Friday 18 August 2017

A Family Day Visit to Seaford, East Sussex #CountryKids

A few weeks back we had a spare Sunday with nothing planned and the kids suggested a trip to the beach. Since moving to East Sussex we've been to Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings so many times and they are all great but I thought it would be nice to visit somewhere new. So we got ourselves together and headed over to Seaford, I had no idea what to expect as it is more of a local residential town rather than a tourist one.

As we visited on a Sunday there was plenty of free parking around the town and that's always a bonus. We didn't really walk around the town, preferring to head straight for the seafront as it was a lovely day. It wasn't massively busy on the seafront and the kids could easily have bought their skates, scooters or bikes with them as it is a lovely long, smooth promenade.

We passed the Marcello Tower which houses the Seaford Museum and didn't go in on this occasion but I'm told it is a small but full museum, charting the history of Seaford from Clique port to modern days.

We stopped off for ice cream and there where a couple of beach shacks/ cafes on the front. We stopped at the Martello Kiosk and I was pleased that the prices were reasonable and there was loads of seating on a decked area of the beach. It was such a nice place to stop and watch the kids playing and the dog walkers, with the waves lapping the single shore in the background.

You could also see the cliffs of the Seven Sisters and they are a real treat. We have walked them many times from the Birling Gap end but never from this side (Seaford Head), so that is an activity we will do another day as the views are amazing and the kids love to run up and down the steep hills. Seaford Head is also a nature reserve, which makes up a small part of the South Downs National Park, so that will please my husband who loves bird spotting.

The beach close to Seaford Head end I'm told is great for swimming and locals often refer to it as Splashpoint but remember not to get too close to the cliffs as they are known for their chalk erosion and there can be falls.

We headed up the other end of the seafront to the Salts recreation ground, which was a great place for kids. There is an enormous field, where cricket was being played whilst we were there and there is a skate park, tennis courts, exercise equipment area and fabulous play park with loads of different equipment to suit kids of all ages. There was also some wooden tables and benches in the park so you could picnic there if you fancied.

The Salts cafe in the park looked nice too and they had a good selection of different food items and drinks but we didn't eat there as we were heading off in search of fish and chips. We didn't actually find any that were open on a Sunday and easily walkable from the seafront but we choose to drive home via Eastbourne and have some there as we love the Qualisea.

As we drove out we headed past the Cuckmere Valley, which is so pretty and we could see many families walking the meanders of the Cuckmere river which leads right to the mouth where it meets with the English channel. My girls went on a school trip here and really enjoyed wading in the shallow waters. if you are lucky enough to reach the mouth at low tide you can cross without getting too wet, otherwise you have to risk wet ankles if you want to cross.

I'm linking this post up with Fiona at Coombe Mill for #CountryKids.

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