Family holiday to Cornwall…

We have just returned from a lovely week in Cornwall, and I feel compelled to write it all down before I forget the details. We have enjoyed a few trips to Cornwall as a family and have thoroughly enjoyed it every time. Those beaches. And the hot chocolates and scones!!! I needed to take some annual leave and searched around for where to go, before deciding on heading back to Cornwall.

We had previously visited Mawgan North and really enjoyed it, so were happy to go back. The beach at Mawgan Porth is a lovely one. It’s a good size for little legs, and has little caves for exploring and close by cafes for post walk hot chocolates. This time we stayed at The Park.  It appealed as it was child friendly with multiple play parks and a swimming pool, and was also dog friendly, which was a must as my parents came and joined us half way through the week with their dogs. We stayed in a 3 bed chalet and were so pleased with it. Lots of space, finished to a high standard and they provided a cot and high chair, which meant we didn’t need to squeeze them in the car too. All the staff seemed really friendly and accommodating. Unfortunately for us their cafe ‘The Kitchen’ was closed for refurbishment during our stay, but it looked like it was going to be a lovely place when it opens (3 days after we leave!), and would have been somewhere we could have enjoyed hot chocolates!!

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Activities

Due to visiting in March, a lot of the traditional tourist attractions were closed. The majority looked like they were opening up for Easter. The beaches weren’t shut though so we bought a bucket and spade and build castles!!!!

We visited Perrenporth Beach which was lovely. Good castles were built. Arlo enjoyed the sand, much to our horror as he got nice and sandy. We even managed to get the bugaboo onto the sand and push it for a walk which was good! Woody spent a lot of time running away from waves which was fun… all until the wave caught me out and I got my trainers and jeans wet (my wellies were in the car, I should have put them on!).

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We also spent a bit of time on the Mawgan Porth beach. We are slightly Highway Rat obsessed in our house at the moment, where towards the end a duck tricks the rat with some echos from a cave. We therefore spent a lot of time walking between little caves and shouting into them!! Good castles were also built on this beach!

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We also spent a lot of time at our accommodation, and using the on site facilities. I think Woody and Rob went swimming every day, and whenever it was dry enough, the trampoline was a massive hit! I can imagine in the summer this place is amazing, with its outdoor pool and bar.

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On the Thursday of our trip, my mum and I snuck away for a few hours to enjoy a treatment at The Bedruthan Spa. This my was mothers day gift from the boys, and mine and my sisters gift to our mum. We booked in for a scrub and massage and it was amazing. Such a treat. We could have stayed there all day!! The Bedruthan is a lovely hotel, we stayed here for Woody’s second birthday. So we met up with the boys in the bar afterwards which has a great view over the Mawgan Porth beach, watching the waves and rain and airplanes landing at Newquay Airport.

Eating & Drinking

This area of Cornwall has some great places to eat, and this is maybe why we enjoy it so much!!!

The Beach Hut at Watergate Bay. We do enjoy it here- sitting watching the waves, whatever the weather! They are child and dog friendly. We visited twice during the week, first for hot chocolate and scones- the hot chocolates came with cream, marshmallows and chocolate buttons, so delicious!!! And scones with jam and clotted cream, a must when visiting Cornwall. The second time was for lunch when my parents turned up. A relaxing long lunch whilst watching the rain, crazy waves and crazier surfers!! Really lovely food.

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A visit to Rick Steins fish and chip shop in Padstow is a must, it is so fresh and tasty. We visited here for an early dinner one evening and it did not disappoint. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and they are really child friendly.

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We also visited Paul Ainsworths Italian restaurant Rojano’s in the Square which again was really child friendly. Arlo slept in his pram for this lunch, which was a nice treat, and as we couldn’t get the pram right next to our table, the waitress kept an ear out for him incase he woke (he only woke as we moved the pram to leave!!). The food was delicious, I had a pollo picante pizza which was so fresh and full of flavour. We sat in their conservatory and just watched the world go by.

As I previously said, hot chocolates were a holiday must! After a stroll on Mawgan Porth beach we found a quirky place for hot drinks and cake, Beach Box Cafe. Most of its seating is outside, and these March days were not warm, but hot drinks and cake with our coats and hats still on was good fun (and very tasty). Plus the dogs could come with us so was perfect for post walk treats. IMG_1456

Rob and my Dad headed to Nathan Outlaws pub The Mariners one wet day while my mum and I entertained the boys with more (amazing) hot chocolate and cake at Blue Tomato. They said is was so good they insisted on taking the boat from Padstow the following day to drink there again whilst mum and I wondered around Padstow. They took Woody with them this time, as a trip on a boat excites any three year old!! The Mariners is definitely on my list of places to go to next time we head down that way. They say the food looked amazing (especially the onion rings!?).

 

So yes, it would appear after writing all of this that our week away consisted of a lot of food and drink! And for those who know me that won’t come as a surprise. We balanced it with walks though. We had a great family week away and properly relaxed, slowed down and loved spending this quality time with the boys. Woody was very sad to leave our holiday house and the trampoline and the swimming pool, but thats the sign of a good holiday, not wanting to leave it. We will definitely be back!!