8 Things to Do in Cornwall with Toddlers

Filling your holiday days with littles in tow can feel a bit overwhelming, we hear you. So, to help you out, we’ve been out exploring and found some of the very best baby and toddler friendly things to do in Cornwall.   From organised events to big attractions to Cornwall’s incredible natural beauty, there’s something to keep absolutely everyone entertained!

Rockpooling

Booby’s Bay and Constantine Bay at low tide are our faves.  There’s so much to explore and Booby’s Bay has a coffee van in the car park (you’re welcome).  If you’re feeling energetic, it’s just one mile up the coast path to Trevose Lighthouse too.  Who doesn’t love a lighthouse?!

Camel Trail Cycling

This accommodates everyone! If you’re feeling strong then go for the full 18 miles from Bodmin but the most popular route is the Wadebridge to Padstow. Make sure you pre book bike hire especially for trailers or tag along bikes. Its 5 miles each way to Padstow with a few great fun stop offs for entertainment. From bird watching and slate drawing to the hot chocolate stop half-way. Grab lunch in Padstow, drop a crab net in the harbour, have an ice cream (watching out for greedy seagulls) and then pedal home. It’s a sure-fire way to exhaust all!

We use Bridge Bike hire in Wadebridge which is literally at the start of the trail section.

Sea Safari with Wavehunters

If you want something slightly more adventurous then a short sea safari is ace for the littles. It’s 90mins long and there’s plenty to see. Not to mention who doesn’t love a boat ride on a rib. Andy and his team are great too.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

This is a great outdoor activity day. Heligan is full of adventure, different garden areas to explore and play areas. Make sure to plan a full day here as whether you take a picnic or grab something from their various eateries you really want to make the most of it. We love taking a picnic to have near the adventure playground after exhausting all the gardens. Not to mention you can grab an ice cream and while away an hour whilst the kids are playing. Take a rug with you!!

Gweek Seal Sanctuary

If you would like to see seals in the wild then the Wavehunters sea safari or a walk up to Polyjoke beach can be good options. But for the kids Gweek Seal Sanctuary is fab. With underwater viewing areas, seals galore and also the penguins it makes for a great excursion. It’s a bit of a drive from us but another lovely place to explore is Trebah Garden which has great activities for kids including their adventure playground. Great to take a picnic or stop off on the way at our fave Bango Kitchen to take with you.

Polzeath to Daymer Bay

A lovely little walk is from Polzeath (park right on the beach) around the coast to Daymer Bay. It takes about 30mins each way and with beaches at either end it provides a good aim for everyone. There are loos, cafes on both beaches too. If you have planned in advance book a table at the Cracking Crab for lunch or an early dinner too.

Tate St Ives

Who doesn’t love a train ride? Parking in St Ives can be tricky but a great way is to take the train from Bodmin Parkway (10mins away from Glynn Barton Cottages) down to St Ives. You get to see the coast in all its glory and it takes 1 ½ hours if you get the fast train. A great time to have lunch or head off early and have a picnic breakfast on the train. It’s a 10min walk from the station to the gallery. Check out their Story Space workshops for the kids which run everyday during the holidays or on Wednesdays and weekends during term time. You can always while away the afternoon at Porthmeor beach which has a lovely café before jumping back on the train.

Lappa Valley

This is a great rainy day activity as well as when its lovely and sunny. The reason being they have a fab new soft play called The Engine Shed which is fab. Lots of mini train rides to go on, playground, woodlands walks, a lake to boat on and you can also introduce the kids to crazy golf. If you are anything like our family, the golf gets quite competitive!!!

We researched hard so part 2 is coming up soon!! In the meantime if you’ve got any questions, drop us a message over on Facebook or Instagram.  If you just can’t wait to get away on your hols, we’ve got a special offer on til the end of June – find out more here.

Meet the Locals – Baker Tom

Continuing our Meet the Locals series, we can’t WAIT to introduce you to Baker Tom! If you haven’t sunk your teeth into a slice of his epic sourdough – smothered in good Cornish dairy butter and maybe topped with one of our eggs straight from the hen house of course – you really haven’t been doing your Glynn Barton holidays right!! But they deliver to us here in the depths of the Cornish countryside so there’s still time to fix things!

