Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

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, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

For Aunty Ceri’s recent birthday celebrations we all met at Manorbier Beach.  We had planned a day out  to visit Manorbier Castle, Beach and St James the Great Church.  However, as we also had football and a busy morning we only had time for the beach and church in the end.  Manorbier is a very  picturesque village, take  a look at our visit there:

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Visit Manorbier

The National Park Authority run a car-park at Manorbier (Sat. Nav. Postcode:  SA70 7SY).   The charging period runs from 15 March to 7 November (inclusive).  The charging hours are between 9am – 5pm.  Parking costs £5 for over three hours.  Season tickets are available.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

This car park is ideally situated to visit both the beach, castle and the church.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Toilets are situated within the car-park (and they’re still currently free to use!).

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Manorbier Castle

The castle can be viewed from the car park.  I loved this view through the trees.  It reminded me of the castle in Sleeping Beauty being hidden as  the vines grew and weaved themselves  around the castle.

Manorbier Castle is open from March to November, 10am – 5pm.

Tickets cost:  Adults £5.50
Seniors £4
Children £3
Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £15

We haven’t visited the castle since the kids were small so we’ll definitely go there soon and do an updated blog post.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Once everyone arrived we made the short walk to the beach to enjoy our picnic.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

We passed a hairy caterpillar along the way.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Manorbier Beach is backed by sand dunes and a stream runs across the beach.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

The beach is south westerly facing so great for surfing.  However the strong currents mean great care has to be taken.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Manorbier Beach was awarded both a Seaside Award and Green Coast Award in 2019.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

It’s a gorgeous beach.  We saw body boarders, winter sun bathers (or snoozers), fellow picnicers, walkers, dog walkers and body boarders all enjoying the beach.  It’s lovely just to stop and take in the view.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

In this photo you can see the additional free parking along the coast on the way to Freshwater East.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Picnic Time

We enjoyed Ceri’s birthday picnic and the non drivers enjoyed bucks fizz.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Izzy reminds me so much of my mum as a young girl in this photo.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Dave surprised me with a Vego bar!  My favourite!

 

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

The kids enjoyed making beach art.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

They explored the wonderful rock pools.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

 

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Some of their finds.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

“Big” Crab.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

And “Little” Crab.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

It was nice to spend time with my mum and sisters and our family.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Rebecca began making sand angels.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Can you spot the angel?

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

Caitlyn made Aunty Ceri a birthday “Sand-Cake”.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

The kids took it in turns burying each other in the sand.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

This caused much hilarity and laughter.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

We played Ceri her personalised happy birthday songs.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

 

Then there was more cake, this time a chocolate one.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

This photo makes me laugh so much- the joys of lighting a candle on the beach!

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

After cake it was time to head back to the car park and up to the church.  The girls wandered through the sand dunes.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

We were treated to a stunning view of the castle from the beach.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

The beach looks so inviting from the car park.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

The church is currently having some work done!  It is still open to visitors.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

 

We took a few family snaps with the castle background.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

I’ll share the church photos in the next post.

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

As our time here was over and the sun began to set we were left with one last glorious view of the beach before heading home.

 

Have you visited Manorbier?  What do you think of the beach, church and castle?

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

 

 

, Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach

6 Comments

  1. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    James Travis
    October 29, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    What a lovely place, looks like you had a fab time

  2. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    Margaret Gallagher
    October 29, 2019 / 6:13 pm

    Amazing day out for you all – love your pics and snow angels

  3. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    Susan Smith
    October 30, 2019 / 12:33 am

    Oh wow, looks a beautiful place to visit, so far from us, would have to be a holiday

  4. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    Julia Linsley
    November 17, 2019 / 1:33 pm

    This place looks amazing Thanks for thee heads-up !

  5. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    Anthea Holloway
    November 22, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    What a lovely place and what superb photographs. You obviously all had a wonderful time.

  6. , Birthday Celebrations at Manorbier Beach
    Michael Fisher
    February 7, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Absolutely stunning scenery

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