Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on December 18th, 2015 - Fiona

The Pencarrow Christmas Fair

Following the success of the Wadebridge Christmas Fayre last weekend we set off this week for the Pencarrow fair, this is one of the lovely houses just 10 minutes from Coombe Mill and one where we had a wonderful afternoon last year. It was far less agricultural than the Wadebridge one  Clio and Guy had frond memories from our last visit, not least of which was the amazing chocolate Brownies and they were keen to come with me again, the rest of my children were washing cars and cement mixing back home so we picked up Clio’s friend en-route.

The Pencarrow Christmas Fayre

The sun was shining as we turned into the ling private driveway and soon hit a queue of traffic all thinking like us it as a great use of a Sunday afternoon. Having the 4 wheel drive I simply dived off onto the grass and parked up, fully expecting others to follow suit as the car park was clearly full. Clearly we were the only ones risking the off road option but for me it certainly beat queuing and we were happy to enjoy the walk up through the estate to the house.  The kids ran on ahead finding trees to climb, or slide down in Guy’s case!

 

Climbing Trees at Pencarrow

 

The beautiful steps and fountains make the formal gardens stunning in the winter sun

 

Kids exploring the gardens

 

We were all captivated by the amazing fungi growing in the otherwise immaculately manicured lawns. The colours were astonishing and I tried to look them up afterwards but was baffled by the possibilities I found online!

 

Mushrooms on the Pencarrow Grounds

 

Eventually we found our way to the house entrance and embraced the Christmas atmosphere where from craft stalls to food stalls the rooms were filled with Christmas cheer.

 

Christmassy Stalls

 

The children soon found the table they were really looking for and all chose from the amazing chocolate brownie flavours on offer, I’m rather hoping Guy was queuing by the Cornish coffee stand to buy my favourite Christmas coffee for under the tree and Clio and her friend both bought trinkets to start their Christmas shopping.

 

Kids on the stalls

With full tummies and crafts purchased we headed out to retrace out steps to the car. Thankfully they are still not too old to indulge in a little soggy leaf fun along the way.

Kicking up the leaves

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Stick Man is running at Moors Country Park and other Forestry Commission sites, My Two Mums made the most of it on their visit 

Reindeer and an Abbey to explore made a lovely day out for Tin Box Traveller

This may be the best Christmas Tree Farm experience I've seen from Drops of Learning 

Santa in the caves brought a spot of magic to the Christmas build up for Stopping at Two 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

December Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

The Next Country Kids

The Next Country Kids will be in a fortnight where I will share all the Christmas and New Year fun form here on the farm. I wish you and your Families a very Merry Christmas and hope you will be back to share those post turnkey dinner walks with me on the 2nd January. 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on December 11th, 2015 - Fiona

Wadebridge Christmas Fayre

Tipped off by a friend that there was a free to enter Christmas Fayre up at the Cornwall showground I was keen to pay a visit. Apparently it has been running for years under the trendy title of ‘The Fat Stock Show’ and then ‘The Dead Stock Show’. Funnily enough the appeal was limited to a few farmers! This year they had opened it up to all small crafters and crofters, given it a more appealing name and not surprisingly we weren’t the only ones keen to fill in a bleak December day with some free Christmas cheer.

 

Wadebridge Christmas Fayre

 

Nick and I only managed to raise Clio and her friend and Guy to come with us, the older boys suddenly had homework to do and the other two conveniently disappeared on the farm together. None of us knew what to expect as we parked up in a field and heading down towards the open sided barns.

 

Going into the Christmas Fayre

 

Inside I could see where the traditional names came from with dead butchered pigs up for prizes in one corner and live show pigs and piglets in pens next to them!

 

Pig and Piglets

 

The girls and I marvelled over some truly amazing prize winning vegetables, cakes and of course pasties up for judging reminding me that my own vegetable patch is sadly lacking by comparison.

From here we dawdled over the pretty Christmas crafts and jewellery, I always have one eye on things I could adapt for activity hour here on the farm before the girls then sat to watch the cattle judging over a snack.

 

 

Girls looking at the produce

 

I caught sight of Guy over the other side of the judging ring and we wandered round the other animals together, before stopping at the cleverly placed hand wash stand.

 

Guy with the animals

 

Then we saw something I’ve been looking for Coombe Mill: a fibreglass cow with udders to practice milking and even a mechanical expresser to attach. A supporting table beside revealed the quantity of milk produced in Cornwall which was quite impressive.

 

Fake Cow Milking Station

 

Seeing craftsmen at work is always fascinating, I was most taken with the spinners who were turning sheep fleeces into wool, they made it look so easy I was dying to have a try. Guy was more interested in the wood carvers and checked out the hen houses he was making.

