Some amazing beach huts not by the sea

I love a shed by the sea or beach huts as you normal people call them.

Here are some great examples of the genre by our fabulous sheddies – the majority of them seem to be owned and created by lady sheddies showing once again that the ladies are on top shed form.

So get some inspiration and enter your beach hut into Shed of the year NOW

The Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from Garden #shedoftheyear

1920’s Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from Garden #shedoftheyear

Bespoke Summerhouse Aka The Beach Hut – Budget from Garden #shedoftheyear

Ant’s Pad – Unexpected from Weybridge #shedoftheyear

The Washery – Cabin/Summerhouse from Country Garden #shedoftheyear

Jenny’s Beach Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from garden #shedoftheyear

The Beach Hut – Unique from Chelveston, Northamptonshire #shedoftheyear

The Beach Hut – Unique from in the garden of a terrace house in central Colchester #shedoftheyear

Jabba The Hut – Cabin/Summerhouse from back garden- Dorset #shedoftheyear

Stay Put Beach Hut – Unique from Felixstowe #shedoftheyear

Beach Huts – Unexpected from Back Garden #shedoftheyear

Bostin Betty – Workshop/Studio from Landlocked in Birmingham #shedoftheyear


Fancy having an allotment shed or beach hut on your window sill?

Those people over at Firebox now have two shed like products for the gardener without any space.



  • Everything you need to grow your own fragrant herbs
  • Garnish your world with freshly plucked sprigs of mint
  • Hand-painted with a useful storage space for your tools
  • Bring those sun-soaked seaside vibes into your home
  • Sun, sea, sand and surf not included



  • Everything you need to grow your own array of delicious herbs
  • An unusual but practical house-warming present
  • Join the indoor gardening revolution!
  • A tidy and charming addition to your kitchen

A great gift for any sheddie I would think, buy them here

Sad to see these beach huts after the British Storms

I love beach huts or sheds by the sea as I call them – so very sad to see these photos of the aftermath of the storms in Dawlish- Photos from BenBirchallCom

11 sheds that make you wish it was Summer – you have to check them out sheddies!

We love all sorts of sheds here – but sometimes with these winter blues it’s nice to think ahead to the “Warm” Summer months in the UK –

ok maybe it will be puring down –  but here are some sheds that bring that Summer feeling – so sit back open your third bottle of peapod gin and relax.



Da Peerie Hoose - Beth Gerrard
Beth Gerrard
On the croft, Shetland


Evening Shed - Valerie Wood
Valerie Wood
Sutton surrey


The Beach Hut - Darius G Laws
Darius G Laws
in the garden of a terrace house in central Colchester


Russian Summerhouse - John Hardisty
John Hardisty
Newcastle upon Tyne


The Beat Hut - Mitchell Pay
Mitchell Pay


The Washery - Mark Harrison
Mark Harrison
Country Garden


Bostin Betty - Paula
Landlocked in Birmingham


Scallopers Shelter - Arty Crafty
Arty Crafty
Fisherman’s Green Kirkcudbright


The Rum Shack - Simon Tarabella
Simon Tarabella
Garden, Gosport


Chesil View - Mrs Penny Knapman
Mrs Penny Knapman
Back garden


Jazzy Lily - Pauline
Aylesbury Bucks

Sheds by the sea – Norfolk

The readersheds annual holiday is over BOO – but after a busy shed week, nearly a week was needed to relax and that place was North Norfolk – even after the five and a half drive from shed HQ in mountainous Wales.

Of course much food was eaten – Brays Pies where the stunning , and the Norfolk pork was top class plus a few local ales and a very nice Suffolk(its in the same part of England) gin from Adnams.

any holiday from the shed cannot be without it’s distractions and North Norfolk has some of the nicest beach huts in the UK.

We stayed a while in Wells next to the sea but as MRSUW said it should be called “Wells further than you think by the sea” – as you have to walk down a massive causeway to get to the sea (which was out)

but it’s a nice seaside town with one of the best Fish n Chips I have had in a long time from French’s (as recommend by Ben).

They have the beach huts on legs that you see on the many postcards you can buy in the less than tatty shops – we first saw them in the evening and I had that legs turn to jelly moment,  just like when I walk into a great pub with at least 4 ales I have never had before.

anyway I took a lot more photos but here are just a selection.

