UK Daytrip – To the seaside by Steam train (Minehead)

Posted on August 6, 2013

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We decided to have a good old fashioned summer’s day out and take the steam train to the beach. It felt like something out of the 1950s! We gathered at the station in Bishop’s Lydeard in Somerset to catch the first steam train out, heading for the beach at Minehead.

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To say the steam train was part of the trip would be an understatement. It was an absolutely wonderful way to travel – gently chugging through the Somerset countryside with the occasional blast of the horn and puff of smoke. My children were enthralled. My two year old loved watching the animals in the fields we passed and our 4 and 6 year old enjoyed the whole mode of travel. We got drinks and chocolate bars from the buffet car and spent over an hour winding our way to the coastline.

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The train literally drops you on the seafront…such a great station destination.

I wish I could say the beach at Minehead was as beautiful as the journey but we were all a little disappointed. So much could be done here with a bit of regeneration and imaginative thinking. A better beach would really add to its appeal and this could be such a great destination for families, couples and friends looking for somewhere to relax and play games on.

As it was it took awhile to pick over the sharp stones and head down to the sea quite a distance away.

That said once we picked our spot our children were very happy with sandcastle building, shell collecting, crab hunting and seaweed untangling.

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Next stop was lunch and we managed to find the fantastic Pip’s Fish Bar – everything cooked fresh and absolutely delicious. And for the vegetarian they had an amazing battered halloumi which really worked. We had a huge feast, complete with pickled onions, bread and butter and mushy peas. I would travel to Minehead even if just to go here again!! (I can’t find a website but here’s their twitter – https://twitter.com/PipsFish)

Then it was on to the arcades, to play the games and come away a bit lighter in the pocket! But it was all good fun and my children loved it. I remember days at the seaside doing exactly this so it was really nice to take them to a traditional British holiday location!

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There was time for buying some fudge and then racing to catch the last steam train back (the diesels run a little later). As we pulled back away from the seaside the rain started coming down which seemed like a fitting end to a traditional British day at the beach! I actually love these photos of my two year old looking out of the window as the rain drops hit the glass.

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