Last weekend, we spent Saturday afternoon in one of my favourite places, Woolacombe. The seaside resort, on the coast of North Devon, is somewhere we've holidayed many times as a family and it's a place I never grow tired of. The beach is stunning, the atmosphere relaxed and it's a fantastic place to visit with children.
The last time I took Arthur to Woolacombe, he was around 11 months old, still a baby and not yet walking. It's so lovely to compare the pictures I took of him then, to the pictures I have of him this time round, where he's running into the sea, building sandcastles and being the brave, adventurous, little boy he is. The sheer delight on his face of being chased by the waves back onto the sand and the fun he had crushing the sandcastles we made, was everything. Picture perfect moments.
Another thing we love about Woolacombe is that it's dog-friendly. We visited the Red Barn for a late lunch because we knew that dogs were allowed both inside and outside. We chose to sit outside to make the most of the sunshine and were lucky to find a table in the corner - it's a venue that's always packed on a sunny day!
After a bite to eat, we headed onto the beach, which also has a dog-friendly section. My mum and dad were able to take Oby for a long walk along the beach, while me, my partner and Arthur played in the sea and built sandcastles. As usual, we got a little snap happy, as you'll have seen if you follow my Instagram (@megan_jane03) but with such lovely weather and a beautiful setting, who wouldn't make the most of the photo opportunities?! There was a funny moment when I really wanted to get a nice family photo of us but Arthur had other ideas and I ended up having to chase him up the sand dunes a couple of times (the boy is quick!) - at least I worked off my burger from lunch though!
It really was a wonderful afternoon and has added to my bank of memories in Woolacombe. I imagine we'll be visiting again at some point this summer. I'd also love to explore Combe Martin and take Arthur to the dinosaur park there too! North Devon is such a lovely place and being only an hour or so's drive away (as opposed to the nearly four hours it used to take us) it's the perfect excuse to visit more often!
Have you holidayed in North Devon? Where are your favourite places to visit?