A few weeks ago Isaac and Eliza attended Beach School at Burton Bradstock and enjoyed it so much that I booked them in again, as the next session was all about the creatures that live in the sea.
The weather has been very ropey over the last week and I checked my weather app on my phone several times before setting off that morning. It promised me dry weather but as it was torrential rain outside I packed rain coats and wellies along with the lunch boxes. For the second day we drove through rain, high winds and fog but as we approached Bridport it started to clear, just as my phone had predicted.
I dropped them off full of excitement but wasn’t sure what to do myself as they recommend you don’t stay with them as it distracts them having a parent around. One of the other mums suggested I visit Bridport as it was market day, so I set off hoping to find a bustling market.
I couldn’t have been more disappointed. The stalls were dotted around the high street with most selling old 70’s bric a brac – not cool collectible stuff, but the things that everyone throws away. Sebby and I stopped for a coffee and cake in a local cafe and headed back to the beach instead.
We started off building stone towers but Sebby was keen to explore and starting heading up one of the cliff pathways.
I was really surprised by how far he walked and the views were spectacular from up on high, although it was very windy so we headed back down to the beach.
Normally we would go for a paddle but the waves were pounding the shore and Sebby seemed as content as I was to just sit on the beach and watch as they crashed into the shore, although there were a few hardy souls getting their feet wet.
The tide was starting to come in and I noticed that Beach School were starting to pack up as the waves started to encroach on their marked out area. I did catch them doing some wild cooking though and they all enjoyed eating the bread they had made.
All the children were expected to help pack away and take the things they had been using back to the cars. Once that was done we headed to Hive Beach Cafe for a well earned ice cream treat and I found out about all the things they had done.
Apparently they had examined and gutted some fish, including Bream, Mackerel and a Bass and then took prints of its skin and put them on paper and bags. They examined a crab and Eliza insisted on bringing one of its legs back home with her. They had also built shelters and made dough to make and cook bread over the fire.
All in all a great day was had by all of us and the sun came out to play too!