We Love Our Beach partner with DadFest23: Celebrating creativity, fun and outdoor activity

Andrew Clarke
Down on the beach
The beautiful coastal region of Beeson, near Beesands Beach, South Hams, Devon, is set to host an extraordinary event from September 22nd to 24th, 2023. DadFest23, organised by the Community Interest Company (CIC) Dangerous Dads Totnes, promises to be a celebration of creativity, fun and the special bond between fathers and their children in the great outdoors. We Love Our Beach are proud to partner this event, recognising the immense value and joy that the beach provides as a natural playground for nurturing these cherished relationships.
Dangerous Dads and the CIC Network
Before delving into the exciting event that awaits at DadFest23, let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible work of Dangerous Dads. Established in 2008, Dangerous Dads is a CIC network that aims to enhance the lives of children and their fathers by promoting outdoor activities that build strong relationships. Through their various initiatives, Dangerous Dads encourages dads to embrace their sense of adventure and inspire their children to explore the world around them.
The Great Outdoors: A Playground for Bonding
There is something truly magical about the outdoors, and nature serves as a remarkable backdrop for fostering connections between parents and children. The beach, with its vast expanse of sand, shimmering waves and endless possibilities, provides the perfect playground for dads to engage in fun and creative activities with their little ones.
Creativity Unleashed
At DadFest23, creativity will be at the forefront. Various workshops and activities will allow fathers and children to unleash their imagination. From sandcastle competitions and beach art sessions to kite making and storytelling, the possibilities for creative expression are endless. These activities not only spark a sense of wonder and curiosity but also provide a platform for dads to bond with their children through shared experiences. We love our beach are looking forward to seeing the unique T-shirt designs and watching the world famous, not to be missed, Dad Dancing Awards! 
Making Memories
The beach offers unique opportunities for fathers and children to create lasting memories. Whether it's running through the waves, searching for seashells, or building sandcastles together, these simple yet joyful moments strengthen the bond between dads and their little ones. The beach environment encourages playfulness, laughter and exploration, enabling fathers to step away from their everyday responsibilities and fully engage with their children.
Connecting with Nature
Beryl's Campsite in Beeson, South Hams, Devon, offers a brilliant base for an amazing array of activities for the children and perfect backdrop for access to Beesands. Spending time at the beach not only nurtures the relationship between fathers and children but also fosters a deep connection with nature. The sound of crashing waves, the fresh sea air and the sand in the toes fun blend to provide the perfect cocktail.
We love our beach would like to thank Peter Everitt and Ian Blackwell of Dangerous Dads, Totnes for their kind invitation to be a part of this amazing weekend in the beautiful South Hams, Devon away from the worries of a whirlwind life. They'll be wearing our famous Long Time No Sea Organic Cotton T-shirts! Dads, families and fans associated with DadFest23 can get 10% OFF We love our beach products by using the codeDD10. FREE delivery on orders of £50 or more. 
You can learn more about Dangerous Dads here. There are over 20 groups in the UK as well as groups globally with more being set up all the time. Find one near you here. 
This blog was created by ChatGPT yet briefed and refined by a human.

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Why, you may wonder, is it good to wander?

Andrew Clarke
Starting anything new can seem like a mountain to climb. Yet simply starting is a good idea! And being an active walker is even better. 
It is written, "The longest journey begins with a single step" - an aphorism ascribed to Patanjali from the Yoga Sustras. It's very similar to the common phrase, "The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step" by the Chinese philosopher, Laozi in the Tao Te Ching. Not Confucious, his contemporary, as many may think. 
The good news is the South West Coast Path is 'only' 630 miles long.
And the even better news is, it runs from Minehead, in Somerset, to Poole, Dorset, taking in Devon and Cornwall too. With views to die for. And if you're not good with directions, this way, the sea is on the right and little acorn path signs are inscribed into wooden posts marking the route. You can, of course, always start in Poole and finish in Minehead. It's a binary choice in a modern world laden with too many choices!
And we know the benefits of walking as Garry Pratt tells us in his seminal read, The Creativity Factor, published by Bloomsbury. 
The path also offers a good number of the UK's 1,500 beaches along its winding path. Which is one of many reasons why it's good to wander. 
Starting in Minehead, with its sandy beach, known as The Strand, We love our beach joined the South West Coast Path (SWCP) team to celebrate their 50th Anniversary in their #Trailblazing50 walk. The opening quote by Pantanjali is printed on their Coast Path Passport. 
The area also offers many beaches, all within 8 miles, from Dunster to Porlock Weir, all providing a place for a picnic or a shore line stroll:
One thing that struck us at the start was the group mix - more than 30 of us of multi-generational make up and canine companions - an inspiring and eclectic gathering of like-minded, active health souls, sharing their passion for all things walking and wandering. 
Moving off from Minehead, the SWCP team included Director, Julian Gray and colleagues, Alitha and Lorna, Sue Applegate from Exmoor National Park and Rob Monacam from the National Trust Bossington, we were led by Geoff Garfield, the local SWCP Volunteer Rep. and his black Labrador, Oscar.
An inspiring walk and talk, we were able to listen and learn with so much ‘ground’ covered with some really lovely people and canine companions, wrapped in a gentle sea breeze and under blue skies. 
16kms in total taking in forested ascents, demanding descents, gorgeous yellow gorse, educational nuggets on North Hill, sandy beaches and Porlock's pebble beach, salt marsh, Exmoor ponies and spooky trees, stunning coastal and moorland scenery, vista stops and tea shops to savour.