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

Sheds by the sea

We also stayed in Sheringham who had more traditional beach huts as well

sheds by the sea

Norfolk shed by the sea

Norfolk shed by the sea

Norfolk shed by the sea


also a pretty village of stiffkey was on our route many a time – so had to stop to take a photo of their cafe shed – that they use for taking tea in and the village TARDIS (everyone should have one)

Stiffkey Stores Shed

TARDIS sheds Stiffkey Norfolk


TARDIS sheds Stiffkey Norfolk
anyway I will be going back to Norfolk again as it was lovely – but it needs more mountains.

Now I have had my beach hut fix for the year I will be ok – but I hope some of your sheddies Share your beach huts for Shed of the year 2014 over at


Fancy owning a beach hut from Budleigh Salterton only £200 to you guv

Saw this on gumtree (yes I get alerts for beach huts and sheds!) but you could own a lovely beach hut from Budleigh Salterton – just the hut for £200 and alas not the plot at the lovely sleepy seaside town that has a great collection of beach huts.

This is our beloved Beach Hut at Budleigh Salterton which we are selling because we are changing model ! Could do with some TLC – odd bits of wood replacing possibly and a few new hinges but essentially is ready to go.

Buyer will need to collect mid October and any arrangement now will require the buyer to make some small deposit. Alternatively can be collected sooner.

Looks like a bargain but of course shed by the sea buyer beware.

Even Queen Victoria loved her shed by the sea – also view a panoramic Scott’s Antarctic Hut

With the news that the public are allowed access to Queen Victoria beach at Osborne on the Isle of Wight

English heritage have recreated this very fine bathing hut – it has overtones of this years Graden office winner Bostin Betty– and would love to have a place like this to get into my woolen bathing costume ready for a dip in the sea.

Queen Victoria’s private beach at Osborne, her seaside home on the Isle of Wight, will open to the public for the first time from Friday 27 July. “We have quite a charming beach to ourselves,” Victoria wrote in 1845 and it was here that the Queen regularly bathed and where her children learned to swim.

English Heritage has returned to the beach the original wooden bathing machine which ran down a ramp into the sea and from which Victoria – her modesty preserved – would emerge in her swimming suit. English Heritage has also restored the small covered seat – The Queen’s Alcove – where she sat and sketched the coastal views.

It was at Osborne beach that Queen Victoria swam in the sea for the first time. “I thought it delightful till I put my head under water, when I thought I should be stifled,” she wrote and visitors will also be able to paddle and take a dip in the Solent.

Queen Victoria’s beach at Osborne on the Isle of Wight will open on Friday 27 July 2012. Osborne – house, grounds and beach – will be open daily from 10am until 4 November, with limited opening over winter. A mini bus service to the beach will run daily until 30 September and then weekends only, October – 4 November.

Entry to Osborne is free to English Heritage members.

Non-members: £13.00 for adults (£11.70 for concessions), £7.80 for children and £33.80 for families (2 adults and up to 3 children).

In other news you can view Shackleton’s & Scott’s Hut in 360 degress thanks to google according to the BBC

Images of the Antarctic huts used by polar explorers Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott have been posted online as part of the latest extension to Google’s Maps service.

The prefabricated wooden cabins were erected in 1908 and 1911 respectively, and were used as bases for the men’s attempts to reach the south pole.

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Mablethorpe home of the Bathing Beauties Beach Hut Festival – huts to get makeover

according to thisislincolnshire

Some huts in Mablethorpe home of the excellant Bathing Beauties Beach Hut Festival are getting a chance

A MAJOR investment programme is set to breathe new life into Mablethorpe’s ageing beach chalets.

East Lindsey District Council is to refurbish a number of huts on the resort’s south promenade and has unveiled a vibrant design for several new huts aimed at providing more opportunities for private ownership.

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    JUST BEACHY: East Lindsey District Council foreshore supervisor Chris Straw is pictured with strategic development manager Semantha Neal and Mablethorpe Town Manager Karen Froggatt as plans for a beach hut improvement programme in the resort are announced. (Picture Sarah Baker)

In October 2011, five beach huts in Queen’s Park Promenade were destroyed by fire and as a result an additional five huts adjoining the site will be removed to tidy up the area.

Four new-style huts are to be built at the rear of Queen’s Garden square which will be available for hire in 2012, and act as “show huts” for potential buyers. It is likely the new huts will cost around £12,000 for a 20-year lease.

The new huts will be designed to provide visual appeal all year round, have a log cabin style construction and be less susceptible to vandalism.

Oh! I do like to be beside the embankment – sheds by the Thames

If you are in London pop down to the embankment and you may see a shed load of beach huts (shed by the sea) – they are there to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain.

