Country Kids 5th November 2016

Posted on November 4th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 5th November

We have been in Halloween overload here at Coombe Mill. With 3 weeks of half term guests this year we have enjoyed our Halloween fun day, which is my post this week, and made good use of our famous Ghost Train too. As we clear away this weekend for Bonfire night I am am on sweet wrapper patrol right across the farm after a marathon run of Coombe Mill Trick or Treating!  

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Appologies my top  commenters from last week:

I’m afraid I have failed to get through comments this week. Our duty Manager Amber has been on a much deserved holiday leaving Nick and I flat out with the business and the kids this week. I will catch up next week so your comments won’t go unrecognized. I really appreciate the support from those who join in with me. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

October Winner

  • *Drum Roll * My October winner is Michelle Twin Mum for her post from the Battle of Hastings reenactment day. Congratulations Michelle, please pop over to the Rockfish website and email or DM me your choice of wellies from the current range.   
Country Kids October winner of Rockfish wellies

 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the November Rockfish Wellies:

Last week’s Country Kids top commenter will go through and be recognized next week.

Raising money for  fab cause Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops went exploring a charity welly walk complete with Yukky Dip and Pantomime. 

This post about Belton House from Caroline over at Becoming a Stay at Home Mum captured my imagination with it’s stunning grounds and space to play in the autumn sunshine.

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites  from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 450 photos in there in just 5 weeks!

My favourites last week were  @Squishedblueberries  @verymuchsoblog  @The_dadventurer and @becomingasahm Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

My #countrykidsfun favourite snaps of the week: @squishedblueberries @verymuchsoblog @the_dadventurer @becomingasahm Thank you for all the outdoor fun tags. Have a great weekend and keep the photos rolling. #countrykids #outdoors #outdoorlife #outdoorkids #countryside #nature #woods #autumn #leaves #familytime #autumnleaves #bubbles #landscape #view #adventure

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Halloween Fun Day at Coombe Mill

Posted on November 4th, 2016 -

Half term and Halloween may have come out of sync in recent years, but there was no way our regular guests were going to let that stop the fun they expected from a half term holiday here. It has become something of a tradition on the last day to have a massive Halloween fun day. Each year in my endeavor to ensure it lives up to expectations the activities grow. Not surprisingly this year was our most exciting yet.

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

When I say Halloween fun day I really mean a full day.

Halloween fun day timetable

Fancy Dress Feed Run

We like to make the most of those spooky outfits so we begin with a fancy dress feed run. I had decorated the tractor and trailer the previous afternoon and left it hidden in Farmer Nick’s shed. There were children who had held back from taking a turn at driving all week just to be able to drive on the Halloween fun day ride.  Thankfully high spirits and scary clothes didn’t put the animals off their breakfast!

Halloween Fun Day Fancy Dress Feed Run

There were a welcome couple of hours after this for everyone to enjoy lunch and their last day on the farm while I rustled up my children to help Amber and I undress the Feed run trailer and add all the decorations to the Ghost Train and then stage the clues for the scary Scavenger Trail. It was a race against the clock for us but we made it back to the games room for 2.30 with everything in place for the rest of the Halloween fun day activities.

Crafts

We made tin cans into devils, pumpkins, monsters and black cats with crape paper and paint and left them to dry for games later on.

 

Making scary tin cans for Halloween games later.

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Toilet rolls became mini devils and Frankenstein’s and I took inspiration from last week’s woodland weaving making spiders to take to the giant web, which was still going strong down by the river.

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I couldn’t believe this week’s children hadn’t spotted the giant web, it was a whole new discovery to find the web and add their spiders. 

 

spider web weaving at Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

Halloween Trail

Our fun day continued as the children joined us for a Halloween Trail challenge. Handing out trail sheets and pens the they were tasked with counting how many of the marked items they saw along the walk.  

Halloween Woodland Trail

 

Amber was waiting at the end of the trail with her witch’s cauldron to collect completed sheets. These were exchanged for a dip into the pot where the children rummaged between the bones and skin (twigs and leaves) for a gold token to buy them a ghost train ride.

