Save cash & stay safe by bringing the seaside home with our fun DIY tips

CROWDED beaches putting you off a trip to the coast?

If you are still keen on keeping your distance — while saving a few quid on a day out — bring the seaside to your own home.

The kids will love a DIY “beach” and setting one up is a fun task for everyone.

You can even add sand and ice creams for good measure thanks to these savvy ideas.

Sand as a pound: Bring the beach to you with a sandpit in the garden.
The plastic sand or water pit at for £24.99 is great. Plus you can get up to 11.5 per cent cashback when buying via To fill your pit, you can get two 10kg bags of sand from for £4. Bargain.

SAVE: £1

Water winner: Next, you need some water. Add a splash zone to your beach with a paddling pool that is quick to set up. I like the Bestway 10ft Fast Set inflatable pool, £54.99 over at For smaller gardens and more modest budgets, a 6ft version costs £24.99 at

SAVE: £30

Brolly-ant idea: When the sun is blazing like these past few days, you need plenty of shade. So set up a beach-style brolly in the garden. I love the multi-coloured parasol with UV protection, just £10 at It is far cheaper than the similar ones at, even though they are currently down from £66.95 to £34.95.

SAVING: £24.95

Flake it: It wouldn’t be a trip to the beach without ice cream. Whip up a treat with Kelly’s Cornish Clotted Cream ice cream, currently £2.50 at Asda, down from £3.99. You can also nab a pack of four Cadbury Flakes for just £1 (split these to make eight “99” ice creams). Serve them in Askey’s classic cones, £1 for a pack of 21, also at Asda. Easy.

SAVING: £1.49 on ice cream

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SAVE: £28

Cheap treat

JAFFA Jelly lollies are new to Morrisons. A box of five is just £1.

Top swap

IF you like the smell of the Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil & Mandarin reed diffuser £64 at, try Aldi’s version for a bargain £3.49. It smells so similar.

SAVE: £60.51

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