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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.

Day trip to The Roseland

April 29, 2014 No Comments

I have lived down here for quite a while and never been across to The Roseland, I think because it feels so far away! My grandparents always used to holiday over there so while my mum was visiting we decided to go for a day trip.

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We decided to get the King Harry Ferry (in Feock, 15 mins from Falmouth) as it saved a lot of time on the journey and it made it feel like a proper holiday! We got there just as the ferry left so had a while to watch it working and enjoy the sunshine. It cost us £8 for a day return, good value for the time it saved us driving around.

Once over the river we decided to first visit the famous church at St Just in Roseland. We parked at the top of the hill and walked down through the stunning graveyard, more of a tropical garden, with carpets of bluebells and wild garlic. Set into the hill and surrounded by beautiful trees, you can’t actually spot the church until it’s towering over you. We were there at low tide, but the water can reach right up to the church. It was a beautiful calm place, somewhere my grandparents used to visit on their holidays in Cornwall, so it was lovely to see especially with it being a beautiful sunny day to sit and enjoy the peace.

 

I have heard lots about the Hidden Hut at Porthcurnick Beach, of their famous feast nights and their delicious food. So obviously now I was finally over there I planned our walk around eating lunch there! We decided to walk around from Portscatho, along the coast path, although on our way to the village we found a convenient car park at the top, it cost £3 for parking all day.

 

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We walked around the coast path, towards the Hidden Hut which was closer than I had expected, we got there a bit early for lunch but enjoyed a coffee and cold drink in the sunshine while we chose from the menu. They had a couple of soups and pasties, however we both went for the lamb and sweet potato curry with a flat bread. We could smell it being cooked outside so couldn’t resist, and it didn’t disappoint!

We bought a piece of cake to take away and carried on around the coastal path, the views were stunning and it was really quiet, we only bumped into a few other people who all commented on the beautiful weather. We carried on round to Porthbean beach (dog friendly), a beautiful sandy expanse and we were the only people there. The beach was covered in beautiful sea shells, we had never seen so many large shells on a beach before. We enjoyed our cake and just basked in the sunshine (we thought it was going to rain so had taken our raincoats with us!).

We spent hours on the beach, then wandered back along the coastal path and bought Mum an ice-cream (Roskillys gooseberry yoghurt flavour) before walking back up to the car.

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I would fully recommend a day trip to The Roseland for anyone staying in Falmouth. It was quiet and beautiful and felt like a mini holiday even though we were only out for a few hours!