Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids

Posted on December 2nd, 2019 - Fiona

For growing kids with a developing appetite for discovering the planet and the animals that inhabit it, we have the perfect book. Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids is a wonderful resource for children age 8 – 12 year olds. Not only is it packed with fun facts, they are illustrated beautifully and even have life size pictures to give the reader a real sense of reality even if it is something many miles away. Read on to discover more about Animal Atlas and for a chance to win your copy of this wonderful new publication.

 

win Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids

More about Animal Atlas

The book takes you across continents and oceans exploring the incredible animals that live there.  Feel the enormity of our planet with the double spread fold out pages. From a life size look at an eagles claw to the frozen habitat and wonder of the polar bear this book covers it all. See how animals adapt to their environment and see the impact we have on their lives. This book touches science and geography and delves into our history. A great way to understand and respect the planet we all know and love.  

What we love

  • Educational

  • Factual

  • Fun to read with fold out pages and secret fold out fact flaps

  • Beautifully eye catching

  • Quality finish to each page

Animal Atlas fold out pages

Need to know

RSP £12.99
Age Range 8 – 12
AuthorAnne Rooney
IllustratorLucy Rose
StockistsLonely planet Kids online, Amazon, 
RSP£12.99
Product specifications

32 pages

32pp color 

Dimensions: 282mm × 259mm

ISBN9781788682602

 

 

Video clip highlighting the key features of Animal Atlas

 

Win your copy of Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win a copy of this lovely educational book simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Animal Atlas from Lonely Planet Kids

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Animal Atlas for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts expressed here are my own. The Coombe Mill copy can be borrowed by our holiday guests from the book library in the games room.


December Events Cornwall & Latest Holiday Farm News

Posted on November 28th, 2019 - Fiona

Welcome to the festive month of December.  It feels rather like the whole country has gone Christmas crazy and Christmas spirit is well and truly buzzing. I hope I can interrupt your planning for the big day with a little update for you from the farm, an offer you can’t refuse for next year and of course all the best local events in Cornwall for December if you are joining us.

 

December Events Cornwall & Latest Holiday Farm News

 

Reserve any 2020 holiday this December for FREE

I know this one made a big difference to many of you last year, so we are bringing it back again.

Secure your favourite week in your favourite property next year by simply placing the booking:

  • Online: Write “Pay March” in special instructions. Pull out when asked to pay a deposit. I will see your booking at this point and confirm that I will hold it for you until the end of March. I’ll email you at the start of March to remind you about the deposit payment.
  • By phone: just call 01208850344 and secure the booking by phone.   
  • By email: provide your name, when you last came (if you’ve stayed before) phone number, address, number in the party, week and property wanted.
  • If your booking is in January or February you can still book in December but pay January. Just write “Pay January” instead of “Pay March” in special instructions

lodges and cottages at Coombe Mill Holidays

Holiday news from the farm

The Chickens have come indoors

After October half term the chickens have all moved to their indoor quarters. This will keep them dry and cosy with a deep wood chip floor and electric lighting to compensate for the short daylight hours.

 

chickens indoors at Coombe Mill for winter

Free Range Goats

The goats are enjoying free ranging the tractor route while we have no guests staying. This has the benefit of munching down all the brambles and overgrowth, reducing our animal food bills, natural pruning of the pathways and a varied diet for the goats. It’s a ‘win win’ situation for everyone. Most importantly Dusty, or Houdini as Nick now calls him for his ability to escape all but the ‘Sin Bin’ field where he has ended up in isolation over the summer, is now reunited with his friends. Even Dusty can’t escape over the river.

 

free range goats over winter at coombe Mill

Cottages over the road

Camel Side Cottages comprising of Tree Roots, Honeysuckle and Willow are now separated from Coombe Mill with gates and its own sign, website and booking system.

 

Camelside cottages sign & gates

Train Move

The train is in Farmer Nick’s shed waiting a new lick of paint, while the train track has all been lifted and stored. The plan is to run it along the path of the lodges and Farmer Nick has begun the trench for this. We hope to have it up and running as soon as possible in spring.

