Head for the beach

The kids have broken up for school and summer is in full swing. It’s the perfect time to make the most of everything that the UK has to offer. When many of us think of spending sunny days at home we think of one specific place – the great British seaside.

Kent is fortunate enough to be home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, with a number of Blue Flag beaches along its 350 miles of glorious coastline. The Telegraph named Botany Bay in Broadstairs in their top 10 best beaches in Britain, while nearby Joss Bay is often recognised as Kent’s best surf beach. Minnis Bay is great for watersports and was just one of the multiple beaches near Margate to earn Blue Flag recognition, while Sandgate Beach near Folkestone was a Seaside Award winner in 2014 and 2015.

The sun, sand and fresh sea air is the perfect antidote to a long, grey winter, and it makes the ideal place to have a gorgeous day out with family or friends. Kids can paddle in the water and play beach games in the sand while the adults relax on deckchairs with a cool drink, reading a magazine or the latest best-selling novel.

No trip to the beach is complete without a bucket and spade, so make sure you have a selection of buckets, shovels and rakes to make a majestic sandcastle kingdom. Thinking of braving the water? Don’t forget to pack your swimwear and a range of fun inflatables that are sure to make even the biggest of kids smile.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? The only thing missing from this picture is some great, tasty food to create the perfect beachside picnic. There are tons of options when you head to the beach, from sandwiches and super fresh salads to prawns, pasta dishes and pork pies. If you want a head start to point you in the right direction then one of our summer hampers are the perfect foundation for your next seaside lunchtime jaunt.

Our Priory Delights hamper is one for the adults, with a well-rounded Cabernet Sauvignon, Eternal Grocer Chilli Coated Peanuts, Mondovino Spicy Moroccan Seed & Nut Crackers and lots of other tasty treats that make the perfect companions for an afternoon by the water. This hamper also makes the perfect gift for that friend who loves to dine al fresco. If you’re planning on taking a little BBQ to cook up a storm by the sea then our BBQ Kit Hamper is just what you need. Packed full of tasty snacks, mustards and chutneys it makes a great accompaniment to barbecued meats.

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