Category: UK Holidays

Family Day Out at Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo StarfishWe had a great day out at the Anglesey Sea Zoo during our Summer holiday in Anglesey. Our kids loved getting close to the sea creatures. We have been to various Sea Life Centres over the years and this is a similar set up.

I checked the website prior to going to make sure it was open and to check for any special Covid advice. The numbers are limited, there is a marked route around the place and visitors are asked to wear masks. we found that most people were wearing masks and following the routes whilst a couple of families just ignored all the advice, which was a shame for the staff and owners of the place.

Sea Creatures at the Sea Zoo Anglesey

The kids loved looking at all the tanks of sea-life and they particularly liked the lobsters and the starfish.

Seahorses are always a hit with the kids, although there were just a few small tanks with seahorses.

The jellyfish tanks were spectacular with short facts about them alongside the tanks.

Food and Drinks at Anglesey Sea Zoo

There is a cafe serving food and drinks on site.

I don’t know if we caught them on a bad day, but the service was shocking and the food was very average. We waited over an hour for basic lunch items. The coffee was poor, which made the wait feel even worse. Maybe Covid was to blame (like so many things)!

Extra Outdoor Facilities for KidsAnglesey Sea Zoo Octopus

There is a decent play area outside, including wooden obstacles to climb and play on. Also there are some bikes and trikes for younger ones to play on. There is an inflatable bouncy castle with slide and obstacles. Due to Covid restrictions, numbers were very limited and kids had a short turn. Luckily it was quiet and a bit cold during our visit so there weren’t many kids about and our kids got on the bouncy castle quite quickly. I wouldn’t have fancied queuing on a busy day.

Anglesey Sea Zoo also has its own crazy golf course which is an additional cost.

The sea zoo is a fairly small site, but there is enough to see for a wander with kids for an hour or two. We paid just over £30 for a family of four which we felt was good value, especially given that we returned for free for a second visit. We booked in advance due to Covid and paid by card on the door.

See the link for the Anglesey Sea Zoo to book your place.

Overall this was a good place to visit as our kids loved it so much that they asked to go back again later that week.

Family Holiday in Cottage in Anglesey, North Wales

We had a great time in Anglesey this Summer. We spent a week staying in a cottage near Pentre Berw. When I was searching for accommodation I liked the remote location of the cottage whilst being close to lots of beaches and local attractions. Normally I would prioritise being close to other families so that our kids could make friends, however this has been no ordinary year and being in a quiet location with lots of space and just one family nearby seemed ideal. Our cottage was smart with everything we needed. We had plenty of safe outdoor space allowing the kids to play out and play on their scooters.

Anglesey Beaches

Broad Beach near RhosneigrWe were blessed with some amazing weather which meant we spent most of our days exploring the beautiful beaches nearby. Many people had recommended Newborough Beach, so we headed there on our first day. When we got close, we were advised by men in high vis jackets that it was full. We headed West and we found ourselves on a beautiful quiet beach called Traeth LLydan (also known as Broad Beach). This stunning beach is near Rhosneigr and was perfect for us. We brought our own food most days as there are no shops or facilities on the beach, however there were shops and restaurants in Rhosneigr. There is an RAF airfield near to Rhosneigr and we saw the most amazing display whilst on the beach one day.

We also visited Benllech beach one day, but this was too busy for me. There were lots of people setting up camp with little regard to social distancing. I decided it was time to leave when a family arrived and practically prodded me and my daughter with their windbreaker poles. We parked in the town and there is a very steep hill down to the beach, which meant a long trudge back to the car. The beach itself was pretty and there were rockpools to explore, but I preferred the quieter beaches on the South coast of Anglesey.

Eating Out in Anglesey

We did not eat out as much as we would normally do on a holiday due to Covid restrictions and concerns. We did get out one afternoon to an amazing restaurant called the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. It is located close to our favourite beach (Traeth Llydan) and the food is amazing and the views are spectacular. There are various seafood dishes, as well as family favourites. I had a great big dish of mussels which was gorgeous and the kids enjoyed their freshly cooked nuggets and sausages. We all loved it and the staff were doing all they could to maintain social distance and help customers enjoy their meals safely. If you can only have one meal out in Anglesey then this may be the best place to go. Check out the website for the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr.

