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Visit the real Poldark country

June 6, 2018 No Comments

The popular BBC1 show, Poldark, returns to our screens this Sunday, 10th June at 9pm.  The series showcases some of Cornwall’s most spectacular rugged landscapes, stunning beaches and historic buildings.

If it’s just too tempting and you feel the yearn to follow in Ross and Demelza’s footsteps, firstly call our friendly team to help you find the perfect base for your break, then read on for our handy list of beautiful filming locations and must-see attractions to visit during your holiday.

 

Botallack Mine – Wheal Owles, on the Tin Coast, near St Just

The abandoned buildings, owned by the National Trust, were the perfect location for the Poldark family mines. The ruined engines houses, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage site, are set on the side on the cliff with breath-taking views.

Read more at the National Trust website/Botallack.

 

Charlestown Harbour, St Austell

Built in 1792 by Charles Rashleigh, Charlestown is still a working harbour for china clay exports. Now privately owned the port has been used in well over one hundred shows and films. It’s just like stepping back in time as you walk along the flagstones and explore the 1939 Tall Ship “Kajsamaoor”.

Read more at Charlestown Port

 

 

Wheal Coates, St Agnes Head

Wheal Coates Engine House is perched on the side of the cliff at St Agnes over looking Chapel Porth. This is Poldark country at its best with purple heather, yellow gorse and miles of ocean.

Visit Wheal Coates’ National Trust website

 

Bodmin Moor

A great place to stop on your way to Falmouth. Used as the location for Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, and the dramatic horseback scenes.

Read all the Poldark filming locations at the BBC website.

 

 

 

Poldark Tin Mine, Wendron, Helston

Although the Poldark Mine has not featured in the current series it was seen by millions all over the world when it featured in in the original BBC drama in 1970s. The only complete tin mine open for underground guided tours for a real atmosphere of times gone by.

Opening times and prices are available on the Poldark Mine website.

 

Small Change: child friendly days out on a budget

May 22, 2015 No Comments

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Roskilly’s Organic Farm

There’s ice cream galore down at Roskilly’s, where entrance is completely free and whole afternoons can be whiled away exploring their expansive grounds. You can watch ice cream, yoghurt and fudge being made from their own Jersey cows, before sampling the goods yourself. And there are a lot of flavours to choose from. Roskilly’s were one of the first companies in the South West to really push the boundaries on ice cream flavours: they even experimented with lavender at one point. The gardens are a great place for a buggy friendly stroll with open meadows, a lake and woodlands for the children to explore. There’s also a little farm yard with pigs, chickens and even a few beehives.

Visit their website.

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Falmouth Art Gallery

Named as one of the UKs top family friendly galleries, Falmouth Art Gallery is a great place to inspire the creativity in your children. There are play tables littered with paper and crayons for their own creative endeavours and a section of art created by local children. A tactile collection of work encourages youthful minds to explore with a sense of touch, including handle-powered, automata sculptures. To up the child friendliness even more, there are baby painting sessions where unbridled creativity is let loose on tarpaulin in a scene that, in the home, would be the stuff of nightmares. Here, it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Visit their website.

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Heartlands

As previously mentioned on the Cornish Holiday Cottages blog, Heartlands is a family friendly winner. If you want to explore a bit of Cornish Heritage, whilst exploring a boundless adventure playground, then this is the place. There are tunnels, slides and climbing frames with a rollicking shipwrecked theme. It’s a great place to introduce the family to mining heritage with its mix of tactile and interactive exhibits on all things prospecting. There’s also the tale of how Cornwall pioneered mining in far flung lands through a botanical garden with plants from Africa, Australia and North America.

Visit their website.

 

See more fun ideas to do with children.

 

 

Soggy Family Suggestions

November 8, 2014 No Comments

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As we look towards the Christmas holidays with glee and merriment, we can’t always guarantee perfect weather. In fact, we’d be foolish to pretend that Cornwall offers a break from the rain and wind that the rest of the country endures at this time of year. After all, we stick out into the Atlantic like a sore thumb round these parts.

 

Don’t get me wrong; I’m a lover of braving the outdoors in my hiking boots and wet weather gear with the dog and children in tow. There’s nothing like throwing stones into the roaring ocean or listening to the pitter-patter of rain reverberating through the trees, watching the children jump in puddles. But sometimes we just want to stay warm and dry, and that’s where today’s recommendations come in.

