Grab your snorkel, swimming costume and bucket, it’s National Marine Week 2020! A great excuse to share with you some of my favourite UK beaches.
Sure, in the winter they don’t quite offer the same coastal experience as those beaches on the Gold Coast. However, in the summer, nothing quite beats sitting on the sea wall and munching on some chips after a day of intermittent British Sunshine!
What is National Marine Week? When is it and what’s on?
National Marine Week is the celebration of everything Marine and is hosted throughout the UK by The Wildlife Trust. This year, it runs from 25th July – 9th August, those of you who are a bit of a whizz when it comes to Maths will realise that’s longer than a week. This is to allow for appropriate social distancing and safety measures, there will also be several digital events you can watch online too!
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5 beaches to visit for national marine week
I absolutely love the beach, I have no idea why but being near water makes me feel so happy! With over 20 years of experience of exploring the UK coast, these are my favourite beaches so far:
1. Exploring Frinton and Walton
However, you only need to venture a couple of miles up the coast to reach Walton-on-the-Naze, a real coastal wildlife hub. Run by The Essex Wildlife Trust, The Naze Centre boasts of many marine habitats, perfect to investigate during National Marine Week.
2. Rock Pooling at Ogmore-by-Sea
If you want to see where the Earth meets the Sky, you’ll find it here. Wales has fantastic beaches that shouldn’t be forgotten when planning your coastal adventure. There’s endless space for your four-legged pals to stretch their legs too, it’s a real haven for doggos!
If you can time your visit just right, Ogmore is the ideal place to go rock pooling and fossil-hunting. Investigating these micro-habitats is a great way to spend a day during National Marine Week. For other wildlife, venture inland and up the river to follow the local salmon!
3. Spotting Seals at Thorpeness
If you are blessed with such a sighting, make sure to report it to the Sea Watch Foundation. By doing this you are helping the foundation protect the marine life we are so lucky to have here in Britain.
4. Crabbing at Felixstowe
The smaller ports are a hotspot for crabs, and the quays are perfect for sitting on. Bring your leftovers, a crabbing line, and an old washing net for a great day out crabbing. Remember, when crabbing make sure you do it safely in a way that protects the crabs!
5. Surfing at Tynemouth
Ah, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, my university town. Who knew there was such a breathtaking coastline in a place that is so commonly associated with being cold, wet, and windy? Believe it or not, the summers there are just as good as the ones down south!
Here, the ancient cliffs have left behind much to be discovered. From rock pools to the hidden coves where pirates used to hide their loot! Now, however, it is the home to Riley’s Fish Shack – a must go for the experience alone. They also cater to vegetarians.
Believe it or not, I learned to surf here. Tynemouth Surf Co. is one of the best surf schools in the UK and they offer classes to all levels. Feel like a dolphin and learn to ride the waves on your day out in the North-East. A real treat to end National Marine Week!
Also, if you love marine animals, make sure to check out our Orca Collection which includes our bestselling Reusable Orca Water Bottle! Let’s keep the whales and dolphins in the sea and show our love for them in a different way.
‘Til next time!
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