Five Great Beach Games for Winter

Regular readers of our blogs will know that Flea and I love the beach.

Living in a Victorian town house has many charms – chronic damp, wonky walls and rotting floorboards for starters – but a large garden is most definitely not one of them.

Perhaps that’s why the beach is our year-round playground. We visit the beach near to us in all weathers, and we can happily entertain ourselves on a beach all day long. We often take down a flask of hot chocolate and our portable barbecue and have dinner on the beach so I can watch the sun set, while Flea works on her ever-increasing rock collection.

We always have a spare coat and spare clothes in the boot of the car, along with a plastic bag to put sandy clothes before we head home. Don’t forget gloves – beaches are exposed places and the wind can numb your fingers in five minutes flat. If we’re settling in for a few hours, we’ll also take a waterproof-backed blanket, which I fancifully imagine myself sitting on but gets swiftly hijacked by Flea as a portable play-mat.

This week the weather has been rotten in Lancashire, but we still spent a great day on the beach, getting blown about. Here are our five favourite winter games for beach days.

beach games winter

Superhero Cape Races

There’s a little known law that if you’re on a beach during a windy spell, you have to play Superhero Cape Races. Don’t know the rules? Cast your mind back to primary school. Simply unzip your coat, take hold of the corners, raise the coat over your head, and run as fast as you can into the wind. Fastening your coat around the neck stops it flying away, but let’s face it. This is cowardly cheating and is frowned upon by all PROPER  racers.

Beach Driftwood Art

Have you ever noticed how much stuff you can find on the beach after the tide goes out? Our local bay is always strewn with egg casings, sticks, seaweed, razor clam shells, stones and more. I love to create a stick ‘frame’ and challenge Flea to fill in the frame with her very own beach art creation. It’s a great way to get kids exploring nature, and identifying the different things they find.


Touch Rugby

I always think the beach is the world’s best playing field. There are no tough spots to fall on, no annoying boundaries, and if anyone falls over, it’s rarely a disaster. This autumn, Flea and I have been working on throwing and catching skills, and sometimes I like to mix it up with a bit of touch rugby. Odd-shaped balls and all that.

Bucket and Spade

It’s never too cold for a bucket and spade. That’s like a scientific fact, or something. Or it is in our family.


Sand Writing

The very, very best thing about the beach in winter is that you’ll likely have acres of sand all to yourself. That’s nature’s canvas, right there. Nothing is more pleasing to your average kid than writing their own name in 15-feet high letters. It’s also quite pleasing to this 30-something, now I think about it. And you’ve got all the space in the world to keep writing…





Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Fee Horne
    31st October 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Agree, agree, agree. I love the beach and the empty, cold, windswept ones are the best. Sadly though, most of our nearest beaches are all pebbles and the nearest proper sandy one is over an hour away which makes it a bit tricky to pop down and dinner on the beach probably a non-starter. We’re very hilly here though, so i am def going to try the super-hero cape racing!!!

    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:54 am

      Super hero cape racing is not just fun when you’re seven, it turns out…

  2. rachel
    31st October 2013 / 2:34 pm

    Great post..we are sooooo far from a beach 🙁 i love windy wild winter beaches though

    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:54 am

      Winter beaches, flasks and hot chocolate… perfect!

  3. 31st October 2013 / 5:35 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve not thought about using the beach in the winter, I think the next time its not too windy and not too wet we’ll be down there trying out some of these ideas
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    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:54 am

      Definitely – Flea has her bucket and spade in the boot of the car year round!

  4. 1st November 2013 / 7:22 am

    I actually prefer a beach in winter, to a beach in summer.
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    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:55 am

      Me too – I love all that space!

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      9th November 2013 / 11:55 am


  5. Heather @ Note From Lapland
    5th November 2013 / 9:17 pm

    Love the driftwood art idea. What a clever thing to do.

    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:55 am

      I stole it from Beavers – we take the kids down to the beach and do this activity with them, it’s a good one 🙂

  6. Josie
    6th November 2013 / 8:12 am

    Can’t wait ’til my girl is old enough for these. Now every beach trip is followed up with her wailing and me trying to patiently explain why she can’t go in the sea fully clothed in November.

    • Sally
      9th November 2013 / 11:55 am

      Oh dear.

  7. Anji
    9th November 2013 / 10:14 pm

    We live in London and only manage the beach after hours of driving, however we are blessed with beautiful parks and green spaces that we make the most of regardless of the weather; bikes, scooter, walks collecting anything.
    Hana has recently decided she would like to collect leaves of all shapes no sizes!