Real Happiness


The English and Welsh seaside is famous for having Victorian roots. People have often escaped from the daily grind to the seaside for a restful holiday with family and friends. The Victorian seaside had donkeys you paid to ride on. Families also watched Punch and Judy,A day at the beach, Felixstowe c.1900
A day at the beach, Felixstowe c.1900
a puppet show, and the adults would rest on a deckchair like they do nowadays. The beach was a place where children could run around and play or build sandcastles with buckets and spades, or if they were poor, with their hands. This is still something that happens all the time at the seaside.

Swimming was something that most Victorians did. Victorians had something to swim on called a float; Victorian children loved swimming because it was entertaining!!! Seaside holidays developed from a day to a week’s holiday during the Victorian era as factories were introduced and bank holidays.

The Seaside Today

Today we still have Punch and Judy, deck chairs, donkeys, sandcastles, sand, buckets and spades as well as water to swim in. Floats have developed into surf boards and there is one thing that we have left out - ice cream!!!!!!!!  

Stowupland School Play 1951
High day and holidays. A group trip out c.1900

This exhibition is part of a wider sustainability project delivered through the Rural Museums East Partnership. It is funded by Renaissance East of England.

Site designed and built by Ugly Studios