 

Favourite guest post of the month

This has to go to Lucy Williams. Lucy and her family have been coming to Coombe Mill for many years. Family holiday memories have built up to the point where their latest family addition now has her middle name as ‘River’ after the river Camel running through Coombe Mill.  How wonderful is that? (Photos from Lucy’s last visit in October half term)

Christmas and New Year

All that remains is for me to wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We have a last minute cancellation in Eden if you can take advantage and space over New Year if you fancy a little country escape. Otherwise don’t forget to take us up on our December offer for next year.

 

Eden holiday lodge log fire and Christmas Tree

 

December Events Cornwall 2019 

 December Events Cornwall 2019

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Padstow Christmas Festival

Padstow Harboure

5 – 8th December

Free!

http://www.padstowchristmasfestival.co.uk/ 25 minutes

Santa’s Grotto at Trago

Trago Mills Liskeard

December

Not clear but inexpensive https://www.trago.co.uk/stores/liskeard/ 35 minutes

 

Newquay Zoo Santa Grotto

Newquay Zoo

 

14 – 15th December 

£7.50 p;us zoo entry

https://cornwall365.com/events/santas-grotto-6/ 40minutes

Santa Train at Lappa Valley

 

St Newlyn East Truro 14, 15th Dec and 20 – 24th Dec

£13.50 for adults and children with child present & adult refreshments

http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events 40 minutes
St Tudy Christingle with Santa Visit, mince pies and mulled wine St Tudy C of E Church 24th November 5pm  £ donation  No website but just 3 miles from Coombe Mill 5 minutes

 

 Eden Project Ice skating

Eden Project

All November

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

Free with Eden Admission

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

40 mins

See Santa at Lanhydrock National Trust

Lanhydrock House and Gardens Saturday and Sundays in December £6 with gift plus admin for non members https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/61038197-b10a-44c4-868d-9083a19406cb/pages/details 25 mins

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

 

Happy Christmas

Fiona x

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 ASDA Photo turn photos into gifts this Christmas

Posted on November 18th, 2019 - Fiona

Show someone special you care with a personal gift this Christmas. With ASDA Photo it couldn’t be easier. They have a wide selection of household products, accessories and handy everyday items ready to be personalised as gifts this festive season. Personalised photo gifts are perfect for family and friends. With quick turnaround times and something to suit every budget you’ll be sorted for that unique present in a stocking or under the tree.

If this sounds like the answer to your Christmas shopping worries, read on to discover the range available and for your chance to WIN a personalised photo blanket worth £28.00.

 

ASDA Photo Win a personalised blanket

Check out our handy ASDA Photo Gift Guide

ASDA Photo ProductPrice FromDescriptionExample Image
Calendars£8.50Enjoy your favourite photos every day of the year with Asda Photo Calendars. Select from a wall, kitchen and desktop calendars. These calendars are simple to customise and ideal for printing several copies for all the family.ASDA Photo Calandar Gift
Cushions £14.00Check out these quality Photo Cushions. Choose from a wide range of design options (including the trendy sequin reveal cushions) and make them yours with a favourite photo and words. Printed on one side.ASDA Photo Personalised Cushion Gift
Photo books£6.00Make up a Photo Book for someone special. Photo Books make a wonderful keepsake for reliving those happy times. They are orderable in different sizes and styles; including the popular lay flat photo book which is great for showcasing landscape photos.ASDA photo book
Slate Photo Panels£11.00Show your best photographs off with these slate photo panels. The chiselled edge naturally frames the photo making them ideal for family portraits or holiday moments to keep forever.ASDA Photo Personalised Photo Slate
Mugs£7.00Asda photo Personalised Mugs and travel mugs could be just your ‘cup of tea’. Choose from the wide range including ceramic, porcelain, latte, kids and the travel mug – Perfect for a warming hot chocolate, that morning wake up coffee or grabbing a cuppa on the way out to work or the school run.ASDA Photo personalised mugs
Jigsaws £10.00What better than a jigsaw with your own special scene to create. The puzzles come in a range of sizes and difficulty levels to keep everyone entertained from little ones to adults. There is even a pairs game that is ideal for stocking filler.ASDA Photo personalised jigsaw
Canvas Prints£12.00For something to display on the wall why not choose a canvas print of your favourite photo? These are available in a range of sizes and designs including collage and retro prints.ASDA Photo canvas personalised
Towels£13.00Never muddle your towel up again with a Personalised Towel. These soft and fluffy towels are available as a Tea Towel or traditional beach towel. Perfect for the home or taking away on holiday.ASDA Photo personalised holiday beach towel
Keyrings£4.40The Asda Photo keyrings make a perfect little stocking filler or Secret Santa gift. Choose your favourite picture and turn it into a stylish Personalised Key ring. They are available in a range of shapes and with a choice of backs (from double-sided to glitter).ASDA Photo Personalised Key ring
Blankets£28.00A Photo Blanket makes a wonderful keepsake for a loved one, remind them of a favourite time, place or event to wrap up inside. Choose from the range of sizes and designs finished with traditional edge stitching.ASDA Photo Personalised blanket

