Titchwell, North Norfolk

I do like to be beside the seaside

I do like to be beside the sea!

I do like to stroll along the prom, prom, prom,
Where the brassbands play

So just let me be beside the seaside,
I’ll be beside myself with glee;

And there’s lots of birds beside,
I should like to be beside,
Beside the seaside, beside the sea.


And I realise belatedly I should add this YouTube video (thankyou, thankyou YouTube!) of Basil Rathbone performing “I do like to be beside the seaside’, for anyone unfamiliar with the song. And then there’s Cary Grant, if you want more…. nip over to YouTube

24 thoughts on “Titchwell, North Norfolk

  1. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

    I do so like your poetry
    About your time beside the sea
    Glimpses of gifts brought by the tide
    Observed on strolls by the seaside

    I do so like your poetry
    This post has filled my heart with glee
    To read about how you and B
    Enjoyed your time beside the sea


  2. heidiannie

    I’ve never heard this song before- or if I have- I didn’t remember it.
    I went to youtube and heard several renditions- thanks for putting this up with your lovely pictures. I want to be beside the sea myself right now, but I have to wait until mid-December. Your pictures helped with my longing. :)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Hi Heidi! it’s the song we sang in the car on our way to the seaside when we were little. I’m so pleased you like it. I’ve added Basil Rathbone’s version above :)

  3. azélias kitchen

    You remind me Joanna of the first time I visited a Norfolk beach in my early 20’s I realised the English DO have sandy beaches! Living here in SE and visiting only Brighton’s grey water and pebble beach I use to pang for my childhood beaches.

    I could cope with these winters better if I could look out on to a beach like that on a cold sunny day like you have here. What a fabulous blue sky you have on the photo with the twigs, great photo.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Hi Az! if the sun shone like that and our eyes could scan the horizon each day – I agree! Not like today with the sky clamped down like an old saucepan lid and rain everywhere hm? Holkam beach is deeply fabulous too. The tides roaring in, little streamlets, shame it’s such a long way away, but maybe that’s what keeps it relatively unspoilt?

  4. Barbara

    And your uncle Ron used to sing it on the way to Adelsö too!

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      My dearly beloved aunt, as you know there is nothing like the English coast on a cold and bright winter’s day to raise the spirits – sunshine glittering on wet sand and illuminating seashells from within; the sanderling scurrying up and down the tideline…. not swimming weather but perfect walking weather and the Titchwell beach is one of the very best for walking and running and picking up driftwood. My idea of heaven is walking forever on that beach with family and friends all together again, Ron and you and many others – and a small dog or two – stopping for a hot drink produced from a rucksack and a piece of tiffin. Yes, that would do nicely :)

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      Considering I point and click, no view finder and I couldn’t see the back screen at all in the sunshine so in effect taking them almost randomly…. Bless that little Lumix, it tries so hard to please me :) Thanks sweetheart xx

  5. Choclette

    Fantastic photos and I think you can’t pass these ones off as your husband’s this time – you must take the credit. Have never been to Norfolk – huge beach looks amazing. Hope you had a good time.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      You are so kind – he was looking out to sea through a scope, looking for scaup and eider as I danced along looking down at what the tide had brought in. Crabs and razor clams and pieces of wood, tangled up in seaweed… There is a bigger beach at Holkam, I think they film there when they want sand and dunes but the RSPB reserve at Titchwell runs down to the beach, public footpath going through it and is just a favourite spot. I HAD A FANTASTIC TIME!!!

  6. drfugawe

    I love the shadow shot! But I’m having a little trouble figuring out the first one – looks a bit like a bare leg and foot covered in oil, or a three hundred year old iron sculpture of an old goose head – would love to know what it really is.

    Bet you had fun.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author


      Just a piece of driftwood that looks like a goose or a duck or a poodle without his ears, dark and wet from being in the sea.

      there were other pieces with beautiful forms, sculpted by the sea and the tides I guess – here are a couple more… I was trying not to bore everyone with too many photos… ;)

      the amulet Dolmen

  7. Jan

    Oh, how I love those photos and delight in the ‘tiddly om pom pom’! I wish the little Lumix could record the beach sounds too. I know I shall be doing the Basil Rathbone hup-skip step and having a giggle while I’m doing my daily chores – and the neighbours will think I am a tiddly pom pom pom. Thanks for the delight and laughter Joanna.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      I just love that hup-skip (perfect description of it!) and the little squeak of excitement that goes with it too Jan! You can see the Monty Python music hall lineage so clearly in clips like that, can’t you?

  8. heidiannie

    How could we be bored!? I love your pictures and am smelling the brisk sea air rather vicariously. How I long to be on the Eastern shore right now!

  9. bagnidilucca

    I love your seaside photos! I grew up beside the seaside ( Main Beach at Surfers Paradise) and I had the most magical childhood. Thank you for this lovely post. I’m signing up.

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