March Events in Cornwall & Holiday Farm News

Posted on February 28th, 2020 -

It is officially spring this month and we couldn’t be happier. Hopefully we can say good riddance to storms and cold and hello to a little spring warmth. I hope you can take a minute to catch up on the upcoming March Events in Cornwall together with the latest holiday farm news from us.

 

March Events in Cornwall and Holiday Farm News

Spring holiday availability

If you are thinking of coming away for the Easter break we are now full on week commencing 4th April but have a few spaces still in the weeks either side of this if you are quick. The same is true of the May half term week from 23rd May. We have just 2 properties still available then. If you miss out on these, remember we still offer weekend’s right through to the last week of June for a little farm escape.

April May and June at Coombe Mill

 February Half Term

Half term saw our first busy week of the year. It was lovely to see the farm buzzing with laughter and children running freely here.  We had some lovely feed runs with Farmer Nick and myself as Farmer Fi. Later in the week Farmer Theo who took over from us while we took our triplets away to catch up with family in Sussex. It’s fair to say the weather was not always in our favour. Frequent showers meant wet weather gear was needed by everyone. That said, I congratulate all the children and adults who regularly joined the morning feed run regardless of the rain. 

 

The train is up and running

The train has taken its first passengers on the new line this half term. The line isn’t quite complete, but we managed to get enough track laid down to give it a good test. It is now a door to door service from your lodge to the tractor and trailer in the morning, with a return trip for those completing the feed run.

 

Test Train ride at Coombe Mill

 More creativity for the Fairy Garden

Last month I shared the newly painted stones. This month has been all about fairy log houses. I’m so pleased with how these have turned out I think I will undercoat  some smaller logs and let the children loose to create their own with poster paint here in activity hour this season.

Spring grass

The animals are enjoying the new season grass already and the lawnmowers have been out a couple of times already in the past month keeping the garden lawns in shape. All we need now are the first spring lambs and I’ll really feel the new season is with us.

 

Fiona lawn mowing

Was that a tornado?

In contrast to the generally benign winter weather this year, Storm Ciara left her mark. We had an easy time of her apart from a freak tornado that ripped through the valley on the afternoon of the 10th February. Our chicken house was uprooted from its concrete base along with a wheelbarrow and hurled over the 8ft Jurassic park fencing. A whole line of trees came down up the ravine knocking out 2 lines of electric cable and leaving us without power until late in to the night. Thankfully we were between guest visits and only had to worry about lighting our own log burner for warmth, light and cooking. Western Electric had us back on line late evening and we spent the next day clearing debris. Thankfully the chickens were all in their indoor quarters, where they will be staying until Farmer Nick rebuilds their summer shelter. Fingers crossed for no more drama and a smooth ride into spring. 

 

 

March Events Cornwall 2020 

 March Events Cornwall 2020

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

St Piran’s Day Parade

Bodmin town center

5th March 11am

Free!

15 minutes

Indoor inflatable Theme Park

Truro

28 and 29th March

£6 kids adults free https://www.visittruro.org.uk/whats/indoor-inflatable-theme-park 50 minutes

 

Newquay Zoo Cornish Day for St Piran’s week with family fun activities

Newquay Zoo

 

8th March 10 – 4.30

Free with zoo entry

https://www.newquayzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events/detail/st-pirans-day 40minutes

Mum goes free at Lappa Valley  (with another full price ticket)

 

St Newlyn East Truro 21 and 22nd March

£7.50 per persone special March weekend rate to 22nd March

http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/events 40 minutes
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt: All National Trust properties Llanhydrock, Trerice, Cotehele, Glendrugan From 28th March £2 including Easter Egg plus admission by property https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/
25 minutes plus

 

 Eden Project the very hungry Caterpillar weekend with trail, story telling and crafts

Eden Project

14 and 15th MArch

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

Free with Eden Admission

https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-weekend

40 mins

Posy Making and more at Glendrugan Gardens National Trust for Mother’s Day

Glendrugan Gardens, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth  21st March Admission charges for non NT members: £10.50 children £5.25 Event free.  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 March Events Cornwall 2020 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

 

With all good wishes for a happy March

Fiona x

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Wild in the City from Lonely Planet Kids

Posted on February 24th, 2020 -

There are a fascinating collection of creatures living alongside us in our urban areas. Nature has a remarkable way of adapting to the environment we have created. For the benefits of young minds, who better than Lonely Planet Kids to uncover the wild side of cities around the world. Do you know someone who would enjoy Wild in the City? Read on to discover more about this lovely book and for your chance to win a copy.  

