Tired of this rubbish weather we seem to be having lately ?
Wishing you could take a little trip somewhere ?
Then come with me (and my family) on our annual jaunt to Cornwall !!
When the weather is as rubbish as it has been here in the UK, you can guarantee that the weather won't matter if you visit the Eden Project.
Built in what was formerly a quarry, the Eden Project is a charity that has created giant "Biomes" - one contains a rainforest
and the other has a mediterranean climate - beautiful flowers (and wonderful homegrown food!)
If your mojo seems to have disappeared, a trip to St Ives is a must. Full to the brim with artists studios and wonderful handmade creations, along with the Tate St Ives, you can bet your life that your creativity will soon return and you'll be full of new ideas.
Why not buy and download a "Treasure Trail" ? We did a couple of these last year and were so impressed that we decided to do another this time. This year, we chose Falmouth - home of Cornwall's National Maritime Museum. Unfortunately it rained rather a lot whilst we did the trail, but hey, we were on holiday and having a good time ! Rain won't stop us !!
Visit the wonderful Minack Theatre - Cornwall's open air theatre, perched on the cliffs at Lands End. Fantastic productions, come rain & shine !
Try a bracing walk along the beach (yes, I know, it's July!) at Marazion
and then walk across the causeway to St Michael's Mount.
Climb the winding path through wonderful sub-tropical gardens all the way to the castle at the top and then have a wander around the beautiful castle, home to the St Aubyn family since 1659, finished off with a cream tea (or pasty) in the National Trust cafe. Breathtaking views .... even on a cloudy, damp day.
Fancy a bit of shopping ? Wadebridge is a fantastic little town from where you can take the Camel Trail to Padstow (see last year's post about this wonderful cycleway). Browse the many individual shops and Boutiques and have a lovely lunch in one of the many tearooms
Head a bit further north into Port Isaac
and if you're really really lucky you might get to see the ITV show Doc Martin being filmed !!! This has to be one of my most favourite programmes (I admit to owning the box set), so seeing the stars of the show filming the latest series was a real treat !
Go on a Friday evening and settle down with freshly caught fish & chips on the causeway in the harbour to watch and listen to the absolutely brilliant Fisherman's Friends - acapella singing at its very best !!
Of course, a visit to Cornwall wouldn't be complete without a day on one of Cornwall's 150+ beaches and even in cloudy weather, the kids love it. Fortunately for us, the sun came out just after lunch and we enjoyed body boarding, sandcastle building and watching kite surfers.
This was Hayle beach, lovely golden sand, a giant 3 mile sweeping beach and shallow calm waters - perfect for families.
Penzance is an up and coming town in the very far west of Cornwall - almost at Lands End, it has all sorts of wonderful individual shops and restaurants.
A couple of eating places I can recommend - The Lookout St Ives is situated in the Pedn-Olva Hotel, perched on the cliff edge at St Ives. Gorgeous food and fantastic views
The Mount Haven Hotel in Marazion is another fantastic restaurant, serving delicious local food with view of St Michaels Mount
Cupcake in Port Isaac is the cutest little coffeshop / tearoom, housed in the one of the numerous quaint cottages just a stones throw from the harbour
Sandsifter Restaurant & Bar at Godrevy is where all the cool surfer dudes hang out. It serves brilliant food and drink all day and is a bit more lively in the evenings, with live bands through the summer
And so endeth our annual trip to Cornwall. There are, of course, hundreds of other fabulous places you could visit, some of which I mentioned last year (see this blog post) and lots more which I could write another blog post about, but I've hopefully included a few different ones here.
Let me know about your favourite places to visit in Cornwall .... maybe we could visit them next year !!
PS. Normal Blooming Felt blogging will resume shortly !