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