Christmas in Cornwall

Posted on December 8th, 2011 - Anya

So much going on round Coombe Mill

December is upon us and we have begun enjoying the wonderful Cornish build up to Christmas. 

Festival Fun in Padstow

Last weekend, Padstow Town held their annual christmas festival.  It is such a lovely town with the harbour, beautiful clothes and gift shops and all delicous places to eat from bakeries with tasty pasties to pubs and restaurants, including the famous Rick Stein restaurants For the festival add in an amazing Samba band which can be heard right across the harbour, 2 large craft tents with all sorts of lovely Christmas present ideas and cookery demonstrations, finishing  with turning on of the spectacular Xmas lights. It makes a perfect day out just ambling round and soaking up the atmosphere. 

Clio at the craft stallDaddy and Jed having funThe family together on the harbour

We met up with friends there for a lovely family day. The children adored the stands inside the tents, helping themselves to the chocolate and fudge freebies, ensuring they had sampled every variety from lemon cheesecake to chilli chocolate before parting with their money! Clio adored the craft stands, as did Mummy, while the Samba band generated crowds of on lookers.  

Samba BandClio and Daddy watching the bandMesmerized by the band

After a successful afternoon, the children were torn with staying on to see the wonderful lights by night and being back to our local village in time to meet Santa, sing carols and enjoy a mince pie or two all courtesy of the St Breward Carnival committee. With mulled wine on offer from St Breward Stores I knew where my vote lay. The kids were keen to see Santa too, so we promised a return visit to Padstow one evening when school finishes for fish and chips and admiring the Christmas lights. An annual treat we look forward to each year. 

Padstow Harbour boatsPadstow Harbour LightsPadstow Christmas Lights


Santa’s Surprise

Santa never fails to impress. I love the twinkle in the children’s eyes when they see his sleigh all lit up and the Christmas music blasting out to signify his arrival. My eldest 2 now consider themselves too grown up for this one, but to the younger 4 it is still magical. I remember my own excitement at Christmas time around their age and find myself wrapped up in those feelings all over again with them. 


Guy and Santa in the village Clio and Santa in the villageTheo and Santa in the village

Still to Come…

Santa has many visits still to make local to us at Trelawney Garden Centre, Trago Mills and the lovely Santa express at Lappa Valley and Bodmin to name but a few! 

Santa Express at Lappa Valley

Eden at Christmas

The Eden Project is under half an hour from us and the lights are again quite something, but the real treat there is the ice skating. The children adore this one and it lasts right through until the new year. Go skating then warm up with a visit to the biomes! 

Eden Project Ice Skating

Coombe Lights Up

School finishes early this year on 15th December and I am looking forward to many of the other exciting Christmas treats in Cornwall still to come. This weekend our Coombe Mill lights go up  and the real Christmas trees come in for all the properties which is a great family event here. Plenty of ladder climbing for Farmer Nick and much dancing around below for the children shouting “up a bit Daddy” “over a bit Daddy” and so on.Coombe Lights

Christmas Eve at Coombe Mill

Finally if you are staying at Coombe Mil for Christmas we have an open house Supper party on Christmas Eve for all our guests after the local Church Family Christingle Service. A wonderful way to begin Christmas with the Nativity story at Church then family drinks and dinner with us. We have even got a little Santa surprise for all the children staying with us!Xmas Eve Surprise

If you are considering coming to stay do give us a call on 01208 850344 or email at as we still have some cottages left and would love you to come and join in the fun. If it is all a litle too close for this year, then do consider a family gathering here for Christmas 2012.

What ever your plans,  have a Merry Christmas.



A favorite with the kids Every time

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 - Anya

“Lappa Valley, Oh Yes Please Mum & Dad!”

Since our children were toddlers, Lappa Valley has been their favourite family day out. We have been back year after year and still they love it even though they are all really too old now!




About Lappa Valley

Set in the site of an old Cornish mine, Lappa uses the original 1849 trackbed for their petrol, diesel and electric trains. It is now a conservation area of beautiful countryside. The whole park is safe and welcoming and ideal with younger children. Short train rides are perfect for children, all the excitement of climbing in and out and swapping trains and no time to get bored.

Diesel Train Petrol TrainSpeedy Electric Train


In between the train rides there is canoeing on the lake, crazy golf, play areas and a cafe and shop. Spend the whole day there till the children are all trained out. It is about a 40 minute drive from Coombe Mill and well worth it. Not cheap but once you are in it’s all included so good value for money as you can go on as many trains as many times as you like and hope in and out of boats at your leisure. 


Picnic and PlayCrazy GolfIn the Canoe as the diesel train chuffs by


A Word of Caution

This is not one for a rainy day, damp bottoms are best avoided. They are also closed in winter but open for half term and at Christmas when they have some fantastic Santa trips on the train. A great treat for the kids if you are staying at Coombe Mill around Christmas time.


 Santa Express


For Us 

There is still plenty of space and lots of things to do without having to queue or wishing you had chosen to come on a quieter day. It is chilled and relaxed and a lovely slice of countryside. With picnic tables abundant we always take lunch with us and make it a full day out. 

Having just come back from another great trip this year my only concern is that I did have the oldest children there and I think they may still want to go back again next year! 

Our Day Captured in Video Highlights


Family Time at the Camelford Show

Posted on August 10th, 2011 - Anya

The sun shone all day for one of our favourite family days out. There is so much to occupy the children that it’s always a winner for us. Today it clashed with our return from Sussex, after a lovely week with Farmer’s Nick’s Mum, but not to be beaten we set off at 4am to ensure we were back in time to check all was well at Coombe Mill and head on out to the show!

Striding out to the action

Many of our guests this week are regulars and know it makes a great family day while others saw my daily update on the wi fi and followed the recommendation.

This lovely family remind me so much of us a few years ago, they have 5 boys under 6 yrs old with twins for number 4 and 5!

So takes me back!

The children headed straight for the big tent and all the free circus equipment where they met up with our guests and local friends. I think they must have spent nearly the whole day here riding penny fathings, juggling, plate spinning, tight rope walking and much more!

Watch out Clio you are about to fall!

Happy faces all round!

Generally we bring a picnic on all our family days out. Eating out with 8 of us is an expensive exercise, more than the £25 entrance fee for the 8 of us!

Lunch with friends
(You can read more on my picnic tips on multiplemummy’s site where I guest blogged on the subject last week)

Today I am fraid I broke my own rule! After arriving home this morning to an empty kitchen we did splash out on a very unhealthy pasty and chips combo to keep us going for the day. It will definitely be back to the picnic’s next time (pocket hurting)!

At 2pm the big tent fills to overflowing with children for a comedy act of magic tricks and circus stunts. Guaranteed to make them laugh every year and a great way to keep them occupied at any age for hour or so!
I have compiled all the highlights into a fun video of the day. Well worth a watch!