We all know the value of enjoying books from an early age. Quarto Kids have a charming starter book illustrated by Camilla Falsini designed to grab the attention of little ones with a colourful and interactive look at Shapes. 5 Wild Shapes will appeal to children and parents. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.


5 Wild Things Book

More about 5 wild Shapes

The bold colour themes and shapes on every double page are eye catching. A short story of a couple of sentences ties the illustrations and shapes together while the reader is encouraged to get physical and move the counter around each shape. It is an adorable way for youngsters to learn about shapes and discover a little about animals and their habitats.  

Find circle as a flower, triangle as a tree, heart as leaves on the trees, wavy as the sea and hexagon as a bees hive and square as a Farmer’s field. Well not Farmer Nick’s farm fields perhaps, but that’s another story! The chunky hardback book is designed to withstand handling by the most destructive toddler, while the wipe clean surface to each hardback page will ensure sticky fingers are not a problem.

Pages from 5 wild things booki

Educational Benefits

Video insight into 5 wild Shapes

Need to Know

Age sutabilityAge 3 upwards (due to small parts) but educationally suitable from Age 2
Product specificationBoard book10 Pages
Illustrated byCamilla Falsini
Published byQuarto Kids
StockistsAmazon, Waterstones, Book Depository, books Etc.


Win your copy of 5 Wild Shapes with Quarto and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win a copy of this fun learning book simply follow the instructions below.

5 Wild Things Book


We were sent our copy of 5 wild shapes for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  Our copy can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill Games Room for our guests to borrow on holiday.  

As the beautiful autumn colours begin to take over our landscape, our thoughts turn to the clocks going back, a busy term for the children at school and Christmas. I hope you can take a few minutes out from it all and see what we have been up to here on the farm, along with some changes going forward. Our Cornish Events Guide October 2019 is handy if you are heading this way with your family.


September Farm Highlights and Cornish Events October 2019

All change for the cottages from November.

You’ll see from our pricing and availability page that the cottages over the road (Tree Roots, Willow and Honeysuckle) are no longer available to book. They are still owned by us but will be rentable via Sykes Cottages from November 2019. However, they will not be part of Coombe Mill, so no feed run, train rides or crazy golf. The train and crazy golf will move over the road to remain with Coombe Mill Holidays. This will take place over the winter and be a big project keeping Farmer Nick busy. We have done this to try and widen our appeal to an audience that may not have young children. For those of you who know and love Coombe Mill please do share us with friends and remember the ‘refer a friend’ scheme saves you money as well as anyone you refer. Miller’s House will now be the largest property sleeping 10, followed by Heligan Lodge for 8.


cottages at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays in May

Christmas is coming.

Love or loath the subject of Christmas in October, there is no getting away from the fact it is only weeks away. If you’d rather hand all the stress over then why not bring the family to Coombe Mill? The feed run even runs on Christmas morning with a very festive Farmer Nick and our log burners make the perfect warming backdrop to all your festivities.  We run 10 nights for the price of 7 up to or from 27th or you can book short breaks on most dates over the festive period to suit you.


Christmas at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Blackberry fun

Activity hour ended for the summer season with making the most of the huge supply of blackberries on the farm. We squished them, pulped them, made tie dye flags and yummy muffins. The next activity hour will be Halloween, watch out for some ghostly fun if you are with us then!


Blackberry crafts at Coombe Mill Holidays

Thank you for all your photos and kind words

I have been sharing some wonderful posts on Facebook and Instagram from the #CoombeMillHolidays hashtag. Thank you for all the lovely photos and thoughtful things you’ve said about your stay with us. These, together with posts to our Facebook Group and Facebook Reviews are so valuable to us as recommendations for those who have not stayed before.  My favourite this month has to be from Angela Cavanagh, You couldn’t make this up if you tried! Thank you to Angela for sharing.  

On the Farm

Lambo is Pregnant

Who remembers hand feeding Lambo a bottle of milk in 2018? Well we thought she would never be strong enough to carry babies and left her for the summer season as company for Rambo, our breading Ram. Nick and I were both looking at her the other day and have decided she is actually pregnant! It could be a Christmas lamb for Coombe Mill. We will bring her indoors when the weather turns and watch her closely over the winter months.