Some great photos of them from our Just Sheds Flickr Group

sea-side walk

South Bank beach huts

The Stranger

beach hut with cloud sign bbc on Thames south bank London 14th July 2011 18:28.16pm

The Thames beach huts

Polka dot Shed

Hutstock on the South Bank

I may try and visit when Iam down that London for the Great British Beer Festival.


Here are the details

A gorgeous line of colourful and inspiring artist-designed beach huts line Queen’s Walk along the river in front of Royal Festival Hall.

Friday 22 April 2011, 10am – Sunday 4 September 2011, 11pm.

Various huts open throughout the day, mainly from 11am till 6pm.

Walking from Hungerford Bridge towards Waterloo Bridge, or looking left to right as you face them, the huts are:

Bare Life

Beach hut design, Oreet Ashery; beach hut structure, vegetation roof, 2011

Influences: Bare Life – A term coined by the Italian political philosopher Giorgio Agamben to describe the fragility of life without basic rights; Sukkah – In Jewish tradition a Sukkah is a temporary hut topped with branches symbolising haphazard nomadic life in the desert; Postcolonial beach huts – Many Indian, Middle Eastern and Caribbean beach huts use local vegetation as roofs. The postcolonial beach hut references migration and complex colonial history.

Dazzle Pillbox (exterior)

Artist – Gordon Allum; materials – wood, paint; designed February 2011

Dazzle Pillbox is an homage to navy lieutenant and marine artist Norman Wilkinson who originated the idea of ‘dazzle camouflage’. Applied to thousands of ships during World Wars I and II as a counter-measure to submarine attack, it is a fascinating example of the contribution of artists to the saving of lives and the defense of the realm.


Until 11 July – Inspector Sands Theatre Company installation; from 11 July 4 Sept – The Big Noise installation.

ALL MOD CONS (exterior)

Markus Birdman 2011

I took inspiration from the style of the mods. I felt they were often associated with glorious days out at the seaside. Theirs was a quintessentially British parade of sharp suits and stylish parkas on Vespas and Lambrettas, emblazoned with targets, union jacks and checker board. They were looking for excitement, recognition, celebration and trouble!

Postcards from the Sea (interior)

Exhibition of selected postcards from 1900 to the present day. Kindly loaned by The Southend Museum, Southend on Sea, from their extensive collection.

This exhibition provides a poignant snapshot of British 20th-century social history through everyday postcards sent from Southend on Sea. From a frozen River Thames, two World Wars, to the emergent glorious technicolor of the 1950s and beyond.

Essex Coastal Beach Hut (exterior)

An assemblage of wood, glass and paint imagined by Phill Jupitus in 2011.

A traditional seaside shelter decorated with the names of those places in Essex which are directly adjacent to either the River Thames or the North sea.

Before the Flood (interior)

The Under the Pier show (exterior & interior)

A seaside amusement arcade on Southwold pier, Suffolk. ‘Is it art’ (the machine in the beach hut) is part of the arcade. It was made by Tim Hunkin in 2005.

The Under the pier show contains a collection of home-made coin operated machines and low-tech simulator rides. New machines are added every year. For more details see

Jimmy Pursey’s Trousers (exterior)

Artist – Sadie Hennessy; materials – mixed media; 2011

This hut is inspired by some trousers I saw Jimmy Pursey (of Sham 69) wearing in 1979 at Sham’s Last Stand at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Sadly the event descended into a terrifying, skinhead riot, but not before I had time to notice that, up close, Jimmy’s punky black jeans were actually made of something slinky, almost satiny with diamanté on the seams and studs. I liked the idea that something that looked ordinary from a distance was actually very fancy up close.


From 1 July – an exhibition of Hutstock photos.

Hut/Eye (exterior)

Grenville Davey, 2011; materials – wood and paint.

Describing the hut Chloe Tinsley from The Land Concept says: ‘You can’t tell me you haven’t been there. Your mind is working overtime on some specialty of yours; and as you experience something pleasurable – beautiful, for example – your mind jumps right through associative images. Maybe they are memories, montages of visualised ideas. But they are there. Unobtrusively, unconcerned, mustering in on this new experience.

(interior) Festival of Britain gallery hut

Visual Art from UK coastal towns and cities curated by various studio groups and arts organizations:

(13 May – 27 May) Favourite Sounds of Southend by Peter Cusack; commissioned by Metal, Southend on Sea.

(28 May – 10 June) Temporary Art Project (TAP), Southend on Sea.

(17 June – 1 July) The Royal Standard, Liverpool (Crosby Beach).

artist/curator: Andy Smith

Title: De-censored at the Seaside.

Materials: latex, acrylic, inkjet on paper, metal, card

De-Censored at the Seaside explores the role of British sculpture in the Festival of Britain and its relationship to the construction of national identity.

