We first discovered Formby Point last summer when we were trying to find some new family days out and absolutely loved it. So when Mr Mostly managed to wrangle a day off this week over half term, we headed back there for the day. It is managed by the National Trust so entry is free if you are members like us (if not I think there is a small fee for parking of around £5) What a place though. Seriously. It blows me away every time.
The weather in Yorkshire has been grey grey GREY so we were happy to head over to the west coast and find sunshine ACTUAL SUNSHINE! We always seem to get lucky with the weather when we go there. Not that the weather ever puts us off going anywhere of course. We are British and not strangers to cardigans or car picnics. But actually neither of those were needed on this glorious day, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was!
There are the most amazing sand dunes there and the beach stretches on for as far as the eye can see. Then leading up to the beach are woodland trails with red squirrels. Not that we actually spotted any red squirrels mind! I swear they hide from us! There are only quite basic facilities there, ice cream vans and toilets, that’s about your lot. But that suits us just fine. We planned ahead and I raided the M&S deli aisle so we could take a huge picnic with us. It was absolute bliss. The kids played for hours on the beach then later on we took a stroll in the woodland.
We took a little detour on the way home to Crosby beach to see the art installation ‘Another Place’ by Antony Gormley. It is only ten minutes down the road I didn’t realise how nearby it was. It is one of those places that has been on our ‘must visit’ list for years and I’m so glad we finally got to see it. I had no idea that there were that many sculptures. It really is an amazing sight.
My eldest daughter took lots of snaps and is going to use them somehow for an art project she has on the go. I can’t wait to see what she does with them. In the meantime, I took this erm, arty Instagram photo *cough* What can I say, she must get her artistic talents from me! Ha! We have seen quite a lot of Antony Gormley’s work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park over the years and I have to say that I absolutely love it. We really must find an excuse to head way up north to see the Angel of the North one of these days too. Another place on our ‘must visit’ list.
What have you been up to this half term? Did you manage to find any sunshine?