Another one of those fantastic local producers, cooking up an absolute storm in Cornwall. We asked Baker Tom some of our nosiest questions so you can get to know him just a little better too!

1. Name?

Baker Tom!

2. What do you do?

Bake delicious bread and sweet treats.

3. What’s your hero product? The thing we HAVE to try!

Either our sourdough, our rosemary and sea salt focaccia or our infamous Saffron Buns.

4. If you were marooned on St Michaels Mount what would you take with you?

A good bottle of Cornish plonk

5. Best kept Cornish secret….. that you’re willing to share!

Add a dollop of Clotted Cream in your pasty before baking it, you wont look back.

6. What’s your top tip for holidaying in Cornwall with kids?

Always carry a blanket as you never know when you might be stopping to take in views.

7. Favourite thing about living and working in Cornwall?

We are so lucky to have a wealth of independent food & drink suppliers making awesome products.

8. Best Cornish beach?

Porthcurno

9. Whats your favourite ice cream flavour?

Cornish clotted cream

10. If you could be a farm animal what would you be and why?

The Farmers Dog, because we get on with everyone and get to go inside the cottage for snuggles.

The bread is fab but don’t miss the brioche, pastries, cakes and scones too – all perfect for getting an incredible adventure day picnic ready to go! Order online and have them delivered right to your Glynn Barton door!

Meet the Locals – Fowey Valley Cider

It’s no secret that we really love our little corner of the world – there’s really nowhere better than Cornwall!  And there are some incredible Cornish businesses working and living here right alongside us.  We wanted to introduce you to a few of them over the next few weeks, starting with Fowey Valley Cider.

Now, we’ve tried a cider or two in our time and these guys make some of the most delicious we’ve enjoyed! Using the tastiest westcountry apples and making everything from their Cidery at Lostwithiel, we’d absolutely recommend grabbing a tipple from our little shop and sitting in the sunshine to enjoy!

1. Name?

Sarah Ward

2. What do you do?

Business Manager at Fowey Valley Cidery & Distillery.

3. What’s your hero product? The thing we HAVE to try!

Our award-winning Sparkling Vintage Cider, hand crafted at our cidery in Lostwithiel, an idyllic and historic Cornish town in Cornwall. We only use fresh apples from our own orchard and others close by, and absolutely nothing else. Made in the “methode traditionelle” and this gives it a crisp & clean taste. Absolutely gorgeous if I do say so myself!

4. If you were marooned on St Michaels Mount what would you take with you?

Gary Barlow and a pasty 😊

5. Best kept Cornish secret….. that you’re willing to share!

The small Cornish towns with their own pubs, away from the busy areas – there are so many beautiful places to explore off the beaten track.

6. What’s your top tip for holidaying in Cornwall with kids?

Bring a bucket & spade and a crabbing net, also remember swim wear and wet weather gear!

7. Favourite thing about living and working in Cornwall?

The Cornish hedgerows in the spring, and of course the cider!

8. Best Cornish beach?

Being bought up on the south coast of Cornwall, Polkerris is my favourite beach, it brings back wonderful childhood memories.

9. Whats your favourite ice cream flavour?

Salted caramel.

10. If you could be a farm animal what would you be and why?

I’d be a horse, they don’t have to work on the farm anymore, just eat a lot and go for the occasional jolly out on the lanes (well mine does anyway!)

Meet the Locals – Buttermilk

Of course we have a soft spot for other family run businesses, especially when they’re just up the road in Bodmin. Extra especially when they make something so ridiculously delicious! Enter Buttermilk! Tracey and David make the loveliest vegan and dairy free treats we’ve had…maybe ever. We stock their plant powered treats in our little shop here at GB so you can get your hand on some droolworthy snacks.

But first, let’s meet the lovely people behind Buttermilk!

1. Name?

Tracy McDonnell Goad

2. What do you do?

Managing Director, I try and steer my company forward

3. What’s your hero product? The thing we HAVE to try!

Our multiple award winning Caramel Nougat Bar…. Best vegan alternative to a mars bar ever!

4. If you were marooned on St Michaels Mount what would you take with you?

A loud speaker so I could shout back to shore when I needed another wine delivery!