Pregnant Sheep at Coombe Mill

Billy has his girls back

When there is a strong whiff of goats’ cheese passing through the farm we know that autumn is here and Billy Goat Gruff is keen to visit our nanny goats. There is no fighting nature on this one and they are all reunited for the winter season. This includes Dusty who was  sent to the naughty step for escaping during the summer months. Fingers crossed they all be happy together and even reward us with a kid goat in spring.

Feeding Goats with Billy goat

Cornish Events October 2019 

Cornish Events October 2019




Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Fun Palaces: from Cornwall regimental Museum 

Bodmin Keep

5th & 6th October  11 – 4


http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tintagel-old-post-office 20 minutes

Tintagel Torchlight trail

Old Post Office Tintagel

19th Oct till 3rd Nov 11 – 3pm

£2.50 per trail + normal admission

30 minutes


Tintagel  Castle via new bridge Just openned



Daily 10am to 6pm

£14.30 kids £7.80

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/tintagel-castle 30minutes

Halloween at Camel Creek Adventure Park


Newquay 10 – 31st October

£19.95 Kids £16.95

under 92cm free

https://www.camelcreek.co.uk/halloweek-camel-creek/ 35 minutes
Half term ranger day – build a bird box at the Tubestation Polzeath Polzeath23rd October 10 – 4pm£5 for bird box to keephttp://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tintagel-old-post-office25 minutes


 Eden Project

Ice skating

Halloween Fun

Eden Project

From 12th October

From 19th October


£7 Adults £6 children (admission to Eden Project)

Free with Eden Admission




40 mins

Trebah Gardens (National Trust)

Nr Falmouth All October Kids go Free http://www.trebahgarden.co.uk/whats-on 1 hour

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the Cornish events October 2019 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

I hope you have a happy October. Pack in those autumn walks with wellies crunching through fallen leaves and admire the wonderful colours as the season changes.

Fiona x

It can be so easy to become wrapped up in our own lives. The day to day of family life, school, homework, clubs and playtime can be all consuming. However have you ever stopped to wonder how similar, or different, your child’s upbringing might be from others around the world? In “This Is My World” from Lonely Planet Kids, 84 children age 7 to 10 from around the globe sum up their life in words and pictures.  For anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of how different cultures live, this book is a fascinating insight. Read on to discover more and for you chance to win a copy.

This is my world

More about This Is My World

Discover what it is like to grow up in hot and cold climates, in rich or poor countries, in a house, an orphanage or a flat, a large family or a small one and what impact these things have on the children concerned.  Lonely planet Kids and have carefully researched the backgrounds of 84 different children. They have brought each life story to the reader over beautifully arranged double page spreads.

Pages from This is my World

What we love

Need to know

Age Range7 – 10
StockistsLonely Planet Kids online store, Amazon, Good Reads
Book specification

176 pages


Dimensions: 237mm × 310mm



Win a copy of “This Is My World” by Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win a copy of this lovely recourse book and broaden your child’s appreciation of children around the world, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

This is my World from Lonely Planet Kids


We were sent our copy of this is my World for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room library for our holiday guests to borrow.

I do enjoy the school holidays with an older group of children keen to embark on an adventure. It is a chance for me to indulge in some of the childhood fun I enjoyed with my own children.  I had been toying with making teepees’ for a while. With just the right place in mind and the perfect age group signed up to activity hour, I seized the opportunity.

DIY Teepee Making, Painting and Campfire Cooking

Welly Walk Challenge

The Welly Walk was my chosen campsite. It is accessed across the farm so I set the children up with a fun activity sheet for the journey and had all the things we needed already down there.

Scavenger Hunt sheet on Welly Walk

How to Make a DIY Teepee

Having collected a duvet cover, 3 bamboo canes and some farm bailer twine the kids set to work creating their own bespoke Teepee.  I showed them a photo and recommended style and then sat back to watch them create.

Making teepees

Spray painting DIY Teepee Designs

It wasn’t long before the teepees were taking shape. I opened up a bag of watered down poster paint in old window cleaner bottles and invited the children to spray paint their own personalised designs on the covers. It was such a lovely activity, the paint easily washed off clothes and skin and there was nothing to spoil or worry about. We even had a handy babbling stream next to us to rinse hands.

