Holiday Diary for 2018
July 2-6th 2018
Launceston, New Mills Farm Park, is a fantastic place to stop off at. We chose to head to there for the start of our holiday in Newquay, we arrived for around lunch time from our home in the Midlands. We’ve been before but came via the steam train which runs alongside it, you do have to pay separately for both if you stop off from the train but it’s worth it. The park is huge with ducks, chickens and cats roaming free, there’s a little farm with pigs, goats and ponies, and a little indoor soft play section for babies. A little cafe sells lunch type food and tea / coffees. They also have adult sized go carts which are so much fun!
Porth Beach, First full day started with a visit to the beach, I love this beach as you can park on it so for us that makes everything easier! Kris struggles to use his chair on the sand, but as he can walk short distances it’s great that we can use this beach without worry. There’s a little stream that flows through left behind when the tide goes out, which is great for the little ones to paddle in. The tide was just going out as we arrived maybe around 10am, a few paddle boarders were out in the low tide something I definitely want to try out sometime.
Newquay, has a lot of lovely places to eat, our absolute favourite is The Green HeART Cafe located at Tower Road Newquay, with a short stay car park opposite. This has gorgeous vegan food on offer all cooked from scratch. The ladies that work here are wonderful and the resident cat is beautiful and often pops in to say hi, their newest addition is a gorgeous chocolate labrador. If you aren’t comfortable with free roaming animals in a cafe I’d suggest maybe give it a miss and probably Cornwall too to be honest, No in all seriousness though Cornwall has a huge love for animals and so all shops and cafes are free for dogs on leads to go in, if that’s a problem for you Cornwall may not hold as much charm for you.
Fistral Beach, in all our time spent in Newquay we’ve never actually been to Fistral! I know I know! But after going it’s not very accessible you have to walk down quite a steep embankment, which if you have limited mobility or children in pushchairs it’s going to be a struggle. All that besides it was a nice beach and the kids loved shell collecting here. This has a lifeguards station on site (so Baywatch lol) and is famed for being surfers paradise. We spent the late afternoon early evening here and honestly I couldn’t have wished to be anywhere else. There’s something truly magical about the sea and breeze whilst sitting on the sand.
Charlestown is glorious! We visited due to a love of Poldark, some of which is filmed right here. There’s a wonderful little place run by Keep Cornwall Fed where you can get a coffee and food whilst overlooking the harbour. Whilst we were there a busker was invited to come play, the spontaneity and atmosphere was wonderful as we sat and ate our lunch, and our eldest had his request of Metallica’s Sandman played for him which left him with a huge smile on his face!
The guys at Keep Cornwall Fed mission is to “tackle food waste and food poverty, one great meal at a time.” Visit them here for more info –> keepcornwallfed
St Austell Bay, we came here for the afternoon after visiting Charlestown, closer to the sea the beach becomes a little too seaweedy for my kids! It’s all crunchy under foot and slimy (really selling it aren’t I) Had a lovely few hours chilling on the beach whilst the kids dug holes and built sandcastles, was very hot and little shade so next time I am going to make sure we take our wind breaker and umbrella. There are toilets located near by a little walk over the sand dunes these are 20p to use so make sure you have plenty of change on you if you spend the day here. There’s also a lovely Italian restaurant located at the end of the road just in front of Par Sands Holiday park, we had to stop here for dinner because it’s called Milo’s LOL.
Launceston, on our last day instead of just driving home and losing a full day of holiday we decided to stop at Hidden Valley Discovery park, we have been here before. It’s a great family day out so much to do, it’s se around a house which you go through and have to look for clues and answer questions a bit like the crystal maze, the park also has a Sherlock Holmes trail for you find clues, there’s a maze (won’t be doing that again after getting stuck in there and covered in mud! lol) a play park and a little train that takes you around the park. There’s also a little farm bit to wonder round and a hobbit house. The cafe onsite is reasonably priced and serves lovely food well worth a visit.