19 May 2012 08:10
8 go to the Festival
Family days out for us are beginning to get easier. With 6 small children I used to worry all the time when we went out to crowded places for fear of losing a child, now that my youngest are 8 and the eldest 14, we can enjoy a country festival, relax with a meet up point and give the older children the freedom to wonder round alone for a while. Lostwithiel is a lovely quaint Cornish inland town about half an hour from Coombe Mill. Large enough to host the annual festival, but small enough for the children not to get lost!
Plenty to do
Organised by local residents, the weather on our side the children were mesmerized by all the entertainment. It had such a lovely community feel to the day with so many local groups happy to demonstrate their talents from bands to craft tents and dancers to food stalls, a real country affair!
As the Samba band played on into the late afternoon we met up with friends down by the river. My children remembered a favourite activity from last year, not strictly part of the festival, but across the river a tempting piece of rope dangled from a tree. It was just an open invitation to my children who were over the bridge and providing the alternative entertainment before you could say "where did they go?" They are Country Kids after all!
I hadn't noticed the children near me on the near bank throwing stones ominously close to mine; just as well they didn't hit them. Needless to say there were more wet than dry by the time we left, and many complaints by the following morning at school time of hurting arms and tummies from hanging on that rope but it will be fondly remembered as a fun family outing.
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