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We had so much fun down the Welly walk making and spray painting teepees yesterday, followed by a campfire. I think this is something we’ll do again this summer on a sunny Friday afternoon. Don’t forget to ask about activity hour when you arrive. #teepeeparty #diycrafts #Countrykidsfun #adventureisouthere #allaboutadventures #snaphappybritmums #letkidsbekids #letthembelittle #coombemill #outdoorfun #makingmemories #creativekids

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Making Teepee Flags

The final touch was stapling a square of material around a stick for a camp flag.

Flags for DIY Teepees

The kids were thrilled with the finished results and piled into their camps. It was lovely to see how much the parents enjoyed it all too.

inside DIY spray painted teepees

Campfire Cooking

While we were busy building our DIY teepees Guy had been making a fire pit campfire for us. The children wasted no time crowding round to take a marshmallow or lump of cookie dough to toast. There were some hungry children after all that creative camp building happy to indulge.

campfire cooking at coombe Mill Holidays

Rope Swing

the benefit of my chosen location was in any spare minute not only was there the stream to splash around in but also the Coombe Mill rope swing to enjoy.

rope swing

No wonder I ended up heading home and leaving families enjoying the afternoon at their newly made camps.   

End of DIY Teepee Making, Painting and Campfire Cooking

Tips for Making your own DIY Teepee with Children

Provide the basic equipment but leave then enough scope to make it themselves, or help make it depending on age
Outdoors is perfect for spray painting and pushing bamboo into the ground, but an indoor version could be handy on a wet day.
Campfire is optional but a lovely way to support the outdoor living idea. Make sure any fire is well supervised; hair hanging over the fire is a real hazard.

If you are planning a spot at distance prepare well so you are not running back and forth. Here is my check list:

For DIY Teepee Making:

  •  Scissors, stapler, duvet, bailer twine (string is just as good) DIY spray paint, bamboo canes or long sticks (3 per teepee)

And for the campfire:

  • Fire pit stones, sticks, firelighters, matches, marshmallows, cookie dough or other things to cook.


I’ll take a bet that you can visualise a Van Gogh painting, but who really knows the story behind the artist? The same is true for Mexican born Frida Kahlo. Both made such an impact on the world of art yet less is understood about the incredible personal stories that inspired their work. Read on to discover more about the artists behind the masterpieces and for your chance to win a copy of both books. This is one for young budding history of art enthusiasts.

Portrait of an Artist: Vincent Van Gogh & Frida Kahlo

Portrait of an artist: Vincent Van Gogh

The story behind Vincent Van Gogh is told in a child friendly manner, despite the difficult areas of his mental health and cutting of his ear.  Reading the book with its beautiful illustrations, you gain an insight into a troubled mind in a sensitive and caring way. Through this insight come the amazing paintings we remember him by to this day. Both books make a perfect introduction to the history of art, suitable for age 7+.

Pages from Vincent Van Gogh Book


Portrait of an artist: Frida Kahlo

Frida was born in Mexico. She ended up travelling through her work and marriage, but Mexico held her heart and inspired her now famous paintings. Frida spoke out for individuality, the need for women to be taken seriously in art, and became a real inspirational woman of her era. Her story will inspire young girls the world over to achieve their goals in life.

Pages from Frida Kahlo book

Need to Know

Portrait of an artist: Vincent Van Gogh

Portrait of an artist: Frida Kahlo

Age RangeAge 7- 11Age 7- 11
Product Details
  • Hardback
  • 32 Pages
  • Size: 8.5 in x 10.4 in / 215.9 mm x 264.16 mm
  • Hardback
  • 32 Pages
  • Size: 8.5 in x 10.4 in / 215.9 mm x 264.16 mm
PublisherWide Eyed : Part of Quarto KidsWide Eyed : Part of Quarto Kids
AuthorLucy BrownridgeLucy Brownridge
IllustratorEdith CarronSandra Dieckmann
StockistsQuarto on Line, AmazonQuarto on Line, Amazon


Video preview of both Books


Win your copy of Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo with Coombe Mill and Quarto Kids

For your chance to win these two inspirational books in the Portrait of an artist series with Quarto Kids simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Portrait of an Artist: Vincent Van Gogh & Frida Kahlo Books


We were sent our copies of these educational books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and options expressed are my own. Our copy of the books can be found in the Coombe Mill book library for guests to enjoy.