BBQ & Pirate ship in morning fog


A chilly morning as the mist rolls off of Bodmin Moor and across the farm, making the BBQ Hut and Pirate Ship Play Area look magical.


Football Fever

Months ago I took the opportunity to sign my football crazy triplets and I up to a day out at Plymouth Argyle organised via the boy’s local village football club. At £20 a head for a full day of fun and a chance to see their first ever professional league match it seemed a golden opportunity. Beforehand the boys were fairly indifferent claiming Plymouth were a “no where” team and why couldn’t they go and see Manchester City or chelsea play. However as the day arrived and they dressed in their kit ready to be trained by the team coaches the excitement began to build.


A fun day at Plymouth Argyle Football Club for my Coombe Mill Kids


Our meeting place was by the official shop. Not my favourite place as after half an hour of hanging around they had fallen in love with some “must have” purchases. There were some really pricy named kit they could have gone for so I decided mine were actually quite sensible, one of the benefits of earning and spending their own money.

Plymouth Argyle supporters club shop purchases by the triplets

We were treated to a full tour of the grounds by the coaches. The children were fascinated by the contrast between the basic away players changing rooms and the more modern home team facilities. Though I must say club funds must be struggling as all the showers looked rank.


Home vs away changing at Plymouth Argyle Football Club


Looking down on the pitch I was struck by the size, I’m sure our village pitch is smaller! Up close felt just as vast though I must say it was in perfect conditions for the time of year.

The Stadium at Plymouth Argyle Football Club

The day wasn’t just about watching as the kids actually had a full hour of coaching with spectator’s gallery above for us parents. This one of the highlights for my three and they came out more than ready for their buffet lunch all courtesy of the day.


Coaching session with Plymouth Argyle team coaches


We had time to kill before the match against Luton town and watched some of the supporters arrive and the stands fill up on either side. The children were amazed by the number of away fans travelling the 4 to 5 hours it must have taken from Luton. Within the stadium there is a thoughtful family room which was open to wonder in and out at any time before or during the match complete with plenty to keep children busy from a supervised 3 a side football match area to pool and other table top games. The triplets were so engrossed they nearly missed the start of the game!

Family games room at Plymouth Argyle Football Club

Outside the pomp and circumstance surrounding the start of the game really helped everyone feel part of the afternoon and ready to cheer on their team. Our lovely mascot regularly came up encouraging us to shout for Argyle banging football rhythms out next to us and the boys wanted photos of the cheer leaders to make their older brothers jealous!


Soaking up the pre match atmosphere at Plymouth Argyle

I never thought I could sit though a football game in the freezing cold and genuinely enjoy it as much as I did; I was cheering Plymouth on wrapped up in the atmosphere with the children.


Plymouth Argyle vs Luton Town Football league game


The coach approached us just before half time to see if Clio would come onto the pitch at halftime and join a penalty shoot. The boys were beside themselves with jealously and Clio quite bemused as to why she was chosen. I’m sure it was because she was the only girl on the day. After playing so well in the coaching session she really didn’t do herself justice on the big pitch, but I’m still proud of her, there were hundreds watching!


Clio's moment of fame at Argyle in the half time penalty shoot

We sloped off 5 minutes before the end with the score at 1 – 0 to Luton to beat the rush to leave. The kids were furious but soon saw my point when we passed several supporters being marched away by the police to their van, something they were blissfully unaware of within the grounds. The car park so empty when we arrived that morning was by now a sea of cars and I was delighted to be hitting the road ahead of them all leaving. 

Back home Nick had steak pierrade waiting for us, a perfect way to end a long day. It was a pleasure to have taken them all just to listen to them retelling the highlights to their older brothers and Dad.


Return Supper from Farmer Nick at Coombe Mill


If you ever have the chance to do something similar at your local club, do take it up, I was surprised how much we all enjoyed the day and I am not a football fan but would happily go again. Plymouth Argyle have now risen to number two spot in the triplets mind, it may take them a while to overtake their heros though!




My thanks to St Tudy village football club for organising the event for their club members.

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been outdoors enjoying family time please come and share on the linky. All posts from playing in the garden to fun at the beach are welcome. Country Kids is designed to inspire time away from screens and central heating to explore the outdoors through play, crafts and learning creating happy healthy kids. Please join me, grab the badge and check out what others have found to do outside this week.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Rain or Shine Mamma has a lovely idea for a scavenger hunt to help little ones understand nature from litter.  

The country has been gripped by snow even though we have none in Cornwall, my kids are envious of the fun had by Nikoteen 87 and Claire Justine

Walking Poles transformed a frosty family woodland walk for Mum turned Mom

I do love educational visits about our history, Redpeffer enjoyed a winter living history event in Bromsgrove while  North East Family Fun found some wonderful Roman discoveries on a day in south Wales.

Plutonium Sox explored one of the Country's great National Trust Estates for a fun day despite the cold.  




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Six months of change

From May last year when we finally completed our big project of building Tree Roots Cottage Nick and I have had a bit more time on our hands. Time and money never go together; Tree Roots was a huge financial drain on the business. That said we are not ones to sit back and wait for the money to build, we know only too well that a successful business means continuing to invest, just becoming clever with the investment.

