Monday signaled the last day of the Christmas break for me, so we decided to visit somewhere beautiful to make the most of our last family day. Since becoming National Trust members I have been adding places to visit to a to-do list, so we decided that we would visit Studland Bay. Studland Bay is about 45 mins from us and located on the gorgeous coastline in Purbeck. As we are National Trust members we can park for free at Knoll Beach. There is a lovely little cafe and shop by the car park and also toilet facilities, which really came in handy as we used both the cafe and the toilets.
As we arrived around lunch time we headed straight for the cafe for a bite to eat. Clara and I ordered the soup of the day, which was leak and potato, whilst M had a “50 things” lunch box. Both Clara and I agreed we wouldn’t order the soup again, but the sandwiches and cakes looked delicious. M loved his lunchbox which came with some stickers, pombear crisps, a stick of cheddar, a cheese sandwich, chocolate brownie, apple and a juice box. Clara and I ended up eating what he left, so it was certainly a generous serving for a child.
After we’d finished lunch we took a stroll across the sand to Middle beach. M and I enjoyed climbing trees and ticking off things on his 50 Things before he’s 11 and 3 quarters list. At one point I became some what stuck up a tree, which provided Clara with her first belly laughs of 2017. Though she was very kind and didn’t live stream my descent.
This little dude literally never stays still, even when asleep. He moves so much, swings off things, rolls all over the place and tries to flip over things. We have just contacted a local gymnastic coach to see if we can get his energy spent on something worthwhile for him.
The beach was incredibly popular for such a cold day. There were so many dog walkers and young families exploring it really made me smile to see so many people enjoying the great outdoors.
Studland Bay is the perfect place for an imaginative explorer to pretend to discover dinosaur eggs or capture velociraptors. I love watching M’s little face light up as he bounded off across the sand in pursuit of an Indominus rex
I love the photo below, another great capture by our little man. I can hand him my DSLR (which is always in manual) and know he will capture something that makes me smile. He has requested a big camera of his own. I might have to convince him to start with a slighter cheaper version first, but he certainly has a talent.
After lots of walking, tree climbing and stone skimming, we were freezing. So hot chocolates were a must before heading back to the car. We can’t wait to return to Studland Bay on a slightly warmer day with a picnic.