Visiting Padstow in the Winter Holidays with Kids

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

Parts of Cornwall can feel sleepy and close down in winter yet this can never be said of Padstow.  At less than half an hour from Coombe Mill it is a great day out for the family.  Over the Christmas holidays the Harbour was buzzing with life, the surf style shops open for business and the smell of fish and chips filled the air.  If you visit before Christmas the lights are beautiful, when our children were younger fish and chips watching the Christmas lights was an annual event.  This year I took my mother and mother in law together with two of my 12 year old children between Christmas and New Year on a glorious sunny day and it unexpectedly turned into one of the happiest days of the winter holidays. 

Top Tips for enjoying Padstow with Kids

Padstow Harbour

We parked along the end of the camel trail; this begins just a mile from Coombe Mill and finishes at Padstow along the old railway line.  It is about a half mile walk from here to the centre. I love to see the boats moored up and the view across the estuary which was simply stunning in the winter sun.

 

Walking into Padstow for a family day out

 

Jed couldn’t resist reliving the few childhood memories of climbing on the giant sand digger, which was parked up for the holidays.  His dare devil antics had diminished none with age as he leapt from the top to the soft sand below.

 

Jed jumping from th sand digger in Padstow

 

We perused a few shops and ate pasties on the Harbour front like real tourists in our local town.

 

Winter Beach Days out with Pasties in Padstow

 

A few more heart stopping moments for me as Jed climbed down the inner Harbour wall to peer into boats and holes within the wall which I assume were some form of high tide defense.

 

Peering through the harbour wall in Padstow

Padstow Beach

There is the beautiful walk from the Harbour up over the cliffs and down to a collection of sandy coves.  It is under a mile to the first of these and easy terrain to the first too if you have buggies or the elderly, and open fields to the side if you have boisterous tweens playing football along way.

 

Walking over the cliffs to the beaches of Padstow

 

We wandered on to the second beach cove which opens up into a beautiful Sandy Bay at low tide.  The kids were in there element running around with Jed’s new Christmas football while the mums and I soaked up the sun.

 

On the Beach at Padstow in Winter

 

Did I mention how warm it was?  Jed, hot from his football playing, stripped down to his boxers and went for a swim.

 

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Guy and I had been in the sea the previous day, but with full wetsuits. This was the gutsiest swim I have seen in a while, you could be mistaken for thinking it was midsummer, though I’m sure the water temperature said otherwise!

Explorer Kids

Every good walk needs a little adventure. Jed and Clio ran ahead on the way back exploring hidden pathways. They came across a disused bunker and couldn’t wait to explore inside. With the help of phone torches the clambered in and looked around. Clearly they weren’t the first to discover this judging by the graffiti; however to them it was a secret discovery and a highlight of their day.

 

Explorer Kids find a secret WW2 Bunker in Padstow

 

If you are staying at Coombe Mill I can thoroughly recommend a day trip to Padstow, even in the winter holidays it has plenty to offer for families of all ages. Our visit is one we will all remember fondly.

 

Tips for visiting Padstow with children

  • Parking is tight and limited in the town centre; we turn down by Tesco on the approach to Padstow where parking is free and walking in safe along the end of the camel trail.

  • Hiring bicycles from Wadebridge and cycling to Padstow is a great option with 5 miles of flat estuary cycle path.

  • Padstow Harbour is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, but watch out with young children as the Harbour edge has no wall.

  • There are plenty of public toilets in the town that are well maintained and currently still free to use.

  • Treat yourself to lunch out you are spoilt for choice from pasties and fish and chips to luxury restaurants. Rick Stein is the big name in food with many resultants and food shops for every budget.

  • All the big name surf fashion shops can be found around the Harbour and will be open even on bank holidays; the same cannot be said for much of Cornwall.

  • If walking to the beaches, take a towel, kids will get wet even in the winter holidays.  Jed ended up using my scarf to dry off!

 

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Country Kids 28th January 2017

Posted on January 27th, 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 28.1.17

Make the most of family time outdoors. 

I hope you’ve had a good week whether sunny like us or under the mask of fog in the south east. Motivating ourselves and our children to layer up for outside can feel such a chore in winter, but I’m sure if you do, the smiles and rosy cheeks are worth the effort. So much of Cornwall is closed in January but the woodlands, coast and harbour towns are always a cheep day out with plenty for families to do even in January and we have been making the most of this. I hope you have an adventure 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 7th January:

1st Tracey from Mummy Shire with 22 comments

2nd Claire from Emmys Mummy with 21 comments

3rd Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine with 19 comments

We have 2 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

0others.

