It was my birthday on Tuesday and I turned 25. I’m officially a quarter of a century old! Nathan booked the day off work so we could go out for the day which I was so excited for. We had originally planned to go to Brighton for the day but because of travel costs combined with buying a house we thought it probably wouldn’t be a good idea – so instead we decided to visit a local (as local as you can get to the middle of Essex!) seaside town called Walton-on-the-naze. Since I was little I’ve been to Walton-on-the-naze nearly every year. I love the beach, the pier and the local fish and chip restaurants!
This was Olivers first time actually on a beach and I wasn’t sure how he’d find the sand. He sometimes panics when he’s put down on something unknown to him, but amazingly he loved it! As soon as we popped him down on the sand he was off, we had to chase after him! Of course one of the first things he did was grab a huge handful of sand and shove it in his mouth, which he soon spat out! After a little while he soon realised that sand isn’t for eating, and neither are the stones, seaweed or shells…
Oliver even had his first dip into the sea! Again, I thought he’d hate this but he loved it! He just wanted to crawl straight into the waves, which obviously we wouldn’t let him! He sat waiting for the waves to come to him and then giggled when they splashed through his toes and up his legs.
I wish I brought my swimming costume with me, as I really wanted to sit next to him in the water, but because we’re moving very soon I didn’t actually think I’d need it, so it’s packed away. It was still fun watching Oliver get excited for the waves, so I didn’t mind too much.
After having a splash and play on the beach we headed over to a Fish and Chip restaurant that I’ve always visited when in Walton-on-the-naze called Yates Fish Bar. I love this restaurant, I always have. They do amazing fish and chips which, typically, I forgot to take a photo of! But take my word for it that it was delicious.
Yates Fish Bar is set back from the seafront tucked down a road. From the front it looks like your old typical fish and chips takeaway, but if you order and eat in you get to sit in a really nice nautical themed area. We sat right at the back tucked around the corner in case Oliver was loud – which he was!
The service in Yates was lovely. They have separate ordering lines for take away and eat in so there usually isn’t a long queue. They’re always very friendly and the service is fast. We only had to wait between 5 -10 mins until our food arrived. I have so many fond memories of this fish bar with my family and friends, so now I get to create these memories again for Oliver.
After eating we headed back down to the seafront to have a quick walk onto the pier. Oliver was getting quite upset at this point as he was due a nap, but he didn’t want to sleep as all he wanted to do was look around.
Walton-on-the-naze’s pier is extremely outdated and tired, but I love it. It reminds me of when I was younger, as it pretty much hasn’t changed a bit!
The waltzer brings back so many memories. When we used to visit the beach with our friends as teenagers we’d go on the ride 3-4 times one after another! We’d then soon realise afterwards it was a bit of a mistake.
Although a lot has been taken out from the pier there is still quite a nice amount to do. There’s the arcades, bowling and lots of rides for adults and children. There’s also the odd ice cream/food stall dotted around but these only really open during weekend when it’s really busy. Luckily there was one ice cream stall open so, of course, we bought an ice cream each.
Oliver looked super tired at this point so we decided to call it a day and head back to the car. I love Walton-on-the-naze and I can’t wait to go back again. Once we move we’ll be a lot closer so we can go back more often!