'National Beach Day' - 30th August



"Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard." - Psyche Roxas-Mendoza






INTRODUCTIONS


We asked members whether they liked visiting the beach and what their favourite seaside places to visit were.


We asked what people would pack in a beach bag if they were to spend the afternoon at the seaside. Here is a list of contents we could think of:



- floppy hat,

- sunglasses,

- beach towel,

- beach ball,

- bikini or bathers,

- sun cream,

- bottle of water,

- picnic basket, with some sandwiches crisps and an apple

- a beach blanket,

- camping chair or deckchair,

- parasol and windbreak

- snorkel and goggles and flippers,

- music player and earphones,

- insect repellent,

- a flask of coffee or a bottle of wine &

- maybe a jumper!



We next remembered childhood visits to the seaside. Including:


- Miner's week and bus and train visits to Barry Island

- Staying at Butlins

- Visiting the funfair

- How dirty the water used to be!







IDIOMS


Next, members completed the following phrases:



Big fish in a small POND


Drink like a FISH


Like a fish out of WATER


A whale of a TIME


The world is your OYSTER


Keep something at BAY


The coast is CLEAR


A drop in the OCEAN


Like a beached WHALE


A loan SHARK


Any port in a STORM


Plain SAILING


Plenty more fish in the SEA


Tip of the ICEBERG


Turn back the TIDE


Red HERRING


Neither fish nor FOWL


Have bigger fish to FRY


Rock the BOAT


Run a tight SHIP


In the DOLDRUMS


Fishy BUSINESS


Making WAVES


Packed in like SARDINES






MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ



Round 1. Things To Avoid At The Beach



1. DONKEY RIDE -


What noise does a donkey make? 


(We discussed if it is fair to use donkeys in this way?)







2. PUNCH AND JUDY -


Why was this entertainment brought into disrepute? 







3. LITTERING -


What is the maximum fixed fine for littering in the UK? 


(This Walker's Crisps bag found on Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall, is 30 years old!)







4. DOG POO -


Dogs are allowed on most British beaches from when to when? 







5. GETTING STUNG BY A JELLYFISH -


TRUE or FALSE. You should have someone pee on a jellyfish sting?







6. A SEAGULL DIVE BOMBING YOU -


NEAREST GUESS. What is the life expectancy of a seagull? 







7. SUNBURN (Ouch!) -


What is the 3 word phrase taught to children at a young age to help prevent skin damage from the sun? 







8. SONG. 'Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside', Florrie Forde (original lyrics) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpLYQ5Nlc-o


Think of some instruments you might find in a Brass Band?






Round 2. Things To Collect At The Beach


9. FOSSILS -


Where is the ‘Jurassic Coast’, one of the best places in the UK to collect fossils? 







10. SEA GLASS -


What is the rarest colour of sea glass? 







11. SEA SHELLS -


How many legs does a Starfish have?


Say this tongue twister together ...



"She Sells Seashells On The Seashore.

The Shells She Sells Are Surely Seashells.

So, If She Sells Shells On The Seashore,

I'm Sure She Sells Seashore Shells."







12. FLOTSAM & JETSAM -


What is the difference between 'Flotsam' and 'Jetsam'?







13. CRABBING -


What is a crab classified as, in terms of species?


(Who likes a crab sandwich?)







14. PEBBLES - Some people like to make a 'Pebble Tower'


Is it legal to take sand or pebbles from the beach?







15. EDIBLE THINGS SUCH AS SEAFOOD AND SOME SEAWEED -


What is a Welsh 'delicacy' made from seaweed?







16. SONG. 'Molly Malone', The Dubliners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAzhNEW7KAI


Name as many shellfish that you would find on a seafood stall as you can?


Which shellfish is said to be an aphrodisiac?






Round 3. Things To Do At The Beach



17. BUILD A SANDCASTLE -


Name some UK castles on or near to beaches?







18. GO SWIMMING -


How warm is the UK sea in the summer? 


(Who can swim? Did anyone get their medals?)







19. SUNBATHE -


What SPF ('Sun Protection Factor') do health experts encourage us to wear, to prevent skin damage?







20. TAKE IN THE VIEW -


What is the view from Cold Knap, Barry?


The nuclear power station we can see is?







21. HAVE A DRINK OR PICNIC -


True or false. Bees die after stinging you, wasps survive? 







22. FLYING A KITE -


Which 1964 musical film does the song 'Let's Go Fly A Kite' come from?


Here it is - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNSler7jBWs







23. GO FOR A WALK ON THE SEASHORE -


TRUE OR FALSE. You are only 75 miles away from the sea at any point in the UK?