We rocked up on Wembury beach and wow! The sights, smells and sounds were the perfect blend of British seaside and summer. On the entrance to the beach you can find all of the facilities that make a family day slightly less chaotic. The car park was £5 (free for National Trust members), toilets, cafe and a marine centre full of activities.

We deliberately arrived at exactly 1 hour before low tide giving us plenty of time for exploring the shallows of the warm rock pools. Surprisingly we were actually on time for something. Our 2 and half year old leapt out of the car with excitement as he saw the natural playground that awaited.

Mum and son on beach
Getting ready to rockpool


We kitted up in appropriate footwear and headed for the rock pools. The crystal clear rock pools were arranged in all shapes and sizes, the perfect territory to begin the hunt. Our toddler was amazed as we began to search under the rocks in as many crooks and crannies as we could muster. The sheer joy and yelps of glee as we found fishes, crabs, shrimps and snails egged us on to continue the search.

We wanted to leave no stone unturned, but knew we were on a limited schedule with the tide on the turn. The search continued, we were carefully collecting single sea creatures in our clear bucket and returning them gently to their families. Now, we know you shouldn’t have favourites, but one little hermit crab attracted our attention. As we eagerly watched her leave her shell as if she was about to perform on stage and scuttle to the side of the bucket. She completed her performance by waving hello with her pincers. We proceeded to name the crab “plum, plum” toddlers choice, I’m guessing he’d been inspired by our morning snack. In hindsight naming a crab is a terrible idea, as returning Plum Plum back to her home became a hard life lesson for a 2 year old. It took some persuasion and finally plum plum was gently reunited with her family.

Dad and children rockpooling
Dad, children and Plum Plum


Once our clothes were drenched and our curiosity satisfied we left the water with a promise of a cafe visit. We had been whisked away from the everyday and I felt like I’d been on a mini break and all for the cost of a coffee (optional). Oh, ok and cake (not optional)!

How can I go?

Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab

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