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

Our Outdoor Adventures

The weather has been a bit changeable recently so we have been thinking of local places to go to that fuel the children’s love of the outdoors but also have shelter if the heavens decide to open up. One perfect place we have discovered is White Row Farm in Frome.


With a couple of bunnies for Heath to clap at and Shetland ponies to admire, he is easily amused while Annabelle burns off her endless supply of energy on the toy tractors, balance beams and climbing frame. There is a chip shop, cafe and farm shop if the munchies strike during a visit but this also means that if you visit before or after lunch, it is not too busy in comparison to Bath City Farm or Farringtons.


We had a spot of lunch in the cafe as a treat and I shared a steak and mushroom pie with Heath. It was amazing with succulent chunks of beef, puff pastry, mash potato and vegetables, I almost felt like having it all to myself!

Do you have any free or inexpensive places you have found recently to amuse the children over the school holidays? Bx