Fish and chips, sandcastles and sea air… in winter?! It may sound incongruous, but believe me, escaping to the sea this winter is the greatest secret tip you’ve never heard. Whatever you want from your time at the beach, you’ll be able to enjoy it in winter as well as in summer. Ever since we started a few years ago, it has completely changed our holiday lifestyle and we’re getting more from the coast than we ever thought we could. Don’t believe us? Here are five reasons why winter is the perfect time to hit the beach:
When we took our usual weekend holiday to Devon in January instead of August, we guessed that it would be cheaper—but we didn’t guess quite how much. Overall, the things that we usually do at the beach ended up costing us around a third of the usual summer equivalent, meaning we had lots more money to spend on extra things and treats to make this holiday really special.
Ever arrived at a ‘serene beach holiday destination’ only to find it crawling with crowds of people? It’s happened to all of us—and it is often enough to ruin a holiday. More people means more stress and less fun for everyone involved. Crowds drive prices higher, fill the beaches to bursting and generally make a peaceful weekend away into the holiday from hell. Luckily, most of those people wouldn’t think to dodge the bustle by coming to the beach early—so when you arrive at the beach for your winter holiday, you will have it all to yourself. Almost like a private resort—except a lot cheaper!
Heading down to the beach for winter is the perfect way to escape the bustle of busy city life—and even better, it works as fuel for your body and brain as well! Let the sight of the empty beaches and rolling waves get your creative juices flowing, and seize the opportunity to be inspired by things out of the every day. When we headed down to Devon this January, we were constantly finding inspiration in the most surprising of places—like when we accidently stumbled across some incredible fossils in Lyme Regis, and preserved the memory forever in this Ammonite Necklace. It was the perfect way to recharge, and by the end of the holiday we were actually excited to get back to work.
The weather isn’t actually bad
Let’s face it—if you’re going to the seaside in Britain, you have no guarantee that the weather will be good, no matter what time of year it is. If you time things right, you can get to the beach when it’s not freezing but actually really nice—and you won’t get any summer storms, either! When we went to Beer this January, we enjoyed a lovely weekend in temperatures of +13 degrees, with clear blue skies and lovely bright sun. It was perfect for lovely walks through the countryside and along the coast. Our holiday to the Welsh coast the summer before, on the other hand, was only 15 degrees—and we spent the whole time inside hiding from the non-stop rain!
(At the time of writing—25/02/2019—the temperature in Wales is 21 degrees Celsius… a record high!)
The British coasts have some amazing heritage and some amazing people. Winter’s the perfect time to get to explore places like Cornwall and Devon on your own terms, without the barrier of summertime crowds, prices and rush. When you drop by at pubs for lunch, you’ll be treated to handmade spreads instead of your usual tourist set meals, and the lack of other tourists means that B&B or campsite owner will be able to take care of you personally, meaning your whole holiday has a much nicer atmosphere.
So that’s it! Those are our top five reasons to head away to the sea this winter. Now it’s your turn! Where have you been recently during winter, or anywhere you’d like to go? And do you have any top tips for others who want to explore the beach outside the summer rush?