 

Spinning Wool and Chicken Houses

 

The highlight for Guy was entering the Mole Valley Farmer’s competition to win a quad bike. It looks enormous, and I was quite shocked they actually let an 11 year old enter.  If he actually wins on the Christmas draw I can already see there will be a huge argument over who it belongs to and where it can be ridden on the farm; this is one competition I’m rather crossing my fingers doesn’t go in our favour!

 

Guy and the Quad Bike

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air, oh and as you can see from the above I count tents and drafty barns as outdoors! I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Birthday celebrations in somerset for Life at cooks Cabin

Ditching Black Friday shopping in favour of a reservoir walk felt like a breath of air for Mum Turned Mom

I love this family beach day from Renovation Bay-Bee

A Victorian Christmas at Speke Hall looks well worth a visit from Mini Travellers Write up

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

December Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on November 27th, 2015 - Fiona

Tin can games

 We had a wonderful crowd of guests to finish the season and I knew I had to come up with something imaginative and fun for activity hour that would suit age 1 to 13.  The children had been making their own entertainment during the week with plenty of games running into the night after the evening train ride so I took my cue from them.

 

Tin Can Games

 

I had been washing and saving tin cans for some time knowing that I would put them to good use in time. Inspiration struck and if I used them for the bases of some fun and games.  We began by involving the littlest on a Toddle Bike race.  This was more of a challenge then you might imagine as the tots really had no idea about the concept of racing from one set of cans to the next.  Yet with a little encouragement they all made it over the finish line.  The bigger children were desperate to join in and gave these sturdy little bikes a run for their money.

 

Toddle Bike Race

Over on the grass we set up tin can alley, thankfully the wind was minimal and the tins stayed in place for everyone to take a turn at knocking them down with a windfall apple. We used extra tin cans to create starter markers from where the children could throw their apple depending on age.

 

Tin Can Alley

 

Next up was the high jump using a long cane from Farmer nick’s shed.  Everyone joined in as the cane was laid on the ground, then can by can we raised the cane laughing at the effort and imaginative techniques at leaping over the ever ascending barrier.

 

High Jump

 

If height was an advantage on the high jump it was probably a disadvantage for limbo dancing.  Gradually we lowered the bar as the children chanced their luck at limboing underneath.  The rules were modified as the game continued so that hands touching the floor became the only restraint as the children slithered their way under the bar.

 

Limbo Dance

 

After all the acrobatics we moved on to some relay races.  The children lined up in height order and declared they wanted to have a girl’s verses boy’s race.  Each were given a tin can and on the word go the first in line ran to the finishing line put down their can then raced back to release the next team member who then ran to the finishing line adding their can to the previous can.  The winning team was the first back to base with all their cans stacked in a tower at the finishing line with their team members back over the starting line.  After two turns the boys resorted to cheating unable to beat the girls so we mix the teams up for a few more tries.

 

Relay Races

 

We played a further round of variations on the relay game until they were all puffed out.  Our hour was nearly up that everyone and was still in high spirits so we handed out on the new welly walk challenge with the laminated sheets and felt tip pens. From pooh sticks to rope swing they worked their way through the sheet as activity hour turned into 2 hours and Guy had to rush back for the train.

 

Welly Walk to Finish It Off

 

I miss the buzz of excited children now that we are closed. Roll on Christmas and more fun on the farm.

 

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Footprints in the garden from Little Hearts, Big Love is a great idea for a winter outdoor craft 

Exploring Cornwall by Train from Coombe Mill  Bug, Bird & Bee visits St Michael's Mount 

Beautiful photos from Hannah Hall Photography on a new camera from a woodland walk 

Buxton really know how to kick Christmas off for the locals as Happy Homebird discovered

Busy working Mummy shared treasured from Rufford Abbey 

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles Giveaway with Coombe Mill Country Kids November 15 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on November 20th, 2015 - Fiona

A beach for the adventurous

Now that we are closed for a few weeks before Christmas I do like to take advantage of our reclaimed family weekends, with no changeover, feed run and train rides our family life resumes a more leisurely pace.  With a free Sunday stretching before us and a surprisingly mild day the kids joined me for a trip to Tregardock beach.

A Beach for the Adventurous

Commonly referred to as “The secret breach” in our house, Tregardock is a beach for the adventurous and not recommended for families with young children. Parking is on a narrow no through road with a 15 minute cross country hike to a steep descent to this stunning National Trust gem devoid of people and facilities.

The kids were all in good spirits with plenty of family banter flying around and much play fighting and dare devil jumps on the way down.  A family walk is such a pleasure with children to liven things up.

