Sitting on the beach with a bucket and spade making sandcastles while mum and dad sit in a deckchair looking on is all part of childhood.
Which is why it’s sad to see in today’s newspapers that a new survey says that one in five people under the age of 35 have never set foot on a UK beach and instead jet off to foreign climes with their powdery beaches and palm trees instead.
How is it possible to get to that age without setting foot on the glorious British coastline?!
It’s all well and good going on holiday abroad, but there’s so much on our doorstep too.
We are a little island after all, so not too far away from the sea wherever you happen to be.
Sitting on the sea front with your fish and chips, or burying your brother or sister’s legs in the sand. Making sandcastles and digging a moat round it. then running down to the sea with your bucket to try and fill it up.
There’s some lovely, picturesque views too.
Looking down over Whitby, and with the Abbey in the distance
Sunning yourself thousands of miles away is fine, but for the rest of the year when you’re not jetting off, remember what’s on our own doorstep and introduce your kids to it…. they’ll love it.