 

Children often have other ideas about staying dry and can end up bouncing off the walls going from shop to coffee shop to shop again. So here are some fun alternatives to keep everyone entertained.

 

Raze The Roof – Penryn

Raze the Roof is your classic indoor play area. This one is guaranteed to help younger children burn off plenty of energy with their mega-structure of slides, ball pools, trampolines, ball cannons, rope walks and no end of soft surfaces to bounce off of. Raze the Roof houses a laser tag arena, which is open to all ages throughout the day and in the evening you can use the whole building for laser tag, allowing us adults to relive our more agile years. There’s also a café with wi-fi for those of you looking for respite from the limitless energy of children.

 

Granite Planet Climbing Centre – Penryn

For those of you who fancy a literal climb up the walls there is this indoor climbing centre. The centre caters to complete beginners and they are great with children too. There are taster sessions for families or groups of friends and induction courses if you’ve never climbed before. Through Granite Planet you can also book outdoor climbing sessions if you are an experienced climber. There are loads of routes up the walls and a bouldering cave to test your strength on. All safety equipment is provided.

 

Blue Reef Aquarium – Newquay

Meet sea cucumbers and spider crabs, watch the giant octopus at feeding time and see baby turtles. As well as informative talks about some of the sea creatures, the highlight is the underwater tunnel, where you can come face to face with stingrays, reef sharks and all sorts of colourful fish.

 

Heartlands – Pool

Born out of a former mining complex, the area surrounding Heartlands is now a World Heritage Site and supports other mining attractions in the area such as Geevor and Poldark. As well as an outdoor adventure playground, café and Cornwall Visitors Centre there are a series of ‘mould-breaking’ exhibitions including geology experiment tables, soundscapes, an engine house and electric and steam winders and boilers which are epic in size. Entry to the site is free, but you do have to pay for parking.

 

Helston Museum – Helston

A hidden gem, Helston’s Folk Musem is Tardis like: a lot bigger on the inside than it first appears and housing a range of curiosities, from 19th century children’s toys to mangles, kitchens and school rooms. There are exhibits covering different aspects of life in Helston, including Flora Day as well as the World Wars. You should definitely keep an eye out for a macabre two-headed pig in a jar. Outside the building is a cannon salvaged from the wreck of the frigate HMS Anson, which foundered off Loe Bar in 1807.

 

Maritime Museum – Falmouth

More than just a museum about boats, you can explore the stories of the people who used these vessels and the adventures they had in them.  Ascend the 100ft Look Out tower and see Falmouth’s famous harbour from the skies, then descend into the Tidal Zone to one of only three underwater galleries in the world. You can also climb aboard a Sea King helicopter, meet the crew and discover what it takes to bring people home safely. There is a lot of interactivity for the children at the Maritime Museum and you can also enjoy some great food in the great cafe overlooking the harbour. On the way out you are sure to be tempted by the array of goods in the gift shop.

 

The Eden Project – St Austell

The Eden Project is the family Mecca for days out in the rain. I’m sure you know about the biomes but there are some great events for children too. In The Core there are lots of interactive displays and mechanical wonders. Storytelling sessions happen at 12pm and 2pm everyday with each session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. Over the winter period there’s also an ice-rink for getting your skates on. Just remember to book in advance for the ice-skating. Look out for discount vouchers online to make the entry fees more palatable.

 

Ships and Castles Leisure Pool – Falmouth

Ships and Castles’ pool is not designed for doing lengths in. With a wave machine and a river rapids it’s a pool designed for fun. There’s a 70-metre flume and a shallow beach area for younger children to paddle in. There are also geysers periodically bursting from the pool and jacuzzis for those looking for a slightly slower pace.

Pumpkin Carving

October 22, 2014 No Comments

I only carved my first pumpkin last year. So through my childhood the toothy grins that stared out from drive ways and windows had a sort of distance to them, bathing their surroundings in a warm orange glow. They are the first things I think of when I think about Halloween as a child thanks to TV and spooky Halloween films, but I don’t remember really seeing one up close.

