“When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you”
Last night we were lucky enough to witness a pretty spectacular shooting star display down on the beach. We could have been anywhere in the world. It was warm, the food was amazing, the drinks were flowing (not for me with a shift ahead of me today!) with good company, and there was live music in the back ground. As the sun set the stars came out and what a show we had of shooting stars. And it would appear many guests have been enjoying the stars on the park too, with hardly any street lights around the nights skies are pretty special right now. We headed down to Carlyon Bay, which I have blogged about recently. This time we had a baby sitter and headed out child free…what a treat! Well worth a visit with or without children especially for the live music on Fridays.
Yesterday we headed over the Lanhydrock. This National Trust house and gardens is a real treat. The play area is huge with a cafe over looking it and the grounds are ripe for exploring. I have not dare venture into the house for a while with a four year and two year, but yesterday I was brave. And to be fair it was very child friendly with two trails for children to complete around the house. I only had one minor melt down when our youngest declared “wee-wee mummy” right in the middle of the jungle of rooms. Luckily there was no incident, just a stressed mummy!! The formal gardens are utterly stunning, although not that pushchair friendly but a child’s delight with lots of interconnecting paths to explore.
I don’t want to curse things by talking about it but the weather has been pretty good and looks set to get better and better. A complete contrast to last year when we were in the middle of monsoon season! This week we popped to Caerhays Beach, one of our favourite haunts. I had under estimated how busy it would be, it felt lovely with families and dogs enjoying the amazingly warm weather. We are blessed with amazing beaches. You don’t have to go far to find some pretty special ones so here is my top ten:
- Caerhays Beach, a short drive away this sheltered cove is dog and family friendly with a car park right on the edge of beach so great if you have mobility issues or a lot of stuff!
- Porthpean Beach, a proper Cornish beach with rock pooling, a cafe and toilets. The cove is very sheltered and great for swimming due to the shallow waters
- Charlestown Beach, with so much to see in Charletown it is easier to overlook the beach but the beach is a lovely little treat with an ice cream shop nearby that now does what looked like pretty good pasties too. Currently this is mine and Jess’ favourite spot to continue her sea swimming lessons.
- Black Head Cove, known locally as Trenarren (ssshhh this one is a secret), this little gem is pretty special. Usually empty, due to the 1km rough walk down the cove is one of my favourite places in the whole world, and only a short drive away. Ask us in rececption for delays, well worth the walk to enjoy your own private beach for the day!
- Porthcurnick, this small cove has been made famous by The Hidden Hut, a treat for the taste buds and worth a visit.
- Holywell Bay, poor old Jess has been asking me all week can we go sledging but we have not made it out there yet! With HUGE sand dunes don’t forget to take your sledge for a very exciting day. Or you can just nestle into the sand dunes and relax!
- Pentewan Beach, a short walk from Little Winnick this large beach is popular with locals and tourists alike. Walk as oppose to drive as parking is hard to come by. Try the milk shakes from the Hubbox – Bethany’s favourite, favourite treat.
- Carne Beach, the first beach Richard took me to in Cornwall, it’s secluded location tends to be a lot quieter than the bigger beaches as it is a bit off the beaten track.
- Watergate Bay, if you are coming to Cornwall you need to pop to the North Coast. This rugged beach is very popular with surfers and sun bathers alike.
- Luxulyan Woods, a bit of a curve ball but this is a small beach on the side of a river in the middle of the valley, however on a hot day this is a great place to walk the dogs and enjoy a cool off on the little beach and in the river.
Don’t forget with any beach trip to check the tide times as some beaches have hardly any beaches at high tide. Also be aware of jelly fish on the North coast right now.
Here at Little Winnick it is a busy Saturday with lots of people leaving and arriving. This morning we had tears and hugs from some regular guests who meet up each year here, always hard to see these farewells. And then this afternoon there is a buzz around the park as all the new families arrive start to get to know one another…lovely to watch friendships forming.