More details, comments by fellow walkers and photos can be found on Facebook here.
It was fascinating to learn of the sea's beach breach at Porlock in the 90s when the 6,000 year old pebble beach was 'broken' by a storm which flooded the fields behind and turned it into a salt marsh now full of fish, birds and wildlife. The star of the scene, however, was the spooky tree, killed by the sea salt invasion yet stoically standing proud in marshland proving a photographer's favourite at twilight with the setting sun.
We ended the amazing walk at picturesque Porlock Weir with its tidal port and a pint to round off an exceptional day. Perfect. Back on the #10 bus with the friendliest and funniest driver ever, face a-glowing, legs aching yet deliriously happy at the journey's achievement.
And now, with many reasons to wander the next step is to make the entry in our SWCP Passport, as our little reward, and remember to plan the next stage.
Sea on the right and ...
... Seas the day.

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What's in a Tee?

Andrew Clarke

What's in a Tee?

What's their origin? Why do we wear them? Who made them iconic? And what does yours 'say'?

Every icon has a story.

And the practical, humble and now ubiquitous and unisex T-shirt is no exception. And it offers an impactful, cultural symbolism with the power to make a statement. 

Purists might argue that it all began in the Middle Ages, as an undergarment proving a hygienic layer between clothes and the skin. Vogue highlights the origin of the name as "T-shaped shirts made of woven linen or cotton", originally for men with long tails tucked between the legs and also adopted by women to replace corsets. 

The modern T-shirt, however, began its journey in the late 19th century in the USA. Hot US labourers would cut their overalls (jumpsuits) in half to cool off in the warmer months.

Commercialisation began after its 'invention' in the Spanish-American war when the US Navy started issuing them as standard undergarments, also adopted by the British Navy under their woollen uniforms and then as outerwear when working on deck, a practice that was adopted by working class men. In the early 20th century, T-shirt brands such as Fruit of the Loom accelerated their adoption as a wardrobe staple. By the 1930s it was standard issue for sportsmen, the US retailer, Sears, Roebuck and Co. advertised with 'It's an undershirt, it's an outershirt' and during WW2 it was standard military issue. 'You don't need to be a soldier to have your own personal T-shirt', Sears proclaimed. 

It was some years though before the 'working tee' took off and became an out of work wardrobe item in the 1950s. When Hollywood's rising stars began wearing them to signal a less uniform, more rebellious character it entered the mainstream. Actors such as Marlon Brando in 'The Wild One' and James Dean in 'Rebel without a Cause' gave T-shirts sex appeal and catapulted them to their iconic status which meant the T-shirt had a place in the wardrobe outside of work. 

In the 1960s and 70s the T-shirt became truly unisex with actresses such as Jacqueline Bisset wearing one wet in The Deep. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsborough of Anglo-French fame, posed for photos whilst wearing them on holiday. Printing, technology and manufacturing advances provided further impetus. And given it's modern-day adoption by actors and actresses, fashion brands (Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Ralph Lauren), artists and film producers, advertising Execs. and creatives, writers and intellectuals, it became the 'Mini of fashion'. As a classless fashion staple worn by workers and wealthy alike with designer orientation it provided an opportunity for people to stand out in a sea of sameness with individuality, personalisation and creativity. A modern-day form of short-hand, simple and impactful expression. A one-person advertising hoarding - all on the humble T-shirt. 

