The traditional “bucket and spade” August bank holiday outing to the seaside is now out of reach for one in five UK families, the Barnardo’s children’s charity warns on Monday.
It calculated the cost of a no-frills day at the seaside for an average family of four could be as much as £170 in some areas and was £41 at the very least.
The research was based the cheapest train fare, using a relevant railcard, for two adults and two children aged between five and 15 from a range of cities and county towns to their nearest coastal resort. It also includes the price of staple items such as sun cream, fish and chips and ice cream.
Barnardo’s found a day trip could cost up to £172 from Aylesbury to Bournemouth; £127 from Leicester to Skegness; and £96 from London to Margate. The research does not include swimwear, towels, buckets and spades, arm bands or inflatables or extra drinks, snacks and meals.
The UK’s poorest families have too little money to cover basic weekly living costs, let alone a trip to the beach, the research found.
Poverty now means not being able to sink into the mud at Weston Super Mare?
As opposed to eating corn husks for the month before the next harvest? I think we’ve rather solved that economic scarcity problem, haven’t we?