Residents of Woodgate Residential Home in Tonbridge made the most of the warm weather by taking a nostalgic trip to Hastings for an afternoon of fun in the sun.

Accompanied by staff of the home, a number of residents boarded the minibus at Woodgate ready for a day of excitement and exploring.

Upon arrival, the residents enjoyed a walk along the seafront, working up an appetite for their traditional fish and chip lunch. After lunch, they enjoyed a spot of sunbathing on the beach with a cup of tea.

Carer Elyse with resident Grace

The residents were also eager to embrace the old-fashioned seaside amusements, which they had fond memories of from their previous family holidays. They competed with one another, trying to win prizes on the 2p machines, before one of the residents, Doreen, enjoyed a nostalgic ride on the carousel.

Carer, Savannah Drawbridge said, “Watching Doreen on the carousel was just magnificent, it was the highlight of my day – she had such a lovely time.”

With the residents suitably sleepy from their eventful day, the group headed back to the minibus to relax and chat about their day on the way home.

Leah Gale, activity coordinator at Woodgate who organises the trips out, said: “The residents all had an excellent day at the beach. It really is so wonderful to see the people that live with us doing what we all take for granted, because you can see just how much it meant to them all.”