5. Best kept Cornish secret….. that you’re willing to share!

Brae Hill in Daymer Bay translates to Hill Hill!

6. What’s your top tip for holidaying in Cornwall with kids?

Go to the Lost Gardens of Heligan, amazing place for kids with activities on each holiday.

7. Favourite thing about living and working in Cornwall?

The balance, beach after work on summer evenings or storm watching in the winter!

8. Best Cornish beach?

Holywell beach, amazing beach and the biggest sand dunes for surfing down!

9. Whats your favourite ice cream flavour?

Rhubarb and salted caramel, Ridiculously tasty.

10. If you could be a farm animal what would you be and why?

A pig, then I just relax in a mud bath all day long!

Thanks Tracey! Find out more about Buttermilk’s fantastic treats over on their website! And let us know if you try any of Tracey’s Cornish recommendations.

Head to our little shop to grab your plant powered Buttermilk treats.

Planning your first holiday with a baby? Our top tips for survival

First things first, congratulations!! Whether it’s your first baby or you’ve recently grown your family, you’ve already done an awesome job! And now you’re here, maybe thinking about that hugely exciting first holiday with your new addition.

We know that the idea of upheaving your carefully crafted routines or gathering up all the STUFF that comes with a baby can be a bit overwhelming. How many stops do you need? How many feeds?, Are they going to sleep? Am I going to sleep?! BUT you absolutely deserve a holiday.  I once sang “The wheels on the bus…. from Lincolnshire to Newcastle when driving on my own with the boys.

When our boys were small, we worked abroad and travelled a fair bit too so when it comes to knowing what little people and their parents need to have a lovely, relaxing break away from it all – we learned the hard way!!! That’s pretty good news for our visitors because we’ve put our heart and soul into making Glynn Barton a magical place but also an oh so practical place for your young family to arrive at and settle right on into holiday mode.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, first we need to get you here! SO what do you need to think about before setting off on your first family adventure?

Manage Your Expectations

As much as you’d love to head to the nearest beach and bask for 8 hours or take on an adrenaline stoking hike up a mountain, life’s definitely a bit different on this side of parenthood!  Those holidays will definitely be back on the menu but right now we’d suggest checking your expectations and choosing something a bit easier to handle. Going for a place with heaps of things onsite to entertain your little ones as well as lots of baby friendly things to do in the surrounding area will make sure you never have to deal with boredom, one thing to take off the list!

Think About the Journey

Whether you’re planning to go on your adventure by air, sea, rail or car, the journey to get there will probably be the longest you’ve attempted so far so plan it carefully and it’ll run smoothly. If you’re driving to your destination, try traveling by night if you can when your little one normally sleeps (ha).  If that’s a no go, build in lots of time to stop for feeds and breaks and just to let everyone have a breather out of the car.  The National Trust is a great one for this as they have great facilities, cafes and generally they are buggy friendly too. Travelling by any other kind of transport is ALL about the entertainment, take whatever you can to distract them along the way! And don’t forget to pack an easily accessible bag with a change of clothes (for you too!) water and muslins!

Cut Down That Packing List

For your very first family adventure we’d recommend searching for a place that specialises in family holidays, particularly those with young kids.  We had to ‘wing it’ so many times when the boys were little, we’d have killed for somewhere that did all the hard work for us – kid cutlery, high chairs, cots and toddler beds, baby gates, safe spaces that we could just chill in.  So of course, we’ve done all of that here at Glynn Barton to make sure you can relax, fast.  It also means you don’t have to pile the car high with all that bulky paraphernalia kids come with.  As well as the essentials, we’ve got all the games and toys and things to entertain them to keep them occupied for months!

BUT Don’t Leave Home Without….

That favourite snuggly thing.  If you forget that, you’re on your own! Only joking! There are times when things just happen. We managed to lose “nuggles” once between baggage claim and the Arrivals Hall at Heathrow. A quick online order and we were back in business! Everything is fixable!

If you’re feeling a bit daunted at the idea of the first family break with baby, let us take some of that worry from you. Our cottages come fully equipped for life with little people.  Need something you don’t see on the list? Just ask!