I had a list of restaurants that I wanted to try so I am hoping we can get back there in the near future. The Sea Shanty Cafe in Trearddur Bay looks amazing with a great big selection of ice creams.    Also Catch 22 in Valley looks like a lovely restaurant with good quality food and a nice setting.

Days Out in Anglesey

There are lots of visitor attractions on Anglesey including the Anglesey Sea Zoo, the Pili Palas Nature World, Baumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, South Stack RSPB Cliffs and various nature reserves. Some of the nature reserves were closed due to Covid and Beaumaris Castle offered limited restricted access to visitors.

Our kids loved the Anglesey Sea Zoo and we even returned (with free entry within 7 days of first visit). The cafe was a bit of a disaster for us as we waited about an hour for basic lunch and the coffee was poor, so I couldn’t recommend eating there, although Covid restrictions may have played a part. Pili Palas is a fun day out for the kids and my girls loved the talks about the animals.

Beaumaris Gaol Anglesey day out

Beaumaris Gaol is an unusual family outing, but I had read lots of positive reports on Tripadvisor so we decided to visit. We wore masks in line with Cold requirements and numbers were limited as the cells and corridors are quite small. We quite enjoyed the short tour. It is a Victorian prison with a dark history, but there are some interesting tales and our kids liked it.

South Stack is worth a visit as it is beautiful. We couldn’t get right inside the lighthouse due to Covid restrictions, but it was worth the drive for a pretty view and there are lots of puffins to spot in Spring.

Anglesey or Cornwall?

We have enjoyed family holidays in Cornwall and there are more larger family attractions in the area, but I thought Anglesey was more beautiful, a lot less busy and for us, it is much closer to home. The main attractions and beaches are easily within an hour’s drive, while everything felt like a long journey in Cornwall. Overall I kept feeling that Anglesey was a better location for a family holiday than Cornwall. We were blessed with lots of beautiful weather and we haven’t always been so lucky in Cornwall so maybe this affects my preference.

Alpaca Trekking in West Yorkshire

During the Summer we spent a day trekking with alpacas in Oxenhope, West Yorkshire.

Alpaca trekking West YorkshireMy husband heard about Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm from a colleague at work and we thought this sounded like a great activity for our family.

On a cold wet morning we travelled to Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm for our guided walk. The farm is in Oxenhope near Haworth and is well signposted once you get near. We arrived along with a handful of other people and we were greeted by the owner Lucy Thornton. She was lovely and clearly loves her alpaca adventures. Lucy introduced us to our guide Meg. She talked about the alpacas and answered any questions people had.

We were there with our two young daughters and the lady selected the alpacas that she felt were most suited to each person (or pair).

Alpaca Walking in Oxenhope

We walked with Kai and Theo who were both very cute and a bit cheeky. They were friendly and calm as we connected their harnesses and they were clearly used to walking with children.

Walking alpacas in the Yorkshire countrysideThe alpacas like to be together so they don’t run away, but they can get a bit preoccupied then suddenly rush to get back to their group, as my daughter discovered.

We walked around the fields and gave our alpacas carrots and snacks at various intervals. They tend to move at a steady pace unless they decide to have a little sprint to catch up with their buddies.

It was a lovely walk in the Bronte countryside. The weather was disappointing, but it did not stop us having a lovely time. We would have loved to enjoy a nice warm drink after the walk, but there was no cafe open nearby. I think there is normally a tea rooms open, but this was closed during our visit due to Covid.

This is a lovely not for profit organisation and the money raised funds various educational and well being projects. I would certainly recommend Thornwood Alpacas and Care Farm if you fancy a scenic walk in the countryside with a cute and cheeky alpaca.

