Christmas and New Year – What We Did

We spent Christmas 2016 in Cornwall with my in-laws. It was a very lovely festive season but it seemed to be over in a flash! Unfortunately, it was a slightly rocky start as during a three hour journey from Bath to Newquay, Heath was car sick and threw up 10 minutes before we were due to arrive. I then caught the cold that I had been fighting off for weeks (typical isn’t it!) and ended up spending Christmas Eve in bed 😦

andy-and-i

Luckily, the rest of the holidays went smoothly. We had a great Christmas Day. Everyone was delighted with their gifts (see what I got for Christmas here) especially Heath who was so happy with the first present he opened, his Micky Mouse Duplo train that he didn’t want to open anything else!

me-and-belle

As always, we ended up on the beach for a lovely walk. We headed to Crantock Beach, which is very close to Newquay. It was a bit too chilly to stay out for long and both kids were a bit tired from all the Christmas excitement but it was nice to stretch our legs and inhale the salty sea air.

heath

Despite the cold, Annabelle was desperate to go in to the sea for more than a paddle! Heath, as well as eating the sand, had lots of fun exploring, chasing Sally the family labrador and throwing a tantrum as he wasn’t ready to head home just yet.

We headed back to Somerset on the 28th and spent New Year with my mum and Uncle, celebrating his birthday. How did you ring in the New Year? I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Bx

A Cornish Staycation

Cornwall is a perfect holiday destination for families with young children especially if, like me, you dread flying abroad with babies or toddlers. We head to the Cornish coast at least four times a year as Andy’s parents live in Newquay. Their home becomes our base for the week and we travel around depending on what events are happening at the time.

Cornwall baby

Mostly, we will take Sally, the family Labrador, for a long walk along the beach but we also like to do be tourists for a few days and visit the local attractions.

Newquay Children

Visiting a lot of the attractions can get expensive, especially when you factor in entry fees, food and travel costs but some places are quite good value for money.

Some of my favourite places to explore with children are:

  • Dairyland With a soft play area, animals and tractor rides it is ideal for little ones to burn energy whatever the weather (we tend to bring the rain with us to Cornwall!)
  • Crantock Beach We park in the National Trust car park, pop Heath in the sling and let Annabelle have a paddle in the sea
  • A lot of our activities involve walking and we enjoy walking around the Boating Lake in Newquay (pictured above) and enjoying a coffee or lunch at Lakeside Cafe. I’d highly recommend their food.
  • Before we had children, Andy and I loved popping in to Truro to waste a few hours looking around the shops. I have bought numerous cross stitch projects from there (when I had all that free time!), explored the surf shops and enjoyed a spot of lunch. Now it isn’t so easy to navigate the streets with a buggy and keep Belle close by at the same time but it is still lovely to pop in and treat the children to a meal.

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Whatever-the-weather-both-smallWhere do you like to go if you have a staycation? Let me know in the comment box below and see what we got up to in Cornwall my vlog from the archives. Bx