WALK ON WATER News just in from the USA: Crocs are no longer the only option for little feet that want to spend as much time in as out of the water. The American brand Sun–San has launched in Britain, bringing us leather sandals in myriad colours that are treated with a water–resistant sealant. With repeated wear the sandals will mould to the shape of the foot, and the rust–resistant buckle will allow for a comfortable fit, even on narrow feet. Better still, if you have a child with a preference for muddy puddles the sandals will survive a spin in the washing machine. There are six styles (Surfer and Swimmer are pictured), from a baby size 0 to a youth size 3, from £32–42; see sunsansandals.co.uk for stockists.
FINE AND DANDY Dandystar has come up with the perfect T–shirt dress for mucking about in on hot summer days. The simple, kneeskimming sleeveless A–line dress is made from the company’s signature comfortable jersey cotton, and will look lovely under the inevitable cardie, too. Ages one–teen, £31 (dandystar.com).
SAIL AWAY Wooden sailing boats are synonymous with the chilly knees, itchy jumpers and sandy sandwiches of a British beach holiday, and, unlike buckets, spades and stinky crab hooks, they can spend the rest of the year as an object of worship in a bedroom. Skipper boat, £18, from John Lewis and good toyshops.
CHILDREN IN CHARGE Devon and Cornwall Unlocked (£6.49, unlockedguides.com) is the fifth in a series of guidebooks for children that focus on activities, rather than places, that are fun. Discover the best spot to ride a sea tractor (Burgh Island) feed a pelican (Paignton Zoo), or sail a toy boat (National Maritime Museum). While the idea of placing yourself in your children’s hands for a day is potentially terrifying, there is a small chance that you might end up enjoying yourselves.
THINGS TO DO IN NORTH NORFOLK 1 Look out for the Bean brothers’ orange and white ferries on Morston Quay and take a boat ride out into Blakeney Harbour for guaranteed seal spotting on Blakeney Point. The trips are a very manageable one hour long. Adults, £9, children, £5; booking essential (beansboattrips.co.uk). 2 Next, stop for lunch at the Wiveton Farm Café, three miles away, with views across the strawberry fields to the marshes and the sea. The atmosphere is relaxed and child–friendly, with outdoor seating and a large selection of cakes. Open daily 9.30–4.30 (01263–740515). 3 Lastly, rejoin the coast road to Weybourne, to visit the Muckleburgh Collection, the largest privately owned collection of military vehicles in Britain. There are more than 120 tanks, guns and vehicles to swoon over, plus, if you visit on a Sunday, you can take a ride in the ultimate off–roader, the Gama Goat. Open 10am–5pm every day until October 30. Adults, £7, children, £5 (01263–588210).
THREE OF THE BEST PATTERNED UV VESTS Red vintage (ages 4–12), £13, landsend.co.uk/kids; green elephant puff–sleeve with ruched sides (ages 1–12), from £36, sunuva.com; swirl design short–sleeve (ages 5–10), from £19.95, muddypuddles.com.