Last week we decided to take a somewhat spontaneous trip to St Anne’s in Lytham, which is very close to Blackpool. It is only a bit over an hour drive from where I live so it is a good place to visit on a sunny day.
We set off at around 11ish with two kids and a dog in tow.
Upon arrival, post parking and a much needed toilet pit-stop, one of our first calls of duty was buying some ice creams. We underestimated the weather, and all arrived in colder weather clothes, to find that St Anne’s was basking in sunny, lovely 23°C weather… not complaining, obviously.
Because of the beautiful weather, and it still being the summer holidays the main beach was busier than I have ever seen it. We didn’t go onto this section of the beach though as dogs are not allowed during certain months, August being one of them.
There are many pretty little areas dotted along the seafront. They have the Pier, some mini, almost botanical-garden-looking walkways. They have train carriages that have been turned into shops and cafes. Then they usually have a small kids fairground, trampolines, a park, and a kids train that circles a golf course.
Above you can see Oscar attempting to get friendly with the ducks. And below, Emily on a kids swing carousel. We next went on the train, which the kids enjoyed, and I think Oscar loved, as he really got to feel the breeze. Being mostly black furred and rather fluffy meant I had to be extra caution about him overheating.
Next we wandered over to the section of the beach that is always open to dogs, meaning it was a lot less occupied, which was very nice. My sister situated herself on the sand and enjoyed the sun, whilst myself and the three little ones walked out to ‘try and find the water’. The tide can usually be anywhere between a mile to 3+ miles out. There are a fair few people who do like to walk out and find it, but if you ever do please be aware that most evenings, I believe, the tide does come back in, and it will happen quickly.
The kids loved this part of the day; every sandy puddle they could see they jumped into, they were running, and finding stones and shells. Lots of excitement. Oscar, who loves being off lead, also enjoyed himself, however he would run a short bit into the distance then stop and wait for me to catch up, this isn’t common behaviour for him, he’s not that well trained. He would then wait for permission to set off again, I think the vast nothingness that he could see was slightly daunting to him, so he kept pretty close to myself and the kids.
Max is bloody fast. Watching them two run into the distance whilst Emily ran at my walking pace was very heartwarming yet slightly sad. Bless her tiny legs.
There is a video of this on my Instagram which you can check out if you want to see this cuteness.
I came back and sat with my sister for a bit whilst the kids played in the sand and Oscar had a much needed drink. Anyone with dogs, that go out and about with them a lot, this dog zip-lock bowl is brilliant. I only had my standard handbag on me and being able to close it after giving him some water meant that I didn’t have to worry about anything inside my bag getting wet. I don’t actually remember where I bought them but you can find them on eBay if you are interested.
There are some new beach huts available for hiring now, they have all the kitchen amenities you could want and comfy seating, we even walked past a couple where people were hosting little parties which I thought was a very cute idea.
The afternoon was well upon us and we were all getting a bit peckish, so a chippy tea was most definitely required.
We came back to the car with the intention of picking up some towels I had bought and then venturing back out to the area with a bandstand and little paddling pool to let the kid play in it and us adult sit and enjoy the remaining sun, but on the trip back to the car it became evident that the kids where very tired and were not going to be in a pleasant mood, so instead we pack everyone back into the car and set off home. Oscar snoozed the whole way.
Have you ever been to St Anne’s? Do any fellow dog owners like to take their baby out with them whenever they can, even if it means some places become unavailable to you?
What have you been up to?