 

As it turns out carving a pumpkin is easy. There’s nothing to it, and they’re now readily available in supermarkets around this time of year. Making a Jack-O-Lantern is a great little family activity too. A quick Google image search will present you with some crazy and intricate designs if you’re looking for inspiration: there are Spiderman pumpkins, Star Wars pumpkins, you-should-really-see-the-dentist pumpkins and even a pumpkin with the poster from Les Miserables intricately etched into it if you scroll down a little way.

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This year we bought our pumpkins from the local supermarket for £2 each. Two days later and they have been reduced to £1.50! According to extremepumpkins.com the best pumpkins are taller rather than wider, so you can make a better face. You should also check for any bruises and marks that might mean the pumpkin is damaged and reduce the lifespan of your design.

 

The tools needed for job are all available in the kitchen: a sharp knife, a spoon and a pen to map out your pumpkin design. This time round I was feeling a little ambitious and wanted to peel off some of the skin from my pumpkin so used a craft knife to peel the skin off: definitely a job for an adult.

 

1. To cut off your lid, the knife needs to be pointing inwards, towards the pumpkin’s middle at a 45-degree angle. This is so the lid has something to rest on and doesn’t slip down.

 

2. Now is the time to scoop out the insides. Keeping a bowl by your side, pull out the seeds and the stringy part of the pumpkin before using a spoon or ice cream scoop to get rid of some of the flesh – particularly from the side you are going to carve.

 

3. Next, simply mark on your design with the pen. If you’re going for a jagged, jack-o-lantern face then it can be done with all straight lines, which make cutting out the holes a lot easier and potentially child friendly. Sometimes the more crooked the face the scarier the lantern.

 

4. I definitely recommend supervising younger children for the carving out part of the process, but once you’ve cut round your designs let the children push the flesh out from the middle to reveal your complete lantern.

 

5. Finally, add a tea light or two, pop the lid back on and bask in the orange glow of your ghastly creation.

 

The whole process can be done in as little as half an hour but gives you a whole week of Halloween themed fun. Now you just have to be wary of the trick or treaters attracted like moths to your macabre creation.

 

Crabbing in Falmouth: not just for children!

September 27, 2014 No Comments

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Our top tips for places to go crabbing in and around Falmouth. Grab a bucket and line and visit one of the local butchers to grab some bait!

1. The Harbour! There are many quays in Falmouth with perfect spots for doing a bit of crabbing. (Photographed above)

2. The Pandora Inn at Mylor, enjoy delicious food on the pontoon and you can crab while you wait! Crabbing lines and bait are sold inside.

3. Castle Beach, get your hands dirty at low tide and enjoy some rock pooling.

4. Flushing Quay, enjoy the views of Falmouth from Flushing.

5. Mylor Quay, the perfect spot for sitting and relaxing by the quay.

 

Best Bait Tip: Visit one of the local butchers and try and get an old ham bone. The crabs love it, although you may need a larger net!

Cornwall Voted Most Child-Friendly Holiday Destination in the World!

May 1, 2014 No Comments

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We’re very excited to learn that Cornwall has been voted the most child-friendly holiday destination in the world, we’ve decided to put together some of our favourite child-friendly things to do!

1. Visit Trebah Gardens – With large climbing frames, it’s own sandy beach, and gardens to explore

2. Potager Gardens for lunch, all vegetarian and with brilliant garden games to keep you busy

3. Pandora Inn for food and a bit of crabbing

4. A trip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth – The helicopter alone will keep children entertained for hours

5. Pendennis Castle is perfect for getting lost in a bit of history, with stunning views of the harbour

6. Walk along the coast path from Swanpool to Maenporth, and of course there are ice-cream stops at both ends!

7. Visit one of the local parks, Kimberly park in central Falmouth is brilliant for children with lots of climbing frames

8. Hire a boat and go for a trip around the creeks on either the Helford River or the River Fal

9. A day out at the Eden Project, about a 45 min drive from Falmouth and brilliant for all ages

10. Cycle on the Camel Trail, it’s quite flat from Wadebridge to Padstow so brilliant for children

11. Visit Roskilly’s farm on the Lizard, with lots of animals and nice walks, see where the delicious ice-cream is created!

12. Build sandcastles at any of the sandy beaches in Cornwall

13. Take a trip to Kennel Vale a beautiful valley just outside of Falmouth

14. Go to the National Seal Sanctuary and see the local seals at feeding time!

15. Tackle the maze at Glendurgan Garden in Mawnan Smith and walk down to Durgan Beach