As this was our last day, we had to be checked out by 10am. We still had a lazy morning and packed up the car exactly at 10am! The staff were really friendly again and wished me luck with the new baby. The customer service at Trevella is absolutely brilliant.
We then headed back home, which is literally driving from the north coast to the south coast of Cornwall. As we were passing it on the way home, we stopped off at The Screech Owl Sanctuary. I adore owls and have always loved them since I was a child so I was very chuffed we were finally visiting. It was a fantastic place, loads of different varieties of owls. They had a huge play area for the kids, which is right next to the little tea shop. We had some lovely homemade chocolate brownie from the tea shop and a coffee, which we sat and had while watching the alpacas and donkeys. Yes donkeys again! My 2 favourite animals, owls and donkeys, in the same place. I was very happy! We then saw a small owl display by one of the keepers, with a barn owl, who was pouncing on the food the keep was throwing. We also checked out the 2 meerkats that they have there.
We then headed off home from our lovely staycation in Crantock. Whilst we did all these activities and went to all these different places, I used an app on the iphone called App for Cornwall. It was brilliant because it was really simple to use, gave really good suggestions of activities to do and provided you with a map to get there.
We absolutely loved our stay at Trevella and really appreciated the luxury of glamping, instead of camping. The tent was fantastic for a heavily pregnant women and a 3 year old child. It was a brilliant tent for a family and really made all the difference having our own shower and toilet. It is camping, but with those luxuries. Felicity absolutely loved being able to pop outside of the tent and safely play. It was really nice to be relaxed and chilled, knowing she was safe playing just outside. It was also a lovely walk to spend some quality time together as a family of 3.
It felt like a luxury having our own toilet and shower facility at the tent. However, Felicity isn’t that keen on showers so we decided to give her a quick outdoor bath in the large sink that is provided for washing up. It was very quick but it did the job and she was nice and clean for the day ahead.
We then drove down the road from the campsite to Newquay Zoo as I had never been and really wanted to visit. There was loads to see and there were lemurs as soon as you walk in. Felicity had a great time pointing out all the animals and us explaining what they were. She also loved the play area next to the meerkats! There was also an area where you could pet farm animals, so Joe and Felicity loved being able to stroke the goats. They do also have big animals there, such as lions and zebras. It is a great day out and so close to Newquay town itself.
We then decided to head somewhere nice for lunch so we went to Lewinnick Lodge on the Pentire headland. We sat outside as the views are incredible of the ocean. We also had the most delicious lunch. I would highly recommend it if you are in that area.
We then went back to the campsite to have some chill time as I was pretty exhausted by this point. I have been struggling quite a bit with pain in my pelvis. So as I was going to have a sleep, Joe took Felicity out to Lappa Valley, which is a train a steam railway. Joe said she absolutely loved going on the train and seeing all the activities there. They did a pedalo on the boating lake and had lots of areas for children to play. I really enjoyed my long nap and felt a lot better when they came back to the tent.
We had another lazy morning at the campsite, slowly getting ready and having breakfast.
We then headed out in the car for about an hours drive from the site, to Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek. I visited this about 8 years ago with Joe and honestly couldn’t remember much about it. It is situated on the Helford River, which is stunning. The car park is quite steep and then you have to go up quite a steep hill to get to the main part of the attraction. Luckily, they were running a regular bus shuttle service, which we jumped on. It then takes you up this hill, and the views of the river from the top are stunning. They have a great variety of animals (not just seals!), they have otters, huge and I mean HUGE sea lions, lots of rescued seals and seal pups and penguins. We absolutely love seals as we have quite a few on Looe Island and so its lovely to be able to see the important work that the sanctuary do by caring and ideally releasing seals back into the wild. We had a good walk around and stopped for lunch at the cafe (I had a pasty and crisps!). It isn’t a huge site so when we had been seen all there was to see, we headed back down the hill on the bus and back to the car.
We realised that we were really close to Flambards and Joe really wanted to take Felicity there as he had gone there as a child and had really fond memories.
It was a 10 minute drive from Gweek to Flambards. The Flambards site is massive! I couldn’t go on many of the rides as I’m 6 months pregnant so Joe and Felicity went on the carousel, the rollacoaster, the self pedaling helicopter, and the log flume. Felicity then had a good play in the toddler soft play area, while we had a sat down and then we headed back to the car.
We then played around outside of the tent and went for a bike ride to the park on the site. It was another beautiful evening and we had lots of fun at the park and seeing all the animals on the campsite (birds, guinea pigs etc).
We were then very much ready for bed! Felicity went to sleep as she was exhausted and we watched some TV on the TV in the tent.
We had a good night's sleep and a lazy morning waking up slowly at the tent. Felicity loved being able to play outside on her bike as we had a cup of tea on the decking front area.
We decided to go into Newquay for the morning as we wanted to get some brunch and have a mooch around the shops (Newquay has a New Look as I am off to Paris soon, I wanted to have a quick look for some bits). Joey ended up buying a new Billabong cap and I came back with a new bag for Paris, an oversized jumper and a headband (which Joey says makes me look like a fortune teller!). We had some brunch at Box and Barber. The brunch was incredible and the coffee was pretty good too!
