As a parent, I think it’s important that I disclose up-front that the 3+ hour car journey with a toddler to deepest Cornwall was not the most fun I’ve ever had. It was only with the help of a mixture of snacks, toys and Disney songs, that we made it through. But when we got there… it was oh so worth it! Rich woodlands speckled with daffodils and primroses, little bubbling streams weaving through the gardens of quaint cottages and then that perfect rustic Cornish Coastline! 👌
We stayed at an Air BNB in the tiny Hamlet of Gillan, near Helston and Falmouth. There were some crazy little tracks to get there but the view from the property was INCREDIBLE. Plus, there was a path that led you down to a tiny little secluded beach in under a minute.
We spent the whole of the first morning on the beach. Moonface is obsessed with the sea so spent her time running in and out of the shallows, exploring the rock pools and investigating driftwood and shells. All that exercise meant she had a nice long nap so we could curl up in front of the view with a good book.
When she reared her head, we headed off to Gear Farm Pasty Company for a round of… well, pasties. They do three types: Classic, Cheese and Veggie. They were huge and fresh from the oven. The perfect pasty.
Having filled up on pasties we popped to The Lizard (The most southerly point of the UK) for a walk around. The sun shone, the wind was gusty and the waves were crashing into the coast. It cleared the cobwebs and reminded me why I love the land I live on. I wanted to stay there all day! We also saw several people taking selfies from particularly precarious perches at the cliff’s edge. No photo op is worth that risk.
The next day, while the weather was still dry, the whole family headed to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. It was brilliant. It was just the right size for a toddler to run about but interesting enough for us grown ups to learn about how they help the animals there. There were lots of seals, penguins and a couple of very cute otters. Once we dragged ourselves away we popped into The Black Swan in Gweek. The food was great, they accommodated Moonface easily and it was covered in fairy lights.
On our last day we wanted to give Moonface one last chance to hit the water. It was freezing, windy and pouring with rain but nothing makes me happier than seeing our little person free and happy and amongst nature. So we spent 15 minutes getting soaked and laughing and making great memories.
Having spent a lot of time jetting about in the car we wanted to give Moonface some time to play and run around, so we hit up One 2 Eleven Soft Play in Helston. It was AMAZING! Moonface loved every second, we loved every second. There were slides and ball pits and a tiny Merry-go-round. There were little pretend shops and cars and soft toys. It was so refreshing to let her run free and wear herself out.
Overall, it was an excellent trip and we left tired and happy with lots of memories. Cornwall really is one of my favourite places in the world. I love its rustic, wind battered informality. There is so much to do there, the landscape alone has a lot to offer. We’re already planning our next trip back.