 

Walking to the beach

 

As always the kids bounded on ahead of me leaping from rock to rock on the steep descent making it all look effortless. I gingerly crept down behind them with all my hands and feet needed to keep me steady.

 

Kids on beach before me

 

Despite being a mild day we still had to keep moving to stay warm.  Jed had his football and a game instantly brought us all together.

 

Football on the beach

 

I always say to take a towel or change of clothes with kids and water, even in winter there is always one wanting to venture into the sea. Fully warmed up from Football it was Jed who stripped off and waded out into the still water. I must say it did look inviting, but dipping a toe was enough to cool the rest of us down!   Jed in the Sea

 

 

 

Ally settled for stone skimming and soon the others followed as a challenge was set.

 

Skipping stones

With craggy rocks to climb and caves to explore this really is a beach for explorers and even though we know it well the kids still love to investigate all around looking for changes since their last visit and crystal chunks in the rocks.

 

Rock climbing and Cave Exploring

The rocks were brimming with mussels and the children set about collecting driftwood to light a fire and toast a few since I had failed to bring any snacks and they were all getting hungry and chilling down as the sun was setting. The fire was a success and everyone crowded round but I was mindful of the tide coming in fast and as the beach is totally cut off at high tide I ushered us all back to the pathway home before they had a chance to begin cooking.

 

Beach Bonfire

However we did bring our mussels home with us and added them to our steak pierrade supper providing a real “surf n turf” feast.

 

Birthday Tea

Coombe Mill is open again from 17th December for the Christmas and New Year break if you fancy a family getaway. Do ask me about how to get to Tregardock, it is only a 15 minute drive from Coombe Mill. 

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts and be generous with commenting, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

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

 

 

Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Little Steps made the most of the mild weather here in Cornwall and like us dipped a toe or two in the sea!

All the fun of an autumn night carnival by Blog Bay-Bee

Dutch dutch Goose explains how to appreciate the sky at the Celestial Vault 

Buba Blue and Me enjoyed the colours of autumn in the sunshine at Stowe Gardens

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles Giveaway with Coombe Mill Country Kids November 15 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on November 13th, 2015 - Fiona

Transport for Tots

 

With an eager group of 2 year olds and a beautiful afternoon I was keen to come up with some activities that would keep them interested, involved and active. I took inspiration from a puzzle book from Parragon that had just landed in my office and decided on a transport theme. It didn’t take me long to come up with a range of activities that as usual more than used our time.

 

Transport for Tots

 

We began in the tent making the puzzle together with the early to arrive. By the time we finished the tent was filling up and we launched into the story. They children loved looking out for the little dog hidden on every page and it gave us the perfect chance to talk about different forms of transport and what we were going to make as we enjoyed the short rhyming lines that made the story.

 

Book and Puzzle

 

Taken by the hot air balloon in the book we began by making our own version of a hot air balloon out of the businesses old laundry bags and toilet rolls. The children used felt tip to decorate their bags then added Duck tape and floristry ribbon to their toilet roll basket.

 

Making the hot air balloon baskets

 

Having made our hot air balloons we had to find a suitable place to launch them from as ours were definitely going to travel down and not up! The air in the bags and lightweight nature of the toilet roll meant that the balloons glided down gracefully from the top of the pirate ship and the children tested it out over and over.

 

Flying the Hot Air Balloons

 

Inspired by our balloons we began making helicopters and paper airplanes next with the children helping to fold the paper with us. Back outside there was more testing. The paperclip weight and folded paper spun round like helicopter propellers while the paper airplanes soared above through the air. We found some sycamore seeds on the ground and showed the children how to make these spin like a helicopter too.

 

Helicopters and Airplanes

 

We had plenty more activities up our sleeve like our lovely Early Years Tractor letter tracing and train drawings but with time marching on we handed out the sheets to take home and moved on to apple boats inspired by Domesstique in her Country Kids post a few weeks ago. We substituted the wooden mast and paper sail for pieces of twig and leaves or feathers and headed off to Coombe Bridge over the river Camel to see if they would float and sail downstream. The children were thrilled to watch them sail away.

 

Apple Boats on the River

 

We recapped over the fun methods of transport we had made while Guy arrived to give us a ride on the train making our fifth mode of transport for the afternoon.  

   

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

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

 

 

Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

 

A great recommendation from Life as we know it for a free day out by a like in Mid Wales. 

 

the beautiful autumn colours at Sudbury House Gardens in Darbyshire brought out the countryside fun for Clairna's Contemplations

 

Liverpool was the setting for some autumn park fun for Hayley from home

 

All the fun of a safari park for Kids Days Out Reviews

 

  

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

Muddy Puddles Giveaway with Coombe Mill Country Kids  November 15 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



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