Canal Boat Hire for the Day in Skipton West Yorkshire

On a sunny day in July 2020 we enjoyed a family day out on a canal boat in Skipton in West Yorkshire.

We had a great day out on the beautiful Leeds and Liverpool Canal. We booked our Canal boat with Pennine Cruisers as my brother recommended them.

Captain Your Own Canal Boat

Canal Boat Hire for the day in SkiptonWe arrived at the canal basin in Skipton at 9am for a short briefing before setting off down the canal South East towards Keighley. My husband and brother quickly learnt how to control the boat and they did a great job of manoeuvring us down the canal and managing the swing bridges. There are no locks on this stretch so we didn’t need to worry about that. I had a short turn controlling the boat, which was ok, but I wouldn’t have felt confident driving it alongside parked boats or passing others coming the other way.

There were 9 of us altogether, including my family of four my brother’s family and grandparents. We all enjoyed the day and it was lovely to enjoy the scenery at a slow pace with plenty of space to sit or read or colour in. We were lucky to get a mainly sunny day. I did wonder how our experience may have been hindered by bad weather. It was lovely to sit at the front of the boat enjoying the sunshine and the views. The kids even climbed on top to enjoy a rooftop tour down the canal.

Skipton Canal Boat Sights

There is a war memorial not far from Skipton right on the side of the canal and we stopped to take a look. You can park up anywhere along the canal whenever you fancy. It was interesting to read about the seven airmen who lost their lives during WW2. There are details about this at the following link – Yorkshire Aircraft.

We saw lots of birds and wildlife including herons and squirrels. There were some lovely views of woodlands and beautiful valleys.

Food and Drinks on the Canal

Around midday we enjoyed a lovely lunch of pies and picnic snacks along with Champagne and homemade scones with cream and jam (thanks to my Mum). There was a hob on board allowing us to make hot drinks, which was nice. The cupboards contained all the basic items you would need to make a simple meal and there was crockery and cutlery as well as a sink to wash up. There is also a toilet onboard.

There are various places to stop and eat and drink on the canal, but we were unsure which places would be open so we played safe with our own food and drinks.

We were told to return back to Skipton for 4:30pm. We had ventured a bit further than expected when we turned back towards Skipton, but luckily our captains made good progress and we arrived back to Skipton at exactly 4:30pm.

We paid just under £200 for the day and we felt this was good value for an amazing experience.

 

Cottage Holiday on Farm in North Devon

We had a great family summer holiday in North Devon in July 2018. Our accommodation was one of six cottages on a working farm near Barnstaple.

Every year I think hard about what we want from a holiday. This year’s top priority for me was a separate bedroom for the kids. They are an absolute nightmare to get to sleep when we are all squashed into a small room. A common feature of the All Inclusive package holidays that we have tried. I wanted the kids to be amongst children of a similar age. They make friends quite easily and it is an important part of our holiday. I did not want a busy noisy place. Another desire was for somewhere that felt safe, with a little freedom to roam about and explore. I like sunny weather, but I was prepared to compromise if I could tick all my other boxes. Lower Hearson Farm was a great choice for us.

Each morning and afternoon, we met farmer Graeme and other guests to go and feed the animals. We all loved this and it was a good reason to get up and out early (9am).

All the children were welcome to have a cuddle and stroke with Fudge the guinea pig. Then we went to feed the hens and checked for eggs. We then went to the hungry squealing pigs and fed them and the sheep.

There was plenty of space for the kids to play and there was a trampoline and play area, as well as picnic benches dotted about so we had a few barbecues during our fortnight. We were lucky to meet some lovely people during our stay and the kids made friends with kids of a similar age throughout our stay.

We were within an hour’s drive of lots of lovely places. We had several days out during our fortnight. The local beaches were stunning and we made the most of them on the sunnier days.

We particularly enjoyed Croyde Beach and Woolacombe. Ilfracombe was worth a look for a day out. The Milky Way was a hit with the kids with lots to see and do. I wrote a blog post about our day out – Family Day Out at Milky Way.

