i love beach huts

I have a bit of a thing about beach huts. I remember seeing them at the seaside near Mablethorpe when I was a little girl and wishing we had one in which to change into our swimming costumes or get dressed out of the wind and somewhere to boil the kettle for a cuppa. I envied people who had one.

And then when I lived in Cape Town in South Africa there were clusters of brightly coloured ones on the False Bay beach which provided shelter from the wind as it blew in every afternoon. They are an icon now and even used in fashion shoots.


But these particular beach huts are located in West Wittering, West Sussex. I was there last week, but not in the 34° heat of Thursday and Friday. No, my visit was on the very blustery and cooler Saturday. We set off in the pouring rain, but according to the weather app it was supposed to clear at 11 am.

We arrived in the pre-booked and pre-paid for car park at 10:56 just as the clouds broke and the rain stopped.

But is was very windy. Look carefully at these images and you might just be able to see how much the sand is blowing around. And how likely it is that some of these huts will be buried if someone doesn’t get a digger out soon!

Despite the wind my granddaughters went for a dip in the rough waves. And we all went for a walk around the headland, though it was hard going at times. And cutting through the dunes and along the boardwalk we were rewarded by seeing lovely coastal flowers.

I was still crunching on sand two days later.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

60 thoughts on “i love beach huts”

        1. Oh, we didn’t go there. In fact we’ve only spent four days in August on the IOW as I had to return to school for the exam results! So much for teachers having long holidays 😉 We liked the island though and even considered moving there, the cost of the ferries to the mainland put us off.

        2. I lived there for two years, just loved it apart from the crowds in summer, and yes what you say the expense in getting off. In fact was not just the cost, sometimes I struggled to find a boat to take me off!

        3. Definitely the wilder and more beautiful side. I was stuck in Cowes as MrB was in Winchester so we regularly crossed the solent in the evenings! I really wanted to be in Newtown

  1. They are so cute! Beach huts aren’t really a thing here, although there are some at Brighton in Melbourne. If I could have my choice of these, it would be the pink and white striped one with its own dear little verandah. Beautiful photos, Jude.

  2. The last sentence made me smile. Memories of cucumber and paste sandwiches at the beach, with that added crunch. 🙂 🙂 I remember looking wistfully, too! We had them on the seafront at Seaton Carew and at Scarborough and Filey too, of course. Great sekwence of pics, Jude- especially the bit where they’re getting buried. Happy days!

        1. I need to buy a new hob as ours is slowly dying, only 2 hotplates working now… Enjoy the beach – is it getting busy now?

        2. I’m not one to actually sit or lie on the beach. I’d get very bored and my skin easily burns. But I can see the attraction in your ferry rides.

        3. A nice breeze. Then I go for a wander and a paddle and come back to read my book for an hour, then ferry back. Awful way to spend a day. 😎. Home again now and out to supper tonight. Keeping the Portuguese economy afloat 🤣🤣💕

  3. Beach huts in Suffolk and some parts of Norfolk can sell for the price of a decent small house. I always like to photograph them when I am at the seaside too.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

        1. Those Southwold second-homers have got more money than they know what to do with. I expect they already have a home abroad too. Probably in Tuscany though, as it is trendier than Spain. 🙂

    1. We ate in the parking field so no accompanied sand, but in taking these photos I was exposed to full blasts! Which got everywhere! 😂

    1. My daughter likes it there, no tacky touristy crap like at other south coast towns nearby. She often camps there in the summer, though the kids are getting a bit old now for the simple pleasure of crabbing.

    1. A very quick photo shoot! It was very difficult to hold the phone camera still or see what I was taking due to all the sand blowing in to my eyes! I was impressed with the results.

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