The work appropriates various cultural artifacts: Donald McGill’s saucy postcard, a ‘low’ art form which were to be seen at the British seaside towns until they were censored in the 1950s by a conservative led government; neoclassical depictions of the Queen Victoria; and a lesser known public sculpture, Ray & Julie, displaced from its original location in a run-down area of Liverpool.

Within the context of the beach hut a dialogue emerges between each component, questioning imperialism, national identity and historical narratives in relation to the Festival of Britain.

(29 July – 14 August) Favourite Sounds of Southend by Peter Cusack; commissioned by Metal, Southend on Sea.

(19 August – 4 September) To be announced.

Plain white exterior + (interior) Shell Grotto

Heidi Wigmore; May 2011; Materials – British shells, found objects, mixed media.

The shell grotto is a mysterious curiosity. Originally a pagan shrine dedicated to water nymphs in ancient Greece, it became fashionable as a cavern-like retreat in 19th-century England; a melancholy place associated with creativity.

51/11 (exterior)

Heidi Wigmore; March 2011; Materials – emulsion paint.

The design is an affectionate reference to Lucienne Day’s iconic textile designs of the 1951 Festival. ‘Rather than the original microscopic crystal structures, I have incorporated a digital motif: fragments of complex fractal patterns, discovered through computer technology. These are often seen as “crop circles”, an idiosyncratic feature of English high summer,’ explains Heidi Wigmore.

(interior) Festival of Britain 60th Anniversary Celebrations with MasterCard – Welcome Film

Sea View (exterior)

Bill Mitchell

Bill Mitchell explains his inspiration: ‘My first memory of the seaside was a bank holiday in Margate, the beach packed so full my family found it hard to walk to the sea, let along find a place to sit. And stripes everywhere – deck-chars, wind-breaks, beach towels and beach balls.’

Sandcastles and Silhouettes (interior)

Exhibition of beachwear from the 1950s. Exhibition designed and curated by Holly Murray. Beachwear on kind loan from Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend on Sea. The 1950s were a time of great fabrics, colours and tailoring techniques. These beautiful costumes are exquisite examples of this potent changing era.

Costume designer, Holly Murray grew up in Southend and spent many sunny afternoons at her family beach hut. Sandcastles and Silhouettes is a celebration of these heady, carefree, sun-kissed afternoons combined with her love of design, pattern, colour and materials.

Literature of the Sea (exterior and interior)

An eclectic mix of fact and fiction, new and second-hand books about the sea.

Curated by Lemn Sissay as a partnership project to the Festival of Literature of the Sea in Southend on Sea (15 to 17 July 2011).

Even a brief look at contemporary writing and the classics reveal that the sea has been and still is an enormous subject that continues fascinate writers, poets and historians. We have collected just a few of the thousands of examples of adventure, survival, mythology, discovery and migration for you to browse in our Literature of the Sea Beach Hut.

Mosaic Hut (exterior and interior)

An exhibition by Southbank Mosaics.

Weather Symbols 01 (exterior)

Artist – Patrick Loan; materials – wooden hut, industrial paint; 2011.

Influenced by symbols from old BBC weather forecasts, the enlarged, zoomed-in, pixilated images of weather symbols wrap around the hut, leading the viewer round the physical object. With a play on scale and by removing these graphic symbols from their original context, on a television screen, they become an integral part of a larger object.

UK Coastal Hut (interior)

Sand, found objects, text and photographs; 2011.

Fifteen coastal beaches, towns and resorts selected by The Seaside Land convener are highlighted in this installation, to demonstrate a tiny portion of the wealth of beauty, diversity, ingenuity and creativity found along the UK’s coastline.

Moonlit Serenade (exterior)

Artist – Richard Sharpe; materials – wooden hut, industrial paint; 2011.

‘Did you ever see a mermaids choir, madam?’ said Sharpe to a lady who happened to sit next to him. ‘Never, Sir!’ said the lady. ‘I have,’ said Sharpe, ‘but not before last night.’ And he went on to tell how, from his beach hut, he had seen ‘a procession of creatures in shades of grey, in rapture to the moon, they worshipped with songs, then disappeared’.

(interior) Southbank Centre Festival of Britain Information Point

Just Sheds : Yorkshire Beach huts & other colourfull sheds by the sea

We sometimes tend to forget our sheds by the sea cousin the beach huts as we are obsessed with Pub Sheds, Garden Offices and TARDIS sheds, but our Flickr Just sheds member theaspiringphotographer has taken some great shots of these colorful members of the shed family.

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