As a treat this Mother’s Day my family informed me that we were going for an outing to Portstewart. I love Portstewart. I love the beach, the independent shops and the range of cafes and restaurants to satisfy the fussiest of appetites.
Looking out the window the skies were grey and I decided that to make sure we enjoyed the day preparation was essential.
So we packed up a flask of tea for the beach, warm coats and some wellie boots so we could go paddling. It is the Atlantic Ocean in March – I can assure you it’s freezing!
Portstewart is not the easiest place to find parking if it’s a busy day, but when we arrived there were spaces along the harbour overlooking the play space with view of the sea beyond. Lewis spotted the swings as we were driving along the main street so this was our first port of call. It is March in Northern Ireland so the summer activities such as the outdoor paddling pool, and water fountains are not yet operational, but the park is open all year round.
After playing on the climbing frame and whizzing down the slide we had a little wander down the street, in the hope that the sun would come out before we went to the beach. It wasn’t to be but that was not going to deter us. Off to Portstewart Strand we went!
The strand is about 2 miles long, and one of the reasons it is so popular, apart from it’s obvious beauty, golden sand, and backdrop of sand dunes, is the fact that you are allowed to drive your car onto the beach. This is so convenient when you’re having a family day out, as you can pack everything you need into the boot, and you don’t have to worry about carrying it.
This was Aaron’s first trip to the seaside. He had a little look around at the scenery and then promptly fell asleep in the buggy for the remainder of our visit.
With Aaron sleeping Lewis made sand Angels (with a little help)
We also played running away from the waves…
…and sinking in the sand…
…before heading off to explore the sand dunes.
Mr C tried to teach Lewis how to make a grass whistle, though it I think he was a bit young to understand!
We didn’t have the Strand to ourselves though there were times when it felt like we did!
If the sky had been blue this would have been a fantastic photo. However as Mr C so kindly pointed out, if the sky had been blue the photo would have been full of cars and children.
As with all good things, our time at the beach came to an end.
It was time to pack up and hit the road home. Not before another visit to Portstewart main street where we had a lovely meal in the Anchor Bar followed by a cheeky Morelli’s ice-cream. Morelli’s versus Maud’s is a very difficult decision for me! On this occasion I was out-voted but I think my favourite will always be Maud’s Pooh Bear Ice Cream as this is just so reminiscent of my childhood trips!
I would love to hear about your childhood traditions at the seaside!