Life's just beachy: Patsy Palmer shows off her bikini body as she hits Ibiza with her family
09:00 GMT, 20 August 2012
Patsy Palmer obviously didn't trust the British weather.
Despite the weekend's soaring temperatures, the EastEnders star instead headed to Ibiza to top off her tan.
The 40-year-old mother of four smiled happily, showing off her stunning figure in a blue bikini as she enjoyed a family day out on the beach.
Summer fun: Patsy Palmer shows off her stunning figure during a family holiday in Ibiza
Palmer looked in the shape of her life as she waded into the water, playing with her three children Fenton, 11, daughter Emilia, 10, and one-year-old son Bertie.
Her husband Richard Merkell also joined in the fun, and at one point they managed to sneak in a cheeky kiss on the beach.
Family day out: Patsy Palmer has fun with her children in the Ibiza sea
Splish splash: Husband Richard Merkell also joined in on the fun
The Albert Square star, who also has a 20-year-old son called Charley from a previous relationship, decided to rev up the fun factor by hiring a pedalo.
Shaped as a car, and coming complete with a slide, they drove each other to hysterics as they plunged into the warm water.
Despite being miles away from Walford, she couldn't help bump into an old friend.
Fun in the sun: Palmer spent time with her children, before planting a sneaky kiss on her husband
Taking it out for a spin: Palmer hired a car themed pedalo to rev up the fun factor
She was seen with her former on-screen sweetheart Sid Owen, who played Ricky Butcher, on the Balearic island over the weekend – attending a Teenage Cancer Trust summer party. A host of celebrities attended the Grouch Club Ibiza charitable event, including Jade Jagger and Neneh Cherry.
In April, Palmer was given six months off EastEnders to spend time with her family.
Fun and games: Her children have a blast as they slide off into the warm waters
Having a laugh: The EastEnders star is clearly enjoying her summer holiday
Tragically, she suffered a miscarriage last October just as she was preparing to return to the BBC soap after her maternity leave following the birth of her son Bertie.
An EastEnders spokeswoman said the actress will 'be back on screen later this year'.
Mummy's boy: Palmer snuggled up to her one-year-old son Bertie