Visiting Brighton Pier and Marina

Posted on March 10th, 2017 - Fiona

For February Half Term we try to fit in a few family days away between changeover days on the farm. Traditionally we spend this between catching up with friends and cousins in London and days by the sea on the south coast seeing Farmer Nick’s Mum.  One of the kids favourite day trips is into Brighton. There is so much to do in this coastal city that the children are always keen to visit. On this occasion it was Brighton pier and the marina that were our focus.

A Family Day at Brighton Pier and Marina

Brighton Pier

My children have been drawn to Brighton pier since they were little.  The colours, sights and smells are all so different to the Cornish seaside. Jed had taken his scooter with him which was perfect along the promenade but less than perfect along the wooden planks of the pier. More than once Farmer Nick was left holding onto it!

Scooting along the Brighton Pier

 

Half way down the pier there are some lovely views back across Brighton and I always feel hungry as the aroma from the fish and chip stalls and doughnut stands drifts past.

 

Clio looking to the beach from Brighton Pier

One of my least favourite aspects of the pier is the arcade. However on a biting cold day it does provide a little warmth and the kids and Nick settled into a few games of horse racing until the 10p supply ran out! Not exactly like the point to point at Wadebridge, but a fun 10 minutes.

Playing on the horses in the Brighton Pier arcade

However the real thrill is at the end of the pier. The children have never let us forget letting them go on a couple of rides a year or so ago, only to discover they were not tall enough. Fast forward to now where they are only just shorter than me and it was payback time! They had been given some holiday money from their Yia Yia and aunt and uncle and treated themselves to a sensible dodgems  inter family challenge with Farmer Nick

 

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Guy and Clio then decided to go for the biggest scariest ride there. Jed held back with me deciding he didn’t have the stomach for it and I couldn’t blame him. I was envious of their sky high view of Brighton, but not the subsequent upside town tumble!

Scary ride on Brighton Pier for Clio and Guy

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I would have felt quite ill climbing down but they grinned from ear to ear and it totally made their day.  After fleecing us for fast food lunch and a fortune in “needed”   clothes and shoes in town we headed down to the Marina.

Brighton Marina

We admired the giant yacht in the harbour village only to discover the triplets had hopped over the rope barrier ad jumped on board for a closer look. They have some nerve and I shouted them back.

Brighton Marina climbing aboard a yacht

 

Guy and Nick checked out the boat prices in the window and decided a boat would have to wait for another year.  None the less we crossed the road to the main marina and admired the waterside flats and boots moored up whilst the kids took it in terns to scoot up and down.

Admiring the boats & yachts in Brighton Marina

We didn’t manage the beach this time or a visit to the lanes but it will still be remembered as a fun day trip and one I know they will want to do next time we visit family.

 

Have you visited Brighton Pier or Marina?

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Country Kids 4th March

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

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 4th March 2017

Hello March! 

So March has arrived with howling winds in Cornwall but also a few bright sunny days, I’m hoping it will be a case of in like a lion and out like a lamb. Speaking of which we are now officially on lamb watch here on the farm eagerly awaiting our first of the season. Our holiday visitor numbers are up and someone is going to benefit from being here when the first are born. Getting outdoors is more appealing with the prospect of spring. I hope you’ll have some adventures to share on the link up below.  

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.
    • 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.

My top commenters from 18th February:

  1. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 30 posts.
  2. Lauren from The Helpful Hiker who commented on 28 posts.
  3. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 22 posts.

We have 4 guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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

My February Winner of the Rockfish Wellies:

Congratulations to Sonia from Mummy Constant who was one of Februaries top commenters, consistently comments on lots of  your posts and linked up a delightful day at BeWILDerwood that captured my heart. Sonia take a look at the amazing Rockfish designs and email me your choice.

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Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mamma’s School.

The Helpful Hiker found a beautiful countryside walk with an old tower to explore

Tin box traveller discovered the joy of family cycling at Alice Holt Forest

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I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 1900 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.