 

Halloween Woodland Trail: Collecting Golden Tokens on Completion

 

Queuing is never a problem with the rope swing, bamboo tunnel and stream to entertain while waiting to dip into the cauldron.

 

Playing along the Halloween Trail at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Halloween Games

We left everyone playing down the Halloween trail to set up the games. This was a chance to run off some excess energy, test the children’s teamwork skills and bring a little silliness and competition into play. We could have run this session for much longer as after an hour and a half the kids were still going strong but my voice was failing and darkness setting in!

Our tin cans were put to use in team tower building competitions. Tactics and teamwork were essential to build the highest tower.

 

Halloween 👻 tin can tower building. Who can make the tallest tower. Team work and strategy needed. Great fun and educational on our Halloween fun day. #halloween #tincans #games #education #learning #teamwork #challenge #countrykidsfun #funday #kids #competition

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Moving over to the lawn our tins were used for racing games along with broom sticks, the competitive side in the children really shone through and I was delighted to see my triplets join in too after helping to organise things all day.

Halloween Fun Day Games at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

We quietened everyone down with pin the arm on the skeleton with forfeits and the ever popular apple bobbing and find the sweet in the flour.

 

Halloween Apple Bobbing, Find the sweet and pin the arm on the skeleton games

 

Musical bumps and musical statues was much harder to judge than I imagined, I think everyone must have been seasoned party goers!

 

Musical statues at the Coombe Mill Halloween fun day

Ghost Train

Some of the younger children must have been flagging by now, but they certainly weren’t going to let it show, as they all raced over for the ghost train. I collected gold coins from the Halloween walk as the children boarded and with squeals of joy Guy led lap after lap round the track and through the spooky tunnel.

 

Halloween Ghost Train at Coombe Mill Holidays

The Coombe Mill Ghost Train is back for Halloween 👻. #halloween #ghost #ghosttrain #scary #spooky #spookyscaryskeletons #countrykidsfun #countrykids #holiday #halftermfun #train #specialday #kidsfunday #nighttrain

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Trick or Treat

No Halloween fun day would be complete without a little Trick or Treating. Here at Coombe Mill we make this an organised procession from property to property. A lit pumpkin signifies we are welcome and we do our utmost to ensure little ones go first and older children, who can be inclined to push in their excitement, go after.  They system works well with each door only being knocked on once all evening and a parent from the group running ahead to open up for us. I was thrilled to see not only pumpkins but wonderful house decorations to welcome us too.

 

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

Thank you to all the parents for making this last part of the day so successful for the children. Each finished with a huge haul of goodies and crafts to remember their Halloween fun day at Coombe Mill.

If you would like to join us next year, all the activities for the Halloween fun day are free for our October half term guests but, be quick this is a popular week!  

Country Kids


Santa Christmas Countdown Blackboard

Posted on October 31st, 2016 -

There is no denying the magic of Christmas for little ones. Excitement for the Christmas countdown builds all around from the adverts and programmes on TV to the displays in our towns and shop windows. How many times do you get asked “when will it be Christmas” in the lead up to the big day? With 6 children it is a frequently asked question in our house.

Win your Countdown to Christmas Santa Board

When does your Christmas countdown begin?

 The start of the advent calendars marks the beginning of the grand Christmas countdown for us, but there is always a little cheating when someone’s day is mysteriously opened incorrectly and the chocolate missing! The clever folk at Prezzybox have the perfect solution. A sensibly priced Santa Christmas Countdown Blackboard to manually count down the days starting whenever you choose.

What's in the Christmas Countdown Santa Blackboard set from Prezzybox

Product Features

  • Currently reduced to just £7.95 from Prezzybox.
  • Features 3D Santa and stylish red border.
  • Comes complete with string and chalk.
  • Attractive red ribbon for hanging.

What we thought:

We love the Santa Christmas Countdown blackboard. I may use ours in the house in place of advent calendars this year and put the money saved towards a big box of chocolates for my children to have one a day. However I also like the idea of  hanging it in the games room or train tunnel for our holiday guests, then asking the children to change the number in return for a chocolate on the train ride each evening. I’m so taken with the idea I may just order another. There is even space to write the odd present hint or a reminder of timings for our Christmas train. It is so festive and jolly looking it will double as a Christmas decoration too.

