Welcome to manonabeach®, featuring over 1,250 filmed answers to the question What does the beach mean to you…? along with films that set the scene.  You can see featured interviews below, explore the maps on the right or click on the carousel figures above.  There are menus at the top.

Here are some samples from the maps on the right:

 

The beach at the start of the day, with Judith at Lyme Regis in Dorset, beach page here.

 

A sense of pride in your environment over a lifetime, with Dave at Huisinis beach on North Harris in Scotland, beach page here.

 

The beach as an escape, with Liz at Sheringham in Norfolk, beach page here.

 

Fishing all the way, the recollections of Norman James Woodland at Selsey Bill in West Sussex, beach page here.

 

Born and raised by the beach, with Emma at Whitstable in Thanet, Kent, beach page here.

 

The beach as art, with Nathan at Newburgh in Scotland, beach page here.

 

All life is connected, with Nina at Linklet Bay, North Ronaldsay on Orkney, beach page here.

 

Beaches near and far, plus the elemental appeal of being by the water, with John at Elie Harbour in Fife, beach page here.

 

The music of the sea, with Mark at Dunwich in Suffolk, beach page here.

 

The beach through a lifetime, with Geoff at Rhossili on Gower in Wales, beach page here.

 

The pull of the beach through time, with Claire at Kingsand Cawsand in Cornwall, beach page here.

 

Guest answer from Tim, at Shingle Street in Suffolk, beach page here, send your own answer here.

 

A sensory, historical and cultural perspective, with Sarah at Skinnet beach in Sutherland, beach page here.

 

The beach through time, with Alan at Beer in East Devon, beach page here.

7 thoughts on “

  1. Andy Halden

    Living in the Midlands is very frustrating for a sea lover like me but your site will keep me going between my visits. When little as a family we headed for Woolacombe – lovely . Now we’re a little older Cornwall’s the way. Coverack, St Ives, etc. etc . Love the site.

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  2. Emma

    Living in Cumbria means I’ve got the best of both worlds. The beauty of the expansive hills and the vast coastline. My new job is to safeguard the water quality of our beaches in Morecambe Bay. With it’s tidal bore, birds a plenty, it’s an amazing stretch of coastline.

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  3. Sophie (Neville) - award winning author & wildlife artist

    As an Anthropology graduate I am interested in the theory that early hominids went through a period of coastal living, developing certain physical attributes such as fat on our limbs that is lacking in other mammal species. Hunter-gatherers would certainly migrate to the sea shore to find seabird eggs and gather shell-fish at certain periods such as the low spring tides and summer months. This would enable the animals they normally trapped and hunted inland to enjoy a breeding period.

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  4. Shona

    Oh, the beaches on Lewis are everything to me. The Atlantic rolls in and it can be so wild and invigoratiing – I forget everything and get lost in it. At other times the beach is a sanctuary, somewhere to work things out when I don’t know which way to turn. The beach has always been there for me and it always will be. We come and go, it remains.

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  5. Amanda

    The beach for me is always a great place to visit to feel truly relaxed and refreshed, guaranteed to make you smile! The beach is a place where I can relive my childhood memories through my own children, having fun days out on the beach building sandcastles, looking for buried treasure, paddling in the sea and finding pretty stones and shells. There are so many great beaches to choose from in the Northumberland area, you will be spoilt for choice!

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  6. Jane

    Beaches conjure up so many happy family holidays. Sunbathing, swimming, sandcastles, sailing, cricket, walking, wildlife etc. Blue skies, sea and calm water or grey, windy and crashing waves! All the different moods of nature and the wonderful feeling of having cobwebs blown away and being completely refreshed in mind and body. Sometimes it is the peacefulness of gently lapping waves on the shore which are sophorific and give rise to deep thoughts. Other times it is just relaxing to walk near the sea and watch others enjoying themselves. We love living near the sea and really enjoy holidays that involve beaches!

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