Our holiday diary of Cornwall 2019!
Setting off on a long journey for any family is nerve wracking and we were a bit anxious for a 7 hour drive to Tamar Valley holiday park close to the borders of Devon and Cornwall. Our set off time was slightly changed to 6.45am due to the usual last minute run around and panic of ‘have we got everything?’ but after this the journey was reasonable and we managed to avoid most of the traffic apart from a bit towards Bristol area. We have long since wanted to holiday in this area and now the kids are a bit older we hoped it would be a bit easier than with teeny tots. This altogether depends on how you look at things. Older children=sibling rows and niggling at each other! But on the whole they weren’t too bad…most of the time!
Day one: mainly travelling and settling into our little home for the week. Tamar valley Holiday Park Honicombe is a site based close to Callington and about half an hour away from the nearest beaches. Facilities include tennis courts, games rooms, evening entertainment, pools (indoor and outdoor) gym and there is a friendly bar on site serving food too. We arrived around 3pm and were tired but of course the kids wanted to be straight in the pool! 🙂
Day two: Drive to Tregantle beach about 30 minutes away and picnic. Sunny weather hurrah! Afternoon trip To the Garden House, Devon about 40 minutes away such beautiful gardens and tea room which we enjoyed walking round despite the weather being a bit dodgy and getting rained on. The gardens were amazing and we had a cream tea too (See blog entry to find out more) More swimming to end the day 🙂
Day three: Swimming this morning then trip to Bodmin jail and walk around Bodmin. I had wanted to visit here ever since I had seen it on Most haunted and it really was a creepy place! The kids liked reading about what life was like for juvenile criminals in the olden days and trying out the meaningless prisoner tasks like picking oakum and turning the handle. This evenings activity was family bingo and karaoke which the kids enjoyed getting involved in.
Day four: Trip to the Eden Project! What an amazing experience and one of the definite highlights of the trip for me. Loads of exhibits the kids could get involved in and a yummy veggie lunch in the food hall. The rainforest Biodome was my favourite and we climbed up to the top for amazing views in rainforest heat! Unforgettable! (See full review on here) and chance to reflect on environmental issues we are all facing. Worth the long journey for! After we got back we were all tired apart from Roo who has enjoyed ‘ playing out’ all week and meeting new friends, great for him to have that experience as not something we do at home unfortunately.
Day five: Pool day and recovery! We went and bought some tennis rackets from the shops and challenged the kids! The sun was out and again not an activity we usually do at home so I really enjoyed it. Entertainment was the kid’s disco so Coco and her cousin were getting glammed up from early afternoon ready for that! Roo was victorious in a singing competition ( who could hold onto a note without taking a breath!) would have never thought he would come out the winner….hmmmm!!
Day six: A trip to The lost gardens of Heligan another great trip and highlight. Had seen so many photos of this gorgeous place online and on TV so was great to finally get chance to visit (full write up on here) Lots for the children to discover and armed with their nature booklet off they went to find all the hidden elements at the gardens. The wildflower meadows were stunning and made for some great pics! A truly magical trip finished with a yummy ice cream of fresh rhubarb and caramel for me (the kids also had them!!) sunshine all the way too!
Day seven: The end of a wonderful holiday packed with new experiences and memories, but most importantly: family time! The children have swam everyday, met new friends, seen some lovely new places and paddled in the sea. British holidays offer a lot don’t they and Cornwall and Devon didn’t disappoint. Now to do the washing…..