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 January Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Tracey from Mummy Shire.

I have been wanting to try snow painting for years but still no snow for us, instead I’m sharing how The Ladybird’s  adventures did it.

Winter in the woods by a Mum’s Blind Love will make you want to wrap up and head out. 

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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 1000 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @pottyadventures @hip2trekemma @mummyinatutu @moortoshore. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

#countrykidsfun favourites for the week. Thank you to all using the # for outdoor posts and congrats to @pottyadventures @hip2trekemma @mummyinatutu @moortoshore who will all be featured in my #countrykids link up on the blog tomorrow. Please keep the tags coming and have a great weekend. #countrylife #january #outdoorfun #bestofjanuary #kidsoutdoors #outdoorlife #countrysidefun #adventurekids #learningoutdoors #happydays #familytime #familyfun

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 Winter Beach Days at Polzeath

Posted on January 27th, 2017 - Fiona

I make no secret of loving family days at the beach and here in Cornwall we have some gorgeous beaches to choose from. I don’t mind if it is summer or winter, time at the beach for me is time well spent. I can feel on holiday just minutes from home here and I like nothing better than the school holidays when all my family join me. Having children now age 12 – 18, family trips are becoming less frequent, there is always someone off doing something independently, so when the Christmas holidays gave us a chance to all be together for some winter beach days there was no stopping this trip. For Farmer Nick this is a bit of a rarity, I swear Christmas is the only time of the year he joins us at the beach; normally he is much happier pottering on the farm and having a little peace and quiet from us all!

 

Winter Beach Days at Polzeath

 

It wasn’t a beautiful day but it was warm for December and to me it was perfect. School and work were on hold and we could just enjoy a few hours of fresh air. Once at the beach our party split into two, one group walked the coast path to the headland while Guy and I opted for surfing (Guy) and body boarding (me) in the sea.

I don’t remember the wind but looking back at the photos the waves and our hair blowing all over shows there was quite a strong side wind.  

 

Winter on the beach at Plolzeath

 

Normally photos of my family are a rarity, however thanks to my brother joining us, suddenly the kids were happy to stop and smile giving me some lovely memories of our day.

 

Winter at th beach walking to the headland from Polzeath

 

I wish I could have transported Guy and me into these photos at the headland.

 

From the Headland round from Polzeath on a winter's day

 

That said we were in the sea nearly an hour and had a great time, it didn’t even feel like winter in there. Though I do have a thick wetsuit and a thermal rash top, Guy was the brave one in a summer weight suit.

 

surfing at the beach in winter

Winter beach days: A return trip

We enjoyed it so much we couldn’t resist a return visit a few days later and this time in full sun.  The tide was further out and splashing in the sea and football on the beach was all it took for happy family fun.

 

Winter beach days in the sun at Polzeath

 

I don’t know what it is about term time, but persuading the kids to come out with me is so much more of an effort.  I’m now looking forward to half term and the prospect of more family winter beach days here in Cornwall.

 

Tips for family Winter Beach Days at Polzeath

  • Take wetsuits, especially for the children, they always end up splashing in water at any time of year. We have plenty to borrow at Coombe Mill from our boot room.

  • Take snacks and drinks or a money if it is a beach with facilities. Beach play is thirsty work!

  • Our visit here was to New Polzeath, lf the tide is in there is a walk from parking to reach the main beach at Polzeath so check tide times before setting out.

  • In 2016 the beach toilets became pay toilets. You need 20p to go and worse, they lock them all together now in winter due to lack of funds for cleaning. My tip is to use the local beach cafes which are open at peak times like the Christmas holidays.  

  • Parking at Cornish beaches is heavily monitored, never outstay your ticket or you are like to be fined.  New Polzeath is free all year but parking is limited. There is a pay car park too for busier months.

  • Be sensible in the sea. There are no lifeguards from October to May, though you can still book surf lessons for adults and children with Surf’s Up.

 

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Country Kids 21st January 2017

Posted on January 20th, 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 21.10.17

Time to embrace January with outdoor adventures. 

