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This time last year, when Isla was only a few weeks old, we discovered the brilliant urban beach at Liverpool One shopping centre.

Today the girls and I went back to the beach, which has returned for the summer holidays, and once again met up with my mum there.

The weather wasn’t as good as last year, when it was really quite warm and sunny – today it was humid but overcast and with the occasional fine shower.

That did not put us off though – lucky I had been organised enough to pack towels, buckets, spades and an entire change of outfit for both girls as they got drenched to the skin!!!

Lilly had a great time paddling in the “sea” and playing with the other children, while Isla made sandcastles and sat on the edge of the water splashing her feet. After a while that wasn’t enough for her and she wanted to get in the sea too, wading around in the water and giggling her head off!

And we had a moment of fame as the local news crew were filming when we arrived – tonight’s news featured Me, Isla and mum building a sandcastle and Lilly running and splashing in the water. Mother in law didn’t know we were going to be on but rang up very excited when she spotted us!

Anybody with young children in the Liverpool area this summer do not miss the urban beach – but don’t forget your towels!



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This week we spent a day at the beach – with a difference!

Because the beach in question has sprung up in the middle of the shopping streets of Liverpool, as a special attraction for the summer holidays.

It was my mum who spotted this phenomena and suggested we take Lilly one day – but I have to confess, with the weather we’ve been having lately, I was more than a little cynical when she told me to bring “swimming things”.

But it turns out, she was right. Despite the rain lashing down on our journey into Liverpool, once we arrived at the mystical beach, the clouds parted and the sun came out, just like that.

It is quite an impressive sight. Golden sands, complete with deckchairs, and the “sea” is a generous sized paddling pool, great for little ones like Lilly because it’s not too deep. At the top of the sands is a beach bar, where you can buy ice creams, drinks and snacks.

Debenhams on Sea, Liverpool, August 2010

Best of all, it wasn’t even that busy, despite being the summer holidays, and despite the surprising appearance of the sun!
Well, Lilly loved it! We got straight down to the important business of sandcastle making and picnics on the deckchairs, before Lilly wanted to strip off and get into the “sea”. She played very happily for a long time, despite a few boys-trying-to-steal-Lilly’s-bucket-and-spade incidents (she had an iron grip, they had no chance), and despite Lilly-knocking-down-someone-else’s-sandcastle gate (Lilly was more upset than he was, she didn’t know it “belonged” to anyone and when the little boy shouted at her she was devastated!).

Lilly and I go paddling in the "sea"

Isla pretty much slept through the whole experience in her pram on the sand, but watching Lilly playing and interacting with the other children makes me so glad she isn’t an only child, and will soon have a little sister to join in her games.
So, if you’re in the area of Liverpool, or any of these other cities which have these urban beaches this summer, I’d definitely recommend you go along and spend a day at Debenham’s on sea!

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