My favourite photos from the week came from @emmysmummy1 @franhigham @victoriajenkinsx @mumturnedmom. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

My weekly #countrykidsfun round up featuring @emmysmummy1 @franhigham @victoriajenkinsx @mumturnedmom thank you for all the amazing tags again this week. Have a lovely weekend with lots of outdoor adventures. #outdoors #countrylife #countryside #snow #poohsticks #landscape #leaves #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorlife #adventure #childhoodunplugged #kidsoutdoors #wildchild #wildandfree #outdoorplay

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 Springwatch on TV with Snowdrop and Daffodil Crafts

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

After a quiet January it was lovely to see the number of visitors back up at Coombe Mill for the half term school holiday. We had been away ourselves for a few days mid week, but were back in time for an afternoon of springwatch themed crafting fun. What a delight to discover a group of children who had become the best of friends during the week.

 

Springwatch on TV with snowdrop and daffodil crafts

 

Eager to begin with our spring crafts we started by painting pictures of the farm snowdrops. As always the little ones had to wait for the older ones who were creating some beautiful meadow scenes.

 

painting snowdrop pictures on the farm

 

When everyone was finished we searched around for some sticks that would be needed for the next two crafts.

 

Children stick hunting to make craft daffodils

 

Returning to the table our longer stick was used as the stem of a daffodil, the head being created out of a toilet roll.

 

making daffodils wit sticks and toilet rolls

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The children knew just the place for their daffodils. They had been working on a den together during the week and decided daffodils were just what were needed to finish it off. Carefully they carried them over to our den building area to show off their den and plant their daffodils around.

 

Decorating the childrens woodland den with their craft daffodils

I love this photo of them all crowded inside.

Friends hiding in their newly decorated woodland den

 

We hunted around from here for signs of spring to take back to the craft table. The Camellias were out, as well as the daffodils and snowdrops, so there were plenty of colours to find.

 

Hunting on the farm for spring blooms for crafts

 

The children arranged their spring treasures along a strip of paper which I helped them tape into place.

 

arranging spring flowers on paper

 

Next we curled and fixed the paper around two short sticks to make film and used some old chocolate egg boxes I’d been saving since last year to make a TV.

 

Making TV to show of springwatch

 

As if by magic their spring finds were now on a TV show!

My thanks to Cheryl from Time To Craft, who reminded me I was storing my egg boxes to make TVs with this post linked to my #Trash2Treasure Link up.  

 

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All the children embraced our springwatch crafts with such enthusiasm I shall be using elements from this session again over the coming weeks.  We have good availability throughout March if you fancy joining us.

Have you been on springwatch in your local area? 

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Country Kids 25th February 2017

Posted on February 24th, 2017 - Fiona

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 25th February 2017

It’s nearly spring, time to discover what’s new outdoors. 

I don’t know about you, but here on the farm January seemed to drag on forever while February has raced by. Whether it is the lengthening days or spring growth raising our spirits I’m not sure, but along with the seasons changing so our willingness to enjoy family outdoor time has increased too. I hope February has been a good month for you with some adventures to share on the link up below. 

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.
    • 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.

My top commenters from 18th February:

1st Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 20 posts.

2nd Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 19 posts.

3rd Hiedi from Him, Me and Three who commented on 18 posts.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mummy Constant

An alternative family Valentine’s  campfire picnic in the snow looks so magical from Sonia at The Mammas School.

Four Acorns spent a day admiring the multicoloured rock formations in Rosières, Haute-Loire, France.

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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 growing 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. With over 1800 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @tarajgreaves @tammymumuk @four_acorns @lakessinglemum Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

Thank you for the fab #countrykidsfun photos this week. 4 new outdoor fun community members in for a mention @tarajgreaves @tammymumuk @four_acorns @lakessinglemum I hope you have a lovely weekend and keep the photos coming. #outdoors #adventurekids #curiouslittleexplorers #urbankids #explorerkids #beach #sand #puddles #puddlejumping #muddypuddles #splashing #waves #wildchild #wildandfree #childhoodmoments #childhoodmemories #childhoodunplugged #outdooreducation

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The Saints Way from Fowey to Polkerris Beach

Posted on February 24th, 2017 - Fiona

We had a rare Sunday where the boys had a Rugby match in a beautiful harbour town and we and no guests. This was an opportunity for a family adventure and we grabbed the chance. A quick look at the map to find the Rugby pitch and we spotted it was right next to the final section of the Saints Way trail. This is a trail stretching for 30 miles from Padstow on the North Coast to Fowey on the south coast.  We traced the spur path down to Polkerris beach where there was a branch of our favourite Fowey bistro. It only looked about 2.5 miles. The plan was formed and I was looking forward to an adventure.

