Finally I’m getting around to blogging about our week in Cornwall – Elsie’s very first holiday!  With everything thats happened since it feels like a lifetime ago! I won’t go in to detail about what we did everyday as it’s all a bit of a blur now but we did spend a large amount of time at the beach or exploring all the cute cornish towns nearby. The weather, after the first day, was glorious and we certainly made the most of it.

We stayed just outside the village of Goonhavern near Perranporth in a rented apartment which we found on Google through a lettings agency. The apartment was set in a converted farmhouse on a small holding surrounding by fields. The main reason for choosing the accommodation was the location; we knew we wanted to base our holiday around Perranporth as we just love the beach and the town – it’s so typically British seaside! The other factor when choosing the accommodation was the proximity to the local village pub, which we have visited before and loved. However, the details online failed to mention that although it’s less than a mile walk to the pub it’s not a walk you could do safely as about half of it requires walking along a pretty busy road.

We set off from Gloucestershire around 2pm on Saturday 20th August and, after a stop for dinner in Taunton, arrived at our destination around 8pm. It was a long journey but we completely expected it and the kids were as good as gold! As you can imagine that night was really about unpacking and getting the kids in bed so we could enjoy the next day. The owners of the apartment had very kindly left out some homemade scones with cream and jam, a bottle of cider and a bottle of cloudy apple juice.

As I mentioned above we visited some of the beautiful towns local to Perranporth including; St. Ives, Padstow, Rock and Mevagissey. We had the most amazing curry takeaway from a restaurant called Jaipur in Perranporth and also had fish and chips from a chippy called ‘Assalt and Battery’! Now you can’t visit Cornwall without trying a cornish pasty or two and we had an amazing one from the award winning Chough Bakery in Padstow. No wonder I gained a pound or two!

The day before we left we had a drink at The Bowgie Inn which, I’m pretty sure, has the best views of any pub I’ve ever been to – just have a look at this….

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I took about a million photos so I won’t bore you with any more chatter and will share some of my favourites with you.

As much as Matt and I have loved all our visits to Cornwall over the past few years, I think we’ve been about 5 times, we are ready to try somewhere else. Perhaps Devon or further along the south coast.  If anyone has any great suggestions pop it in the comments below as this dreary weather is making me want to book a holiday!

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I’ve already published a little vlog about our time at Barnsley House, just outside Cirencester but I also took some lovely photos which I know I will want to look back on.  I’ll try and keep the write up brief, as the saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words!

It wasn’t really booked as a babymoon, in fact my husband bought it for me/us as our Christmas present. Barnsley House was where Matt and I stayed after our wedding in 2013 and so it holds some special memories for us.  We’ve stayed in three different rooms now and they’re all as beautiful as each other in different ways.  One of my favourite rooms has a jacuzzi/hot tub on the mezzanine level but seeing as I’m pregnant Matt opted for a bedroom on the top floor of the main house – a beautiful room with beams and a huge standalone bath.  The views from the bedroom are stunning as you’ll see from the photographs below.

We stayed for two nights and ate like kings! Matt and I aren’t ones for small portions of fancy food, we like good, honest food in plentiful amounts and that’s certainly what we got.

Our stay included a spa treatment and so I had a mum to be massage whilst Matt had a hot stone massage.  It was seriously the best decision I’ve made for a long time.  I was a bit worried about having it done but I felt as light as a feather for some time following the massage.  Suffice to say that feeling has long worn off! Nevermind.  We then whiled away some time in the outdoor pool.  It was pure bliss for 48hrs!

I’d love to know if you plan on having a babymoon – let me know in the comments section below :)

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If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes, how about you watch our vlog?

 

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On Sunday 22nd November we were invited*, as a family, to experience Christmas Magic at Cadbury World by attending the first of it’s Christmas Celebration Weekends.

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We arrived just before 9:30am, there were plenty of parking spaces within minutes of the main entrance. There were a few groups already waiting for the doors to open but whilst we waited we explored around the sides of the building and my children noticed there were signs for a playground – day made already!  The main entrance was very festive with staff buzzing around in Santa costumes and a beautiful, decorated chocolate Christmas tree.

Our first port of call was the Santa show, it was really magical. The kids sat on the floor in front of the stage, in awe of Santa as he spoke about his reindeer. Of course, no trip to see Santa is complete without a little present from the big man himself and my two certainly weren’t left disappointed after they were presented with a gift each by one of Santa’s little elves.

As you exit the Santa show you are greeted with the most amazing looking adventure playground – the kind that makes you wish you were 7 all over again!  It was a little chilly on Sunday but had it been a nicer day we could have enjoyed a coffee and a snack whilst the kids burnt off some energy.

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Situated right next to the playground is the 4D Chocolate Adventure experience.  It was the first time we’d taken the children on anything like it and their faces were a picture.  I wasn’t sure how Florence would find it, but she was laughing her socks off and reaching out for chocolate bars as though they were real.  Being pregnant, I sat on a static chair but still experienced the 3D features of the experience which were amazing!

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After a quick coffee break in the on site café, we headed for the exclusive Cadbury World pantomime, Sleeping Beauty and the Chuckle Bean Fairy’.  Once again all the children congregated just in front of the stage and were enthralled from the moment the lights went down.  Logan was booing and squealing and Florence was clinging on to my hand whenever the wicked witch came out! It was really well produced and even had my husband chuckling and singing away for the rest of the afternoon.  He’s not usually a panto fan!

We’d already experienced so much and still had the exhibition to walk around and the factory itself.  We watched a short show about the history of Cadbury’s and how milk chocolate is made from the raw product. I thought Florence would lose interest being unable to understand a lot of what’s said but she was good as gold and all the different things to look at within the shows made it for easy viewing. We headed off around the factory and were given samples galore – my favourite being the gooey, melted milk chocolate in which we got to choose two toppings to add! We saw chocolatiers busy making cute penguins for sale in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop on site and experienced the Cadabra ride – we hopped into our Beanmobile and passed through a chocolate wonderland with lots of cute faces for the kids to spot, we even had our photo taken “cheeeeeese”!

Everything we did at Cadbury World is included in the admission price during the Christmas Celebration Weekends, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained for the day. We had a fab day at Cadbury World, it’s changed so much since I was younger.  We left feeling festive and pockets stuffed with chocolate – what’s not to love!  Tickets are available to book in advance by visiting the Cadbury World website.

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 *We would like to say thank you to Cadbury World for inviting us to experience their Christmas themed celebrations as a guest.  All thoughts are my own and are not in any way biased.

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