January hump day has passed, the daffodils and snowdrops are making an appearance here on the farm and the days are drawing out. We now have a good hour of daylight after school to enjoy as well as the weekends. I hope that has meant more time to spend outdoors for everyone.  Our farm jobs have been brisk in the cold this week but the sunshine and spring bulbs still lift our spirits.  I hope you had a good week and a tale 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 7th January:

1st Louise from Little Hearts Big Love and Clare from Mudpie Fridays with 12 comments

2nd Emma from South West Reviews with 11 comments

3rd Karen from Would Like to Be with 10 comments

We have 3 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.  

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

Top Commenters: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Clare from Mudpie Fridays both get put into the shortlist for this month’s wellies this week. 

Over 40 Mum to One went exploring Scotney Castle, a real fairytale castle complete with moat.

Starting off the year blowing away the cobwebs, Mum Turned Mom went for a  chilly walk on their favourite beach.


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.

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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 1200 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @chelseamamma  @topsyturvytribe @coffeecakekids  @jjhearduk  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

 

4 gorgeous outdoor fun posts for #countrykidsfun this week. With thanks to @chelseamamma @topsyturvytribe @coffeecakekids @jjhearduk for the lovely photos. All outdoor family fun welcome to join in with the # favourites featured here and on my #countrykids blog link up weekly. #wintersun #beach #beachlife #farmlife #goatfeeding #silhouette #countrywalk #happytimes #pottyadventures #adventure #adventurekids #outdoorlife #explorerkids #childhoodunplugged #wildandfree

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An action packed New Year’s Eve at Coombe Mill

Posted on January 20th, 2017 - Fiona

We have various seasonal activities through the year where we go that little bit further as a holiday business to make your stay here memorable. New Year’s Eve is one such time. We have built up a bit of a tradition for having a little party and celebration which has grown year on year.  This year we combined our weekly activity hour into the day making a full afternoon and evening of fun for our guests.

 

Enjoying New Year's Eve at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays in Cornwall

 

New Year’s Eve Activity Hour

I enlisted the help of Guy and Clio and began over in the games room.  Our first activity was turning empty toilet rolls into Chinese lanterns as it is Chinese new year this month too.  It took some careful cutting to get these right and we even added pretend flames.

 

Making chinese Lanterns on New Year's Eve

 

My second activity was more straightforward.  The children ran off in search of a stick to make a sparkler.  They then chose strips of floristry ribbon to tape to one end and as simple as that their sparklers were complete and ready to wave around.  These were a huge hit and best of all for the parents, they were the safest sparklers around!

 

Making safe child friendly sparklers

 

Making sparklers ahead of our NYE party 🎉. #activities #activekids #countrykidsfun #outdoors #outdoorcrafts #newyearseve #kidsfun #coombemill #countrykids #kidscrafts #newyearcrafts #sparklers #fireworks

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With two crafts completed I was keen to get every one up and running around. I handed out the first clue for a firework treasure hunt.  Not real fireworks I hasten to add, but laminated firework clues hidden around the farm in riddles.  I had the children chasing all over to find the answers.

Firework trail at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays on New Year's Eve

 

The last clue took the children to Guy in the den building zone, who was ready and waiting with a camp fire.  As promised in the last clue the children each took marshmallows to toast.  It was just chilling down as the light began to fade and the fire gave us a welcome winter warmth.

 

Toasting marshmallows on a campfire at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays on New Year's Eve

 

 

Toasting marshmallows at the end of a fun treasure hunt. #fire #campfire #toastingmarshmallows #outdoors #countrykidsfun #outdoorkids #funtimes #coombemill #outdoorsandhappy #newyearseve

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A few were worried they might miss the evening train ride, however as the train driver was still busy cooking marshmallows no one could miss out.  With tummies full of marshmallow and sparklers still in hand the children headed over to the train.

 

Train ride on New Year's Eve

 

New Years Eve Party

I had an hour spare from our afternoon activities to dress the games room ready for our new year’s eve party.  As everyone arrived, corks were popped, nibbles munched and the music played. Everyone was in high spirits to welcome in the new year, although we actually hold our party in the early evening to make it a truly family event.

 

New Year's Eve Party at Coombe Mill 2016

There was just one more surprise for everyone; crowding outside the games room and looking up the hill, Farmer Nick gave us all a magnificent firework display.

Fireworks for New Year's Eve at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

Fireworks 💥 for our New Year guests tonight.

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We are now taking bookings for new year 2017.  If you fancy joining the fun please check out our availability

 

We offer short breaks from the 27th of December, or ten nights for the price of seven from the same date.

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