Things to do on Mother’s Day on the British coast
If you stop to think about it none of us are very far from our nearest beach and yet, as a nation we tend not to go there for a day out very often.
We’ve had a quick look around to see what’s happening on our beaches for Mothers Day this year so you can surprise Mum with an outing she won’t forget in a hurry.
Here are a few of the lovely beach spots for Mother’s Day Lunch:
1. Bistro at the Beach – Bournemouth
Do Mother’s Day Lunch in style at this delightful bistro overlooking the beach in Bournemouth. They’re offering a great Sunday Roast with a complementary dessert for Mum! www.bistroonthebeach.co.uk/
2. Inn on the Beach – Hayling Island, Hampshire
This totally unique beachfront restaurant on Hayling Island, Hampshire has great views across the Solent. The food is just like Mum cooks! Real home cooked goodness enhanced by great sunsets and good hospitality! www.innonthebeach.co.uk
There are loads of great places to take Mum on or around UK beaches and we’d love to see your photos of where you went this Mothers Day. Please post it on our Facebook page!
Another great alternative is to pack up the picnic, put the anoraks and wellies in the boot and make it a Mothers Day to remember!
Here’s a quick pick of some of the UK’s greatest beaches to picnic on:
1. Bigbury on Sea
“Whenever there is the opportunity I try to get down to this spot in Devon, which is perfect for a picnic on the beach,” promises Laurence. “It enjoys not only one of the most beautiful, large white beaches in the whole country but is in a sheltered position so the sand shouldn’t get into those sandwiches. It even has its own island, Burgh Island, home to an Art Deco hotel, which you can walk to at low tide.” For more general information see: www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk
2. Bamburgh Beach
Famous for its string of long, sandy beaches, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that stretches from Tynemouth to Berwick-upon-Tweed offers plenty of choices for picnicking. “Pick a spot, any spot, and enjoy a picnic with plenty of space and nature around,” says Laurence, though he suggests Bamburgh Beach for “mile upon mile of long, golden sand overlooked by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle”. For more information on the area visit: Northumberland Coast
This small beach on the south coast of Cornwall is among the prettiest in the region. Pack a pastie or a crab sandwich and make a day of it. If you time it right, you can also take in a show at the Minack Theatre, high above Porthcurno’s shimmering turquoise water. Visit: www.visitcornwall.com
4. Giant’s Causeway
Made up of around 40,000 black basalt columns, and taking its name from legends of giants striding over the sea to Scotland, the Giant’s Causeway is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland. It can get very busy in high summer but it’s still a great spot for an outdoor feast. There are designated picnic tables around the site, or just find a quiet perch on the grass outside the visitor shop. Visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk
“This might sound like a bit of a classic choice, but Whitstable has always been a family favourite,” says Evie Pace. “If you live in London, it’s close enough to the capital that you can get there and back on just a day trip, but it’s also far enough away to enjoy bracing sea air. And, if you forget your picnic, you can always have fresh fish and chips by the beach instead”. Visit: whitstable.co.uk
Whatever you decide to do this Mothering Sunday, we’d love to see photos of any beaches you visited so if you could pop them onto our site Coast Radar we’d be pleased to share them with our readers.