Hanging our Countdown to Christmas Blackboard in a Coombe Mill Cottage

Win your Santa Christmas Countdown blackboard 

If you fancy winning one of these delightful Santa boards to manage your Christmas countdown just follow the instructions below.  Good luck to all taking part.

Santa Christmas Countdown Blackboard

Disclosure

We were sent our Santa Christmas countdown blackboard for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions on the product are my own.

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky  Family Fever


Ghost Train Spooktacular for Halloween

Posted on October 29th, 2016 -

The Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day has become something of a tradition. In the past Halloween has collided with half term giving us a full turn out of excited party guests. For the past two years Halloween has fallen just after the holidays, however due to popular demand I have been holding it in half term regardless.  This year Halloween at Coombe Mill was on the 28th October including the ever popular Ghost Train.  The day starts at 9am and finishes at 7pm; if I say so myself we really to make this a day to remember for all our guests.

 If you want to catch up on the full day’s events it will be on the blog Saturday as my Country Kids post this week. For now I am sharing just a small part of the day, the spooktacular Ghost Train.

Ghost Train Preparations

I don’t have long to set up the ghost train as the previous days train ride doesn’t end until 6.15pm. It is then torches to the ready for the lights going in, with a full team effort from my own children between activities on the day to set the tunnel up ready to surprise everyone in the evening.  

Setting up the Ghost Train

Ghost Train Ride

Every year I wonder if it is worth the effort, the whinge from my kids at having to help, the time pressure to decorate the tunnel between activities and the tiresome job of taking it all down again. However as soon as I see the excited group of children my doubts melt away; from queuing to board the train to squealing in the tunnel their enthusiasm is infectious. How could have doubted my efforts in creating a spooktacular ghost train.

Ghost Train in the Dark at Coombe Mill Halt


Ghost Train coming through the spooky tunnel


Fancy Gress Ghost Train in tunnel

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This year we will leave the train all set up and turn on all the lights and sounds once more on the 31st October to delight or spook a new group of children.

 

The Coombe Mill Ghost Train is back for Halloween 👻. #halloween #ghost #ghosttrain #scary #spooky #spookyscaryskeletons #countrykidsfun #countrykids #holiday #halftermfun #train #specialday #kidsfunday #nighttrain

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Happy Halloween.

Country Kids


Country Kids 29th October 2016

Posted on October 28th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

October has brought some wonderful sunny days to Cornwall. This week has been beautiful again and the older half term children have loved the freedom of the farm to explore. However they are also kind and inclusive with the younger children, showing them how to handle the animals. I do love the sense of togetherness that builds on the daily tractor feed runs during the week. 

Halloween is also a big event for Coombe Mill. This week I’m sharing a few Halloween preparations with a nature theme. Next week will be all about the day itself and how we turn it in to a full programme of farm activities. I hope you’ll join me here and see how we got on. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Hiedi from Him Me Three who commented on 32 posts.

2nd Merlinda from Pixiedusk and Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 28 posts

3rd Emma from Emsyjo and Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 25 posts.

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too.

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits climbed to 3 this week *cries* come on guilty ones, please do pop back over and share some blog love. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the October Rockfish Wellies:

Hiedi from Him Me and Three goes through as the Country Kids top commenters with a fab 32 post comments last week.

Sam from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be fine turned a pile of leaves from a lovely autumn woodland walk into 4 clever crafts.

I’ve loved all the pumpkin fields linked up this week and could have featured them all. In the end I chose Karen from Would like to be for the dreamy autumn photos. 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites  from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 350 photos in there in just 4!

My favourites last week were PottyAdventures, Sands_Heard, Jenni-isdancingintherain  and Theseasonalchild Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

Week 4 #countrykidsfun favourites. Thank you for joining in with your outdoor fun posts. Please keep them coming. @pottyadventures @theseasonalchild @sands_heard @jenni_isdancingintherain #pumpkin #pumpkinpatch #halftime #autumn #countrykids #autumncolours #autumnleaves

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