 

Wild in the City book Lonely Planet Kids

About Wild in the City

Animals from all over the world have learnt to adapt to the growing urbanisation of our planet. In Wild in the City some surprising animals, together with their clever behaviour are uncovered.  Did you know that the friendly English fox likes to hop on the capital’s busses and tubes? While their natural diet is berries and small mammals, they have learned to rummage through the city bins for our throw away food scraps too. We are not the only city with animals prowling the street at night; discover the leopards in Mumbai, mountain Lions in Los Angeles and deer in Japan. This lovely book looks at how they survive and how you can help them, it also covers bugs, birds and reptiles, so there is plenty to explore wherever you live or travel.  

pages from wild in the city

What we Love

  • Educational: the book is packed with fascinating facts in child friendly small chunks. 

  • Engaging: From paw prints to poo kids will be taken by the animal kingdom living next door to us.

  • Beautifully illustrated: Every bite sized section has an accompanying image

  • Logical lay out: Sectioned by Mammals, birds, reptiles and bugs. Also contains a helpful glossary, Index and double spread on how you can help or city friends.

 

Need to Know

 

RSP £12.99
Age Age 7 -12
Product Properties
  • Hardback
  • 112 pages
  • colour
  • Dimensions: 251mm × 311mm
AuthorKate Baker
IllustratorGianulca Foll
PublisherLonely Planet Kids
StockistsLonely Planet Kids online, Amazon, WHSmith, Wordery
ISBN9781788684903

 

 

Taster video of Wild in the City Book

 

 

Win your copy of Wild in the City with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this delightful non- fiction book for a young animal enthusiast with an interest in travel, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Hidden Wonders from Lonely Planet Kids

Disclosure

We were sent a copy of the Wild in the City book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy of the book is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests.   


The Surprising Lives of Animals from Quarto Kids

Posted on February 10th, 2020 -

If you have a young budding animal lover in your house, I may have found the perfect book. Aimed at Age 6 plus “The Surprising Lives of Animals” is a wonderful insight into animal behaviour, their environment and the characteristics they have in common with us humans. Pitched at young learners the book aims to educate and delight young minds whilst capturing their imagination. Do you know someone who would enjoy this book? Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy.  

 

The Surprising Lives of Animals from Quarto Kids

About The Surprising Lives of Animals

Animals from all over the world are brought to you in this wonderful book of discovery. See which baby animals enjoy a little play time just like us from chase to tobogganing! Find out about the love they share, the baths they enjoy, the clever ones and the sneaky characters. There are so many comparisons to draw with humans; it will captivate any youngster with an animal connection.

Pages from The Surprising Lives of Animals

What we Love

  • Educational
  • Engaging
  • Beautifully illustrated
  • Bite sized digestible pieces of information
  • Helpful glossary and further reading suggestions

Need to Know

RSP £12.99
Suitable from Age 6+
Product Specifications

Hardback

48 pages

Full colour

AuthorAnna Claybourne
IllustratorStef Murphy
PublisherQuarto Kids
StockistsQuarto online, Amazon, 
ISBN9781782408161

 

Taster video of The Surprising Lives of Animals Book

 

Win your copy of The Surprising Lives of Animals with Quarto Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this delightful non- fiction book for the young animal enthusiast in your live, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Surprising lives of animals

Disclosure

We were sent a copy of the Surprising Lives of Animals book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy of the book is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests.   


February Events in Cornwall and Holiday Farm News

Posted on January 31st, 2020 -

I hope you have made it through the January Blues and beginning to see the first signs of spring. Here on the farm the snowdrops are blooming and the daffodils coming through. Our little micro valley climate always seems to be one step ahead when it comes to spring. Sunset is now after 5pm and lengthening literally by the day. If you need a little break to see you through to summer we may just have the answer. Read on for more on the past month on the farm and February events in Cornwall if you are heading our way for a winter break. 

 

February Events in Cornwall and Holiday Farm News

Lowest Prices and Short breaks you can’t refuse

Our price list prices are now into their 3rd year with no rise and short breaks are available throughout the February half term week. Give the family an instant winter pick me up with a bargain short break on the dates you choose. Whether you have warm and wet weather or cold and dry there is plenty to do and the farm animals will be thrilled to see you.

feb half term on the fqrm

Valentine’s Day gift card

Don’t be stuck for a good idea on the 14th. Treat the family to a Coombe Mill gift card. Available for £50 and up, you can use it straight away for half term or look further ahead in the year.

Coombe Mill Gift Certificate

Get summer ready

If it is a summer holiday you really want but just don’t have the spare days to take off or the funds for a summer week, we have kept our short breaks running to the last week of June. Don’t just dream of summer, book it.

