Mama OWL Blog: A half term break in Cornwall

A half term break in Cornwall

Friday, 14 November 2014

Earlier in the year we booked ourselves a long weekend break at Parkdean Mullion for the beginning of the October half term with The Sun's £9.50 holiday offer. As term ended on Wednesday for both the primary & senior schools, it meant that we had Thursday to finish packing our things and getting prepared for our half term getaway, and then the whole of Friday to load up, drive down and check in for 4pm. Mullion is a 4.5 hour drive from our house so we needed a good chunk of the day to make the journey down.
We made the decision to pay a little extra to upgrade our accommodation to the Traboe caravan, which is 3 bed & sleeps 6-8. The 2012 model is more modern and includes a washer-dryer, useful when the household has been suffering with a lingering sickness bug that has been working its way through the family! Always a joy. Luckily, nobody else came down with it until the way home when unfortunately the Mister began feeling unwell.

As we were only there for three nights, we wanted to make the most of it and the lovely Bradford on Avon Mum recommended Roskilly's Farm as a nice place to take the children, having been down that way herself over the August bank holiday. It was only a few minutes drive from our park so we headed off there one morning despite the whinging from children who 'didn't want to go'. We parked up in the car park and had a little wander around the goats and pigs before going across the road to where the cafe and shop are. After picking up a map in the shop, we strolled down to the ponds and began making our way around their beautiful nature trails, enjoying a nice peaceful walk. Despite their earlier protestations, the kids - all 5 of them - absolutely loved it & even asked if we could go back again the next day.

We stopped to have lunch in the cafe before we went back to our accommodation, choosing sausage sandwiches with some orange squash to quench our thirst after our walk, before indulging in a famous Roskilly's ice cream as a special treat afterwards. Delicious food, beautiful scenery and amazing ice cream. With animals for the kids to coo over, and free entry to the farm you really can't go wrong, Roskilly's is absolutely worth a visit.

On the Sunday we visited National Trust sites Kynance Cove, and Lizard Point (the most southerly tip of mainland UK) which are nothing short of breathtaking. The children were enthralled & couldn't wait to clamber down the rocky path to the beach at Kynance Cove for a good look around and to admire the pebble cairns that someone had left behind - they even had us scrambling up the cliff edge on the other side of the beach for a different perspective. It was a grey day but the light around the cove is simply amazing, we were all in awe of just how beautiful it is there, and for the price of parking and some refreshments in the Cafe it is definitely a must-see. You can walk along the coastal path from Kynance Cove to Lizard Point, but we chose to drive as we planned to stop off for something to eat and it would have been dark by the time we got back to the car.

On Saturday night we had driven down to Lizard to sample the local fish & chips after some reading some good reviews on Trip Advisor for a local chippy called The Smugglers. The chips were delicious though the portion sizes were perhaps a little smaller than I would have expected. My husband spoke highly of the fish, too, and the children all enjoyed their meals.

On the Sunday we stopped in Coast cafe/bar in Lizard, after our visit to the point. J and I both had toasted sandwiches while the others all had burgers & chips, and they were very accommodating of L's request for a plain burger which arrived exactly as he had asked for it. Not all places are understanding when you try and deviate from the menu (as we sadly often find when we eat out) and the staff were very lovely and happy to help. The food was divine, and it was clear plates all round. Maybe a tad on the pricey side, but in all fairness the food and service was worth it so I can't grumble too much.

Cornwall is a truly naturally beautiful place to visit and I am very much looking forward to visiting there again very soon. There is so much more for us to see and do and explore, and after spending most of our time there just enjoying our surroundings without any fancy expensive theme parks or attractions I know that we will be able to make the most of it whatever we choose to do. I hope to visit in the Summer time and enjoy the warmer weather on the beach, perhaps let the kids try surfing as well as just enjoying playing on the sand and in the water. I love the sea and could sit and watch the waves breaking on the shore for hours.

Have you visited Cornwall? Where is your favourite place? I'd love some recommendations for places to visit the next time we go.


  1. Oh it all looks so beautiful, pleased you had a lovely time. x

  2. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday and I love your photos - particularly the family shot at Lizard Point, just beautiful. Cornwall is such a lovely part of the country, we were there for a few days last year and visited Lands End and Tintagel. Glad you had such a great time :-)

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful holiday and I love your photos - particularly the family shot at Lizard Point, just beautiful. Cornwall is such a lovely part of the country, we were there for a few days last year and visited Lands End and Tintagel. Glad you had such a great time :-)

  4. We stayed at a campsite in Lizard this year and made good use of the fish and chip shop. We also had coffee & cake at Coast. It's a fabulous part of Cornwall isn't it, and I bet Kynance Cove is nicer than when it is jam packed in summer!

  5. I absolutely love Cornwall. I've only ever been in the summer though and late Spring. Next year we're going at Easter and I'm looking forward to seeing it at a different time of year. It looks like you all had a lot of fun.

  6. Beautiful post of your beautiful family - again you're making me want more kiddos, but fear I've left that too late ;) We love Cornwall and used to go loads to visit the in laws when they lived there - my favourite places are Widemouth Bay to blow away the cobwebs, Fowey, St Ives and Lanhydrock (NT) Is £9.50 for the whole family to holiday in half term??! Only problem is I never buy The Sun! You've given me some new places to explore too should the in laws get back there one day! :) #countrykids

  7. It looks and sounds fantastic. We love Cornwall, but always stick with Padstow area. We've eaten a fair few Roskillys ice creams over the years :)

  8. I'm delighted you have fallen in love with my corner of the country and that you had a lovely family break. What a bargain too, I'd never be able to compete with that, well done on spotting it and treating the family. The coast path is so spectacular and looks like you managed to fit lots of outdoor fun into your mini break. thank you for sharing on Country Kids

  9. Sounds like a successful holiday! Love that this post! So fast to read and the photos of your trip is stunning. I really wanted to go here too if and when we can =) #countrykids

  10. Looks like a wonderful holiday x #SundayROundUp

  11. I've never been to Cornwall (that I can remember!) but when me and Andrew looked into it in the pre-home and toddler owning days we still thought if would be too expensive. I never spend enough time looking around for deals. I'd love to take Gwenn.



  12. It looks like you had a really brilliant time and I love the look of all the local gems. I need to definitely go there in the spring or summer

  13. oh wow i have never been to cornwall looks so lovely. I love your pictures you all look like you had the most awesome time! Thanks for joining in with #sundayroundup x

  14. I do love Cornwall and have visited a few different places in the north and the south but I haven't been to Lizard's Point and it looks stunning. I love your Fish and Chip shop photo too, what a fabulous family holiday and perfect for the smaller breaks in the year.
    Thank you so much for joining in Time Traveller, I have really enjoyed visiting Cornwall through your eyes.


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