Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 29th, 2014 - Fiona

Boconnoc Steam Fair

A beautiful summer’s day and the choice of two local activities the children wanted to do. Following the morning tractor rides we decided to pack up a picnic and split into two groups. The teen boys went off with Nick to the car rally at Wadebridge while I look the triplets and Theo to the steam fair at Boconnoc House. This looked more of a country fair with more to do for younger children. It turned out to be a good move and everyone was happy with their choices.  


Boconnoc Steam Fair


The size and scale of the steam engines captivated the triplets; they looked in awe at the huge engines and admired their work at work chopping logs. I have to say Farmer Nick would have enjoyed this too.


Watching the Log Chopping


Tractor and train rides ran all day with queues of people waiting their turn.


Steam and Tractor Rides

The whole event ran for 3 days even though we only caught the last afternoon. It was well organised with good signage from the main roads and we arrived to find ample free parking, plenty of attendants to ask for help and toilets everywhere. It had a real festival feel and geared up for all the family to enjoy. We had a wander round together and stopped under the shade of a tree by the motorbike display for our picnic.


Picnic by the Motorbikes


After this I allowed the boys to set off alone and meet up in an hour. They had their own money and set off in search of an ice cream, Clio and I made for the craft stalls delighting in taking our time over all that was on offer without the boys or Farmer Nick complaining they were bored!


Shopping with Clio


I tried on Farm Nick style hats and bought some bracelets while Clio bought a hippy hair band, and slides, it was a lovely hour together.

We heard the boys before we saw them; they had bought a load of ‘fun snaps’ for 25p and were busy popping them everywhere. I suggested a visit to the fun fair before they ran out of money and they raced ahead when I told them there were dodgems.


Fun on the Fair


2 turns later and a packet of candy floss each and we were ready to head home in time for the evening train ride at Coombe Mill.


Clio with her Candyfloss 


My fears that splitting the family in two parties during the day were soon dispelled as we shared our different experiences over an evening meal. Everyone had something to add and listened with interest to what the others had been doing whilst delighting in being together again. I think we might do this again. 


Our fun day on video:


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Country Kids is all about making the most of outdoor spaces with the children. Getting kids mobile and out in the fresh air can take so many different forms. A family day trip, play in the garden, a craft or learning activity to mention just a few possibilities. Every week I am amazed at all the fun being had out there. Please keep the ideas coming, grab the badge code below and link up your outdoor adventures. It is not just the kids but us grown ups too that feel better for a blast of fresh air so switch off the gadgets and get on out there for a while. 

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Let Kids be Kids shares a fabulous day from their holiday here at Coombe Mill. Reading posts from others about life here on the farm makes me realise how easy it is to while away a day on the farm between the organised activities. Please do take a read if you’ve not stayed with us. 

MumofThree World spent a morning with us here on the farm enjoying the animals and the fishing despite a heavy downpour.  

Right from the Start shares Fairy Houses in the woods. There are some lovely ideas here I plan to copy for our fairy gardens at Coombe Mill.

The laughing Owls show how hiking with a toddler can be a great adventure

GrumpishMum took the family camping with friendly chickens and smiles all round


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Turning Sticks into Fish

Posted on August 11th, 2014 - Fiona

Coombe Mill ‘How to make’ Series

How to Make Crafts for Children from Coombe Mill

Every Friday afternoon we run an activity craft hour on the farm for the children staying here with us on holiday. The fun from these sessions I often share on my Saturday Country Kids linky in-between our own family adventures, but as these sessions build I am creating a post focussing simply on instructions to make the ideas we use. You can find more crafts in the series under the Farm Crafts Category.

How to make fun stick fish

How to Make Fish from Sticks Craft for Children

What you will need:-

  • A pair of scissors
  • sticky tape or stapler
  • Ribbon
  • String
  • Two sticks of equal length with a curve to them
  • A pen

Things you need to make a fish from sticks


  1. Lay the sticks out into a fish shape
  2. Tie one end
  3. Adjust the shape back to a fish an tie the other end
  4. Staple, tie or tape the ribbon around the beginning of the fish
  5. Weave the ribbon up the body
  6. Secure the end so that it doesn’t unravel.
  7. Draw on an eye
  8. Tie string to the centre of the top stick and hang your fish from a tree in the garden or in your bedroom.


How to Make a Stick Fish

A few fun additions to try out:-

  • Try using different colour wool instead of ribbon and weave both ways along the body
  • Use it as a dream catcher and leave messages woven into the ribbon
  • Make different sizes and create a shoal of fish
  • Turn the craft into a learning exercise by practicing counting the fish, ordering by size and identifying different ribbon colours.
  • Collect the sticks as part of a woodland walk, children love to create with the things they have found.
  • Go looking for real fish in a lake, river or the sea.


Hanging Fish and Adding Messages

You can check out the fun we had making stick fish in my Country Kids post here.


Trash 2 Treasure

Fairy wands

Posted on July 27th, 2014 - Fiona

Coombe Mill Activity Hour

At Coombe Mill we have recently started an activity hour at 4pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here at Coombe Mill. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.

Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series

Quite a few people have asked me how to do certain activities that they’ve seen on my Country Kids posts in which I’ve posted about the activity hour, so I have decided to start  a ‘How to’ post series to accompany the crafts that we have covered so far. 

DIY fairy wands

You can see the fun we had making these on Country Kids here


Fairy Wands

What you’ll need:-

  • Stick
  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Sticky tape

What You'll Need


  1. Find a wand in the wild, the woods is often a great place!
  2. Cut lengths of ribbon (I use floristry ribbon) and tear it length-ways to get thin strips. 
  3. Secure your ribbon at one end either by tying a knot or using sticky tape. Then wrap it around your stick till you get to the bottom then secure it again.
  4. Wrap your second piece of ribbon around the stick the opposite direction to get different patterns. 
  5. Tuck some decorations like flowers leaves and feathers under the ribbon (it might be best to use some sticky tape to make sure they don’t fall out). 


Wand Making Steps

A few fun additions you could try:-

  • You could add ribbons that hang down like streamers
  • You could paint the sticks to make them more colourful
  • Try going all eco and green by winding reed instead of ribbon round your wand.
  • You could cut out cardboard stars to place at the end of your wand to make it a fairy wand like this:-

Tin Foil Star

What you’ll need:- 

  • Star shape stencil (you can use our template or draw your own)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Tin foil
  • Duct Tape


  1. Get your star shape ready, if you want to use ours click this picture How to make a star for a wand to enlarge it, save it to your computer, open it in word and then print, it should be about the right size then cut around the star so that you’ve got your template.
  2. Lay it onto your cardboard (to make it more eco you could cut it out of an old cereal box) and trace around it.
  3. Cut the cardboard around your outline to have the basis of your star.
  4. Place your cardboard star over some tin foil and make sure that you have enough tin foil to cover the star. 
  5. Wrap the tinfoil around the star, we cut into it to save ripping it up too much.
  6. Put the stick on top of your covered star and use duct tape to attach
  7. Wrap a small piece of tin foil around the back of the star to cover up the duct tape. You could secure it with clear sticky tape afterwards.

Searching for items and making the wands was a good hour of fun here on the farm. It would also be prefect for a birthday party activity or a play date idea.


 Fairy Wand Making


This is the first post in my ‘How to Make’ series, but watch out for more to follow. They will all be in my Farm Crafts category.

I’m linking our How to Make wands up with Tuesday Tots Tuesday Tutorials Pin Party & Handmade in July What’s the Story and Magic Moments