A day by the sea with the #HeartFeelGoodChallenge

January can be a bleak time of year so I think it’s vital to do as much as possible to lift the spirits. The people at Heart clearly agree with this sentiment. Their music provides the feel good soundtrack to your day.

The #HeartFeelGoodChallenge is a celebration of the music the popular radio station plays and the ‘feel good’ feeling their songs inspire and I was asked to try a new and uplifting activity inspired by a song from Heart. With tracks from the 1990s through to the present day, there were plenty to choose from. Eventually, though, I went for Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader.

Two little boys on a pier.

Contrary to the song’s title, my activity didn’t involve throwing shapes or, indeed, night time. I’m an awful dancer and am much more likely to be found asleep on the sofa of an evening! I chose it because Toploader hail from nearby Eastbourne and it always reminds me of days out with my friends at the seaside – back in the days when I had the same haircut as the lead singer!

I thought it would be a nice idea to introduce my family to the places I used to go. These included the town’s iconic pier which we hadn’t actually visited since it was restored. You may recall that a large part of it was destroyed by fire in 2014.

A child drawing on the sand of a beach.

Like many local people, I was really sad about it. The home of so many happy memories had gone up in smoke. But let’s not dwell on such feelings. I saw a visit with my family as an opportunity to start making new memories.

After walking along the promenade and around the bandstand, we headed for the beach. While Kate and I carried Amelie down in her pushchair, Dylan and Xander hurtled past us. After stopping to admire the view for a moment, they both started throwing pebbles into the sea.

A father and his two sons playing in an arcade.

I used to love skimming stones so attempted to teach them the technique. They tried, but soon returned to hurling them as far as they could! This didn’t matter, of course. The looks on their faces were what counted. They were in their element.

Next up, we headed to the pier. I loved trying my luck in the penny arcades when I was younger so thought the kids would enjoy that too. This was a hit as well – particularly as Dylan won several coins with his first attempt.

No visit to the seafront is complete without chips so we made sure the tradition was honoured. Hands were soon flying in from all directions!

A child grabbing some chips from a bag with Eastbourne Pier in the background.

It was a lovely day out. It was cheap and got us all plenty of fresh air and exercise. Above all, though, it was a proper feel good family day. The boys have already asked if we can go back again soon and the answer is a resounding yes.

Why not take the #HeartFeelGoodChallenge yourself? Listen to the nation’s happy place, Heart, and try a feel-good activity inspired by one of its songs.

Tune in online or at 96-107FM.

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.

1 Comment
  • John Adams
    February 11, 2018

    How awesome to combine your activity with old, happy memories. Great suggestion there Tom.

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