This Spring we’re offering a fantastic 20% off breaks up to 30th June (excluding half term), now might be the perfect time to take on your first adventure together! Use the code ‘SPRING20’ when booking to apply your discount.

See you soon!

Christmas in Cornwall

Family Christmas in Cornwall

Christmas at Glynn Barton

Want a Christmas Break with a little difference? Whether its dipping your toes in the icy sea (yes it is a little chilly!) blowing away the cobwebs on the coastal path or melting a marshmallow on the campfire we have out together a few of our favourite things to do in Cornwall with the kids

1. Festive Swimming

Festive Swimming in Cornwall
Christmas in Cornwall

A Christmas holiday in Cornwall would not be complete without a festive swim! If you’re feeling brave enough there are various locations to join in. As soon as times are confirmed we will pop them up on the Glynn Barton website but there will be swims all around the coast from North to South so there is no excuse…..

On a warmer note, there are lots of activities to take part in, lots of mulled wine and mince pies to be found. These are just a few ideas for inspiration….

2. Christmas Lights

Mousehole– The lights are back! Although they will not be doing the great big switch on ceremony due to Covid the harbour lights will be up for all to see from the middle of December.

3. It wouldn’t be Christmas without more lights….

The Tunnel of Lights– This is a sure fire way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit at the Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown. They are running from December 1st- January 9th but make sure to book as it’s always a sell out!

Kids Activities Christmas
The Tunnel of Lights

4. Christmas Markets

There are Christmas Markets happening all over Cornwall from mid November. Depending on when you plan a visit check out the below:

13-19th December-  Healeys Cyder Farm

26th– 28th November- Fowey Christmas Market

9th-12th & 16th-19th December- The Enchanted Christmas Market at Wadebridge Showground.

5. Events

Ice Skating at the Eden Project
Ice Skating at the Eden Project

The Eden Project will have their ice skating ring up and running from October Half Term through to February. If however you have skating skills like me, make sure you hire a Poldark penguin or a Padstow Snowman to help the kids around!

The Lantern Trail at the Lost Gardens of Heligan– Heligan are renowned for their illuminations and this is another great way to explore the gardens lit by traditional paraffin lanterns. This is a ticketed event so make sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out!

Throughout December Lappa Valley will be running their steam train and visits with Father Christmas. This is a great way to combine a magical Christmas experience with something for everyone.

6.Where to see the Big Man Himself

Alternatively, the Bodmin & Wenford Railway will be running their Santa by Steam train specials which include a warm welcome by the elves, a ride on the steam train, Christmas activities and finished off with a visit to Father Christmas.

Breakfast with Father Christmas? Need an alternative style visit…. Dairyland are running Breakfast with Santa as well as visits to Santa and their usual day passes for all sorts of Christmas fun.

7. Christmas with the National Trust

Christmas in Cornwall
Father Christmas at Trelissick

This a great way to appeal to all members of the family, whether young or old! Trelissick House will be running their festive weekends in December where you can take part in Percy the Park Keepers Wander Trail, visit Father Christmas and explore all Trelissick has to offer. It’s a full day of fun.

Cotehele will be hosting their visits to not only Father Christmas but Mother Christmas too as well as their magical garland which will be on display in the great hall from the beginning of December. They start the process in January each year as flower seeds are sown and then cut in April to be dried in time for the big reveal.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the tale of the Nutcracker. This year Saltram will be telling the story throughout the house with their festive decorations and treasured collection.

8. Christmas Theatre

The newly revamped Hall for Cornwall will be showing Cinderella from the 1st Dec- 2nd January

https://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/playhouse-tickets-shows/cinderella/about-the-show

The man who wanted to be a penguin and Aladdin will be showing at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.

https://theatreroyal.com/whats-on/?date=22-Dec-2021

9. Make it Easy

Christmas in Cornwall
The Cornish Food Box Company

Order your Christmas Hamper from the Cornish Food Box Company who can take care of everything for you. Whether its the full works or just a few bits you can swap in and out what you need- especially if you are bringing Granny’s Christmas pudding with you!

 

10. A Glynn Barton Christmas

Finally at Glynn Barton, join us for a festive break, a Christmas Campfire with mulled wine (adults!) Hot chocolates and melting marshmallows as well as Christmas treats for all our animals.

