Today is the National Trust’s Big Beach Picnic and we are invited to head to the seaside to celebrate what makes our coastline so special.
Among beaches hosting picnic-inspired events are two of the North East’s most scenic coastal retreats.
Embleton and Newton Links is one of the most glorious stretches of coast in Northumberland, and National Trust rangers will be on hand between 10.30am and 3.30pm encouraging visitors to try their hand at rock pooling, sand sculpting and beach games.
There will also be ample opportunity to tick off some of the activities on the National Trust’s list of 50 Things to Do Before You’re 11¾ – a campaign to encourage children and parents to get out and about exploring the great outdoors – whether it be catching a crab or jumping over waves.
Meanwhile, further down the coast at Souter Lighthouse and the Leas on the cliffs at Whitburn, ingenious staff have built their own beach in the Foghorn Field, complete with sand, deckchairs and buckets and spades so visitors can join in the picnic fun.
A barbecue, ice cream, beach games, Punch and Judy and more is promised between 11am and 4pm. But the beach is staying for the summer.
The Big Beach Picnic is a chance for people to find out more about the 775 miles of coastline the National Trust looks after in England and Wales, the efforts being made to protect it for future generations and, of course, have fun in the summer sun.
So pack the sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiches, salads, fruit and cold drinks, along with bucket and spade, and spend the day breathing in some fresh sea air.