If you’re in a state of costume panic today, I feel your pain, believe me but World Book Day is an amazing celebration of children’s literature and reading for pleasure and I’m 100% on board.
At Muddy Cornwall, we thought it would be a great opportunity to highlight some local Cornish authors and stories, with recommendations from Liz Hurley of Hurley Books in Mevagissey.
Oh help – it’s almost half term. Take a deep breath and arm yourself with 20 top ideas for activities, trails, story-telling, shows and days out in Cornwall. Click on each header to link through to a website where you can get all the details and in case you’re lucky enough to get a little time to yourself, skip right to the bottom, where you’ll find a few cool events for the grown-ups to enjoy.
If you’ve got grannies and aunties and all sorts asking for gift ideas for small people – or if you’re racking your brains for neat books to buy for nieces, nephews, godchildren, whoever – then you can stop worrying. The darling Rachael from independent bookstore The Edge of The World Bookshop in Penzance has put together the perfect list to help.
Here’s Rachael’s pick of the best new picture books for under 5s…
Charlie and Lola One Thing, Lauren Child
Charlie and Lola’s new number book takes you from one to a billion.
You know how it works! Here’s our list, plus a few we’ve picked as worth a butch this week…
iBounce launch, Bodmin from Wed 30 Nov
Boing! The hotly anticipated iBounce opens in Bodmin this weeked (30 Nov), and is open daily subsequently for toddler bouncing, parties, parkour and dodgeball for teens, and even exercise classes. Check the website and book in advance as I reckon it will be a mental first week – especially with the weather closing in.
Here’s something for a rainy day – and you don’t even need a golden ticket! Kernow Chocolate in St Eval, near Wadebridge open their doors to the public every week.
While its not quite like going on a tour of Cadbury’s, they do have their own café and shop, and most importantly, a viewing window into the production area so visitors can watch chocolate being handmade by their team of Oompa Loompas.
After a cool tour with Andy (the man in charge), I left with an armful of booty to try – Macondo chocolate is their latest range and is a little bit different.
Cotehele is my go to National Trust estate, because its right on my door step and there’s something for everyone, from the historic quay and river, miles of doggy walks, the water mill, vast well-kept grounds and the treasures of the house itself.
For those of you who haven’t been to Cotehele before or haven’t visited for a while, there’s a lovely barn restaurant for lunch at the top of the grounds (best for adults or well-behaved kids), a relaxed tea room on the quay and a shop and gallery.
If you’re not jetting off to your own private island for some winter sun this week (and if you are, I’m not jealous*) , cop a load of this: Here comes October 16 Half Term and at Muddy HQ we’re meeting it head on with the biggest, most searingly useful Muddy Guide since we began..
Read on for my curated What’s ‘On All Week’ guide below with separate listings for Kids and Adults (keep a-scrollin’, there’s cool stuff for everyone in there).
If you’ve been reading about the Little Black Book on Twitter or various newsletters and have been wondering what the bejesus it’s all about, then this post is for you – I thought it was high time I give you the low-down on our exclusive, spangly, marvellous little (but growing) directory.
Since the yellow pages stopped thudding through our letterboxes in I-can’t-remember-when, Google has become the number one go-to place to find local businesses, pubs and restaurants.
Garden tips is back my green fingered friends, with mild liver disease and a tan only the Donald would be jealous of. No wait, that’s me! I’m embarrassed to say that I totally abandoned my garden this summer, in favour of weekends surfing and sunbathing and my grounds are in desperate need for some TLC.
Thank mother nature then for Richard Morton from Muddy favourite Trewidden Garden – here’s his tips for what we should be doing in October:
The leaves will be falling from the trees quite fast this time of year and it is a good idea to collect them up at regular intervals.
If you’re a regular Muddy reader you’ll know that I love to scoot along having fun and looking for the best things in life (happily they’re free – just ask Janet). But even I can’t sugar coat some subjects.
I have two school age mudlets myself, one just starting his dreaded GCSE’s so the current reading in the newspapers is pretty depressing. The average onset age for depression was 45 in the 1960s; today it’s 14.