Christmas at Glynn Barton
South West Coastal Path

Menabilly to Fowey- the beauty of the Coastal Path

One of our favourite walks is the circular walk from Menabilly to Fowey and back through the headland. And YES, we do it with the boys!

Walking with kids is always entertaining.

“Mummy I’ve got tired legs”, “Mummy I’m hungry”, and the ultimate “Mummy I need a poo!”

The South West Coastal Path is full of the most amazing walks and we are trying to give you the best sections that little legs can cope with.

Walk length: 1h 45mins to Fowey and then 45mins back across the headland.

Snacks required: Custard creams (old school but Freddie’s favourite) Malt loaf (slightly healthier option and Max’s favourite) and lots of promises about ice cream in Fowey!

Polridmouth Cove
Polridmouth Cove

Where to start: As you drive past the turning to Polkerris beach follow the signs to Menabilly. About 2 miles down the road, you will find a car park in a field. Park up at Menabilly and walk right out of the car park. Donate 50p into the Milk Churn at the farm yard. Follow the track all the way down to the beach and turn left onto the South West Coast Path. You literally cannot go wrong!

National Trust South West Coast Path

The walk takes in the beautiful Polridmouth Bay which is a lovely beach if you fancy a secret day out. It’s a great beach to practise skimming stones. There are some ups and downs but easy to take at your own stride.

Don’t forget to look back at Gribbin Head standing proud at the top of the headland. The Lankelly Cliffs are stunning and keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins off the coast. It’s a huge wild flower meadow which is just amazing. Great for a game of hide and seek on the way too.

Wildflower Meadows
Lankelly Cliffs

As you near Fowey take the path to the right for Catherine’s Castle which sits above Readymoney Cove. It’s an English Heritage site which is free to visit and is one of the artillery forts built by Henry VII to defend Fowey Harbour.

St Catherine’s Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue down to Readymoney cove and follow the esplanade down into Fowey to grab lunch at some of our hot spots- Niles Bakery for a Pulled pork bap, The Cornish Bakery for a pasty or if you fancy a longer lunch stop off at Appletons. There are plenty of benches on the harbour which is down Webb Street or Market Street. On the way back to Readymoney Cove stop and pick up some strawberries from Kittows on the Corner and sneak a peak through the holes in the wall on the esplanade.

Ice Cream at Readymoney Cove

Before heading back on to the path, have a paddle at Readymoney cove and have an ice cream from the little shop by the beach. We can highly recommend the Belgian Chocolate and the Chocolate Caramel Fudge brownie. It is as good as it sounds!!!

As you walk off the beach turn to your left and walk in between the houses back towards Coombe Farm. The path turns to the right for Coombe Farm and walk up the hill. The hill isn’t too long before it turns to the left and then crosses back across the headland. It’s 45mins back across the headland to Polridmouth and the view is just spectacular. Keep an eye out for the swan on the lake.

Polridmouth Cove

Once you hit Polridmouth turn right on the Coastal path and retrace your steps back to the car at Menabilly.

Make sure you tag us in your coastal walks so we can see where you have been stomping.

Have fun

 

 

 

South West Coast Path

Walking with Kids… where is the question!

The South West Coast path is home to 630 miles of the most breath taking views as well as being the UK’s longest and most loved National Trail.

We are lucky to be located in central Cornwall which means we get the best of both the North and South Cornish Coasts. There are lots of lovely walks to do which vary in both ascent. descent and length. The boys still have relatively little legs although they will keep going for miles if you throw a Percy Pig their way! Walking with kids in Cornwall can be fun- I promise you!

Lunchtime at Chapel Point

Portmellon & Bodrugan’s Leap (South Coast)

Length: 5.4 miles (depending if you do the circular)

Time: 3 hours ish….

Great for: Coastal Scenary and seal spotting

This is a great one for appreciating the EPIC coast that we live by.  Start at Gorran Haven (PL26 6JG) which is a small coastal village. There are loos near the car park and a little shop in case you need some snacks/ drinks. It’s a lovely little beach too for either a pre starter paddle or a post walk chill.

Burning energy!

