Due to illness, schedule, and plain old life, we haven't been able to do as much sightseeing as we had hoped when we first bought our car. But we did make it to the seaside a few weekends ago and it was great.
We went to Weston Super Mare, which is advertised as a resort town, and it definitely was. Neither of us have ever been, but it fit what we think Atlantic City must be like, minus the casinos. A great place to go once to experience, but also inspiring to try another beach!
Helena and her fairy sand castle. You can't see it, but the flag on top is a star sticker flag, something she brought from home. She was prepared.
Benj is a boy who is very sensitive to texture, so it took him a little while to get used to the feel of the wet sand under the water that he couldn't see...but once he was over it, he had a blast. (And yes, he does have underwear on in this picture!)
Helena rode the carousel while Benj took a nap. There were many other extra activities you could do as well, but we mostly stuck to the beach.
My favorite part was the wall that separated the ocean from our mini beach, called Madeira Cove. The cove was separate from all the hub-bub, there was no sinking sand to worry about, and it was quite shallow so the kids could explore the water a bit.
But you can walk along the wall, and during high tide, the water will reach the top of the wall (sometimes flood the walkway) on the ocean side, so it's like you're walking on water. There were lots of kids crabbing off the side of it, something our kids desperately want to try sometime.
"Fancy an ice cream? Have a Mr. Whippy!" These signs were everywhere. A Mr. Whippy is a classic British treat - soft serve ice cream in a cone with a Flake chocolate bar stuck in the top.