Win a Personalised blanket worth £28 with ASDA Photo and Coombe Mill

If you fancy a blanket with one of your favourite photos as a gift or to snuggle up on winter evenings yourself simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking in part.

 

ASDA Photo Personalised Blanket

Disclosure

I have not been paid to write this article, all content is my own, but the prize is with thanks to ASDA Photo department. 


Halloween Fun Day 2019

Posted on November 15th, 2019 - Fiona

The Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day is one of the farm annual highlights. It has developed and grown over the years into a day that holiday makers return for year after year. This year followed the highly success format of 2018, but with a few additions to keep things fresh.

 

Halloween fun day 2019

Halloween Fancy Dress Feed Run

Our usual morning tractor and trailer ride to feed the animals was turned into a fancy dress feed run. The trailer really looked the part and even Farmer Nick joined in with fancy dress.

 

Halloween Fun Day Feed Run 2019

 

Perhaps the highlight of the feed run was discovering spooky Halloween chocolate eggs in place of farm eggs at the chickens

 

Halloween chocolate eggs

 

Families then had the middle of the day free while I moved decorations from the Trailer to the train tunnel and added to them and prepared the pumpkin crafts for the afternoon.

Pumpkin Hunt

Last year we provided pumpkins for carving as part of the carts. It was so successful I thought I’d extend it to this year but instead of just handing out pumpkins I hid them in the fairy garden so the children’s first task was to go on a pumpkin hunt.

 

Pumpkin Hunt at Coombe Mill Holidays

Pumpkin carving

Armed with a pumpkin each the children set about designing their pumpkin and then carving. We had plenty of adults on hand to help out with this. When it came to scooping out the middle, we reserved the seeds and flesh for baking.

 

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Cakes

We made pumpkin cakes indoors, very similar to the blackberry cakes of a few weeks before, but substituting the blackberries with grated pumpkin flesh.

 

Pumpkin cakes

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is one of my favourite things to do with pumpkins. The seeds are so easy to roast. Simply clean them in water and pat them dry, then transfer them to a roasting dish, add salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil before roasting in the oven or under a hot grill for around 10 minutes or until golden. It is worth shaking the seeds mid way through cooking to ensure they toast nicely on both sides.  

The children filled jars with the toasted seeds and made spider tops from cereal boxes while the cakes cooked.

Pumpkin seeds

Halloween Party Games

We cleared away the baking tables and turned up the Halloween music for a bit of fun with musical statues and musical bumps. The children were so good it was hard to catch anyone out, even with a wide age range. In the end I had them spinning and bumping to make it harder for them and easier for me! There were treats for all so everyone was a winner really.

Halloween party games

Ghost Train

Daytime turned to night times during our games and the children were really excited for our last two events, the Ghost train and Trick or Treat. We made our way over to the train station by torchlight and everyone enjoyed at least two round of train riding in the dark with a spooky tunnel of fun.

 

Ghost train at Halloween 2019

 

Trick or Treat.

The evening ends in style with a huge trick or treat procession. This is totally unique and very Coombe Mill. We go from property to property as an organised group. Weonly stop if there is a pumpkin lit outside. Between the ones we carved together and extras created by families in their own time there were some real works of art

Trick or Treat challenges my voice. My trick is to keep order, keep everyone safe and ensure the little ones have as much of a chance to call at each house as the bigger kids. Excitment is full on as this is the real highlight of the evening for the children.

My thanks to all the parents for the wonderful treats and decorated properties. I think this might have been the best trick or treat ever. One little one told me as much which was totally spontaneous and adorable.