Follow the road down to the beach and then veer off away from the beach up the hill along Church Street and then turn right onto Cliff walk. At the end of cliff walk there is a footpath off to the left just in front of the Cream house with blue windows (Little Perhaver). You are now on the South West Coast Path.

 

Follow the Coastal path and soak it all in. There are some handy benches for a little sit down or lunch. You will pass Payber Point, Colona Beach and then Chapel Point. Then follow on all the way to Portmellon. Keep an eye out for the seals just before Portmellon.

Walking the South West Coast PathYou can decide here to walk back along the coastal path to Gorran Haven or make it a circular walk crossing through the wetlands. Note that doing the circular walk there are stretches on the road.

 

 

If you carry on…. walk down into Portmellon. At the T-junction turn right and then you are down at Portmellon beach. Also a super safe and family friendly. Take the first left down past the boat yard and follow the footpath signs down along the valley and in through the woods.

Portmellon Cove

Walking through the WetlandsKeep an eye out for the wildfowl in the wetlands on your right. When you hit the road hang a right and walk up the steep hill. You will reach the main Portmellon to Gorran road.

 

 

At the road turn right and about 100 yards on the left will be a gate in a layby and a footpath sign (slightly hidden by the trees) Hop on over the style and walk through the field on a diagonal. You will exit at the corner and back out onto the road. Turn left onto the road and follow the signs for Gorran Haven.

At Trewollock which is not far down the road take the first footpath sign off to your left. It looks like you are walking into a farm yard but dont panic!! Wiggle your way around the footpath and you will then down through a field to Little Penhaver House again. Then re-join the Cliff road and amble downhill to the Gorran Haven beach.

Grab an ice cream and soak up the peace and tranquillity!

Gorran Haven
The view down to Gorran haven

 

 

Local Cornish Food at it’s Best….. Where to shop?

The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker……

We are lucky to be surrounded by GREAT local food producers, farm shops and markets near to Glynn Barton Cottages. In fact we are positively bursting at the seams with organic gardens and small businesses that deliver their locally grown and produced fruit, veg, meats etc direct to your cottage door. Whilst we all know about the mainstream supermarkets within Bodmin, if this year has taught us anything it’s to support local as much as you can. Going local is not just about picking up your super fresh goodies, its about the experience too. You will also discover all sorts of activities whilst doing it….. Colwith Farm runs Distillery experiences such as their Distillery Tour, Gin Masterclass, or go all out on the Cocktail Masterclass!

We have put together a little list to help you on your Cornish Food Journey! It’s all available in our Digital Guestbook too

 

For all things Bakery….

Baker Tom

Baker Tom– We are lucky that the lovely Baker Tom delivers direct to our door three times a week.  He also has stores located in Wadebridge, St Austell and Penzance with a café in Falmouth and Penzance too.

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Pain au Chocolat’s please!

Mum’s Top Tip: Toasted sourdough with avocado

 

 

For your Fruit & Veggies

Colwith Farm Shop– 15mins away in Lanlivery is the lovely family run Colwith Farm. Whilst they specialise in the growing of potatoes, you might have seen their Distillery featured on Rick Steins Cornwall recently. Their Farm shop is home to amazing leeks, cabbages, parnsips, carrots and potatoes (obviously!). They also stock dairy produce and meat too.

Freddie’s Top Tip: Seriously yummy Carrots!

Mum’s Top Tip: Parsnips for Curried Parsnip soup

The Fruutbox

FruutBox– Fresh fruit and veg delivered direct to your door throughout Cornwall. This is great for your day of arrival. They also work with Replensih Zero Waste from Wadebridge which is fab for your dry goods- pasta, rice, grains etc

Pip’s Top Tip: You can never have enough fruit (not in this house where the boys have worked out how to get to the top shelf in the fridge!)

The Real Food Garden– Join the food revolution with their sustainably produced vegetables. You can opt for one of their beautiful looking veg boxes or hand pick what you need from a wide range of veg and everyday essentials.

Max’s Top Tip: Tomatoes galore!

 

All things Carnivorous….

Lamb Burgers from Liddicoats

Liddicoats– Located in Lostwithiel just 15mins away is a fab butcher. Everything and anything you might possibly need plus they do Frozen fish too. We can highly recommend their BBQ options once the weather warms up!

