This was our second (and long overdue) trip to the St. Annes Beach Huts. Our first visit was back in 2018 for Elsa's fourth birthday when we spent a gorgeous day in the sun... I can remember that it was freakishly warm for an October day, a lot warmer than it was on this second visit which didn't feel like July at all! Still, the wonderful thing about renting a beach hut is that when the rain drives you off the beach, you have your own cosy little hideaway to retreat to, whatever the glorious British weather decides to throw at you!
Although a lot has changed since that first visit; our pack has four more paws, I have quite a few more grey hairs and then there's the global pandemic that we're all learning how to live with... the St. Annes Beach Huts are still maintained to the same excellent standard that we remembered and their extra cleaning measures made us feel even more comfortable about our visit.
Each hut is fully equipped with a kettle, fridge, microwave and crockery along with a cushioned bench seat and additional deck chairs. Guests are also given a key to a communal area where there are more facilities including toilets and trolleys that you can borrow to transport your belongings to and from the car park. Having the extra decking at the front of the hut gives you some valuable space on the promenade so you never feel crowded and this also helps with social distancing.
Booking the beach hut was quick and easy via the website, we paid around £100 for the full day (10am- midnight) and I received an email the day before with details of how to access the hut and amenities, including the toilets which are located just a short walk along the promenade. The St. Annes Beach Huts website has a lot of useful information to help you plan your visit from details of tide times to nearby food outlets, you can even have afternoon tea delivered to the hut!
The location of the huts is ideal if you are visiting with dogs because the section of beach that is directly in front of them is dog friendly all year round!
At low tide the sand stretches out as far as the eye can see, so there was plenty of space for Elsa and Buffy to run around. It was also incredibly clean when we visited, with very little debris scattered across the sand apart from the odd razor clam shell or bit of seaweed so we didn't have to worry about them eating, stepping in or rolling on anything that they shouldn't.
Watching Elsa and Buffy run along the beach, playing and tumbling around in a big ball of sandy fur was such a wonderful sight. Even the weather couldn't put a dampener on their day, in fact I think that it's probably a good job that it wasn't scorching hot because they probably wouldn't have had this much fun!
Once Elsa and Buffy had tired themselves out we headed back to our hut for a rest and waited for a rain shower to pass. In fact, we repeated this cycle for most of the day!
Being able to lock the hut up meant weren't burdened by having to carry our things around with us all day, and it was very reassuring to know that we also had access to the toilets and that there were lots of places nearby where we could grab something yummy to eat too.
Elsa and Buffy had such a fantastic day, we literally had to carry this lazy blob to the car in the end...