Watergate bay | Cornwall days out with toddlers/ kids |

Last weekend we headed to Watergate Bay to make the most of the mini heatwave we had. The weather was incredible!

When we got there we were horrified that we had to pay £8 to park all day. It might not seem like a lot for a one off but living in Cornwall means we visit the beach most weekends and it quickly adds up!

We started off with a little walk on the beach followed by lunch at The Beach Hut. We didn’t book given that it was only April but they said it was mega busy and they just managed to squeeze us in! We sat facing the beach which was lovely and the food was fantastic.

We then went on to the beach. The weather was so lovely that the girls were in their swimsuits and absolutely loving it. They love the beach so so much.

We finished off the evening at home with a Pimms!

Chippy tea on Looe beach

Last week when Josh got home from work we headed to Looe to have a chippy tea. Looe is probably our closest seaside town and whilst the beach isn’t anything special (just a standard beach) it has some lovely shops etc. And was close by enough for us to go there when Josh finished work. It was a stunning day, really warm and sunny so we thought we’d make the most of it. Looe is normally pretty busy but as it was the evening it had quieted down on the beach quite a lot which meant we could let the girls run around and not worry too much.

We went to Catch which is on the quay side and I would highly recommend. The food was incredible. It was one of those evenings when I just felt so content and happy and so glad we have moved to such a beautiful part of the world.

Wander round Trerice | My National Trust |

This weekend it was beautifully sunny and we headed to Trerice near Newquay. When we first arrived there we had a picnic lunch – as we are trying to save money at the moment we always pack a picnic! It’s so expensive eating out and it’s just not something we can afford right now.

As we have National Trust memberships it’s effectively free for us to go to Trerice which is great.

After our lunch we went for a wander round the gardens. We really enjoyed playing the lawn games which they had there and the girls enjoyed rolling around on the grass for some reason!

There was a room in which you could try on some traditional clothing which, to be honest, I think I enjoyed more than the girls! You could also do some craft activities but the girls were a bit too young for that.

We then wandered around the house which was lovely. The girls were allowed to hold a big sword which was a bit scary!

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We then decided that we couldn’t resist the delicious looking lemon meringue pie, so we bought 1 piece to share between all 4 of us! It was actually nearly £5 for a piece so I’m glad we only went for 1! It was as delicious as it looked though.

Finally we had a bit more of a wander around the gardens which the girls absolutely loved. They love anything which gives them a chance to have a run round!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Trerice. It was much smaller than Lanhydrock but it was also way less crowded and had a much more chilled out atmosphere. The sun definitely helped the day be such a success.

Land’s end & Sennen Cove | Cornwall life | Travel with toddlers |

Last weekend we packed our lunches and got up early to head down to Land’s End. Although we have now live in Cornwall 9 months, we had yet to have seen it’s most famous land mark! We live in East Cornwall, around 40 minutes from Cornwall. With the roads in Cornwall being very windy rather than fast it takes a good while for us to get to West Cornwall, in fact it took nearly 2 hours to get to the most westerly point.

As last weekend was set to be nice weather we decided, along with my sisters to head there. Because we are locals we get free parking which is great – quite a lot of places in Cornwall do locals discounts or passes which is really good since the prices are hiked up for tourists, leaving locals with not much to do on their doorstep. The land mark itself was at the end of a sort of promenade and it was literally just a fenced off sign. Honestly I was less than impressed, especially oven that we would have had to pay £10 for the privilege of standing next to it! We decided to get a photo from the other side of the fence.

That being said there was something special about having stood on the most South westerly point of Britain but I shan’t be hurrying back there again. The promenade had all sorts of amusements and activities but all were extra money. There was definitely scope to make a day of it if you wanted to.

After this we decided to walk to Sennen Cove which I had read was beautiful. The walk was along the coastal path but it isn’t suitable for buggies so we opted for the public bridalway which is also used by cyclists (we didn’t see a single other person on our walk).

When we approached Sennen we realised it was about to get awkward. We couldn’t not find a way down to the beach except down a busy road with no pavement. There was also a place join the coastal path but there was no way we would be able to do that with the double buggy. On the way down we opted for the road but I felt awful taking the girls on that. So on the way back me and my sister carried the girls and my other sister and Josh carried the buggy between them – it was hard work!

Sennen itself was absolutely beautiful. It was a nice big beach with lots of streams and rock pools. We started off in coats and finished with the girls stripping off and paddling – it was so lovely and warm!

The walk back up was hard but had some spectacular views!

So that was our little day trip over! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Holywell Bay | My National Trust

This post was written back in January.

A couple of weekends a go we headed to Holywell Bay which is on the North coast of Cornwall near Newquay.

It is a national trust beach which is why we decided to go there. The car park is free for national trust members which is really good. The beach is so huge and vast that even in the height of summer you aren’t too close by to anyone else! The sand dunes are absolutely amazing it looks like a dessert. It has amazing waves so is fab for surfers.

I would definitely recommend it!

Polzeath Beach | Day out with twins

Last week we headed to Polzeath beach. It was a lovely day out and the girls absolutely loved it. The only problem was that at the end of our time there, Dotty decided to pick up dog poo! It made me so angry that people let their dogs poo on the beach and don’t pick it up. It spoilt the day for us.

At Polzeath you can park right on the beach. In low season it’s not too busy but I imagine in high season it’s hard to get parked. There are plenty of other car parks further away though. There is also tonnes of facilities; cafés, restaurants and surf hire shops too. I would definitely recommend it for anyone with young kids. I’m looking forward to going back in the summer. The surf is also pretty good there if you’re that way inclined!

Portwrinkle Beach

Last weekend we decided to head to Portwrinkle Beach on the recommendation of our friends. It’s about 35 minutes from us. To many people reading this that probably seems like a long drive… however, in Cornwall pretty much everywhere is a long drive! Especially since we live in the middle of nowhere and have to drive down windy country lanes for at least 15 minutes before we even reach a good road!

Anyway, the weather was pretty nice and not raining so we decided that after church we’d head straight there. We packed our lunch to save some pennies and off we headed.

The beach itself is perfect for a winter walk, it’s very stony so not sure what it’d be like for summer swims!

We headed up the slope to the Jolly Roger cafe which was lovely and had such a cute look and atmosphere. You could sit at the bar and look out at the sea and they also had binoculars to have a look out.

The Eden Project with toddlers

Last Saturday we went to the Eden Project in Cornwall with our 17 month old twins. We are so lucky to live in Cornwall and because of that we were able to get a locals pass to the Eden project. It cost £20 for the year, which is amazing because for just one day’s admission it costs around £30 and we can now go back whenever we want. It was an amazing day and we also bought food from there which was fantastically well priced!

It’s definitely a great place to take toddlers although if I’m being honest I didn’t get to see much of the place! I’d definitely recommend it though if you’re ever in Cornwall.

Christmas at Lanhydrock | My National Trust 

Yes, I realise that we are well and truly past Christmas now… We are mid January! However, I wanted to write a little bit about our experience at Lanhydrock house on Christmas Eve.

All throughout December, Lanhydrock opened up to display a quintessential, upper-class Victorian Christmas. It was absolutely fantastic, the dining room was incredibly well done. It was so decadent and awe inspiring.

The kitchens were also hugely interesting. There were displays of all the different foods made for the Christmas period and details on how they were cooked and stored. There was also opportunity to dress up and to have a go at making different things!

In the grounds there was a Christmas scavenger hunt which we didn’t take part in because the girls were too young, nonetheless it will definitely be something we go back to next year!

If you’re looking at this in December 2018 and thinking about going, I really encourage you to do so! It’s such a lovely experience and really helps you to feel festive!