Ooh I do like to be beside the (Littlehampton) seaside

I’ve been on a lot of school trips this year – when you’re freelance, it goes with the territory. And today I hit paydirt; a day trip to the seaside with the whole of year three. You might not think a coach trip to Littlehamptom with just under 60 kids during the worst British summer, like, ever, was anyone’s idea of a good time. Add two vomiting incidents and an endless round of “oh I do like to be beside the seaside” to the mix and you might well run for the hills. But seeing the little guys – some of whom had never been to the seaside before – having an absolute blast on the beach was a sight to behold.

We only endured one rain shower, the sun peeped out from behind the clouds for a good few minutes and a sand sculpting competition created a fabulous team spirit. Add a 99 and a dip in the sea (not for me!) to the mix and you have one successful day out…

Beware: Could this be a weather warning?
Colourful buckets on the seafront
Perfect accessories for the sand sculpturing
Hot pink spades against the “summer” sky
We had a great game of beach volleyball
The weather may have been a bit grey, but there was plenty of colour on the promenade
You can’t take shells home from the beach, but you can buy them out of a basket
One of the sand sculptures
El and the gang went to work on a rather intricate boat
Time for refreshments (I spy blue sky!)
A rather successful advertisement
The real thing: El (in his Lego Batman tee) with a 99, the classic British seaside snack
Written by Johanna Payton