Freddie & Max’s Top Tip: Their lamb burgers are EPIC!

Phillip Warren– More things meat located in Launceston and Liskeard. Fab butchers direct from the farm where you can preorder to scoop up on your way past or take a little trip when you walk Golitha Falls.

Jim’s Top Tip: Pork Chops!

 

I’m a little fishy, in a little dishy…..

Three Jays Shellfish

The Lostwithiel Fish Man– The van calls in at the Community Centre in Lostwithiel once or twice a week. Very dependent o

n time of year! We can let you know his latest timings as they appear!

Three Jays Shell fish– Fresh shellfish, crab, and lobster delivered to your cottage door. So fresh that the lobsters and crabs are still wondering around their box! Direct off the boat from Newquay.

 

The BEST Cornish Pasty’s

Malcolm Barnecutts– located all over Cornwall these guys even do Pasty’s by post! So if you are missing that Cornish fix, get ordering! Our closest one is located in Bodmin on the Industrial Estate.

Jim’s Top Tip: GO large on the pasty’s! Stilton and Beef….

 

Lunchtime Goodies

Bella Mama’s Deli– A fab selection of locally produced goodies to choose from. Breads, quiches, sandwiches, cheeses, meats and more which are great for a picnic hamper at the beach or a walk on the moor. Check out their pizza takeaway too!

 

Markets & Deliveries

The Cornish Food Box Company

Bodmin Farmers Market– Located at Bodmin Nursery and Garden Centre, this usually occurs on the same Saturday in the month. It’s on hold at the moment due to Covid but once it is back up and running we will update everyone.

The Cornish Food Box Company– Just as you would order your Sainsburys or Tesco online deliveries, this operates much in the same way. Fill up your cart with everything you want, and they will deliver it to Glynn Barton Cottages for the morning of your arrival. This is direct from field to fridge!

 

 

Who’s Hungry now?!

When is the BEST time to visit Cornwall

Whether it’s a family friendly holiday or a child friendly shortbreak we have all typed into Google…. When is the best time to visit Cornwall!

When you’re planning a family holiday there are always so many things to consider, where to stay, what to do, kids activities- both inside and out (we know the weather isn’t always perfect😊) and the biggest factor of all…. It’s a family holiday which means wherever you go, everyone needs to be able to relax. Parents need pampering too. It might be a spa day, parents night out or even just a little quiet time. At Glynn Barton we have a lovely team of babysitters who can help out on this one.

Check out the below for our ideas on when to visit Cornwall and things to do in Cornwall. We are a bit of an adventure family, we wear shorts nearly all year round and love exploring Cornwall. P.S there is so much we are going to have to do it in instalments!

Spring- February, March, April, May

Weather- Progressively warming up with sunny days stretching longer. Can be wet though so pack those wellies! The last few years have brought us great luck with weather over the February half term. And yes I have been in the sea in Feb!

This is one of our favourite times of the year. The sun starts to peep through and Cornwall is nice and quiet. All of Cornwall’s top attractions begin their seasonal events so that’s a great starting point for things to do in Cornwall. Use our Glynn Barton “Hit List” for the must visit spots.

Our favourite walk for this time of year is the Lerryn to St Winnow circular walk.

Check the tides so you get the beauty of the river- even a dip at high tide if you are feeling brave- otherwise it’s a bit muddy at lower tide! It’s a 3-4 hour walk so take a picnic and enjoy the scenery along the way. It’s a great kids activity as there is so much to look at. The boys (6 and 4 years old) spent ages paddling in the river and collecting stones. Plus the little shop in Lerryn at the end does amazing ice creams! Lerryn is also a great place for paddle boarding, kayaking and picnicking in the Summer with parking right down by the river.

Soak up some Easter events at the lost Gardens of Heligan and of course join in the Glynn Barton Easter egg hunt which will have you hunting for the golden egg.

Screech Owl Sanctuary is a fab toddler friendly activity. Full of wildlife to get up close and personal with as well as watching the Owl flying displays. For the older kids (12 +) book in for a Meerkat experience- best thing EVER!

