Cornwall staycation - Day 2
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.
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