We continue on our quest to make Buba’s last few months before school as adventurous as we can. While we do have some amazing travel plans this year we also want to make the most of where we live. Last weekend, the sun came out and we jumped at the chance to enjoy it and get some much needed fresh air at the beach!
Formby is only forty minutes from us and a stunning place to visit. Mr P has golfed there numerous times so it was his idea to check out Formby Point- National Trust area. It cost £5.50 for families to enter but so worth it. It’s clean, beautiful and when the wind isn’t present and the sun is out it’s a hotspot to enjoy.
Last year, we didn’t get out much to places like this, we were confined more to the house or places where Missy Moo could nap and be fed but now that she is a year older and more independent of those things we can really start exploring as a family of four more!
I didn’t know what to expect at first as I have never been to Formby but I was excited and so were the kids. I actually thought the beach might be more little white pebbles and not soft sand like it was which was a great surprise. The kids had their wellies on but struggled to walk through the thick, deep sand. I think they were perplexed at first and covered with sand in seconds. The sky was as blue as I had seen it in a while and I couldn’t believe our luck that it was such a beautiful day when we all four were together to share it. There is so much to do there too, I wasn’t really prepared for it but next time I will be sure to bring a picnic blanket, some shovels and buckets to play more in the sand, a basket to collect seashells (instead of my pocket) and a chair for Mr P and I to sit and let the kids roam free.
^ Of course, these water babies went straight for the water as soon as we set them free. I was a little nervous but Mr P was on hand to keep them out of it to Missy Moo’s utter dismay. She really has no fear.
After they got over the mass of water in front of them, they realized there were seashells everywhere. It was time to start collecting and throwing seashells into the water. It made me think of when I was a kick and we spent hours throwing mini rocks into the water. I wonder what it is about throwing things into water and watching it disappear that could be so entertaining for so long?
We attempted a family selfie but Buba didn’t want to take part and while I am obsessed with capturing us all I never want to make the camera in their face a bad thing so I don’t push it. Instead he opted to practice drawing his letters in the sand and Missy Moo soon joining him. This is the part Mr P and I could have had chairs to sit and watch as they could have sat there drawing for hours.
We spent the morning roaming the beach, playing in the sand and water and collecting seashells. It was only natural to have their morning nap on the beach after all that hard work and playing. Walking in sand is tiring, I know I was exhausted after just a few hours. Missy Moo was a trooper and it was the first time we had gone out without the stroller. So her little legs really had a lot of exercise that day at the beach bless her.
^ Buba realized that if he stepped on the seashells they crunched loudly into lots of mini pieces and he was soon happily dancing around the beach like he had ants in his pants trying to stomp on every seashell in sight. I have to admit I may have joined in. It’s like popping bubble wrap you just have to do it, the sound is annoying to everyone but the person doing it.
With tired legs and the day fading we headed off the beach for a late lunch and a late nap, parents included. It was such a great last minute decision and yes we probably should have been in church instead but the sun was begging us to enjoy it and all it’s glory. We had such a lovely day out and it won’t be our last visit to Formby now that we know what to expect and what’s there we will be even more prepared for a fun day out.
A little video of our sunny day family adventures on the beach of Formby! Enjoy!