Who doesn't love a good, old British beach? And even when our hands are colder than the ice cream, we still stick by these seaside traditions...
1. Eating fish and chips
Yes, the pebbly beaches hurt our bottoms and the chips burn our tongues, but who doesn’t love tucking into a juicy bit of cod while watching the waves? And when it’s freezing, we all still insist on eating them outside, while the shivering seagulls watch on with envy.
2. Having a paddle
Underneath our thermal socks and winter boots are a pair of feet longing to have a dip in the salty sea. And the bravest among us will even paddle up to our knees, without the need for a towel afterwards.
3. Enjoying a 99
Even though they now cost the average beach-goer £2.50 rather than 99p, it seems that most of us can’t resist some Mr Whippy ice cream. Or should that be Mr Nippy on an ice-cold day?
4. A promenade stroll
A biting wind, stinging rain, an inside-out umbrella and a fierce determination to enjoy the view. We all know a walk along the front is more enjoyable in the summer sun, but a lot more satisfying when you’re fighting the elements. Even if you do get pushed along by the strong breeze!
5. Penny machines
On windy days, it might feel like the pier is swaying, but it still doesn’t put us off popping some pennies to win, well, more pennies. And possibly a token to win one sweet. In the winter, they’re a welcome relief from the rain, in the summer, it’s the only shade you might find!
6. A pot of cockles
Or mussels, winkles and whelks. Even on the most gloomy and wet days, these always taste of the seaside. And they’re even delicious when you find a crunchy bit of sand in the middle of one.
7. A ride on the carousel
Just pick your favourite horse and jump on. Might sound simple in the sunshine, but hold onto your bobble hat in the winter months or it’ll be whisked in to the sea!