More than 10 per cent of kids have NEVER been to beach!

Published Monday, Jul 21 2014, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Eating fish and chips, taking a paddle in the sea and exploring rock pools – most of us will have happy memories of heading to the seaside as a child.

However, a new survey has revealed that 11 per cent of kids have never been to a British beach!

The poll of 2,000 parents of children aged four to 16, carried out by train company First Great Western, also found that 36 per cent of children have never built a sandcastle, while 43 per cent haven't held a shell to their ear.

Family at the beach

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Over half of kids have also missed out on crabbing and skimming stones over the sea at a seaside resort.

And while we fondly remember tucking into a cone with a flake on the beach, nearly four in ten children have never done this.

The survey asked the parents what they do with their kids to keep them entertained and many admitted they shun the British seaside for going abroad, due to cheap deals and more sunshine.

Mum-of-two Gemma Sims, 39, explained: "My parents took me to the seaside every year. But with many foreign holidays now so cheap and the weather here unpredictable, I can't risk it with my sons."

But it's not just the thrills of the coast that our kids aren't experiencing – over half haven't been to a farm and seven in ten have never paid a visit to the iconic Tower of London.

It sounds like they have a lot to be getting up to during the summer holidays!

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