This time last week, I was having the most wonderful time in Margate with the girls. Because we weren’t able to go on a big family holiday this summer and Rob had to work, I decided a little staycation ini break was in order. I absolutely love Margate and knew the kids would too. I have lots of posts to write about things to do in Margate, but first up was one of the highlights of our trip. Trying a Margate themed Coastal Explorer Pack.
Visit Thanet have put together some fun kits for Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate and each one contains everything you need to make the most of the beach in each town. We decided to give it a go and I really can’t believe just how much fun we had, it definitely added a little extra magic to a day on the beach.
Each pack contains a map, and prompt cards to follow as you work your way around the beach,. There is also lots of handy equipment, such as binoculars, a compass, a fishing net and little pots to look at creatures in. We did all the suggested activities and it was great fun. There was definitely stuff to do that appealed to each girl despite them being completely different ages. I often find it quite hard to keep a 12 year old and 7 year old engaged with the same activities, so this was definitely a success.
We learnt some interesting skills like marking out a compass in the sand and making a sundial. Everything we needed was provided in the pack and the girls enjoying taking it in turns to look through the binoculars to see what they could spot out to sea.
We loved finding shells and other little bit of treasure on the beach as we did the activities. The girls found so many interesting things and really enjoying looking at the all.
One of my favourite activities was making hopscotch on the sand, which we really liked jumping around on and showing off our skills. We then did some beach art, where we gathered rocks and seaweed and made a mermaid picture in the sand.
This was such a fab idea and a great way to pass some fun time on the beach. We’ve never done this before and I think we’re going to do this every time we go to the beach from now on!
We also had a very brief explore of all the rockpools, but we didn’t have long as the tide was coming in fast. I absolutely love rock pooling (I’ve blogged about it before), it’s so fun exploring for little creatures and seeing what you can find. Next time I’m in Margate I’ll time our trip to the rockpools so we get a bit more time to explore.
Other activities included identifying seaweed, looking at old postcards to compare to modern Margate and learn a bit about the past. We really enjoyed everything and could have spent a lot more time doing everything if we’d had it. Next time I go back, or if I visit Broadstairs or Ramsgate I will definitely do the pack again.
Margate beach really does have it all. Beautiful sandy beach, a tidal pool, rockpools and lots of fun things to do on the beach. It’s a such a great location for a family holiday and it took us under 2 hours to get there from where we live in London.
Hiring the Coastal Explorer pack costs just £5 and everything you get to use is pictured above. Find our more own the Visit Thanet website.
*Thank you to visit Thanet for lending us a Coastal Explorer Pack to try while we were in Margate. All opinions are my own.
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