 

Trick or treat Halloween 2019 at Coombe Mill

 

Already half the properties have rebooked half term with Halloween on the back of this year’s fun day. Do jump on board if it appeals to you and your family. 

See all the fun on the short video below:

Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day 2019

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October Farm Highlights and November Events Cornwall

Posted on November 1st, 2019 - Fiona

With Halloween just passed, Bonfire night coming up and Christmas festivities on the horizon this feels like a busy time of year for families. With this in mind I have a snappy to the point newsletter for you with updates from the farm, ideas to keep holidays in mind and the latest on November Events Cornwall.

 

October Farm Highlights and November Events Cornwall

Halloween Fun Day

Hot off the press our Halloween fun day was another year of spooktacular fun and games. From the morning fancy dress feed run to evening trick or treating, this remains probably the most popular event of the year.  Jump ahead to book October half term next year and be part of fun.

Halloween Fun Day

The Golf Course has moved!

I mentioned last month that the train and golf course would be coming across the road as we separate Honeysuckle, Willow and Tree Roots cottages. The train was waiting till after Halloween so that we could run the ghost train, but the golf course has moved. It is now located where the under 5’s ride on play area was and Farmer Nick is working on a fun 7th hole into the little house.

crazy golf at Coombe Mill Holidays

Come and stay for New Year

Christmas is almost fully booked (unless you are a family of 4?)  but we still have good availability for New Year. Come and join us for anything from 3 nights upwards. A holiday here is a perfect chance to walk off the Christmas calories on the farm and local beaches before warming up by our cosy log burners.

 

New YEar at Coombe Mill

An imaginative Christmas Present

Don’t forget we have gift certificates from £50 upwards if you are looking for a different sort of gift for a family member this year. You can use our gift certificates with our “refer a friend” scheme saving you, and those you refer, £50 off your next booking with us.

 

Coombe Mill Gift Certificate

Guest post of the month

This wonderful post came through to me on Facebook messenger. The family are now all grown up but still have fond childhood memories here with us. The property is long since gone and the pig field moved, the rest is very much Coombe Mill. Please do share your posts and pictures with me on social media using #CoombeMillHolidays or direct to our group or via the page or email.

On the Farm

Baby Guinea Pigs

We have so many baby guinea Pigs that we are going to need to re-home a few. Just ask if you fancy taking one home with you after your holiday. They make the most adorable pets.

 

guinea pigs at Coombe Mill

 

We are now entering the Rutting season when Rudolph can become quite unpredictable and as such we are recommending that guests only go through the deer field with Farmer Nick on the morning feed run. Rudolph is however looking his most magnificent for his ladies with a full set of antlers.

 

dear hunt in the rut at Coombe Mill Holidays

November Events Cornwall 2019 

 November Events Cornwall 2019

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Winter Fair

Royal Cornwall Show Ground, Wadebridge

16th November 10 – 5pm

Free!

http://www.royalcornwallshow.org/cornish-winter-fair/ 20 minutes

Truro City of Lights 

Truro City Centre

20th November

https://rove.me/to/england/truro-city-of-lights 50 minutes

 

Christmas Fair

Pencarrow House

 

16 – 17th November 

£2.50 kids Free

https://www.pencarrow.co.uk/christmas-fair/ 10minutes

End of Season Steam Extravagenza and Fireworks at Lappa Valley

 

St Newlyn East Truro 2 and 3rd Nove

£5 for fireworks 5 – 7pm or. Free with Lappa Valley day tickets

http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events 35 minutes
St Tudy Bonfire Night.   St Tudy Playing fields 5th November £ donation on the gate. No website but just 3 miles from Coombe Mill 5 minutes

 

 Eden Project Ice skating

Eden Project

All November

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

Free with Eden Admission

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/ice-skating

40 mins

Lanhydrock Gardens (National Trust) Ranger Day burning scrub and toasting marshmallows

Lanhydrock House 23rd November 10 – 3.30 Free with normal admission. Suitable for children and dogs on leads. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/61038197-b10a-44c4-868d-9083a19406cb/pages/details 25 mins

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

As a last note I will just say that we are open right through November and December if you fancy a long weekend break before the rush of Christmas. Have a good month whatever your plans and I hope we all enjoy some crisp sunny winter days.

 

Fiona x

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