Dear Mummy, a couple of weekends ago we visited Hayling Island on the South Coast.
Hayling Island is a true island, completely surrounded by sea. It is shaped like an inverted T and is about 4 miles long and wide. A road bridge connects its northern end to the mainland of England at Langstone, Hampshire.
My grandparents live on the south of the island by the sea and we often enjoy walks on the nearest stony beach and love having lunch in the little pubs on the island.
On this occasion we visited The Ferryboat Inn on the south-west tip of Hayling Island. We like this pub as it offers great food and even better views over Langstone Habour and the Solent. While I was waiting for my food I dragged my folks down onto the windy Sinah beach. The tide was out so I had a good stretch of sand to play on. We saw the largest mountain of shells on one of the sandbanks, which I had to scale up with my daddy.
Meanwhile my mummy was quite happy picking up beautiful and unbroken shells for me. The weather was blustery and rain was coming across from Portsmouth so we were only on the beach for 20 minutes but it was enough to get some fresh air and keep me entertained.
We rushed back into the Ferryboat Inn just before the heavens opened and enjoyed some warm hearty food. I had lovely gammon, egg and chips, while my folks enjoyed soup with a crusty roll and a lovely sunday roast.
We’d definitely recommend this area as a destination to visit in Hampshire. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from Historic Portsmouth too and Hayling Island is lovely for a day trip.
We made a treasure box with the shells we found on the beach. I love Jake and the Pirates on the Disney Channel, so inspired by the show we made a treasure chest together.
My mummy purchased a cardboard treasure chest from HobbyCraft at £1.99, we used some PVA glue and glue spreaders to stick my shells onto the box. I also embellished it further using gold glitter paint and beads and added some gold plastic coins inside for my pirate treasure!
So what do you think? Next time you visit a beach will you find some treasure? Using items you find along the way and making a keepsake is a great way to capture a moment at the seaside and a lovely craft activity for kids.
Love Bella x