A birthday day out in Whitby

A trip to Whitby has been on my seasonal bucket lists for as long as I’ve been writing them.  Yet, until this weekend, I hadn’t been for five years.

Living in Manchester means that we are far closer to the West coast – to Blackpool, Southport or Lytham St Annes.  All places I love to visit for different reasons but none of which really feel like I’m properly at the seaside.  Each year Mich and I take the kids to Lytham for the day and we have a lovely time playing on the sand but there’s no paddling to be done as the sea is literally miles out.  In fact, it’s often so far out you can hardly see it.

It’s different on the East coast – Whitby, Filey and Scarborough are the seaside towns of my childhood and when I think of a day out at the seaside, these are the places that spring to mind.  I’ve been a couple of times with Ben and Chloe but not so as they would remember – the last trip had been on Mother’s Day five years ago – it coincided with Dave’s Stag Do so Mum & I took ourselves off to Whitby for the day with Ben and Chloe.  But, for one reason or another we just hadn’t been back since.

Mum & kids in Whitby

Granny & Amy in Whitby

Boxer puppy in Whitby

Daddy & Ben in Whitby

I decided that, rather than us all going out for lunch for my birthday as we often do, I fancied a trip to Whitby for a wander and to finally introduce Dave to the infamous Magpie fish and chips.  As luck would have it, the weather was flipping glorious.  To be able to wander by the coast with no coat on was about as good as I could have hoped for!  Of course the downside of the bright blue skies and warm sunshine was that the world and his wife had also descended on Whitby for the day!

The kids were all super excited when they realised we were going to the seaside and had to be reined in a bit that this wasn’t a sandcastles and paddling kind of adventure but they thoroughly enjoyed exploring Whitby with it’s little cobbled streets and swing bridge (which we were lucky enough to see opening).  I think the highlight of the day for the three of them was sitting on the rocks near the lighthouse and watching the waves rolling in.  The rest of the water seemed really calm but in this particular corner they were crashing noisily onto the rocks and the three of them were so excited to spot which ones would make a huge splash and which would come to nothing.  I realised this isn’t something they’d experienced before as their seaside days have been fairly limited.  Something I shall aim to rectify this summer!

Watching the waves crashing onto the rocks in Whitby

Waves splashing in Whitby

Of course no trip to the seaside would be complete without fish & chips and an ice cream would it!  I’ve been raving about Magpie chips to Dave for years and worried that, after making him queue up for ages, that they might actually turn out to be a bit rubbish.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case and in actual fact they were even more delicious than I had remembered – perhaps as a result of the fact we were all starving!  You can’t beat eating your fish (or sausage in my case) and chips out of the wrapper by the sea can you?

Amy and Grandad in Whitby

Girls eating chips from The Magpie Cafe, Whitby

Donkey rides on the beach in Whitby

Chloe's first donkey ride of the year in Whitby

Little girl enjoying a 99 ice cream in Whitby

I won’t be leaving it another five years before we return Whitby I can promise you that!

*Read about more family days out in Yorkshire here*



  1. March 29, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Wow you were really blessed with the weather! Whitby is one of our favourite places and we try to visit every year. I love climbing the steps to Whitby abbey – they views are superb!

    My hubby always insists that we head to the Magpie Cafe, even if the queue is half way down the street! So worth the wait though.

    Whitby is around a 90 minute drive from us and Steve and I often wonder if we could leave home after the school run, spend a few hours there and then leave in time to pick the kids up at 3:15pm! I might just risk it in May/June.

    Fab pics 🙂

  2. April 4, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Ohh.. we’re visiting Whibty in a few weeks and this post has me really excited to go! I have actually never eaten at the Magpie Cafe as we always head to the Fishman’s Wife for the views! We really are creatures of habit, a bit silly not to have tried it after this many visits! Looks like an amazing birthday outing and glad you finally got there. Thanks for linking up with #Yorkshirefamily

  3. April 7, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    Your photos are always so full of colour and so happy! Whitby sounds so far away to me – I’m sure I only know it from a frozen seafood brand with the same name! x

    • Colette
      April 7, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      It feels a long way from us to be honest, that’s why we tend to visit from York rather than from home. It’s such a lovely little town though.

  4. April 16, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    i haven’t been to whitby in years and years!i live in sheffield, it’s not far, i’ve only ever been on day trips. i will have to make sure we make a trip this year, it has been about 13 years! we have just been to filey and scarborough for the second time in 2 years, but i have really fond memories of whitby. it’s very pictuesque!

    • Colette
      April 16, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      I love Scarborough for different reasons 🙂

  5. April 25, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Aww I love Whitby! It’s so nice and I am glad you had lovely weather. These pics capture it beautifully. x #YorkshireFamily

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