Crosby beach

Crosby beach


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.IMG_4533



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.IMG_4524

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. IMG_4532

IMG_4539It was a nice day out and a good reminder that we need to make an effort to go to different places on a weekend. Far too many weekends seem to disappear without us having much to show for it.IMG_4531
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  1. February 6, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Well I have never seen anything like that on a beach before! What are they for? What are they representing? I love visiting the beach in the winter, wrapping up warm and getting blown along the beach! Gets rid of all those cobwebs!

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Sorry I do not know what they represent but it is a really interesting sight trying to work out from a distance which are statues and which are people.

  2. February 6, 2016 / 1:39 pm

    I’ve seen a couple of people visiting these statues and it looks like a place you should definitely visit, it must be see odd seeing them from a distance. It’s great that you braved the cold sea air to explore somewhere new, I’m always keen to get my lot up for a beach adventure. Ladybird looks like she loved the freedom of space at the beach to run around and let off steam. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      It is really interesting trying to work out from a distance which are statues and which are people! She certainly did love the space to run. Can’t wait to take her the beach again when it is a bit warmer.

  3. February 6, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I agree what seems like a breeze at home is a howling freezing wind when you get onto the beach, but wrap up in layers and it is usually tolerable.
    The play park is great for the kids but the adults just stand around freezing.
    The iron men sound different. Trouble with 2 miles up the beach is the 2 miles back again as well. #countrykids

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:48 pm

      Yes I’m a big fan of layers and not so much a fan on standing round in the park in winter.

  4. February 8, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    It can definitely be chilly on the beach in winter, I think lots of layers are key, although it’s been a while since we have visited. The iron man sculptures are interesting, what did Ladybird think of them close up? I wonder if they were all the same depth to start with and the sea and wind have moved the sand to make them deeper? It sounds like a great place to visit for an afternoon and run off that energy.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:49 pm

      She wanted to touch them but they were very rusty! I’d not thought about it like that but you might be right. I just thought they were different heights.

  5. chloelifeunexpected
    February 8, 2016 / 9:45 pm

    What an incredible park. I can’t get over the size of it and the slide. What amazing sculptures on the beach too. I know what you mean about it being so cold at the moment. We visit the beach most days and the sea breeze is so icy at the moment. Even though the fresh air is nice, you really can’t stay long because it freezes your whole face. It sounds like you had a lovely adventure out though. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatevertheweather xx

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      I wish I could visit the beach daily! The park did look really good but I’m not exagerating when I say it was freezing!

  6. Dave
    June 17, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    i grew up a minute from the beach, even now It’s my go to place as i am only 5 miles away. you really must visit again, check the tide is out and go on a sunny day, you won’t regret it, every iron man is the same but different, affected by the tide and the water and the weather, they stretch almost 2 miles from one end of the beach to the other

    • Claire
      June 17, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks for the tips. We should go again. On fact I saw some instagram photos today!

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