 

Beach wise head down to Talland Bay for a paddle in the rock pool and a hot chocolate in the café. If the kids are anything like ours, they just love the beach, building dams and collecting anything and everything.

Summer in Cornwall- June, July, August

Weather- Long, sunny days with the odd rain shower scattered about- although they tend to be shortlived!

This is peak tourist season in the South West but don’t be put off by that. Yes it might mean that you need to book ahead for some of Cornwall’s Top attractions such as Eden Project, Tintagel Castle or events at the Minack Theatre but, we have lots of beaches for when the sun is shining. Beaches like Harlyn Bay and Polzeath have loads of parking right on the beach with the all important loo facilities.

Make sure to book a surf lesson with Wavehunters and if you fancy a go too, book the kids into a Wild Warriors session. They run a fab beach, bush craft and adventure style club.

There are lots of kids activities and family friendly days out. From Adrenalin Quarry for the aqua park, Zipline and Giant Swing to the Giant slip n slide at St Endellion near Polzeath beach.

If its raining, we are lucky to have soft play, an indoor pool, outdoor Hot Tub and a fab games barn all on site. If you need a day out then hit up the Plymouth Aquarium or the Falmouth National Maritime Museum.

Need a walk? There are a couple of options here which are both North Coast walks. Try the Trevone to Padstow walk, pick up lunch in Padstow and then take the short cut back to Trevone across the headland. Or try out the Polzeath to Port Isaac walk and take in Epphaven, Doyden Castle and Port Quinn. Be warned this is not for the faint hearted and is a 4 hour walk, but if you need an older kids activity this is great. It has SPECTACULAR scenery. You will need to take the bus back from Port Isaac to Polzeath.

Get a fresh fish delivery from 3 Jays shellfish who will deliver fresh lobster and crab to your door. So fresh you might find them wandering around the lawn!

Autumn in Cornwall- September, October, November

September is still warm as toast but October starts to bring the cooler weather. The winds start to show from mid October which is perfect for flying a kite! Cornwall starts to quieten down as schools go back. Don’t get me wrong, it can still be busy as the weather is still fab but it’s a great time to soak up all Cornwall has to offer.

Par Beach is the best place for flying a kite. The beach gets the south westerly winds and is a long sandy stretch. Nip around to Polkerris beach after for a hot Chocolate at the Rashleigh Inn.

For kids who are over the toddler threshold then head on over to Tree Surfers at the Tamar Trails adventure centre. There are lots of cycling and walking trails but swinging from the tree is great fun. If you have older kids then check out the seniors course. A great activity for the kids.

Top of the list will always be a spot of crabbing down at the harbour in Fowey. With shops, cafes and ice cream parlours galore there is something for everyone. Not to mention the stroll along the esplanade to Readymoney Cove for a paddle. Keep your eyes out for the peaky holes in the wall. A great family friendly place to visit with lots of toddler friendly activities.

One of the loveliest woodland walks is the National Trust, Lanhydrock Respryn Bridge walk. It takes about 1 hour and is a circular walk. Park at Respryn Bridge and start the walk along the river. Finish up with a cuppa and a play in the park for the kids.  Great kids activities for little legs. They also have great cycling trails.

Winter in Cornwall- December, January

Mild but can be on the windy side! Crisp and Clear days.

Fancy a bracing walk in the fresh air? Bodmin Moor has some excellent walks including the Cheesewring but our fave for December is up in the hills walking Roughtor and Brown Willy. A lovely walk straight from Roughtor Car Park to the top and then if you’re feeling keen head on over to Brown Willy. There are plenty of sheltered spots for a picnic/ hot chocolate stop along the way and the walking is easy going even for little legs. Its bracing and invigorating, but wrap up warm!

Christmas at Eden is truly magical- make sure to book the ice skating or a visit to Santa. Definitely book in a visit to Charlestown to the Shipwreck museum and Tunnel of Lights and finally head on over to the National Trust’s Saltram House for the Christmas lights.

Some of these we haven’t touched on above but definitely check them out:

Glynn Barton’s Hit List

The Eden Project

Tintagel Castle

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lanhydrock House

Saltram House

Adrenalin Quarry

Tree Surfers

Trelissick House & Gardens 

XX See you in Cornwall XX

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