Recalling all my childhood memories of Sheringham was making me miss my dear grandparents too much!
I was so lucky to have those holidays together with them. I've noticed with my own children how quickly they forge a strong bond with their grandparents, and how lucky they are to have grandparents who are similarly happy to spend long summer holiday stretches with them! Those childhood holidays by the seaside with extended family will be a part of me forever.
Seaview Villa sleeps 10 so we get quite a few intergenerational family groups - often grandparents booking to spend time with their children and grandchildren - and it's such a privilege to be a part of other families building the same precious memories together!
I don't remember the last holiday in Sheringham with my granny, nor the last one with my grandfather.
I don't remember the last year Grandfather swam in Sheringham, although I know he was nearly 100 before he gave it up (I know the dates of all these, but don't have any specific memories of them).
What I DO remember (but don't know the date of) is the last time Grandfather swam at high tide, because I was with him. Until that day he always swam at the same time - those who know Sheringham will be aware that when the tide is up on the shingle it can be a bit of a business getting out without being battered against the stones by the waves...
I must have been in my early 20s I guess, the day I (somewhat reluctantly) accompanied Grandfather for his morning 'bathe' and by the time I got him out there was something of a crowd on the prom - one of them told me "we were a bit worried about you" but none of them actually offered any help.
Grandfather absolutely hated admitted to any form of physical frailty and he never said anything about that morning, but after that day he always waited until the tide was off the shingle before swimming.
Other things I remember about #Sheringham family holidays:
Visiting Sheringham with a newborn.
When I was pregnant with our first baby my grandfather insisted that after the baby was born, no matter who in the family had 'booked' the house, they must give it up for us to use.
As it happened, the baby beat me up quite a bit on his way out and I missed my own cousin's wedding in Sheringham as I'd had to go back into hospital (also I wouldn't have dreamed of kicking any of my relatives out rather than wait a couple of weeks to visit).
But we took him there a couple of weeks later (at 3 weeks old). All his aunts and uncles got to meet him, I got the novel experience of LEAVING HIM BEHIND to visit the shops and we were all brought very extravagant breakfasts in bed by my brother (who I'm pretty sure has never before or since treated anyone else in such a fashion).
We were thrilled when a lady recently asked if she could book Seaview Villa as a special treat for her own daughter who was about to have a baby.
If you're thinking about visiting Sheringham with a newborn, especially if a few supportive people are planning to be there with you, then go for it! (And if you want any advice on travelling with babies just drop us a message).