Clovelly was a beautiful village. I wrote a blog about our day out in Clovelly too. Barnstaple was our nearest big town and there was a nice park, a welcoming ParkRun and some nice restaurants and shops, as well as supermarkets.

Exmoor Zoo was another fun day out with lots of talks and hand-son sessions. My kids loved meeting the cute pets and the creepy crawlies and feeding the wallabies.

The one thing I did miss was the hot sunshine of the Canaries or other holidays abroad.

I love the feeling of stepping out into warm sunshine in the mornings. However the weather was ok and some days were lovely. We did have some rain, which I accepted was likely and we had indoor crafty stuff for such days. In fact, we left glorious sunshine up North (weeks and weeks on end of glorious sunshine), to meet heavy rain down in Devon.

Our crazy heatwave of 2018 was very unexpected, but made me less in need of a sunny break so our family holiday in North Devon was a lovely break in a beautiful area.

Family Day Out at Woolacombe, North Devon

Woolacombe Beach

During our family holiday in North Devon we went to a few beaches in the area. One of our favourites was Woolacombe beach.

Here’s how to find it: Nr Braunton, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7DL

We went to Woolacombe during the height of Summer so it was a popular place for a day out, but there was plenty of space on the beach as you can see from the photo.

Combesgate Beach is close to Woolacombe Beach (600 metres away) and offers rock pools for the kids to explore.

Parking in Woolacombe

There were lots of cars entering the town. However we were pleased to discover there was extensive parking near the beach. Apparently there are over 2,000 spaces. We ended up on the edge of a hill and spaces were a bit tight and awkward, but there were better spaces if you kept driving.

Who Visits Woolacombe?

Woolacombe Beach is popular with surfers and families. It is a massive beach area so there is no need to fight for a spot.

The beach is dog friendly, but it is huge so we didn’t encounter any during our day on the beach.

Our kids absolutely loved playing on the beach and in the sea. It was nice to have plenty of space. The kids ran around a lot, jumped over the waves and built sandcastles.

Eating in Woolacombe Town

The town is family small but it offers a range of places to eat.  It was busy in town and we were concerned that we wouldn’t find somewhere to eat. Many of the places were completely full. We settled on a fish and chips restaurant that was not on a main street and we were lucky to get a table and served quickly. The crowds that followed us had to wait a bit longer.

Family Day Out at Exmoor Zoo

Whilst staying in North Devon for our Summer holiday we went to Exmoor Zoo, which is in Bratton Fleming. We spent a few hours there and enjoyed the day. It was about £50 for our family of four, if I remember correctly. My parents also joined us so there was six of us altogether.

What to do at Exmoor Zoo

We had a lovely family day out at Exmoor Zoo. To begin our day out, we went to the play area and we then struggled to get the kids out of there to go and see the animals.

We all enjoyed seeing the wallabies, which were lovely and friendly. We were able to get up close in the enclosure and feed the wallabies. There were staff about to make sure the wallabies were safe and help the kids get close, without annoying the animals. Areas were kept clear of visitors to allow the wallabies to get some privacy if they wished.

We enjoyed seeing the cheetahs, the wolves, laughing dogs, meerkats, monkeys, martens, alpacas, tamarins and many more. There was lots of reference to the Exmoor beast and we did see a sleepy black leopard, but that was not a highlight for us. There were also a range of reptiles and birds.

At Exmoor Zoo there are no large animals, so you can’t go there expecting to see an elephant or a tiger, but it was a nice size to walk round with young kids and grandparents.

It appeared to be a well maintained zoo with lots of staff.

Meet the Animals Sessions

Our kids particularly enjoyed the talks and handling sessions, including guinea pigs, rabbits, a very cool armadillo, a tarantula, hedgehog and lots more.

The sessions were run every half hour and we did find ourselves rushing from one to the other a bit. It is best to pick your favourites when you first arrive as you can’t manage them all. The staff that we encountered were very lovely and patient with the kids.

There was a strong focus on being considerate towards the animals and the staff did not want any children to be forced into interacting with the animals.

