A Yorkshire Weekend – Salt Air & Sandy Kisses

Dear Diary,

I’ve had the most idyllic weekend with the kids. You know, one of those rare, quintessential British outings to the beach? They’re pretty rare these days but we managed to have one in Yorkshire, whilst visiting family.


I feel like I have been travelling with the bambinos up, down and all over England this summer so I have to admit that it was with a bit of weariness that I packed up the car yet again. It’s not that I wasn’t looking forward to seeing my family but I have to admit, I was really, really tired when we finally set off down the motorway for the gazillionth time this summer. I’m so glad I did though!

The kids were both really great on the three hour journey and we only had to stop once en route, which is pretty good going. Sophie slept, Zak and I sang along to the radio and the sun shone down on us kindly as we headed over Saddleworth moors. My mood improved significantly with the copious amounts of car karaoke and even a rather odd detour courtesy of Google Maps didn’t dampen our spirits.

We arrived about 14:00 and spent the rest of the day playing in the garden, drinking Yorkshire tea (when in Rome…) and eating biscuits.



The weather was absolutely glorious and when I successfully put the travel cot up in one, much practiced manoeuvre and Sophie went straight to sleep, I smugly thought that I had this travelling with kids thing down pat. Until Sophie woke up an hour later and proceeded to wake up every hour from that point on and my three year old niece had the most epic tantrum at 10pm that seemed to go for hours. All the fun. We did eventually get some sleep though.


Today we went to Scarborough after a lovely, relaxed breakfast, picture taking like the mamarazzi I am and much coffee drinking.



The weather forecast wasn’t as good as it should have been but in true British fashion, it was completely wrong. Yay!

It was just one of those days where so many happy, simple memories were made with the kids and my family doing all the touristy things people do. I must say at this point that Scarborough (or Scarbados as we are calling it) is utterly charming and definitely one of my favourite beach locations. It pretty much encapsulates the best of the British seaside and if you get good weather (we did) then its unbeatable with or without the kids. You most definitely should give it a try if you haven’t already.


We started with good old fish and chips on the sea front, complete with predatory gulls. This is where we saw the ever so slightly tacky but oh so charming little pirate ship that sails around the harbour every 15 minutes. Naturally we had to take Zak and my niece on it and at only £3 each it was quite reasonable I thought. The kids absolutely loved it as you can imagine!


Tea and toilet stop followed and then the real fun began as we headed over to the beach. Sophie dutifully slept  for a few hours in her shady pram and we spent a few happy hours digging in the sand, jumping the waves and enjoying the odd sneaky snooze. The beach was really busy but it didn’t stop us finding our own little corner. The beach is spotlessly clean aside from the odd donkey accident and the sea is safe and shallow for paddling. Pretty perfect with littlies.


Two kids standing at the edge of the sea holding hands

Darcy jumping

Little, blonde haired girl is playing and digging in the sand with a purple bucket and spade

Kids playing in the sand. The boy has been buried up to his neck and the little girl is sitting on top of him

Needless to say, the kids were absolutely shattered once we headed off home and there were some grumblings and whinging from the threenager but after a full, action-packed day in the fresh air it’s to be expected. It was a little bit more unexpected when her Mother retreated up to bed later that night to find that said threenager had found a blue felt pen and drawn all over the walls and herself!! Probably not funny when the perpetrator is yours but I couldn’t help but laugh!

All in all though we had an amazing time and loved being with family again. Looking forward to returning very soon!

See you next weekend




  1. Julia
    August 19, 2016 / 19:49

    What a lovely blog! The photos are fabulous too, such happy times!

  2. August 20, 2016 / 13:41

    Love the beach photos. It all looks beautiful.. I find holidaying sleep goes out the window, no nice routines to be had unfortunately! Glad you had a good time. #triballove
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  3. September 3, 2016 / 08:20

    Laughing at you being smug at putting up the cot in one go! You really can’t beat the British seaside when the sun shines though ,and the pics in the garden look lovely. #fortheloveofblog

  4. September 3, 2016 / 08:28

    We’ve never been to Scarborough but are always on the look out for a good beach to take the kids too! Looks like this one will be on our wish list! #fortheloveofblog
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  5. September 3, 2016 / 08:35

    Your photos are beautifull! We’re going to Scarborough in October. I’m sure we won’t get the weather but we’re looking forward to it! Laughing to myself at the blue pen incident, cheeky little monkey #fortheloveofblog
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  6. September 3, 2016 / 08:47

    Sounds like a perfect time. You really can’t beat Britain when the sun shines. I loved your renaming Scarborough to Scarbados lol.
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  7. September 3, 2016 / 09:31

    Looks and sounds like you had a great time. I really want to go to Scarborough. We went to Whitby a few weeks ago and it was lovely. Will definitely need to try Scarborough too! #fortheloveofblog

  8. September 3, 2016 / 10:16

    Aaaww sounds a fab hols! Almost felt a bit homesick as a Yorkshire girl moved West… Most of my childhood summers involved the pirate ship in Scarborough!!

  9. September 3, 2016 / 10:21

    What a lovely post! looks gorgeous weather and fabulous photos! thanks for sharing, I must remember this. #fortheloveofBLOG

  10. September 3, 2016 / 12:03

    Looks like you had a fabulous day! We did in Walton-on-the-Naze a few weeks back, as you say on those rare sunny summer days it’s pretty idyllic. If you’re ever down south you should try our Essex coastline 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  11. September 3, 2016 / 12:03

    Looks like you had a fabulous day! We did in Walton-on-the-Naze a few weeks back, as you say on those rare sunny summer days it’s pretty idyllic. If you’re ever down south you should try our Essex coastline 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG
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  12. September 3, 2016 / 12:45

    Hmm, the terrible three eh! It seems you could be smug throughout with your well-behaved little ones. I like it how you get your littlest to dutifully sleep on cue – how do you manage that!? I love Scarborough, so many nice memories. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  13. September 3, 2016 / 13:31

    Selling Scarborough very well here! It is definitely on my list of places to bring the girls. Lovely photos x #fortheloveofBLOG
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  14. September 3, 2016 / 15:46

    Some lovely photos! Looks like an amazing weekend, I’ve been to Scarborough a few times but never had it as sunny as you did! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  15. September 3, 2016 / 16:51

    Looks lovely! What a coincidence I read about a beach visit the day we’ve been to the beach, the universe has been throwing a lot of coincidences at me lately, wonder what it means… #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. September 3, 2016 / 18:42

    I know the feeling of getting fed up of packing & upacking the car . I sometimes feel like my car is my walk in wardrobe. Can’t beat a day at the beach. We have spent several days at Fleetwood beach building sandcastles.P.S you cant get any better than Yorkshire Tea #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. September 4, 2016 / 07:47

    Love the photos, the one of the village, you could almost be on the coast of Italy. Just love pottering around on the British beach – what a super summer!

  18. September 10, 2016 / 07:01

    I’m not normally a fan of the British seaside, but I have heard great things about Scarborough. You take some lovely photos too. Sounds like the perfect beach day to me!

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  19. September 13, 2016 / 13:18

    goodness Fi I am so sorry – my #fortheloveofBLOG comments are way over due and somehow I completely forgot to comment :/ apologies.
    love your summer round up and fab to be in Yorkshire. one of my fave places. Scarbados – that had me chuckling. it really is charming there too isn’t it. I did a write up of what we got up to in Scarborough too 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG a week past !
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