Couldn't wait to spend our first day of the holidays on a beach and since we were visiting Compton Pool Farm, South Devon we decided we would check out the nearby award winning Blue Flag beach, Blackpool Sands.
Blackpool Sands is a gem on the South Coast and on a sunny day you feel like you are in the Mediterranean. With sand pits, a bathing raft, kayaks for hire, a range of delicious hot and cold food and a beach shop, it has something for all the family.
Parking in May cost £3 for the day but you are right on top of the beach. Blackpool Sands is a sheltered shingle beach, (suitable footwear a good idea) and it is incredibly picturesque. The crescent of course golden sand stretches 2/3 miles long and is flanked by steep, wooded cliffs and evergreens. Very popular amongst families, the beach is a dog restricted area along with first aid and lifeguard facilities in peak season. As the sand was not ideal for building sandcastles there are sand pits dotted around for little ones to dig and play.
The water is clear and great from swimming in apparently but even the bravest of us couldn't go any further in than paddling, as it was so cold.A toilet block is there with showers to eliminate uncomfortable journeys home with grains of shingle stuck between your toes.
We had to sample the delights of Venus Beach Cafe with its range of delicious hot and cold food which completed our family holiday beach day. The award winning Venus Cafe offers a menu stuffed with local and organic dishes and an all weather seating area where you can soak up the fantastic views, sounds and feel of Blackpool Sands. The children's meal at lunch time was excellent value at £3.99 and comprised good wholesome food, a drink of fresh juice, an organic yoghurt and a kids activity book which distracted them while we finished eating, and informed them of how to look after the beach and marine environment around them.