Food at Exmoor Zoo

We went to the restaurant at Exmoor Zoo and felt that the food was ok. Similar to what you get at many of these family attractions. There were some picnic areas, including an undercover one so you could bring your own food.

Exmoor Zoo was a highlight from our holiday in family holiday in Devon and I would recommend it to others.

If you fancy a day out at Exmoor Zoo, go to the Exmoor Zoo website to find out latest information on prices and opening times.

Family Day Out at Clovelly, North Devon

Family Day Out in Clovelly

What a gem of a place! I knew nothing of Clovelly before discovering a flyer whilst staying in a cottage in North Devon. Clovelly is a little fishing village that is traffic-free, other than donkeys and sledges to deliver supplies and the odd Land Rover to deliver hotel guests to their accommodation.

We were delighted to discover no charge for the car park. Then we were a little taken aback at the £20 admission charge to visit the village. However once we had made our way to the picturesque historic harbour, we justified the expense.

Accessibility to Clovelly

The journey down to the village involves a very steep hill that winds down to the harbour (about 400 feet down). It was sunny and lovely the day that we visited, but I imagine it could be very slippy on a wet and miserable day.

I wouldn’t recommend this place to people with accessibility issues. We did see a couple of parents with buggies, but it didn’t look much fun. Most wheelchair users would find this place a nightmare. We had a chat with a man in his eighties who had retired to Clovelly. He makes the walk up and down the hill each day to keep himself fit. I think this would be a challenge for older people that struggle to walk far.

Our kids and grandparents managed the walk pretty well. We took our time and enjoyed the views as we entered this pretty village. We also had an ice cream and a drink on the way.

Things to See in Clovelly

There are some lovely shops in Clovelly including gift shops, art shops and sweet shops. We bought some small sweet gifts including Clovelly specific items like notepads and pens and also more generic items. The Water Babies book is for sale in a few shops as this was written by Charles Kingsley who spent a lot of time in Clovelly. A small museum in the village is dedicated to him.

There is a short film explaining the history of the Clovelly. It is quite interesting for adults and short enough for kids to sit through. This runs every few minutes in the main entrance and gift shop. There are lots of lovely cafes, pubs and restaurants.

There are museums and craft workshops, including a fisherman’s cottage museum that you can walk through and see how a typical village house would have looked in the 1930’s. My young kids quite enjoyed the walk around cottage. There was a sweet art gallery/shop showing various materials and techniques which you could also purchase.

Donkey stables are located at the top of the hill with the offer of rides for little ones.

There is a lifeboat station that we wanted to look round, but we were told this was not an option as the staff were too busy. We did notice a bunch of guys drinking tea and chatting inside so that was a shame.

At the bottom of the hill beyond the harbour, there is a beautiful stone beach. Our kids loved finding pretty stones and it was very relaxing to sit and enjoy the sea view.

If you fancy a visit to Clovelly, check out the Clovelly website.

If driving to Clovelly, you should be aware that your Sat Nav may not recognise the village of Clovelly as there are no roads for cars in the actual village of Clovelly. There are plenty of signs in and around Bideford.

 

Family Day Out at Milky Way, North Devon

Milky Way Day Out North Devon During our holiday in North Devon we had the pleasure of visiting The Milky Way. This is a family day out with a variety of attractions located near Clovelly.

Our kids (aged 3 and 7) loved it here. There were rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, a maze, a train, live sessions (owls, magic, Science), Sci-Fi memorabilia and loads more.

I was not sure what to expect from this place. Having read reviews online I was a little concerned about the fun value. However there was loads to keep our kids entertained and provide a really fun day out.

When we first arrived it did seem a bit of a small scale family run affair. This is not in any way like Alton Towers or one of the big theme parks. However this is part of the charm of the place. There is so much to do for young kids. We were constantly moving ours along to the next thing as they could have spent all day in the indoor play gym or the outdoor play area or the maze.

Milky Way Indoor Sessions/Shows

There were indoor sessions throughout the day including birds of prey, fun and educational shows.

