Last month we craved a bit of beach action so the hubby drove us down to the Kent coastline for a Sunday day trip to Botany Bay.
We often wake up on a weekend and discuss what we should do for the day, especially if the weather is set to be a scorcher. I absolutely LOVE rural and the countryside, and hubby LOVES sea and sand. Any kind of road trip suits me fine, so whether it’s pre-planned or not, we throw together a bag and pack the car accordingly depending on the activity! This particular day we wanted the BEACH. The bag got packed: wetsuits (not me of course), sun lotion, hats, towel, bucket & spades, handful of cars, ball, blanket, cool bag, sandwiches, fruit, water, snacks and sea shoes (which are always a must in our house so the kids can wear them to paddle!). Car loaded, pre-journey wee’s done, no tantrums, out of the house in one piece, minimal marital arguing and we’re off.
We’d never been to Botany Bay and the drive down only took about 2 hours. We arrived at 11am and were greeted with a large pretty sandy bay backed by huge white rock faces (miniature cliffs of Dover!). We found a patch of sand to plot on among the hundreds of people that clearly had the same cunning idea as us. Set up camp and the kids were off to wade in the sea.
There is a cute refreshment shack on one side of the bay selling hot snacks, drinks, ice cream and buckets & spades. Perfect if your picnic is missing a few essentials!
I went for a stroll along the shore line to explore and found that you can walk around the cliffs to uncover additional sandy bays which were just as heaving. When us Brits have a spell of summer weather, we instinctively need to head to the beach to strip off the layers for some needed vitamin D. But I also love that you don’t need to travel too far to get that fix either. Our boys love the sand and paddling in the sea…its hours of entertainment.
We had such a lovely long day that we decided to stay down there for dinner then head home a bit later. So we packed up and drove 10 mins down the road to venture into Margate for fish and chips. I’d not been to Margate since I was a child and to be honest, I’ve not missed out. We got there about 5pm and we could have been walking around at 8 in the morning after a busy Friday night of drunk revellers…because the streets were filthy. Evidence of people’s late night burgers and fried chicken were littered along the gutters, the smell of booze was lingering. Despite this, we found a burger place near the lighthouse and devoured it before jumping back in the car to head home. Unfortunately we hit mounds of traffic and didn’t arrive home until 10pm! We’ll defo be heading back to Botany Bay again to admire the beautiful Broadstairs coastline and clean soft sand, but I don’t think you could ever tempt me back to Margate! 😉