Can we fly the kite? Lack of wind made kite-flying look unlikely as we set off. Before we were even half way there, fat drops of rain began to fall.  Thankfully they had stopped by the time we arrived at Littlehampton West Beach.  The rain had obviously deterred most people as we were only the third car in the car park.  It wasn’t until we had to fight to open the door that we realised that it might not be raining but it was certainly very, very windy.

Kite flying on wide sandy beach

Perfect weather for kite-flying.  Well, actually a little too windy.  The kite was soon airborne but was difficult to control and crashed frequently.  The joy of having a twin is that whilst one of you flies the kite, there is always your brother to retrieve it and throw it back into the air when it crashes.

River Arun at Littlehampton

Wind and the threat of rain kept people away, even looking over the River Arun to the more popular East Beach only revealed a handful of people.

Hard to believe that this is a July day on the south coast during the school holidays.  Not one bucket and spade to be seen.  It did mean that we didn’t have to fight for a table at the excellent West Beach Cafe when it came to sitting down for Fish and Chips afterwards.

Have you been to the beach this week?  Was it windswept or sunny?  We love beachcombing on the Norfolk Coast.




  1. Susanna Bavin
    July 29, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I remember flying a kite on Freshfield beach (in between Southport and Liverpool) many years ago. Or rather, I remember my father flying it while we watched.

    Speaking as one who is lucky enough to live five minutes walk from the sea, I have to say I don’t mind what the weather is like. If it’s rainy or windy, so what? I’ll still be here when the sun comes out again!

    • July 29, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      We like a day with inclement weather as the beaches tend to be emptier!

  2. July 29, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Looks fabulous, Catherine. I never really got to grips with kite flying, but do love the coast in wild weather (good weather too, of course, but not too keen when crowded with people). There’s something wonderful about having a beach to oneself.

    • July 29, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      Our kite skills do mean that a deserted beach is best as it is like to come crashing down at high speed at any moment

  3. July 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    That’s lovely. Something i haven’t done for ages. Gorgeous pics too.

  4. July 30, 2017 / 12:11 am

    This looks like a perfect beach to fly kites on!
    Lots of open space! wonderful!

    • July 30, 2017 / 8:36 am

      We have lost kites to trees before, so like lots of space!

  5. July 30, 2017 / 12:20 am

    It’s amazing what a difference less favourable weather can make! Looks like flying a kite was fun, even if it was a little too windy for it πŸ™‚

  6. July 30, 2017 / 12:28 am

    So quiet and huge! It was certainly busy down at Polzeath here but it was beautiful at the start of the week and I was happy to fight my way down.

    • July 30, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Crowded but not too crowded beaches are all part of summer!

  7. July 30, 2017 / 12:50 am

    Rain should never stop play and more fool those who stayed indoors whilst you were in the fresh air having fun

  8. July 30, 2017 / 6:12 am

    We had huge trouble getting our kite to fly, even with wind. Maybe I need a twin? Although actually my mum got it in the air in the end πŸ™‚ That beach looks amazing. #MySundayPhoto

    • July 30, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Over the past 14 years I have come to the conclusion that we all need a twin

  9. July 30, 2017 / 6:22 am

    No been to the beach yet these holidays but rest assured it will happen. Never been to Littlehampton, Camber Sands is usually the beach of choice but maybe we’ll go to Littlehampton instead. I’ll remember to take a kite! #MySundayPhoto

    • July 30, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Camber Sands is just that little bit further for us but we like that too

  10. July 30, 2017 / 10:37 am

    The first photo is my favorite – alone on the beach with a kite. Lovely

    • July 30, 2017 / 10:59 am

      With just your mother snapping away πŸ˜ƒ

  11. July 30, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Sounds like such a lovely day. I envy anyone who can fly a kite. I tried it one whole day and was so rubbish at it!

    • July 30, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      We used to have a reakky easy fly one but this one is a stunt model and a lot trickier to handle

  12. July 30, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    At least the weather keeps away the masses. I always love a deserted beach, far more magical than a packed one… glad the rain held off, sounds like a perfect family day! #mysundayphoto

    • July 30, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      It was good, the strong wind eas invigorating

  13. bavariansojourn
    July 30, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Such a treat to have the beach to yourselves like that, how wonderful! Looks like a great spot of kiteflying too, we are useless at it in our family! πŸ˜€ #sundayphoto

  14. July 30, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve never flown a kite. Looks like you guys could reach me how it’s done though!?

  15. July 31, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I love walking on the beach and kite flying too. This would be bliss, although not much fun if it is too strong. Your photos make me want to take a trip right now, although it’s sunny today, so I suspect it’s busy. #MySundayPhoto

  16. August 4, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    We were at the beach too this wk – we got v wet


  17. August 5, 2017 / 2:22 am

    How lovely to find somewhere so quiet to take advantage of perfect kite-flying weather! We’re a 7 hour drive from our closest beach here in Bangalore and as I grew up on the beach in NE Kent I do miss the English seaside! #fearlessfamtrav

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:01 am

      Seven hours is a long way for a paddle!

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