We saw Merlin (Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist). He did juggling, magic and illusions.

He later did a Science session, which maintained the attention of the kids. We had a chat with him after the show and he was a really nice guy.

My girls particularly enjoyed seeing the owls session. This was run by a lovely lady who welcomed lots of questions.

Milky Way Rides

The familiar Caterpillar ride is always a winner with young kids. My three year old went on several times with her grandparents.

Whilst the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster was a real hit with our 7 year old (minimum 1.2m tall). She loved going on this larger ride and it was perfect for her.

The Clone Zone was the first thing we experienced as we entered the Milky Way. After quite a queue, we followed a guide round this alien-themed walk-through. This was finished off with a short ride and a squeeze through a tight exit. My eldest was quite scared and afraid of the unexpected alien encounters. However my youngest thought it was great and wanted to go on again. The grandparents joined in too and survived the experience! There were also some bumper cars, but we didn’t try these.

Indoor Play Gym

Our kids had a great time in here. They could have stayed all day. We all enjoyed the big slide with sacks to ride. Whilst the kids were too scared, Daddy couldn’t resist the death slide, which was quite a big drop. I didn’t see many kids try this one.

Food and Drinks

We brought some and bought some from the cafe.

Picnic areas are dotted about and the food we bought was ok, reasonably priced and as you’d expect from a day out.

Overall we all had a great day out. I thought it would be busier, but we fell lucky as there was a large agricultural show that day, which may have affected the number of visitors.

As a family of young kids, parents and grandparents we all enjoyed the day. It helped that the weather was generally pretty good. There were lots of things to do indoors and outdoors, however it would have been a shame to miss the rides and the maze.

If you are interested in Sci-Fi the Milky Way has a large area dedicated to models and memorabilia.

The gift shop is reasonably priced (refreshing) and well stocked.

If you would like to find out more about The Milky Way and book tickets, the go to the website at themilkyway.co.uk .

Top 10 Family Days Out In Cornwall


We have recently returned from a family holiday in Cornwall and we had a really great time. So I thought I’d share our top 10 family days out in Cornwall (and within reach of Cornwall) based on our experiences and with a little insider knowledge from some of the lovely local people of Bude in Cornwall.

1. Eden Project, St Austell

If you are interested in plants and wildlife then this is a great day out. If you or your kids require a bit more excitement and entertainment then this may not be the best day out for your family.

Our kids loved it here. They liked the rainforest biome which includes loads of unusual plants, including cocoa, coffee, bananas and pineapples as well as many colourful plants.

They enjoyed the canopy walkway and a bridge, which forms a cloudy mist every few minutes.

There is a Rainforest Lookout which is an aerial platform overlooking the tropical canopy below. The platform is at the top of the 165-foot-high Biome. We climbed the steps along with our kids, but you can’t carry children and it might be too scary for some. We managed quite well, but it was a little bit wobbly at times.

The restaurant offered a range of lovely home cooked meals and I really enjoyed my Moroccan lamb meatballs.

The website claims there are activities and events for families throughout the year, but we discovered that these are mainly focused on school holidays. Because our half term was different to the local schools, there was not a lot to offer beyond the general walk about. We discovered a craft activity 10 minutes before they packed up, but there was no mention of this on the activity list when we entered, which was a shame.

2. Boscastle

We felt this small village was well worth a look round.

It is probably most famous for the flooding issues suffered in 2004 then further flooding in 2007.

It is very pretty with a couple of tearooms, pubs and hotels. There is a stunning harbour and a lovely view out to sea. We stopped on our way back one evening so we just had a brief look around.

There is a youth hostel and a museum of Witchcraft, as well as a few shops including a pottery shop, but we only stopped for a quick wander so we didn’t get to experience these.

3. Bude

We really liked the town of Bude.

The staff in the tourist information centre are really helpful and friendly and they have a file detailing local events that you may not otherwise be aware of as a visitor.