Katherine Hamnett described a T-shirt as "wearing a slogan as a way of people aligning themselves to a cause. They're tribal. Wearing one is like branding yourself". 

Dennis Nothdruft, curator at London's Fashion and Textile Museum, described the T-shirt as:
"a really basic way of telling the world who and what you are.”

We love our beach was set up to help beach-loving people to stand out in a sea of sameness with a sense of fun. Using witty, wise and wonderful words on amusing beach and marine designs we seek to make people smile and enjoy the positive, well-being benefits of the beach. Making memories on the beach with the ones we love is something that stays with us forever. And helps develop creativity, balance and resilience. Plus relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation for all. As someone once said, "Sand in your toes helps while away the woes".

Seas the day we say!

Our GOTS certified Organic Cotton T-shirt (and Hoody) range appeals to active adults and children with a zest for life and a desire to make people smile in a world of choice, change and challenge.

We offer 10% OFF your first order when you sign up to Happy Tides, FREE delivery on orders of £50 or more and you get £5 OFF your next clothing purchase when, after life use, it's returned for recycling. Like the tide we believe in returning. It's called circular fashion and helps reduce landfill waste. So we invite you to become a part of the beach loving, sustainable community. And we give 10% of profits to beach and marine conservation. Well, we can't enjoy ourselves on the beach if it isn't clean and safe, can we? We deliver items in plastic-free packaging and all of our products are either recycled, recyclable or made from sustainable materials, helping to reduce plastic and waste in water and landfill. 

What does your T-shirt say about you? Do you keep them from the past, as it's a part of your identity? Do you collect them? Do you repurpose, return or recycle them?

Let us know by emailing us a photo of your favourite T-shirt with a short (maximum) 250-word story about it to wave@weloveourbeach.com for a chance to WIN 4 We love our beach T-shirts for you, family and friends.

Terms and conditions of entry: 

Ends September 30th 2023. Independent judges meet in October and winners will be announced by the end of October 2023. Judges decision is final. Entry is subject to We love our beach's use of the photo and article in post competition marketing communications. By entering you grant such permission. 

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The Beach as we know it

Andrew Clarke

The expectation, excitement and emotion-filled joy of a visit to the coast are energising. For all generations and all walks of life. 

Are we there yet? I can see the sea. Is that where we are staying? Look at the view. The surf's up.

We all have fond memories of the beach. If we don't, we really should.

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Let’s Go Create! Art on the beach August

Andrew Clarke

Send us your beach art this August! Simply email wave@weloveourbeach.com by the 31st August 2020 with a picture of your creation.

1st Place will WIN a windbreak of their choice!

Onto the rules! Says Britannia. 

The picture can be of a:

  • SAND CASTLE: get creative!
  • ETCHING: an etching in the sand (wonderful beach words)
  • ART: a sculpture with whatever is already on the beach 

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Beach Please: The Instagrammers We Love To Follow

Andrew Clarke

Few people are better at inspiring this wanderlust than the influencers of Instagram. If you follow any, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

When we’re browsing the ‘gram’, their beautiful images inspires us and evokes a desire to get back to our spiritual home - the British beach. Discover a few of our favourite influencers in this article!

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Revealing your thoughts on our designs

Andrew Clarke

A whale-sized thanks to everyone who has completed our recent survey. As a plankton-sized startup trying to navigate the big ocean, your help really does mean a lot to us - so thank you again for your kindness.

Your responses were brilliant. We’ve learned a thing or three that’s for ‘shore’. Discover what we've learned in this article!

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A billion reasons staycation (at least)

Andrew Clarke

The 2020 holiday season has proved disappointing. Indeed 19 percent of would-be British holidaymakers have cancelled their international travel plans due to, well, you know what.

Yet, as always the ‘tide’ is turning. Research from a 2020 Market Report suggesting we’re set to see a huge ‘wave’ of Brits choosing to holiday at home this summer.

Discover over a billion reasons why you should staycation this summer!

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The South West’s most beautiful beaches

Andrew Clarke
British beaches are a wonderland for kiddie winkles, four-legged friends and adults alike. The chance to spend a day at the beach, eating ice cream, building sandcastles and taking a dip in the calming, cool waters around our shores is something many of us relish. Discover We love our beach's favourite three beaches in the South West.

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Staycation to rival the Playstation?

Andrew Clarke
It's been tough lately. Staying in. Cooped up. We've had to hunker down. Yet as creative and resilient souls, memories keep us going. And some of those best memories are forged on the beach.

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