Tree Roots Cottage completed May 2014 at Coombe Mill

Perhaps one of the outstanding characteristics of Coombe Mill is the beautiful setting; we are at the foot of a stunning valley with the river Camel running through the grounds, plenty of woodland, meadows and in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The beauty of the estate can be a real drawback when looking at planning permission, but a total plus for our holiday makers. With 30 acres there is always a new area to plan and with budgets tighter this year making the most of nature has been our focus.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Coombe Mill

We worked with twinkl UK, the on line educational specialists, to help redesign and update our education pages with content relevant to our farm environment and the national curriculum. I have combined the learning from here with some great ideas on the creative use of outdoor space, inspired by those linking to my weekly outdoor fun based Country Kids linky, to create new pursuits at Coombe Mill. Over the last six months we have developed a thriving and evolving Fairy Garden, a purpose built Den Building Zone and are now working on a Wildlife Trail.


Wildlife Trail, Den building Zone & Fairy Gardens at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays


Add to this Activity hour on the farm, which began in time for the summer season last year, where we invite the children staying to help us create with nature each week and join us for some fun and games and we have a whole section developed around nature and still more ideas to follow.


Activity Hour at Coombe Mill: crafts, learning & fun with nature

Sharing what we do

I suddenly realised none of this was showing on the website; only those following me on social media and the blog knew half of what was on offer on a holiday at Coombe Mill. As we are right into the peak booking month of January I knew I needed to rectify this, but was struggling to come up with a heading to accurately reflect all these wonderful new initiatives.

This is where social media comes into its own, I asked on my Coombe Mill facebook page and some great ideas and phrases came through. Thank you to all who pondered and contributed, we had a great discussion going on which left me with a list of favourites, from here I finally settled on Wild Adventures to capture the fun.


Facebook names Wild Adventures on the Coombe Mill Website


As Activity hour is an organised event rather than something for holiday guests to do in their own time I have given it its own heading just as the Train and Little Helpers Club does. Wild Adventures encompasses all the nature based “in your own time” activities. All these headings now fit perfectly under the new Kids Fun Category

Kids Fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays on the website


The category began to look over populated and so many of the facilities that are for adults as much as children have been moved into a new category titled Farm Facilities such as Fishing and Sport and Fitness.  


  Farm Facilities at Coombe Mill Family Holidays


My hope is that anyone looking at our website will see at a glance that a stay at Coombe Mill includes so much more than just a self catering cottage or lodge holiday in Cornwall. If you have a chance to to browse our site I’d love your feedback in the comments here. 


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Young Fallow Deer Prickett & Doe at Coombe Mill Farm


Two Fawns listening out for the sound of Farmer Nicks Tractor bringing them fresh hay on a frost feed run.



Winter Beach Fun

There is nothing I love more than to see the sea in winter time. For us summer is so easy, the kids have the discipline of surf club each week so I know I’m going to get some sea air, but in winter short days, cold weather and school commitments can make it so much harder. This year I vowed I would make more of an effort to enjoy some of the nicer winter days down at the beach and I’m delighted to say I’m managing it so far.

We were blessed with some lovely sunny and mild days over the New Year break which made my children believe it is summer and strip off to play in the rock pools!


 Playing in rockpools at the beach in winter. Cornwall


A football at low tide is the perfect way to keep warm after a chilly play in the water. The children do love it when the grownups join in too and frankly it helped to keep the grandmothers warm!


kids football on the beach with grandmothers too


We had such a lovely couple of hours we returned when the children’s cousins came to stay. This time the tide was in so we took the spades down along the coast path to the softer sand and built a huge castle. With no prospect of the tide reaching it the kids used it as a jumping challenge. It’s fair to say my lanky 16 year old had a huge advantage of leg length and strength over the triplets and their younger cousins, but that didn’t deter any of them from trying to clear the huge castle.



Teen jumping the sandcastle at Polzeath Beach. a short drive from Coombe Mill Holidays


 a great day out from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, cornwall, UK



Trying to jump the sandcastle


It was wonderful to see them piling on the castle one after another, crashing, falling and laughing with sand flying everywhere until the castle was conquered. It reminds me how it really is the simple things in life that makes childhood memories to cherish.


Sandcastle conquest at the beach. Laughter and fun on a day out from coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

After ice creams and pasties we stopped to watch the sun sink low and head back along the coast path to the cars. I love this time of day on the beach in winter, the sunsets are magnificent and travelling home with sand in my hair I feel like it is summer.


Icecream at the beach & walk the coast path at Polzeath

A great day out from Coombe Mill Holidays. Cornwall


Keen to hang on to the summer feeling and the merry mood of the kids we phoned ahead to Farmer Nick to light up the BBQ hut and defrost some Coombe Mill sausages. It was the perfect end to a winter beach day as everyone piled in to warm up around the coals as the darkness set in. 


 In the BBQ hut at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall


These are some of my favourite winter days in Cornwall, making the most of our beautiful beaches and enjoying an alfresco winter meal. We are open again from half term on 14th February if you fancy some good old fashioned family fun on a winter holiday.  



Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about enjoying quality family time outdoors, for breathing in some fresh air and letting kids run free away from sofas, screens and central heating. It really is refreshing for mind and body and not just for the kids. If you have found a break in the weather and managed an outdoor adventure however big or small then please do join me here on the linky. Grab the badge and check out the others who link, there are always some wonderful ideas to make you want to grab your coat and wellies.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

I love these hobby horses from a fun day out at Hadrian's Wall with North East Family Fun

Long Grass makes a perfect playing field for Jack's Paper Moon

It is the RSPB birdwatch weekend this weekend, twitching can be fun in many locations as Diary of the Evans Crittens and The Princess and the Pickle discovered.

Gemma The Family Girl matched my post last week with a trip to Plymouth Hoe showing just how much the city has to offer. 

Extraordinary Chaos found that a football match can make a great family day out, having just been myself I couldn't agree more.  



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