I do love living in our little part of the West Midlands, it’s beautiful. I adore the Malvern hills and the fabulous Malvern Spa is just round the corner. The only thing that sometimes makes me consider moving is the fact it takes us such a ridiculously long time to get to a nice beach. If we want to head somewhere to play in the sand and swim in the sea, we have to drive for at least an hour and a half.
Luckily this summer, Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold have come to the rescue with their amazing Webbs by the Beach experience for children. There is an area under a cover that lets the sunshine through on a nice day, but keeps the rain out. And there, in the heart of the Midlands, is the beach. A lovely big area of real sand, some beach balls and lots of buckets and spades and other toys.
And what’s more, there are also some fabulous members of staff to supervise the beach play. For the first time in – well, ages – I sat down for a couple of hours, ate my lunch and had a cup of hot coffee. In the meantime, the girls sat with us to eat their lunch – which is provided for children attending the beach during the lunchtime session. Then they went off onto the sand and dug, played catch, sung songs, played games and generally had a fabulous time with minimal input from us.
The members of staff were excellent, looking after the children, making sure nobody got left out and keeping them entertained. They also made sure that they washed their hands when they were stopping for a drink or a snack, and when Lia managed to get sand in her mouth, one of them wiped if for her. When Libby wanted to play catch, the staff members even set up a big game of catch with several children.
At the end, all the children joined in with a few games like ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’ and musical statues. Then they read a book and sang a song all together. It was a great way for the children to socialise as well as enjoy a different kind of play, and burn off some excess energy.
Both girls have said that they want to go again soon, and I must admit I’m inclined to agree with them. I felt quite relaxed after having a couple of hours to myself. It was a real relief to be able to sit right next to where they were playing, but not have to get involved or do everything for them. I have no doubt we’ll be back again this summer, as the beach is there right through until the 18th September.
If you’re looking for more ideas to entertain the children during the holidays, check out my comprehensive list of family days out in the West Midlands.