Holiday 2019 – beaches and trains

My last post was about my holiday yarn purchases. I thought I’d follow it up with a little about what we did with our week away in Rye, as hopefully other people with kid(s) in tow might find it useful. There will be another one about castles and abbeys 😉

First up – Rye itself is a brilliant place to visit.

Walking up (and down) cobbled streets is huge amounts of fun when you’re three. It all feels very wibbly wobbly, and you have to stop to examine the cobbles in great detail

There are many shops that sell ice cream. Particularly tasty local ice cream. We sat on this bench to eat some and admire the view, then spotted the play area below.

There is a beautiful beach at Camber Sands, a few miles from Rye. The sea is warm (well, it was for our visit!), and there is miles of beach to play on. It is staffed by lifeguards during certain months and safe swimming places are shown with flags. On one of the days we went we were outnumbered by lifeguards! We liked the central beach/car park best as it’s a very short walk onto the beach, whereas the western car park has a big dune to climb over to get there! The western beach is meant to be more sandy, but there really isn’t a lot in it!

The weather was warm enough to wear swimsuits and get wet, but still not feel cold, so we spent time jumping over waves. Our sandcastle building was a bit pathetic though. The sand wouldn’t come out of the bucket…

Both of the car parks had toilets nearby and places to get something to eat and drink, although there were more facilities at the central car park.

Where is everybody?!

We also went on a preserved steam railway as LO is a bit train obsessed. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway is lovely. We parked at Dungeness, had a quick look over towards the nuclear power station and the old lighthouse, followed by a cup of tea in the café there, then boarded the train, which took us to New Romney, where we spent a couple of hours. The Railway’s website very helpfully has lists of things you can do from each station, which really helped with planning our day out. We chose New Romney as a destination as it has a café for lunch and also a railway themed play area, and the train times from Dungeness fitted in with our plans for the day. The journey from Dungeness crosses some very unusual landscape – the only desert in the UK!

Our train – choo choo! It was the first time LO had seen a real steam train

New Romney is also home to an enormous model railway display, which costs a small amount extra to see. We spent ages looking at this, watching the trains loop around the track and spotting things hidden in the landscape (including the Tardis and also a toy rat pretending to be a train!). There were steps for LO size people to stand on so they could see, and buttons to press to make trains move and lights come on.

The playground was also a lot of fun, and LO enjoyed running off some steam there (rather like the trains). We were really impressed with the facilities here that made a family visit easier – great toilets, baby change, really reasonably priced café with nice food and very helpful staff/volunteers.

So, I’ll be doing one more holiday blog post fairly soon about castles and abbeys, which I think will cover everything we did 😉 Hope they prove useful to someone!

Very bad picture of rat train in motion!


  1. We had a very similar holiday when our son was small, Camber Sands is brilliant. I found my first Featherweight sewing machine at an antiques fair in Rye. Our son was also obsessed with trains but luckily we missed that one so didn’t have to do it (so many trains….).


  2. What a lovely holiday you had! I enjoyed reading about the steam trains. The beaches look lovely this time of year, especially not crowded. x


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