We all love a bit of the British seaside and beach huts are back in fashion big time. They are most definitely part of the retro-chic movement. The beach hut stemmed from the Victorian’s bizarre bathing machines which they wheeled up to the waterline so they could get changed and slip into the sea without revealing too much flesh. The earliest bathing boxes still around are in Brighton, Australia and are known to have existed as far back as 1862. They still pepper our Eccentric English coastline and some private ones have become objects of value and desire. One beach hut in Shaldon on the Devon coast, recently went on the market for a cool quarter of a million pounds.
In the early 20th Century beach huts were regarded as holiday homes for the ‘toiling classes’ but they later became more of a middle class affair and George V and Queen Mary spent the day at a beach hut in Sussex in the 1930’s. Even Laurence Olivier had one. ‘Once more into the beach hut dear friends!’ was one of his most famous lines.
Who moved my hut?
Beach huts are, in my opinion, a very good thing. They protect from our capricious weather, give you somewhere to leave your handbag and modern ones have a power point to allow the making of that all important cup of tea. Councils all over England are now constructing new and exciting beach hut opportunities and renting them out by the day or the week. They cost £20 a day in Bridlington. With their little drawbridges over a small water feature to get there, this is whole days worth of fun for the price of a round of drinks. Bridlington’s beach huts are situated on their award winning South beach which stretches over a 1 mile South from Bridlington Harbour wall. The coastline stretches far into the distance and you can walk all the way to Hornsea if you wish.
Make yourself at home.
Green is nice
Maybe we should make a run for it..
There are 30 chalets along Princess Mary Promenade, each with a different brightly coloured interior and apparently they are booked up months ahead. Other essential traditional beachside activities are also available here including donkey rides on the sands for the kiddies. The Bridlington donkeys weren’t looking too chipper when we turned up to say hello, although apparently their welfare is strictly regulated by the council donkey inspector, so I’m sure they were just having an off day. Tyson, Titch and Sandy looked half asleep and were unable to conceal their lack enthusiasm at the prospect of the day ahead trolling up and down the beach with the youth of Bridlington on their backs. Maybe donkeys are like people. Some people enjoy their jobs, they have a positive attitude and make the most of it. Others, not so much… Lifeboats and Lighthouses..