Beach huts are very much a part of the traditional Sea-side holiday and can be traced back for 250 years
Queen Victoria made sea bathing fashionable with her "hut" on wheels which was trundled down the beach at Osbourne Bay on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. These bathing machines afforded maximum privacy for the ladies who could thus enter the water with only their heads being seen. In the 1920s and 30s beach huts started appearing around open air Lydos but it was the 1950s when the huts really became popular. Local Authorities started building them and hiring them out to visitors on a weekly or daily basis. In recent years owning a beach hut as become very expensive some beach huts sell for over £100,000 each even though there are no facilities to stay in them overnight.
A typical hut would have a sink with running water a power point for a kettle to heat up the water and would contain deck chairs and a few utencils. The advantages for when renting a beach hut include a base to enjoy whole of the sea front from, a constant availability to brew cups of tea, somewhere to lock up your possessions if you wish to explore and a shelter in the event of rain. Skegness only have a few beach huts but unfortunately they do not have a sea view being set back a short distance behind the sand dunes, we prefure to use the ones situated a few miles up the east coast at Mablethorpe. I really enjoy our days spent at the beach huts, I always take a book and a few magazines to read and take also a pair of binoculars to view any passing boats out at sea. The front of the huts are situated on the promanade with direct access to the beach the back leads on to a stretch of grass that leads down to Queens park which has bowling greens, putting and crazy golf, a minature railway, boating lake and a large sized paddling pool, some of the beach huts overlook the paddling pool and are ideal if you have young children in the party, the park has a small cafe and there are public toilets situated close at hand. The huts can be hired for £65 a week and around £25 a day and to my mind are well worth it. Ideal if you have family visiting.
Some beach Hut Facts
Bournemouth the south coast resort that claims to have "invented" the beach hut has 1,800 of them lined up along a seven-mile stretch of East Dorset seafront. Some are offered for summer-season rentals (this year's release attracted nearly 80,000 applicants while others are privately-owned huts on council-managed land (there is a 15-year waiting list of around 1,000 people)
But buyers are still happy to shell out more than £200,000 for a hut at West Bexington in West Dorset, where a row of 14 vintage chalets on Chesil Beach probably hit a record when one sold at the height of the boom for £290,000.