I spent many a UK holiday in Cornwall as a kid and it holds a real special place in my heart. I have those kind of blurry memories that you don’t really realise are there until you visit that place and they all come flooding back. So going back to Cornwall this year with Danny and Evie felt extra special. We decided to stay in Mousehole, a gorgeous tiny fishing village just South of Penzance. We booked our cottage, Mole Cottage, through Sykes Cottages online. As you can see it was quintessentially Cornish, a real fisherman’s cottage, it was quite small but full of character, perfect for the 3 of us! Things that could potentially put someone off booking is that it doesn’t have on street parking or a garden but we knew this before booking and it didn’t effect our stay. Something to bare in mind though is that we had to park in the pay & display during our time there (price isn’t an issue as it’s £3 for 24 hours) but it is always full and we could spend up to half an hour waiting for someone to leave the car park so we coiled get a space. Also a little heads up, driving around Mousehole is not for the faint hearted!
On the way there we split the journey up and stayed overnight half way at a Travelodge in Bristol. This was ideal for us as we couldn’t check in till 3pm on Saturday anyway and we didn’t want to consume most of our day on the Saturday by driving 6-7 hours. Evie was actually so good in the car and I think in reality we found it easier than flying as she is much more used to being in a car.
We were veryyyyy lucky with the weather whilst we were there (considering we were forecast rain every single day) and so we managed to fit so much into the week! Here are just some of the places we visited; St Ives, Porthcurno Beach, Dairyland Farm, Lands End, St Michaels Mount and Porthtowan Beach.
St Michael’s Mount was such a great day out, if you’re a National Trust member then it’s free to get in and the views from the top of the castle are breathtaking! When the tide is out you can walk along the causeway to get to the castle and when the tide comes back in you can get a boat back to the mainland which Evie absolutely loved! Once we got back on mainland we stayed on Marazion Beach for an hour or so and paddled in the sea and built sandcastles before heading to the playground which is on the beachfront.
We decided to visit Dairyland Farm on an overcast day and even though it was about 45 minutes away from us, I’m so glad we did. There was so much to do there and it was really reasonably priced. We petted rabbits and guinea pigs, went on a tractor ride, went down a zip line, bounced on trampolines, Evie rode a Shetland pony and there were so many different bits of playground equipment for the kids! They also have a huge soft play area but we didn’t even need to use that as there was so much other stuff to do.
Without a doubt my favourite day of our whole trip was when we visited Porthcurno Beach. I mean I think the pictures just speak for themselves . . it is absolutely stunning! It’s relatively easy to get to with parking close by and we managed to push the Babyzen pram down there too. We took a picnic with us, a bucket and spade, a fishing net and that was us for a good 4 hours!
A few places we were recommended that did not disappoint were The Rock Pool Cafe in Mousehole (incredible scones *bigger than my head* and beautiful views) Jelbert’s for Ice Cream in Newlyn (the most delicious and authentic Cornish ice cream I’ve ever tasted, they only serve one flavour . . Vanilla) and Land’s End (for the typical tourist bucket list and not forgetting the donuts!)
On our final day we visited Porthtowan beach and met Danny’s Nan and husband who live in Cornwall. We hadn’t seen them since our wedding day so it was so lovely just catching up, eating ice cream and splashing around in rock pools with Evie. We had the most amazing week in Cornwall and I have to give a huge shoutout to Ainsley (@ainsleygray__) for inspiring us to go by documenting her own Cornwall adventures with her gorgeous family! We seriously can’t wait to go back next year and do it all again!