Another summer of fun post for you today. Back in August Daddy P took some time off work and we decided to go on a road trip down to Devon. The original plan had been to stay overnight to break up the journey, but my car had broken down the previous week and the money I’d saved for the hotel went to the garage instead! Never mind, I was determined that Monkey would get to the Jurassic Coast. I asked ChelseaMamma and Charlie Moos for some suggestions as I really wanted to take Monkey rock pooling. Charmouth came the reply – you want to have fun on the beach at Charmouth.
We got up bright and early, packed our bucket and spade and headed off to Charmouth. After road closures, diversions and a Daddy P who didn’t like to listen to the Sat Nav we finally arrived at Charmouth. We parked in the large pay and display car park close to the Heritage Coast Centre and the toilets, and we were off.
Of course the weather forecast was for a lovely sunny day, but someone forgot to tell the clouds that!
But we weren’t going to let the weather stopping us from having fun on the beach at Charmouth. Although we might not have been dressed for slightly chillier weather, Monkey got straight down to digging. Mummy, you go rock pooling and find me a crab, I’m digging!
The tide was coming in fast and rock pooling activities would definitely have been better if we’d arrived earlier in the morning. But we now own a fishing net – so we are prepared for future adventures.
Never mind, it was nice to be somewhere new and I had an idea for something to interest Monkey later in the day. But to be honest, Monkey was just happy to be on a beach, digging holes with Daddy P. He was having fun on the beach at Charmouth, and that’s all that really mattered.
After we’d had a picnic lunch and spent more time digging and building sand castles we were all getting a little chilly. We’d been watching some fossil hunters chipping pebbles and I decided it was time to explore the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. I had a feeling that Monkey might like what they had on display.
My dinosaur mad son was excited to see the exhibits and he even got a chance to uncover some fossils!
There had been a number of activities running during the day, in hindsight we should have gone to the Centre first to see the timings and plan our day that way.
But we did get the chance to buy and shine an ammonite for £1.50. We picked our fossil and the had to sand it down to smooth out where it had been chiselled. Then it was glazed for us.
The Heritage Centre is free to enter and definitely worthwhile planning in to any visit to Charmouth.
No trip to the beach would be complete without an ice cream now would it? Mr Whippy’s all round please Daddy P.
I always bring a pebble back from a beach trip and I’d spotted one on the beach that looked rather interesting. Could I have found some fossils without actually looking for them? Well yes! I put this photo up on my Facebook page in August after our trip and a paleontologist confirmed I’d found two ammonites 🙂
It was time to make the long journey home. We stopped in Weymouth for a fish supper and the heavens opened. We’d certainly had the best of the day. It was lovely to explore somewhere that none of us had visited before and we’d certainly like to return in the future, perhaps not on a day trip though!