is my favourite beach ever, the grassy sand dunes that line the edge of the beach make a perfect wind break and the sand is so deep and soft it feels like being somewhere far more tropical than the north east coast.




We spent about 45 minutes digging a great big hole with the help of Trevor, Ash’s step dad, who found us whilst walking the dogs. We then attempted to coax Luca back home for bed.  He didn’t want to leave as he didn’t want to leave his hole on it’s own.  After explaining that we couldn’t take the hole back with us and it would still be there in the morning we got him home for bed. Well, Prosecco and Trivial Pursuit for us but bed for Luca.

The next morning Luca didn’t get up until 9!!!!!!!  I think we need to move to the coast if this is how he sleeps.

We had breakfast and got everything packed up for a day of fun on the beach.  The weather forecast was much brighter and we decided to go to the beach down the road and spend all day just playing.   Turns out it was a brilliant idea.

Trevor once again dug Luca a massive hole, the one we made the night before had been filled in. Oops!  He spent ages just playing and occupying himself before he was joined by a little friend too.

We then stoked the BBQ up ready to cook our lunch.


I’ve never had a BBQ on the beach but I can now officially say it is the best way to eat.

The salad that Sheelagh made was straight from their garden and was absolutely delicious.  I ate a mountain of it before we wandered down to the sea for a paddle and to explore the rock pools.

It then seemed like the perfect time for more ice cream. Come on we were beside the sea, it’s like a rule that you have to eat your weight in ice cream when your there. Isn’t it? Especially when the blazing hot sun came out for a while.  Luca didn’t want to come for ice cream and instead managed to persuade Trevor to take him back to the rock pools where they made dams to stop the little water falls flowing between each rock.  I’m not sure if  Ash’s parents know it but I think Luca has officially adopted them as extra grandparents.

We played a bit more in the hole we had dug and generally had fun.




Always the fool, I’m not entirely sure what I was doing but I’m always caught at my best on camera. Goofy face and fly down!

I also decided it was a good idea to bury Luca and make him into a mermaid before we had to head home.  Easier said than done, turns out I’m rubbish at sand sculpting.


We had an absolute blast and have already planned to go back up in August for another beach BBQ and to watch the tall ships sail into Blythe, I’m counting down the days.

I’m hosting #mywildones for Hannah again this week and I can’t wait to see what you have all been up to.

Last week I really liked Hanna’s post over at Mum & More about the simple joys of playing in the garden and Bear braving it onto the grass.


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22 thoughts on “My Wild Ones ~ Seaside Shenanigans

    • Franki says:

      Thank you very much, I love your photography so that’s a huge compliment. 🙂
      We are quite far from a beach too, especially a beautiful sandy beach. Thank goodness for friends eh? x

    • Franki says:

      This one takes us about 2hrs to get to but it’s so worth the drive. The ones closer to home aren’t anywhere near as nice.

    • Franki says:

      It’s absolutely gorgeous, you really should venture up there. The beaches are incredible and just get better the further up you go.
      Thank you for asking me to host, I’ve really enjoyed it. 🙂 xx

  1. Dean of Little Steps says:

    We live in North Cornwall where beaches are just a ten minute or so car ride for us and yet when we go on holiday we still tend to look for the coast! We do love it and loving your photos – precisely the reason why we love the beach 🙂 #countrykids

  2. Coombe Mill says:

    What a great afternoon for you all, there’s nothing better than a day at the beach in my eyes. My kids love getting to the beach and playing in the sand or splashing in the sea. I must say, my boys went through the digging a hole stage but they never dug any as big as the ones you guys have! I bet it was great for Luca to be able to hide in it away from all of you!

    Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.
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    • Franki says:

      Aww thank you very much Helena, we have made some great memories already this summer. Hopefully there will be lots more to come. The sand sculpting was fun but I was utterly rubbish at it.

  3. Steph says:

    Looks like a amazing trip, sounds like a perfect break away, I love how much fun you had at the beach and the BBQ looks brilliant. Ah will have to try a similar trip with my family 🙂 #countrykids

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