A favorite with the kids Every time

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 - Fiona

“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. http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/index.htm 

 

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. https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/09/09/Picnics-a-favourite-with-the-kids.aspx 

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 - Fiona

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)

http://multiplemummy.com/blog/picnics-a-favourite-with-the-kids/

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!