Walton-on-the-Naze is a small seaside town in Essex and it is where I spent a large proportion of my childhood. My Nan owned a caravan at the Naze Marine holiday park and so me and my family always had a place to stay. This week my family spent a week in Walton-on-the-Naze and the weather wasn’t brilliant however we managed to make the most of it. Although Walton-on-the-Naze is only a small seaside town there are plenty of things to do. I am going to tell you just how you can make the most of your time at the seaside by keeping yourself entertained in Walton-on-the-Naze.
The main thing to do in Walton-on-the-Naze is to take advantage of the fact that you are at the seaside. This past week, although the weather has fluctuated, we managed to have one sunny day at the beach. From swimming in the sea to building sandcastles, there are a wide range of seaside activities to take advantage of.
Thing to do at the beach
One of my favourite things to do at the beach is to play Cricket. It is easy enough to set up and you don’t have to be very strict with the rules. Me and my family don’t play the game right. We simply like to have one bowler and one batter and however may fielders and then we take it in turns and see how long each can last as batter. But playing Cricket is not the only thing you can do at the beach, there are numerous other sports you can play. For example: Tennis, Racing and kicking a football around are also suited for the seaside. Walton-on-the-Naze is the ideal beach to play sports on as there are many stretches of sand without a single shell or stone. This means that there are plenty of things to do at the beach in Walton-on-the-Naze.
Swimming in the sea is all dependent on the weather. However, when me and my family play cricket it is inevitable that you will end up in the sea to get the ball. Although the water is freezing to begin with, once you get your shoulders under you’re fine and dandy. One of the best things about the sea at Walton-on-the-Naze is that on a really warm day the seas changes to a blue/green colour as if you were at the Mediterranean.
How to make the most of your time at the beach
When you’re spending a day at the beach, it’s important to be prepared. You should always wear sun screen – don’t be a fool like me thinking it’s too cold to get burnt and then end up with second degree burns! Secondly, to make it an inexpensive trip then taking a packed lunch is a good idea. However, if you don’t take a packed lunch it’s not the end of the world. Walton-on-the-Naze has numerous little cafés and ice creams stands that sell food and drink.
Another thing you should take with you the beach is a blanket to lay on and perhaps a windbreaker to prevent the wind blowing sand onto you. I also like to take a speaker so I can listen to music and the UE BOOM 2 speaker is a good option as it is portable and has a good battery life, but most importantly it is waterproof.
The Walton-on-the-Naze pier is a very traditional British pier and it offers many things to do on it. There are plenty of machines to play on and there are small rides like the Bumper Cars and the Waltzers. Further along the pier there is a Ten Pin bowling alley with a bar and pool tables.
However, I’m not a fan of wasting lots of money on fruit machines and so I like the Walton-on-the-Naze pier because you can walk all the way to the end of it. There is something very peaceful about standing out at sea and looking back at the shore. From the end of the pier you can see the whole of Walton-on-the-Naze including the Naze Tower. The pier also offers the best view of the entire town and it is not to be missed.
One of the most inexpensive things to do in Walton-on-the-Naze is to buy yourself a crabbing line and go get some crabs. Add some bait to the end of the line and within half an hour you will have fished out at least twenty crabs if you know where you’re looking. One of the best places to go crabbing which isn’t well known about in Walton-on-the-Naze is an area in the Naze Marine caravan park. Go to the edge of the park along the river bank and you will find a huge concrete boat that sits on a slant towards the water. At high-tide the water comes all the way up to the boat and it is the perfect place to catch some crabs! This crabbing spot is one of the best hidden gems of Walton-on-the-Naze!
The Naze is a nature reserve in Walton-on-the-Naze that overlooks the sea. It is a great place to walk your dogs and I often visit the Naze primarily for this reason. As a child, my nan would take us along the beach looking for sharks teeth. I was never any good at this however my sisters keen eye would always reward her with a handful. One thing to do at the Naze is to climb to the top of the Naze Tower. It is very inexpensive and the view from the roof of the tower is beautiful, you can stare right out at sea.
Walton-on-the-Naze is a very English seaside town. It’s beach is not the most beautiful in the world but the small town is a very peaceful place to escape to for a couple of days. I have so many memories created in Walton-on-the-Naze and I look forward to many more to come!
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