Pack a picnic and perhaps some firewood, take a sleeping bag, your wetsuit and swim fins; use the free day and the busy main beaches as an impetus to get off the well-worn path and seek some time away from it all. If there are waves, be they tiny ankle-slappers or messy waist-high wind-chop, then get in to ride a few on a surfboard, bellyboard or handplane. If there aren’t waves then go for a swim, cast a fishing line, walk the coast path or make a camp fire to cook your dinner over (but obviously be careful to leave no trace). Spend a day tucked away on a little beach with no mobile phone signal and leave your watch behind. It’ll be better than staying at home and painting the fence.