Category: rainy days
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.
Don’t think bad of me too much, but I’m secretly counting down the days until term starts. My moody teens are proper fun sponges at times. So when trawling the interweb for things to keep them occupied (seriously, what happened to messing about by the river?), I came across the Escape Rooms in Plymouth. I’m well aware its over the Tamar, thanks, no need to write in. But its easily reached by road, rail, sea whatever, I think this is one day trip worth the potential nosebleed.
I took heed of my own advice on Saturday night and went to see The Wizard of Oz: one of four in-house productions currently enjoying a summer run at Sterts Theatre on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Let me tell you – this show warrants an early flagwave, not least because they’ll sell out fast.
I’m a big fan of Sterts. Its a natural open air amphitheatre hidden under a giant canopy in the grounds of an old pig farm in the village of Upton Cross.
Pass me the tramadol! We’ve got the family coming to stay over half term. Thank all that is good and holy then for the Muddy Cornwall half-term survival guide: your one-stop shop for activities, culture, and everything in between. For those who don’t have children (don’t gloat), or whose kids are old enough to amuse themselves, there’s stuff here for you too – at the bottom of the post, but be warned, they are a bit rum soaked!
Half Day Guided Coast Walk, Bedruthan Hotel, Mawgan Porth Thurs 19 May
Its nice to go on a walk that doesn’t end in peril or argument non? Explore the coastal path with a local expert and discover wildlife you wouldn’t see with noisy kids (just mine that scare everything away? oh..) Meet at 12pm in the Bedruthan Hotel Reception. A minibus will drive you out, and then you’ll walk back to the hotel along the awe-inspiring cliffs.
Before I discovered the Bedruthan Hotel in Mawgan Porth near Newquay (and it seems I’m the last to know!), I’d been one to give hotels a wide berth when holidaying with the mudlets – it was always too damn difficult and self catering was how we played it. But I’m squeaking with excitement to have found possibly Cornwall’s most child friendly hotel and, you really should shortlist it for your next family break. ‘Child friendly’ doesn’t do it justice though – Family is really the centre of this uber stylish modern spacious hotel bursting with life.
You know the feeling – late home from work, kids yapping at your heels and totes starving. But what to do? If you’re a regular Beach Retreats visitor, or shop in the deli in Rock, you might already be reaching out to Angels in the Kitchen – the delightful duo who specialise in creative, custom made oven ready meals delivered to your door (or deli, if you live in Rock).
Kirsten Walters and Sarah Hugo (that’s them below) met at the school gates but were chums years before they realised they shared love of food and a desire to offer a range of culinary services that were little bit different.
Penryn Picture house, Temperance Hall, Penryn, Thurs 14 Apr
Pop-up cinema fun with Penryn Picture House on Thursday: A hot hot hot three-part evening of live Venezuelan music from Juan Graterol y su Conjunto Gozón, organic freshly-made veg kebabs from Shellfish Pig and a screening of the brilliant and award-winning Wim Wenders documentary of the re-forming of the Buena Vista Social Club by Ry Cooder.