The Saints Way Fowey to Polkerris

From Rugby to Fowey Town

Dropping the boys at the Rugby pitch Nick, Clio and I noted the path we needed later and drove down into the town. It was as chilly as I remember last time we visited Fowey, but dry so I wasn’t complaining. We mooched around the shops and harbour and warmed up in a cute little coffee shop.

 

Coffee in Fowey

 

By the time we headed back to the Rugby club the boys were just finishing. Caked in mud but thrilled with their win with both scoring a try they headed into the changing rooms.

 

Wadebridge Rugby Leage Juniors away match at Fowey

The Saints Way Trail

Thankfully a quick shower had transformed them and we all set off along the Saints Way trail towards Polkerris. Having never been along the path before we took a map print out for guidance. Nick took great pleasure in sharing his best Geographer skills and testing the kids on the landscape we could expect, the distance and topography.

 

Map reading from Fowey to Polkerris on th Saints Way Trail

 

The Saints Way trail section delivered on every count. We passed through woodland, over little bridges, under a bridge, past farm animals and chatted about all kinds of things whist building our appetites for lunch.

 

Walking the Saints Way trail from Fowey to Polkerris

 

There were trees to climb and trees to practice pull ups and even a rope swing I had to forbid them using as I could see jumping off would risk tumbling down a step bank and an ambulance trip instead of lunch!

 

Tree climbing along the Saints Way trail

 

At one point we went right through a seriously muddy farm. The boys only had trainers on and so accepted a fireman lift from Dad. I wonder how much longer he will be able to do this for, they are already far too heavy for me to lift like this.

 

Polkerris Beach

Finally the beach was insight and the kids ran down only to discover a very much shut looking beach bistro.

 

 

There was nothing for it, a quick splash in the sea and wander over the beach and we headed back.

 

 

With tummies rumbling we made quick work of the return journey along the Saints’ Way and rang ahead to book into the Fowey bistro, our lesson learned! I knew we were returning faster as we had all stripped off coats and jumpers and it wasn’t actually very warm.

 

Walking the Saint's Way back from Polkerris to Fowey

Back in Fowey

We would have needed to walk back anyway so we hadn’t really lost out and the walk was refreshing. We were however more than ready for lunch!

 

Lunch at Sam's Biestro in Fowey

 

By the time we finished the sun had come out and as the boys had missed out in the morning we took one last look around the harbour enjoying the local ice cream.  

 

Exploring Fowey Harbour

We left before Jed could frighten me anymore balancing on railings too close to the sea! Driving home I realised how special family days out like this are. We will be back into our busy season soon, but at least I have this section of The Saints’ Way as another good recommendation to pass on to those on holidays with us looking for  fun family days out.  

 

 

Tips for walking the Saints’ Way from Fowey to Polkerris Beach and Back

  • Park on the road by the Fowey Rugby club

  • Wear wellies or good walking boots, trainers may be OK in summer.

  • not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

  • Distance is about 2 – 2.5 miles each way but feels further with rugged ground and some steep climbs.

  • Take towels / change of clothes for swimming or paddling at Polkerris beach.

  • Sam’s Bistro have great deluxe burgers and seafood but is pricey. Open all year in Fowey town but seasonal opening  at Polkerris.

  • For cheaper food options in Fowey there are several bakeries serving pasties and more with plenty of harbour seating available to enjoy the view. We do this in summer.

  • Toilets at Fowey and Polkerris require 20p entry.

  • Parking in Fowey is very limited, park in the signed car park and walk into the town. Aprox 1/3 mile.

  • Harbour rails in Fowey are not idea for small children and they need to be supervised running near the edge.
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