We then headed down to Towan Beach, which was looking stunning in the sunshine and visited the Blue Reef aquarium. Felicity half loved and hated it! She is at the stage where she is getting quite aware of her own boundaries and unsure about big animals coming towards her. So she loved the seahorses, the ‘Nemo’ fishes, all the bright coloured fish, the crabs and basically anything that wasn't too threatening. But she wasn't so keen on the stuff we loved seeing; the sharks, the sea turtle and the huge octopus. They were doing a talk on the sea turtle as we arrived at the top of the tank so it was amazing to see it up close and watch it feed.
We went back to the tent to have some downtime and cup of tea and cake! Again, Felicity loved being able to play in front of the tent on the grass on her bike and some toys I had brought from home.
We then decided to head to Healey Cyder Farm as it was only 15 minutes away and Joey obviously loves a Rattler cyder. We also knew it was child/family friendly. It was really easy to find and easy to park. The staff were really helpful and we decided to do the full guided tour of the farm. We were taken around the whole site, including the museum, shown the current processes they use to make the cyder, the jam kitchen, the animals, and the factory floor. We were also given a taster session, which included 19 samples of cyder, wine, juices and spirits. Joe loved it! I was pretty sad not to be able to try all of the alcoholic samples but I loved the juices and tasted a tiny bit of the cyders I wanted to know about (elderflower wine and the mulled cyder...will definitely be buying them when I am no longer pregnant!). With all the excitement of the aquarium in the morning and the farm in the afternoon, Felicity fell asleep on a cyder barrell and missed all the taste testing. When she woke up, we walked around the farm more and looked at all the animals properly. Myself and Joe constantly have a debate about what animals we are going to get next (because one large dog, a cat who is nocturnal, a tortoise, 3 chickens and 2 ducks isn't enough!) my argument is for a small field with 2 donkeys and Joe would like goats. Well, they had both at the farm so we had a good look at them. The goats had little kids and they were so funny, jumping all over the place. I would highly recommend Healeys cyder farm as its very family friendly and great for testing out all the different cyders!
As I said in my first post, we did jam pack our days in Crantock/Newquay and because Felicity had such a late nap at the cyder farm, we headed out to Crantock beach for a run around. It was perfect timing as it was only about 40 minutes until sunset. Felicity had a run around and then we clambered up the sand dunes to get a spot for watching the sunset...and wow, it didn’t disappoint! Crantock beach is one of my favourite beaches and the sunsets there are second to none. I think it's great to do all these amazing activities and child friendly attractions, but I also think watching the sunset over the beach you love can really bring everything into perspective and we left the beach feeling very happy and grateful.
When I was approached to review Trevella Park in Crantock, which is located in North Cornwall, I literally jumped at the chance. We know Crantock very well and it has become a firm favourite place for us as a family. When I was told it would be reviewing the glamping tents at Trevella, I was very happy as I am currently 6/7 months pregnant and I am happy to have all the comfort! It is literally the other side of the coast to where we live in Cornwall and I just adore the coastline on the North Coast. It is stunningly rugged and the waves are incredible.
The email correspondence from Trevella was fantastic before we arrived. They gave us a good list of items that I would need to take with us (washing up items, towels, tea towels, bin bags etc) and clear times for checking in/checking out. I really try to be organised but it's not always in my nature so found this really useful.
When we arrived at the site, the checking in team were incredibly helpful and friendly. They provided me with a welcome pack with everything I needed to know and a map of the site and explained exactly where we were staying. It was a brilliant way to arrive as I immediately felt relaxed knowing there was staff on hand should we need it.
We then drove to our tent, which was huge! It was a big glamping tent, with a wooden platform out the front and a large bench. The tent consists of one large open room, where there is a kitchenette, a dining table with 6 chairs, a futon style sofa, a small flat screen TV and two compartments for bedrooms. There was a double bed in one room and two single beds in the other room. There was also a toilet and shower facility next door to the tent, and an area to be able to wash up dishes.
We got ourselves unpacked and settled in the tent. Felicity (who is 3), had the best time ever checking out the tent and loved having her ‘own bedroom’, she unpacked and chose which bed she wanted to sleep in.
We then went and did an obligatory food shop for camping at the local Lidl and got some evening meals to cook in the tent. There was a 2 pan hot plate to cook on and a microwave so we decided on curry one evening and meatballs for the other. We also bought lots of snacks and drinks. The fridge was big enough to take everything we had bought and we squeezed all the food around the other kitchen items in the kitchenette cupboards.
Even though we had been shopping, we decided to check out the takeaway on the site so Joe and Felicity went off to explore while I unpacked more. They ordered and then played in the park opposite and looked at all the animals they have there. We both ordered burgers and chips (I have the best pregnancy diet! Ha) and enjoyed the meal. I cooked Felicity some macaroni cheese in the tent as she is a fussy eater.
We then planned which activities we wanted to do in the week and settled Felicity for bed. It was very windy that evening and nighttime but the tent felt so secure and the bedding was perfect for the temperature. I have done quite a bit of camping/caravaning before so I wasn’t phased at having to go outside for the toilet and it actually felt like a luxury to have our own toilet!
Thats the end of Day 1 of the staycation, I will write seperate posts for each day as we packed so much into our stay.
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