Summer holiday – the Great Outdoors

The summer holidays are here!  My favourite time of the year; when we are full to the brim at Little Winnick, and I get to have our girls at home for the whole summer. I am going to bring you a series of blogs that look at things that will not break the bank but that will also keep everyone entertained.

The Full Story:

This week I look at the great outdoors

  1. Forest School – right here at Little Winnick.  I know I am bias but Kathy and her team are pretty amazing at creating the best time for you and your family down in our Wildflower Meadow. Light fires, build shelters or try your hand at some crafts, the whole family is sure to have fun around the camp fire.  Booking is essential.
  2. Picnic – again right here in Little Winnick.  Is it boring to make two suggestions in the same place?  Seriously, the Wildflower Meadow is special.  I don’t know what it is, but it is one of my favourite places in the whole world.  Children go back to being proper children, they run, they play, they want us to get involved into their worlds and games.  With no phone signal or WiFi (Yipppeee), pack a picnic and just hang out down there for the day.  Try it, I bet you will fall in love with this weirdly mesmerizing place too, and with no car involved you could pack a cheeky G&T/beer/cider and really relax with the family!  Let me know if you find it as special as I do.
  3. Obviously every list of ‘things to do in Cornwall’ has to include Heligan and Eden.  Heligan will keep you busy for the whole day with a big wild play area, activities and walks.  There is food there, which is nice but a bit crazy so I would recommend a picnic on Flora’s Green.  You can buy discounted tickets to Heligan and Eden from us in reception.
  4. Luxulyan Valley is not on the main tourist routes – a bit of a locals secret.  But the stunning wooded valley is littered with evidence of Cornwall’s mining past.  A hit with dogs and children alike; with paths to explore and adventures to be had.  On a hot day this shaded valley with river to play in is a great place to escape the crowds.
  5. The South West Coastal Path is right on our doorstep, but some bits are a little challenging for families.  Without doubt our favourite walk, manageable with little legs is Caerhays to Portholland.  Head past Caerhays beach and park at the top of the hill in the lay by.  Walk towards Portholland, (to your right), the stunning path takes you down to the magical Portholland.  A village unchanged in centuries apart from the edition of the ‘Yarn Bombing’!.  Enjoy a well earned cuppa in Pebbles Cafe or, do as we did and take pasties to enjoy on the beach before heading back for a play/dip at Caerhays Beach.

You can follow all our latest adventures on Instragam @campingpentewan.

News from us…

Currently we are having one big adventure ourselves.  In a static caravan with three children and a cat. You see we sold our lovely house, where we had bedrooms, and a sofas and a bath and all those luxuries and instead now live in a static caravan at our sister site River Valley Holiday Park.  We are 6 weeks in and I have to say it is the best thing we have ever done (yes, I am sober writing this!).  We love it.  The freedom of being clutter/crap free is liberating.  Long lazy evenings are now spent sipping cider around the fire pit.

The short version of a long and boring story is we were not looking to move but I found us the ‘dream house’ quite by accident, we very quickly got a cash buyer on ours, but then we lost our dream house, but decided to put ourselves in a strong position and become chain free and so continued to sell and became homeless!!!  I was pretty nervous about this change in lifestyle, I am, afterall, a home maker and I am exceptionally good at always having a long list of things I just must do.  I am one of those people who can cannot sit still and must always be busy.  BUT, in transpires living in a caravan is a cure for the busybee issue I had/have.  There is nothing to do.  Cleaning takes a total 10 minutes.  The washing goes off with Richard every morning, I have no garden and baking is impossible in a static caravan.  So, instead I sit and play with the children, we go for walks, go for bike rides,  for swims, for a play on the park.  We are just having a big summer holiday for an extended length of time!  We have since found a pretty cool house, which we love even more than the first one, so we are hopeful this really is just a summer holiday.

Bethany, the little film maker, is keen to share with you our adventures so pop back regularly for her videos of caravan life.

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