 

Coombe Mill lodges in summer

All change on the train

The train track came up after October half term and Farmer Nick has been busy relaying it alongside the lodge pathway. Weather permitting; we are hoping to have it running in time for this coming half term. The old lodges Tiddy and Tamar down by the river are going to be the new engine shed. It gives a lot more space and height than the old tunnel and I’m already super excited to decorate it for Halloween and Christmas this year.  

 

 A magic touch for the fairy garden

The winter is never kind to the fairy garden, but because we know it is so popular with the children we have invested in some trinkets for the new season. I’ve also been getting creative repainting the stones to keep the magic alive for all who visit.

 

All from our animal fleeces

Each year we donate our sheep and Alpaca fleece to a local crafter who turns them into the most creative and usual items to sell at country fairs. I was late having them collected this year but rewarded instantly with these gorgeous Christmas decorations.  I will leave them on display in the shop in case anyone wants to order some. Last year’s fleece handbags were extremely popular with our holiday guests.

 

Coombe Animal fleece crafts

 

On the farm

We have been working hard to move the animals round the grazing fields and eek out the hay to see us through to spring. The long dry spell in January was perfect for the animals, they had a real chance to dry out and enjoy time outdoors instead of in their shelters. It is the goats and alpaca especially who dislike the rain in their coats.

 

goats in winter

 

 

February Events in Cornwall 2020 

 February Events in Cornwall 2020

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Snowdrops Sunday

Pencarrow House

9th February 10am – 4pm

Free, voluentry donation welcome

https://www.pencarrow.co.uk/news-and-events/ 10 minutes

Pirates of the New Word Walk Through – special Previews

Pirate Quest Newquay

February half term 15 – 23rd February

Adults £10.75 Kids £7.95, under 3 Free https://www.piratesquest.co.uk/ 40 minutes
Point to Point Wadebridge Showground 9th February 11.30 – 2.30  Adults £10 Children Free, Free Parking  https://pointingdc.co.uk/fixtures/
15 minutes

 

 Eden Project Ice skating

 

Colour art installation – work with an artist

Eden Project

Until 23rd February

 

During half term 15 – 23rd February

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

Free with Eden Admission

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

40 mins

Bird Identification Walk at Lanhydrock National Trust

Lanhydrock House and Gardens 15 – 23rd February 10am to 4pm Free with membership or normal admission charges https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/cbf1fcbe-506b-42cb-a1c3-65d601301407/pages/details 25 mins

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the February Events in Cornwall 2020 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

After a quiet January we are looking forward to welcoming you to the farm for the coming season.  

With all good wishes for a happy month ahead

Fiona x

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Hidden Wonders Book from Lonely Planet Kids

Posted on January 27th, 2020 -

The Planet we live in really is an extraordinary place. From what nature began to what we evolved, there are some quirky places out there just waiting to be discovered. Hidden Wonders by Lonely Planet kids is a guide to the planet’s wildest, weirdest places. Jump on board to discover more and for your chance to win this book for budding tween adventurers along with a fun and challenging promotional jigsaw.

Hidden Wonders from Lonely Planet Kids

About Hidden Wonders

Stand in the soft sand at Playa de Gulpiyuri in Spain and you’d think you were on a beach at the water’s edge. In fact you’d be in the middle of a field! A sink hole has been flooded with water via a tunnel from the Cantabrian Sea to create this amazing feature. This is just one of 150 exciting discoveries in the book.   

 

Pages from Hidden Wonders Book

What we Love

  • Expect the unexpected when it comes to places and things featured in the book.

  • Discover the origins of the amazing places including, folk law, myths and legends.

  • Photographs of every place bring the locations to life.

  • Hidden Wonders is perfectly written with just enough detail for 9 to 12 year olds.

Need to Know

Age suitability 9 – 11 years
RSP £14.99
AuthorNicole Maggi
StockistsLonely Planet Kids on line shop, Amazon, 
Product specification 

Hardback 

240 pages

Full colour

240mm x 185mm

PublisherLonely Planet Kids
ISBN9781788683258

 

Taster video of the Hidden Wonders Book

Hidden Wonders Jigsaw

For a great way to keep your tween off their phone, try this challenging promotional jigsaw. The tiny pieces and complex front cover design will keep all the family busy. I’m not saying how long it took us, but it was pleasantly addictive to try and solve. 

 

Hidden Wonders Jigsaw

Win your copy of the Hidden Wonders Book and Jigsaw with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to discover the strange and wondrous places highlighted in the book and the fun to make jigsaw, simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Hidden Wonders from Lonely Planet Kids

Disclosure

We were sent a copy of the book and jigsaw for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy of the book and jigsaw is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests.