There’s nothing better than rolling your trousers up for a paddle, feeling the sand between your toes and heading to the seaside for the day, and this summer the National Trust is inviting everyone to celebrate the great British coast with their Big Beach Picnic.

On 4 July National Trust beaches across England and Wales will be hosting picnicking events with activities for all the family.

From sand sculpture competitions and big beach art to ‘50 things to do before you're 11 ¾’ activities and beach games; it’s a great day out for all the family to enjoy and to show your love for the coast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can have a go at some surfing, orienteering or geocaching and even discover some crazy creatures in a rock pool.

The event marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign. It’s a great opportunity to discover more about the 775 miles of coastline the charity looks after and its role in protecting the coast.

Search for a Big Beach Picnic event near you: and take a picture of your seaside adventure to show why you #lovethecoast and share online.

Big Beach Picnic top destinations in Northumberland:

St Aiden’s Beach, Seahouses

Big Beach Picnic, 4 July, 10.30am – 1.30pm

The sandy beach in the bustling seaside town of Seahouses is a great place to gather for this summer picnic. With the backdrop of the Farne Islands, arguably one of the best wildlife experiences in the UK, you’ll be able to wildlife spot from your picnic blanket. Pack your best sarnies or pick up some fish and chips and join National Trust rangers for a day of rock pooling, sand sculpting and beach games.

Price: Free event

Note: The event is taking place at St Aiden’s beach in Seahouses

For more information, please call 01289 389244

Have a go at these ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities on the beach

Not many things beat a day by the seaside. And when it comes to dreaming up things to do while you’re at the beach, children often have the best ideas. Whether it’s discovering crazy creatures in a rock pool, skimming a stone or jumping over waves, there’s lots of ‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’ activities to get stuck into on the coast this summer. Here are our top 10 picks for a great family day out at the beach:

  1. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
  2. Skim a stone
  3. Fly a kite
  4. Catch a fish with a net
  5. Jump over waves
  6. Go on a barefoot walk
  7. Hunt for fossils and bones
  8. Catch a crab
  9. Go swimming in the sea
  10. Go star gazing

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As these are outdoor events, please check access to the beaches before visiting, weather forecasts and the National Trust website.