We enjoyed a nice lunch at the Castle, which includes some local artwork. We watched a little projection film showing a sea life animation using artwork from children at the local school. I enjoyed sampling a bottle of the local cider along with a Ploughmans lunch, while looking out at a beautiful view.

The beach is lovely with lots of rockpools to explore and there is an outdoor swimming pool, which had people swimming in it both times we visited during our stay in February.

I imagine that Bude is packed during the summer holiday period and there are lots of facilities aimed at surfers, but it was nice and peaceful during our visit.

4. Beaches – take your pick

We went to a lot of beaches during our stay and all of them were beautiful.

Our kids just loved collecting pebbles on the beach and wandering about through the rock pools.

Our favourite beaches that we discovered in Cornwall were Sandymouth, Bude and Duckpool, but there are beaches all over that are gorgeous.

I cannot imagine what they are like during the crowded summer holidays, but we were really lucky to see them at their most peaceful during February. We even had a sultry mist to add to the atmosphere on a couple of days.

5. Bike Trail Camel Trail (Wadebridge to Padstow)

Following the recommendation from a lovely local lady we hired bikes in Wadebridge and we cycled into Padstow along the Camel Trail. It was a great day out. Our kids loved it. The views were pretty and it took us about an hour each way to leisurely ride there and back.

We stopped in Padstow and locked up our bikes. We then had a good wander round the beautiful town of Padstow. There are lots of lovely places to eat and we settled on a  fish and chip restaurant, which was great. We loved the Cornish pasties and the ice creams and we were lucky enough to stumble across a food fayre where we bought some chutney and cheese.

There are lots of companies to choose from, but we used Bridge Bike Hire and we were very happy with the bikes and the service. Click on the link to see the website and arrange a booking – Bridge Bike Hire, Wadebridge

6. Cream Tea – choose a venue

I had really looked forward to this before going down to Cornwall and lots of people had told me to try the scones with cream and jam. I think we picked a dodgy venue as ours wasn’t as good as my Mum’s, but maybe we are spoilt by her scones. I am sure that a tearoom would have a better offer than the seaside cafe we tried. It was nice to enjoy a cup of tea and a scone with a beautiful view of the sea.

7. Eat Proper Cornish Pasties – loads of places to find these beauties

I love a cornish pasty and we were not disappointed. We had a few of these during our stay from a bakery, a restaurant and a fish and chips restaurant and they were all great. There are bakeries all over the place selling Cornish pasties. We must have spotted about ten in our short wander around the town of Bude. My favourite was from one of the bakeries in Bude, where we also bought a lovely croissant with cherry jam and almonds.

8. Coastal Walk (Sandymouth to Duckpool)

There are loads of walks around the Cornwall coastline.

We headed off to Sandymouth beach one day and picked up a path and followed it.

It was a great walk with stunning views of the beaches and rocky coastlines. Our 6 year old managed well, our 2 year old relied on lots of carries. We were there in Winter so it was wet and muddy in places. The kids were fine in their wellies. Our trainers were less suitable, but we managed. We walked to Duckpool.

I think we took in some of the South West Coastal Walk. We brought picnic with us and had the most amazing view as we sat eating our sandwiches.

9. Try the Local Cider

There are lots to choose from. I liked the Orchard Blush cider. Somebody recommended the Rattler Cloudy Cornish Cyder, but they also warned it was quite strong so I stuck to a refreshing bottle of Orchards.

10. Milky Way Adventure Park, Bideford, North Devon

We were advised to try this place for some family fun, including rides and indoor play as well as shows including birds of prey. There are specific areas for little ones, including a show for under 5’s. We never made it to this adventure park, but we would have gone if we had managed to fit it in. Maybe next time. Click to see the website for Milky Way Adventure Park.

Bude Tourist Information Centre

The staff in the Tourist Information Centre in Bude were really friendly and helpful. They keep their leaflets up to date and they have a file to look at with all the local events that you may not otherwise discover.

We stayed in a lovely caravan park in Sandymouth, which was beautiful and it had fantastic facilities. I have written a separate blog post with tips for going on a family caravan holiday.