One very cold Sunday morning a few weeks back we decided to take a drive over to Crosby beach and see Antony Gormley’s Another space. This is an installation of iron men sculptures on the beach. I’d been suggesting we visit for what feels like forever but we never got round to it. This particular weekend my husband suggested it and since I couldn’t think of anything better to do we set off.
I can’t remember the last time I went to the beach in winter. My goodness it was cold in the sea breeze but we wrapped up warm and it was actually a nice afternoon out. We found plenty of free parking at Crosby coastal park which is within walking distance of the beach. We started by having lunch at Crosby Lakeside bar and bistro which was child friendly, reasonably priced and good food. From there we took the short stroll alongside the lake to the beach. There is a large playground here with plenty of equipment for all ages but since it was so cold we did not stay long.
The beach itself isn’t the cleanest beach you find. It is after all in an industrial/urban area so perhaps visiting in winter was quiet a good idea. It definitely is not the type of beach I could see us sat having a picnic on or building sandcastles. Don’t get me wrong though, it is worth visiting to see the sculptures. There are 100 iron men set on the beach at different distances from the shore and at different depths (so some appear partly buried in the sand). They are spread over 2 miles of beach though so we only saw a small number of them as we did not walk that far along the beach. Even so, we enjoyed viewing them and the ladybird loved her “adventure to the seaside”, she was still talking about it days later.